Mississippi and Ohio River cruises


Passenger Capacity: 436
Built: 1995,  refurbished 2011
Length: 418 ft.
Beam: 89 ft.
Draft: 9 ft.
Elevator: 2
Officers: American
Staff and Crew: 180; American
Wheelchair Access

Itinerary: Eight Nights &Nine days including one free pre-night departs from New Orleans, Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, St Paul, and Pittsburgh.





A 4-night cruise is held annually in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby.

Cabins: 222. Of the cabins, 75 percent are outside. There are single, double and triple occupancy cabins. Beds are twin, queen or king. All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, telephone, and private bath with shower, some with a tub. Suites and many staterooms have French doors that open to deck or a private verandah. Some cabins are connecting.There are 9 wheelchair-accessible cabins.



Dining: The main dining room is designed like that of an old-time steamboat with windows providing a river view. There are other dining venues (no extra charge) including a deckside Grill, and a 24-hour buffet in the Front Porch. Beer and wine are complimentary with dinner.

Dress: Casual during the day; dressy (not formal) for welcome aboard party and captain's night.

Facilities and Activities: This is a steamboat propelled by a paddlewheel, 28 ft. in diameter and bright red. The steam engines were restored from the US Army Corps of Engineers dredge Kennedy. Public areas include the Grand Saloon with entertainment and ballroom dancing in the evening, Mark Twain Gallery with antique furniture and old books, a lounge with white wicker furniture where passengers sit and watch the river, the Calliope Bar overlooking the paddlewheel, and the Engine Room Bar with Dixieland and ragtime music. There is a theater, pool, library, and a chart room that has a view of the river and navigational charts for passengers to follow the voyage. There are tours of antebellum homes, Civil War battlefields, museums and other historic attractions. One stop is to Hannibal, Missouri, the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens and Becky Thatcher. Busses holding 50 passengers are available at port stops for complimentary shore excursions. Other shore excursions are optional and cost extra.


Fares: Fares start from $5795 for 9 -day cruise. Fare includes one night pre-cruise hotel stay. Check-in is done at the hotel for the cruise. For one-way cruises, there is transportation back to the original port should you driven.


American Empress -

Columbia Snake River

Cabins: 223 guests
Built:2003, Renovation 2013
Cruising: 2014
Length: 360ft
Crew: American



Columbia River

  • Cabins: The spacious 410 sq.ft. - Queen Bed or Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds- One Sofa bed - Large View Windows- Private Veranda - Sitting Room - Panoramic View Forward and Starboard - Wet Bar - TV - Alarm Clock - Mini Refrigerator - Coffee Maker - Sounds Systems - Safe
  • Dining Room, Cuisine: Continental, Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
  • Dress Code: Casual , smart casual dinner
  • Activities: land touring and nightly entertainment
  • Fares:from $5795 Per Person

Contact: or (303) 504-0400 - USA & Canada (888) 321-0103. International Calls Welcome.