American Queen Steamboat Company Showcases 2016 Schedule with New Brochure Celebrating Fifth Season

American Empress - formerly Empress of the NorthAmerican Queen Steamboat Company, operator of America’s most opulent and luxurious paddlewheel vessels, is preparing for the 2016 season with a new brochure currently arriving in loyal guest and valued travel agent mailboxes.

The new 76-page brochure highlights the upcoming fifth season of the U.S.-flagged river cruise line and its iconic American Queen and American Empress riverboats, the only member vessels of Historic Hotels of America.

With stunning new photography, the brochure highlights award-winning shore excursions, detailed sample dining menus, themed voyages, two Mighty Mississippi Voyages stretching between St. Paul and New Orleans and new Commodore River Butler Service. Guests can begin planning their 2016 holiday on the American Queen and American Empress exploring the waters and towns throughout the Heartland of America and Pacific Northwest.

“We are eager to begin the upcoming 2016 season, offering our guests new and exciting services, amenities and voyages,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “With newly unveiled additions to our fifth season operating the American Queen, we hope to welcome new travelers as well as familiar faces onboard both elegant boats exploring America’s most beautiful rivers.”

Highlights in the new 2016 season brochure include:

* Commodore Services which offer an exclusive level of hospitality and amenities to guests staying in suite-level accommodations onboard the American Queen and the American Empress. Commodore Services featurespecial access to the pre-voyage hotel’s club lounge, access to private voyage check-in and pre-boarding privileges, a bottle of wine from the region or fruit basket upon arrival, preferred dining arrangements, reserved balcony seating in the Grand Saloon theater or The Show Lounge theater, a private reception with Senior Officers of the ship and River Butler services for those staying in Luxury Suite.

* Mighty Mississippi Voyages traveling the entire length of the river with a southbound and northbound itinerary spanning three weeks.

* New Themed Voyages onboard the American Queen such as “Presidents & Politics” which immerses guests in the history of the American presidency, “Holiday-Christmas Markets” which features an exclusive lineup of Christmas markets offering music, seasonal goods and locally produced crafts, and finally, “Five Rivers of the Heartland” which allows guests a rare opportunity to touch the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers in one incredible voyage.

* An exquisite array of menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner inspired by the American Heartland and prepared by an award-winning culinary team. Menu choices include made-to-order omelets for breakfast, creative soups, salads and hearty entrees for lunch, and nightly five-course meals for dinner in the J.M. White Dining Room onboard the American Queen or the Astoria Dining Room onboard the American Empress.

American Empress Itinerary Overview

The largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi, the 223-guest American Empress, embarks on her third season sailing the Pacific Northwest beginning March 19, 2016. Embarking on compelling stops along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, such as Multnomah Falls, Mt. St. Helens and the Walla Walla Wine Trail, the riverboat features 32 departure dates sailing between Portland/Vancouver, Wash. and Clarkston, Wash. The season begins and ends with two roundtrip Portland itineraries featuring the highlights of Astoria, The Dalles, Stevenson and Portland.

American Queen Itinerary Overview

Embarking on her fifth season on Feb. 18, 2016, the American Queen transports guests back in time with antebellum décor and stops along the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. With 46 total itineraries in 2016, each voyage is steeped in history and culture from pre-cruise hotel stays in New Orleans to tracing the steps of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Mo.

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, nine-day sailings on the American Queen begin at $2,149 and American Empress fares begin at $2,649 per person based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

(American Queen Steamboat Company)