US-flagged cruise line American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) has entered its eighth season of operation and packed a comprehensive range of itineraries and river cruise offerings into its 2019 deluxe brochure.

The line’s American Queen, American Empress and American Duchess riverboats offer a unique experience as they are inspired by the steamboats of the 19th century but equipped with modern amenities.

“After our record setting 2017 season we’re excited to move full steam ahead as we welcome back many returning guests and share our experience with others for the very first time,” said AQSC coo Ted Sykes.

Next year’s season highlights include 16- and 23-day Mighty Mississippi cruises which cover the length of the river from Red Wing to New Orleans, stopping at storied ports including Natchez, Hannibal, Memphis, St. Louis and Paducah. The season will see new itineraries introduced on the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and Upper Mississippi River including stops in Pittsburgh.

Other new additions include Cincinnati to Memphis; Louisville to Pittsburgh and vice versa, and Nashville to Chattanooga and vice versa. The season also includes 46 sailings on the newest ship to the fleet, a paddlewheeler called American Duchess, which can carry up to 166 guests.

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