American Queen Voyages announced today that it is expanding its headquarters to Florida, in order to better serve the needs of its customers. The company will be moving into a new facility in Orlando, which will allow it to service more clients and increase efficiency for both staff and operations.

American Queen Voyages, the cruise line that specializes in luxury river cruises, has announced that it will be moving its headquarters to Florida.

On Tuesday, American Queen Voyages (previously American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines) announced the opening of its new headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The news comes on the heels of the Hornblower Group’s announcement that American Queen Steamboat Company and its sister company Victory Cruise Lines will be merged under a new brand. If you missed it, you can read about it here.

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Duchess of America (Photo courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company)

With over 100 employees, the cruise line’s new headquarters will serve as the hub for marketing, sales, and vessel operations. The line will collaborate closely with Broward County’s official economic development partnership, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

The line’s previous headquarters were in New Albany, Indiana.

Shawn Bierdz, president of American Queen Voyages, stated, “South Florida is the core of the cruise business, and Fort Lauderdale is undoubtedly the hub of that area.” “Having a presence in Fort Lauderdale enables us to tap into a skilled workforce throughout the tri-county region, as well as provide an appealing home base for individuals seeking to move here,” says the company.

The top level of the iconic Coastal Tower at 2400 East Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale will be leased by American Queen Voyages for approximately 23,000 square feet. The workplace will offer uninterrupted views of the lake and easy access to I-95 and the city’s central business district.

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Tower on the Waterfront (Photo via the Cardinal Point Management website)

“Since we started contemplating relocating our award-winning overnight cruise division headquarters to Florida, the community of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County has welcomed American Queen Voyages,” said Kevin Rabbitt, chief executive officer of Hornblower Group. “I want to express my gratitude to Bob Swindell and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance for establishing such a friendly climate for business in Broward County, where so many of our industry partners call home. We are excited to be a part of this expanding community.”

“American Queen Voyages, welcome to Fort Lauderdale! Broward County, a global maritime industry and hospitality hub, is a great match and pleased that American Queen will join other national headquarters like vacation package suppliers, rental vehicles, and cruise lines. Thank you for selecting Fort Lauderdale to move and expand,” said Bob Swindell, President/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s official economic development partnership.

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American Queen Voyages, a company that specializes in luxury river cruises, announced on March 15th, 2019 that they will be moving their headquarters from Memphis to Florida. Reference: american duchess memphis.

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