American Queen Resumes Sailings

American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Queen has welcomed its first revenue guests in 18 months, becoming the fourth vessel to return to service for the U.S. flagged cruise line.

The American Queen sails from New Orleans resuming the 2021 season on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. As the line’s flagship vessel, the American Queen’s return to service is an important milestone as it marks American Queen Steamboat Company’s 10th anniversary of the company closing on the purchase of the storied paddlewheeler (Aug. 8, 2011) almost a decade to the day.

John Waggoner, founder and chairman of American Queen Steamboat Company, said that: “The purchase and restoration of the American Queen ushered in a new renaissance of U.S. River cruising ten years ago. Our close-to-home cruise experience resonates more than ever, and I feel such pride seeing how far our offerings have expanded.”

American Queen Steamboat Company bookings for 2021 and well ahead into 2022 and 2023 continue to reflect pent-up demand for cruising close-to-home. In addition, the cruise line reports 10-plus record-breaking individual booking days in 2021, and the current sailing season is almost sold out with limited availability on remaining 2021 Thanksgiving- and holiday-themed voyages. American Queen Steamboat Company is also offering the FREEDOM sale, a bonus savings of up to $2,000 on select 2022 bookings made by Aug. 31, 2021.

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Photo Credit: American Queen Steamboat Company