American Queen Steamboat Company American Empress Ship Information

OCG Class
River Cruise
American Empress
Year Built2003
Year Last Refurbished2014
Capacity223 passengers


The American Empress, the largest river ship west of the Mississippi, sails on the great rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Formerly operating as the Empress of the North, the ship underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment. It still retains its Victorian riverboat character, but has been upgraded with many enhancements to the public areas.

American Empress Ship Profile & Stats

  • Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
  • Ship Type: River Cruiser/Canal Boat
  • Line Class: River Cruise
  • Former Name: Empress of the North
  • Registry: USA
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Year Last Refurbished: 2014
  • Capacity: 223 passengers
  • Decks: 4
  • Gross Tonnage: 3,388
  • Length: 360 ft
  • Beam: 58 ft
  • Average Speed: 14 knots
  • Outside Cabins: 112
  • Nationality of Officers: American
  • Nationality of Crew: American
  • Number of Crew: 84

American Empress On-Board Recreation

  • Spa: No
  • Casino: No

American Empress Dining Choices

  • Astoria Dining Room Cuisine: American, Regional (Capacity: 235)
  • River Grill (Capacity: 80)

American Empress Entertainment

  • The Show Lounge: Live entertainment, musicals, dancing (Capacity: 235)
  • Paddlewheel Lounge: Live entertainment (Capacity: 80)

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