It has been a wonderful week at the leading, authentic American river cruise line, American Queen Steamboat Company.

Not only have we resumed cruising on the Lower Mississippi, but we also christened our highly anticipated and newest member of the fleet, the American Countess. The ceremony was successfully conducted in New Orleans on Sunday, March 21, 2021. This marks not just an historic and proud moment for our celebrated cruise line, but also the continued restart of American river cruising itself.

The American Countess’ godmother christened her with a bottle of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, a signature American Queen Steamboat Company tradition, and American Queen Steamboat Company followed strict SafeCruise™ health and safety protocols, welcoming guests to experience the new riverboat as it officially joined the paddlewheel fleet. The christening event took place at the Mansion House at Mardi Gras World and dockside.


Video ~ The American Countess is christened with a bottle of bourbon in New Orleans

The American Countess is the fourth authentic paddlewheeler to join the steamboat fleet and will begin public sailings on the Lower Mississippi River on March 28, 2021, delighting passengers with a panoramic view of the culture and charm of the South on her preview cruise to Memphis. In this debut voyage, immediately following the christening, American Queen Steamboat Company is hosting an abbreviated VIP cruise, sailing from New Orleans northward along the Mississippi River, stopping in Nottoway and Natchez.

Following the preview cruise, the American Countess will begin her maiden voyage carrying guests on March 28, 2021, sailing from Memphis to New Orleans. This journey showcases the diversity of the Lower Mississippi River on an eight-day sailing beginning with a stop at the Port of the Mississippi Delta and continuing down the river to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and the American Queen Steamboat Company exclusive port stop at Nottoway Plantation before arriving in New Orleans. Guests will enjoy the same signature distinctions that make American Queen Steamboat Company the most celebrated river cruise line in America, from fine dining and world-class entertainment to thoughtfully planned shore excursions.


American Countess

The modern and elegant American Countess

The American Countess has a sleek, contemporary design and offers plenty of open space for guest gatherings, especially the portside bar, which will amaze with an 80-foot panoramic view and hosts up to 245 quests. This vessel offers a wide range of amenities from a spa to a theatre.  The expansive Grand Lobby lounge features a Grand Lobby Bar that serves cocktails and small bites.  With four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 inviting staterooms in four categories, this paddlewheeler is a home away from home on 6 to 15 day itineraries.

For more information on our fleet and which paddlewheeler is right for you, read our blog.


Call 01223 568904 for details or contact your travel agent

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