Category Archives: Great American Steamboat Company

Changes in Cruise Company Names

Recently announced and observed company name changes have some people excited, others confused.

American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat CompanyEffective July 1, 2012, the company once known as Great American Steamboat Company is changing its name to American Queen Steamboat Company. This is an intuitive choice, as their recently renovated ship, the American Queen, has a stronger name recognition than the current company name. However, its timing is creating a bit of a stir, as the company just celebrated just over a month into its inaugural season.
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Initial Thoughts on The American Queen

American Queen arrives in Natchez!

American Queen arrives in Natchez!


We were on the American Queen for a four day sailing. While we work on our complete detailed report, here’s some initial thoughts…

We loved it! The romance, the relaxation, the unique way of travel, sailing down the Ohio and Mississippi River. Mark Twain telling us about his life (literally), the Riverlorians educating us about the history and “Reading of the River,” the ship, beautiful and unique, the Ladies Parlor, Front Porch of America, River Grill, and all awhile the bright red paddlewheeler never missing a beat as it moved us down the river, and the Calliope that plays every time we leave a port. Rolling down the river, we really were, simply said, four days of living in a bygone era.

The American Queen sailing down the Mississippi River

The American Queen sailing down the Mississippi River

And the food … that could be a report in itself. To be continued…

Contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises toll-free at 888-815-5428 about Mississippi River cruises aboard the American Queen. We are so excited about this new travel option, we have arranged all sorts of promotions to have you experience this unique cruise adventure.

— Linda Androlia – Sunstone Tours & Cruises

American Queen Steamboat Sails Again

American Queen docked along side Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, LA.

American Queen docked along side Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, LA.

After a multimillion-dollar renovation, the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, will set sail today on the waters it was made for; the mighty Mississippi River.

The 436-passenger ship will depart New Orleans today on a six-night roundtrip cruise. It will then continue it’s season of three- to 10-night voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, out of a variety of southern and Midwest homeports, including New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Memphis.

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Free, Live, Online Presentation: Springtime Voyages on the Mississippi River

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Enjoy the awakening of springtime on the river with the Great American Steamboat Company. Gliding along at a stately pace, your mind has time to wander—back to a time when life was slower and more genteel, when mighty rivers served as America’s natural highways and an elegant paddlewheel steamboat was the epitome of travel.

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Stars Coming to the American Queen in 2012

The Grand Saloon, a replica of Ford's Theatre, aboard the American Queen

The Grand Saloon, a replica of Ford's Theatre, aboard the American Queen

One of the great features of the Great American Steamboat Company’s new steamboat American Queen is the Grand Saloon, a place for nightly showboat-style entertainment and dancing to swing and big band music. The company has just announced a series of celebrity entertainment that will perform on select sailings.

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