American Empress

Snake & Columbia River Cruises

American Empress

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress delivers classic elegance and modern luxury on a grand scale. One step onboard and you will quickly discover that there is far more to this vessel than her welcoming appearance and signature red paddlewheel.

Boasting a vast collection of some of the finest historical artefacts and artwork of the Native Alaska, Russian, Gold Rush and sternwheeler eras, the corridors of the American Empress hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside. You needn't be an art enthusiast to appreciate the captivating display of Pacific Northwest heritage that this unique collection represents. 

A river cruise aboard the American Empress incites moments of sheer perfection with her seamless blend of stunning backdrops, exceptional dining venues, dynamic public spaces and stunning décor. We invite you to step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you. 

Grand scale luxury and classic style await you aboard the American Empress.  Join us for a paddlewheel cruise through America’s Pacific Northwest.  Indulge yourself with delicious, onboard dining choices, welcoming staff and country club ambiance, and then view the vessel’s collection of North American regional artefacts from the Gold Rush and sternwheeler eras and more.  Enjoy the breath taking natural beauty as you cruise one of the most famous rivers in the region.  The American Empress welcomes you with the latest amenities that you want and the style and luxury you deserve.

Deluxe motor coaches

Deluxe motor coaches
Snake River

Snake River

American Empress Distinctions

  • The largest, most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest
  • Included shore excursions in every port of call
  • Regional Pacific Northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a contemporary flair
  • Gracious service and warm hospitality from a friendly, all-American crew
  • Country club casual ambiance, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by our resident Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert
  • Broadway calibre entertainment every evening, including featured guest performances by sensational local artists
  • All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes
  • Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches
  • The Passenger Vessel Association recognizes American Queen Steamboat Company as a member of its Green WATERS Program for the vessel operation’s dedication and commitment toward a cleaner, greener marine environment

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AQV Health and Safety Protocols

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We have implemented multiple processes to identify and combat the risk of Covid-19 on our vessels and are committed to refining and updating as needed.

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