Accommodations on the American Queen range from cozy interior staterooms to spacious suites with verandas, making it easy to find not only a space where you will enjoy living during your cruise on the river but also a price point that falls within your budget. However, figuring out what’s best for you among the more than one dozen categories may require a little guidance. Help is here.
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Among the most popular categories are the suites with verandas, and there are several flavors of those. The largest are in the LS and AAA categories, and all of these are situated on Deck 5, the Promenade Deck.
The forward-facing Mark Twain Suite (501) and Captain W. Lawrence Keeton Suite (502) are the largest suites on the American Queen. Each is elegantly furnished, featuring Victorian era antique furniture and beds. Both are in the LS category.
They are part of a quad of suites at the front of the American Queen that include the Natchez Suite (503) and the Belle of Louisville Suite (504). These AAA-category suites also occupy desirable real estate up top and forward on American Queen, with similar furnishings, sitting areas and large flat-panel televisions.
There’s fairly good availability of suites in the AAA category, all on Deck 5, the Promenade Deck. I should point out that there are many bathroom configurations on American Queen. Some staterooms come with tub and shower, others with shower only.
On Deck 3, Texas Deck, from midships to aft, are a stretch of staterooms with private verandas. While many of the veranda staterooms on American Queen are front-porch style, opening onto shared deck space, the private-veranda staterooms offer passengers their own private perch to admire the river.
Some of the aft-facing staterooms also feature private balconies, and a few of those offer views of the paddlewheel.
Cabin Deck, situated on Deck 2, features bay windows in place of verandas in these D-category accommodations.
Decks 3, 4 and 5 also feature inside cabins, primarily in the F, G and H categories. These cabins are cozy but adequate for those seeking value and comfortable accommodations. If you plan to spend more time enjoying the amenities of the American Queen than time in the room, I would recommend these. I stayed in one of these on the first leg of our trip and found it to be comfortable and adequate. There are also smaller staterooms for single travelers.
On decks 3 and 4 are outside cabins featuring those shared, front-porch style verandas. These staterooms feature windowed French doors that provide views of the river.
With such a variety of staterooms and suites on American Queen, it’s easy to find the space you desire at a price you appreciate. So which did I choose for the second leg of our journey? Number 311, with the shared veranda and the views of the river from those French doors, a perfect choice for those who want to open the door and step out for great views of the river and beyond.