American Countess

Mississippi River Cruises

American Countess

The latest addition to our fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, and the newest on U.S. rivers, the American Countess, offers many of the same exciting heartland and deep South itineraries as her sisters the American Queen and American Duchess. Built from an existing hull, the American Countess underwent significant reconstruction, including lengthening the boat by 60 feet. Guests will enjoy the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Voyages the most award-winning river cruise line in America. 

With four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 comfortable, inviting staterooms in four categories, this lovely paddlewheeler will become a home away from home on six- to 15-day itineraries, including her own epic Mighty Mississippi cruise. Cabins feature a sleek and modern design that will provide guests with the perfect place to relax after enjoying an included shore excursion or an evening Broadway-calibre performance presented in The Theatre onboard. 

As our award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes, our gracious staff charms guests with friendly, courteous attention to their needs in the Grand Dining Room. A more casual atmosphere is offered in the River Grill, which allows guests to dine at their own pace. 

It’s easy to stay active onboard the American Countess in her well-appointed Fitness Centre, while the Card Room provides a perfect spot for guests to mingle with fellow travellers and newfound friends. It’s also a joy to browse for souvenirs in the Gift Shop with which to remember your treasured journey. 

Join us as we experience the U.S. rivers from the decks of the American Countess. American Queen Voyages is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America's waterways clean.

Fine Dining

Dining aboard the American Countess is inspired by America's heartland and our menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of our nation. Our award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of the region's diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion uniquely exquisite dishes that will leave you yearning for the next meal. Savour each succulent bite, swirl and sip amidst the rich ambiance of the Grand Dining Room. Furnished with a refined decor of extravagant, custom Italian fabrics and rich walnut accents, you will enjoy tantalising meals morning, noon and night in this exquisite venue which comfortably accommodates all guests. Sweeping windows reveal a gorgeous backdrop of river views to further enhance the glory of your dining experience.

Equally beautiful with a more intimate experience is our alternative venue, the River Grill sets the tone for the splendid dining and delightful cocktails. With seating for half the capacity of the Grand Dining Room, you are afforded a cosy ambiance. The outdoor terrace features covered, resort-style seating for both leisurely lounging and relaxed dining.


Make plans to spend your evenings with the American Countess for nightly Broadway-calibre entertainment. Live entertainers will bring down the house in the majestic Theatre. Catch nightly entertainment, relive a historical moment or hear a famous river tale originally told by Mark Twain. Come back night after night of your river cruise for unmatched entertainment you'll always remember! Night after magical night, top entertainers bring down the house in the American Countess' majestic Theatre. Each evening the lights dim, the curtains rise and our talented performers offer you entertainment worthy of Broadway.

As history plays such a large part of your cruise experience, we often feature a diverse line up of guest historians who take to the stage and transport you to another era. You’ll enjoy hearing from these noted speakers who offer astounding insights on the culture and heritage of America's heartland and the deep South. Relive a tale from Mark Twain for an enchanted evening and you will retire to your room convinced that you've just had a conversation with history.

Countess Theatre

Countess Theatre


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