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Voyages by U.S. Tours presents its annual guide to cruise opportunities on the oceans and rivers of the world. This new division of respected operator U.S. Tours aims to become “group cruise central” for professional tour planners. In the guide, profiles of 8 partner lines provide highlights of each cruise company and suggested voyages. From beginning to end, Voyages by U.S. Tours handles all the details of planning a cruise, including collecting deposits and final payments, coordinating schedules, getting documents, arranging for special side trips and just going to bat for you should a problem arise. Its dedicated group department also can offer complimentary meeting space on the ship if needed and coordinate any special events you might wish to include.

The American Queen Steamboat Company runs U.S.-flagged riverboats on the Mississippi and other rivers.

▸ Fleet Size

Paddlewheelers American Queen (417 passengers), American Duchess (166 passengers) and American Empress (221 passengers) will be joined in 2020 by the new American Countess (245 passengers).

▸ Destinations

Cruises ranging from five to 23 days operate along the Upper and Lower Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Pacific Northwest cruises (five to nine days) sail on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Themed cruises, including Civil War, Mark Twain, American Music and Plantation Holidays, operate seasonally.

▸ Discernible Differences

Cruises offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape. American Queen provides an inclusive river cruise experience with pre-cruise hotel stays, complimentary wine and beer with dinner, and shore excursions. Passengers enjoy regionally inspired cuisine, Broadway-caliber entertainment and cultural enrichment lectures and experiences.

▸ Group Policies

Substantial savings are offered on shoulder and off-peak cruises for groups along with one free bed for every 12 paid beds (maximum four) for the group leader. Minimum group size is five cabins, and group sales are supported with customizable materials.

▸ What’s New

American Queen will introduce its newest vessel, the American Countess, in 2020, offering additional itineraries on the Mississippi River. Also new in 2020: a food-themed BBQ voyage.

▸ Awards Won

Gold Winner in 2019 as the Best River Cruise Line– U.S. (Travvy Award) and Best River Cruise Line in U.S. & Canada in the Cruise Critic 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. Also Editor’s Pick 2019 as the Best River Cruise Line for U.S. Sailing in the TravelAge West WAVE Awards.

▸ Suggested Voyages

The best in American river cruising, AQSC offers four ships on America’s inland rivers and Voyages provides you with all-inclusive service. There’s never been a better time to rediscover America, and luxury service aboard the ships American Queen, Empress, Duchess and Countess is the perfect way to explore our heritage.