American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the American Queen, American Empress and new American Duchess, reported 2017 as the most successful year in the company’s six year history, the company said in a statement.
Delivering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, the three U.S. flagged paddlewheelers exceeded sales goals throughout the calendar year and recorded the highest guest satisfaction scores to date. The August debut of the first purpose-built boutique paddlewheeler American Duchess, newly expanded wine voyages on the American Empress sailing the Pacific Northwest and the American Queen’s popular 23-day Mighty Mississippi itineraries were among the American Queen Steamboat Company’s many 2017 highlights.
“The American Queen Steamboat Company has had an incredible year as we expanded our fleet and showcased the beauty of America’s heartland and the Pacific Northwest to more guests than ever before,” shared Ted Sykes, American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO. “Demand for U.S. river cruising is higher than ever before and I want to thank our loyal guests and dedicated travel agent partners for being a part of our record-breaking year.”
The American Queen is currently sailing the lower Mississippi River as part of its second annual Holiday Christmas Market season, showcasing local artisans, seasonal décor and river town traditions in ports such as Natchez, Miss. and St. Francisville, La. American Duchess guests recently departed on the first of several roundtrip Nashville Holiday itineraries sailing the Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers for the conclusion of its inaugural season. The American Empress has concluded its 2017 season in the Pacific Northwest and will resume sailings in March 2018.