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River Cruising

American Duchess

American Queen Steamboat Company

1995 / 2017
320 ft. / 97 m
Crew Members
American Duchess
American Duchess

Welcome Aboard American Duchess

Spacious luxury awaits aboard the American Duchess, a boutique-style riverboat that combines modern day amenities with a nod to the graceful era of steamboat travel.

With some of the largest accommodations on the Mississippi River, the ship is home to 83 comfortable staterooms and balconied suites ranging from 180 to 550 square feet. Unique to the American Duchess are her Loft Suites, which feature two stories enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a comfortable dining area, a beautiful lounge with a queen sofa-bed, a private balcony and an upstairs bedroom. Guests enjoy a choice of dining venues and lounges, a fitness center and an expansive sun deck where picturesque riverside scenery enriches leisurely cruises aboard a paddle wheeler.

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Dining aboard American Duchess

Regionally inspired

Inspired by America’s heartland and our Southern heritage, our menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of America. In the elegant J.M. White dining room, any meal will keep you savoring the memory of the flavors and excellent service; if you are looking for a more casual atmosphere, the Front Porch Café is for you. Meals there feature favorite main dishes, such as roast prime rib alongside irresistible sides – roasted new potatoes, classic mac-and-cheese and fresh salads.



Entertainment on the American Duchess is one-of-a-kind, where you'll spend your evenings with nightly river cruise entertainment. Live entertainers will bring down the house in The Show Lounge. Catch world-class entertainment, relive a historical moment or hear a famous river tale originally told by Mark Twain. And be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes to the Lincoln Library to enjoy a late-night live set by talented musicians.

Cruising the Mississippi

Relaxation and enrichment

The rhythm of the river is slow as a southern drawl that invites all to take a deep breath and enjoy the simple moments – and the Lincoln library is more than just a space to gather for morning coffee and your favorite book. The Art Walk, a passageway alongside The Show Lounge, features a series of paintings by Claude Monet; the perfect place to simply curl up with a book in one of its window seats. Learn more about the region from onboard historians – Riverlorians – provide interesting lectures on history and culture along the river.

Ship Specifications
Built 1995 / 2017
Air Conditioned Yes
Elevator Yes
Length 320 ft. / 97 m
Guests 166
Draft Varied
Crew Members 83
Beam 30 m / 98 ft.
Ship Registry Memphis, Tennessee
Tonnage 3560 gt
Crew Nationality American
Cruising Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Internet Service levels may vary
Key Features

American Duchess is a majestic, boutique-style paddle wheeler riverboat offering inspired dining, beautiful decks and exceptional amenities. Her suites range from 180 to 550 square feet (16 sq. m. to 51 sq. m.), allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. 

Unique to the American Duchess are her Loft Suites, which feature two stories enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a comfortable dining area, a beautiful lounge with a queen sofa-bed, a private balcony and an upstairs bedroom. 

Stateroom amenities include flat screen satellite televisions, coffee maker and mini refrigerator, furnished lounge area, desk, plentiful closet space; individually controlled air conditioning; sliding glass doors to private balcony; ocean views; full bathroom featuring floor-to-ceiling marble and tub/shower combination or full bathroom with shower.

Time at leisure time might be spent in the Art Walk, where window seat nooks provide the perfect place to relax with a good book; and the Lincoln Library, perfect for those looking for reading, card playing, or just relaxing. And there are always the comfortable rocking chairs on outdoor decks as well as a Sun Deck complete with Walking Track.




  • Onboard American Duchess, all soft-drinks, specialty coffees & teas, and house beer, wine & spirits are included at no additional cost. Premium wines, beers and spirits may be purchased at a small additional cost.
  • Dining rooms (specializing in regional cuisine) and entertainment / leisure venues include J. M. White grand dining room, Show Lounge, Grand Lobby and Bar, Front Porch Café 
  • Owner's Suites and Loft Suites enjoy Commodore Services, including a River Butler, as well as other preferred services aboard
  • Spacious surroundings aboard American Duchess, with modern styling including soaring atrium staircases and Murano glass 
  • Fitness center with treadmill, stationary bicycle and resistance machine
  • Dress aboard ship is casual
  • Elevators service is available between passenger decks
  • Room Service is available
  • Multiple outlets and docking stations available in staterooms
  • Small safe in each stateroom
  • Luxury bath amenities (body lotion, shampoo, conditioner)

Deck Plans

Welcome Aboard

Deck 4 - Sun Deck

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Deck 3 - Cabin Deck

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Owner's Suite

with Private Balcony

Deluxe Suite

Veranda Suite

with Private Balcony

Deck 2 - Observation Deck

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Loft Suite

Veranda Suite

with Private Balcony

Deck 1 - Main Deck

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Onboard Experience

No two days are the same aboard the floating masterpiece that is the American Duchess where spacious elegance awaits aboard. Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady epitomizes the grace and grandeur that have made cruising on the Mississippi River a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. Your day starts with breakfast onboard, saying hello to the folks you became friends with the day before. The river has many stories to share, many that are created as each visitor uniquely explores ashore; the Mississippi's legacy is one that flows from its headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico in New Orleans. Aboard American Duchess, you’ll watch landscapes, cultures and even language transform – each new experience equally as rare and beautiful as the last – and a new chapter awaits around each river bend. Time aboard the ship might be spent in the Fitness Center | Pilot House | River Grill and Bar Theater | Front Porch Cafe | Engine Room Viewing | Grand Saloon | Spa Main Deck Lounge | J.M. White Dining Room | Engine Room Bar | Emporium Mark Twain Gallery | Ladies' Parlor | Gentlemen's Card Room... and more. Ashore, on Tauck's all-included shore excursions, you may be exploring poignant Civil War history in Vicksburg, visiting the B.B.King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Greenville, time gone by in Natchez, a look at life in the Louisiana bayous... Combining the best of the old and the new, a cruise aboard American Duchess epitomizes the grace and grandeur that have made cruising on the Mississippi River a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. Read Less


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