American Duchess is a 166-guest paddle wheeler offering cruises on the Mississippi and the Ohio River for The American Queen Steamboat Company.

Initially built in 1995, American Duchess underwent a full refurbishment in 2017 and is now considered one of the most elegant riverboats operating on the rivers of North America. The contemporary design of her interiors is unmistakably modern, yet still manages to convey a sense of Old World Charm, while her public areas are incredibly spacious for a vessel of her size.

American Duchess Suite Accommodation

American Duchess is an all-suite vessel, with guests offered a choice of five categories: Interior, Veranda, Deluxe, Loft and Owners. The smallest of these options is the Interior Suite (180 sq. ft) while the most eye-catching is the two-level Loft Suite (550 sq. ft) which features a semi-private bedroom on the second floor. The four largest suite categories on American Duchess boast a private balcony, while all offer with ample storage space, an entertainment centre and an en-suite bathroom complete with Willian Roam toiletries.

American Duchess Dining

The main restaurant on American Duchess is the Grand Dining Room which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner on an open-seating basis for all guests. Breakfast and lunch are mostly served buffet-style, while the evening meal is served course-by-course at your table. The cuisine served in the Grand Dining Room is a combination of international dishes and contemporary interpretations of American classics such as Mississippi catfish and New York steak.

The River Club & Terrace offers an alternative dining experience and available on a reservation-only basis. Breakfast and lunch are again buffet-style, while the evening meal is a choice of either a four-course set menu or one of the chef’s daily specials.

There is also a cafe onboard, called Perks, as well as the option to dine in your suite courtesy of 24-hour room service.

American Duchess Entertainment & Facilities

During the day, entertainment on American Duchess is somewhat low-key with many guests choosing to leave the ship and explore ashore, courtesy of one of the many shore excursions available. However, there is an onboard speaker who gives daily lectures relating to the history and culture of the region you are visiting. The ship’s Cruise Director will also lead a programme of activities, ranging from bingo to party-style games.

The Show Lounge is the hub for evening entertainment with Broadway -calibre shows from the ship’s resident team as well as performances by local musicians. Alternatively, guests can also head to the beautiful two-story Great Lobby Bar which is open late for post-dinner drinks.

Other facilities on American Duchess include a fitness centre and a library, where you can choose to catch up on some reading or play one of the many board games available.

For more information regarding American Duchess, please call 0800 008 6677 or make an online enquiry for one of the voyages below.

Additional Information

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suites offer the perfect respite from a busy day on the river. Settle in at your desk or relax on the couch, slide open the doors to your private balcony and peacefully watch the river banks of America’s heartland drift by. Enjoy the finest amenities in these luxurious accommodations featuring generous closet space and a full bathroom.

Loft Suite

Loft Suites are your new home away from home. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a full-size sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access your private balcony where you can unwind and take in the majestic, riverside scenery. Ascend the stairs to the upper level of the loft and you will discover a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and plentiful closet space. A large picture window in front of the staircase affords river views from the upper level bedroom. These expansive suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of our Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Interior Suite

Surrounded by every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entry to our welcoming Interior Suites. These tranquil retreats provide plenty of personal space for you to comfortably move about and feel right at home on the river. Enjoy special touches such as ample closet space and a writing desk with chair.

Deluxe Suite

2-room Deluxe Suites give you the feeling of a fine estate home. Upon entry you will discover a lounge area with half bath, a full-size sofa-bed and small desk area. Off of the lounge you will enter your private bedroom complete with a full bath, plentiful closet space and sliding doors to your private balcony. Indulge in a soothing soak in your tub and then retire to your cozy armchair, prop your feet up and read through the River Times, our daily program, to discover the delights that await you.

Owner’s Suite

Nestled in the best location with sprawling views of the river, our 2-room Owner’s Suites will have you feeling like Thomas P. Leathers, one of the wealthiest and most successful steamboat owners of the 19th century. Slide open the glass doors, accessible from both the bedroom and lounge areas, and step out onto your expansive, private balcony to unwind and take in the beauty of riverside America. Adorned with an intimate interior lounging area amply furnished with a full-size sofa-bed, cocktail tables and desk, these lavish suites can accommodate up to four guests and epitomize luxurious river cruising. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of our Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Sun Deck

Cabin Deck

Observation Deck

Main Deck