American Duchess began cruising the Mississippi River in June 2017. Riverships on the Mississippi typically follow the same design: wood, brass, traditional American accents, and decor that harkens back to the bygone Mark Twain era. American Duchess, the third vessel from American Queen Steamboat Company, breaks that mold. This 166-passenger ship’s interior is delightfully modern and contemporary.

American Duchess is wider than other ships in the AQSC fleet at 100 feet, and has 18.5-foot high ceilings on each floor. When you walk onto Duchess, the spaciousness is immediately apparent, highlighted by the beautiful atrium staircases. Large Austrian chandeliers provide a touch of formality, while Murano glassworks add colorful contemporary touches.

Spacious luxury awaits aboard the floating masterpiece that is American Duchess. This boutique-style rivership offers exquisite dining, beautiful decks, and exceptional amenities. Her suites range from 180 to 550 square feet, providing you with the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to American Duchess are her Loft Suites, which feature two stories enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a comfortable dining area, a beautiful lounge with a queen sofa bed, a private balcony, and an upstairs bedroom.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady epitomizes the grace and grandeur that have made cruising on the Mississippi River a cherished American tradition for more than three centuries. And now she’s all ours!




Dining & The Grand Dining Room

Dining aboard American Duchess is an elevated, Epicurean affair that pleases the palate and warms the soul. Duchess’ award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of the region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion uniquely exquisite dishes that’ll leave you yearning for the next meal.

Savor each succulent bite as you swirl and sip amidst the rich ambiance at meals morning, noon, and night in this exquisite venue with sweeping windows revealing a gorgeous view of the Mighty Mississippi.

River Club & Terrace

Its lofty feel (along with an open-view kitchen and double-sided bar) sets the tone for the splendid dining and delightful cocktails. The outdoor terrace features covered, resort-style seating for both leisurely lounging and relaxed dining.

Duchess Show Lounge

You’ll spend evenings aboard American Duchess enjoying all of VACAYA’s and AQSC’s signature entertainment. Duchess’ Show Lounge lies at the heart of all the action. Come back night after night for unmatched entertainment you’ll always remember.

As history plays such a large part of this cruise experience, we’ll feature a diverse lineup of guest historians who take to the stage and transport you to another era. You’ll enjoy hearing from these noted speakers who offer astounding insights on the culture and heritage of the Deep South. Relive a tale from Mark Twain for an enchanted evening and you’ll retire to your room convinced you’ve just had a conversation with history.

Great Lobby Bar

This stunning bar takes advantage of the boat’s two-story atrium. It’s a gorgeous space with a long marble bar and light-colored leather barstools, lit with chandeliers that are reflected in long glass panels. Murano glass sculptures punctuate the shelves and walls.

The Lincoln Library

This beautiful venue hosts lectures by our riverlorians. And with its own bar and grand piano, this comfy space transforms into VACAYA’s nightly Piano Bar. It also boasts a library where you can borrow books (including a collection of Mark Twain) and games.


Got a hankerin’ for a late night snack? PERKS is open 24/7 and includes complimentary coffee, espresso, lattes, and other specialty coffee drinks. The space also offers fruit juice, popcorn, soft-serve ice cream, and freshly baked cookies. And it’s all INCLUDED!

Sun Deck and Walking Track

The sun deck has lounging furniture to take in the sweeping views and cabanas for protection from the sun. A walking track and putting green round out the activities available on the Sun Deck.

Fitness Center

The river is always flowing and while life here may move at a genteel pace, there’s always plenty of activity onboard and ashore for the adventurer in all of us. Maintain your fitness routine, even on your river cruise. American Duchess offers a contemporary gym and range of amenities, so you can keep your workout routine, even while cruising. Look for modern cardiovascular equipment like treadmills and static bicycles in our fitness center. Or work your muscles with our workout bench and free weights. You’ll find that your active, healthy lifestyle is easily maintained here.

<p>Be like a river.</p>
<p>Be open and flow.</p>

Be like a river.

Be open and flow.