American River Line Seeks to Hire Hundreds of Crew Members

United States-based river line American Queen Steamboat Company has announced that it is currently hiring over 200 officers and crew members nationwide over the next two months.

The U.S.-flagged cruise line is re-launching its vessel American Empress in the Pacific Northwest on June 14 for a nearly sold-out season, and the American Queen will return to service on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers later this summer, dependent upon CDC guidance.

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American Empress (Photo courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company)

American Empress and Queen will join American Duchess and the brand-new American Countess, which have been sailing since March.

“As we resume operations across our entire fleet, we are seeking dedicated and hardworking shipboard team members with a love for exploration to support our phased restart and continue to establish American Queen Steamboat Company as an industry leader and ally to the communities we visit,” shared John Waggoner, chairman of American Queen Steamboat Company. “I have always had a passion for American rivers and am grateful for the opportunity to deliver authentic hospitality on these storied waterways.”

A wide range of onboard hotel positions are available. Back of house roles start at $125 per day and include galley and housekeeping cleaners as well as other entry-level positions.

Other hotel roles such as front desk, F&B servers, waiters, bar staff, pastry, sous chef, and executive chef level including hotel management roles range from $180 to $450 per day. Career progression is encouraged and many of the existing onboard senior team members have been developed from within the hotel ranks.

Licensed marine roles including mates, engineering positions, pilot, and watchmen can receive between $250 and $800 per day.

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The River Club & Terrace on American Duchess (Photo courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company)

All positions include room and board, healthcare, and travel to and from the boat within the continental United States.

All crew members and officers must be eligible for employment in the United States and have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The crew and guest vaccination mandate begins for American Empress’ June 14 restart, as well as fleet-wide sailings beginning July 1, 2021.

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