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Big BandVoyages on American Queen in September

The American Queen paddlewheeler will be refurbished for her second season.

The grand staircase aboard the American Queen is truly grand.

Big Band Swing Voyages on American Queen Depart in September

The American Queen Steamboat Company , operator of the world’s largest and most opulent paddlewheel vessels, announces details for its Big Band Swing voyages beginning in the fall. Taking place between Sept. 5-13 from St. Paul to St. Louis and Sept. 12-20 from St. Louis to St. Paul, this nine-day voyage includes nightly dancing accompanied by the 13-piece Great American Swing Band, onboard lectures from esteemed historians and special appearances by vocalist Lynn Roberts.

“The Big Band Swing trips provide our guests with the opportunity to take in the history of the Mississippi River and our ports of call all while enjoying timeless tunes in their original arrangements,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “We’re thrilled to begin these voyages this fall and can’t think of a more exciting way to explore the river than by offering a voyage complete with top-of-the-line music and entertainment for all ages.”

Highlights of the Big Band Swing voyages include:

  • Included pre-cruise hotel stay in St. Paul, Minn. / St. Louis, Mo.
  • Onboard presentations and performances by Lynn Roberts, former big band singer with the Dorsey Brothers, Harry James and Doc Severinsen. Roberts, having performed around the world, shares stories of her contemporaries Rosemary Clooney and Helen Forrest and is one of the last of her era.
  • Included Hop-on Hop-off Tours in all six port cities of Red Wing, MN; La Crosse, WI; Dubuque, Bettendorf, and Burlington, IO; and Hannibal, MO.
  • Nightly dancing with dance hosts and music provided by Great American Swing Band.

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, the nine-day Big Band Swingfares begin at $1,499 per person based on double occupancy and $1,999 for singles or single staterooms. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities. For additional information and reservations, kindly contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280 , visit or call a professional travel agent.

American Queen Steamboat Company

The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the owner and operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen , the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world.  Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis and St. Paul. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with opulence and grandeur on the American Empress.  The American Queen Steamboat Company is a proud supporter of The National Trust for Historic Preservation.   For additional information and reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280 , visit us online  or call a professional travel agent.

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