(PRESS RELEASE)_NEW ALBANY, Ind., Sept. 15, 2021 – American Queen Steamboat Company®, a Hornblower® Family Company and leading U.S.-flagged river cruise operator, invites guests to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Nashville with newly added itineraries sailing to and from Music City. With the addition of the new American Countess™ to the cruise line’s fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, the cruise line has updated its programming for 2022 with a reimagined Music City Stay Package, more special edition voyages featuring Nashville and additional performances on board by country music legend, Lee Greenwood.
From Clarksville’s (Nashville’s port for American Queen Steamboat Company) proximity to Music Row to Memphis’ Beale Street to Louisville’s bourbon heritage, guests will delight in the discoveries that await on these itineraries each anchored by the sounds of Nashville’s incredible music scene. Special edition voyage highlights include the Bourbon – An American Spirit itinerary sailing from Louisville to Nashville, the Celebrate the 70’s voyage, sailing from St. Louis to Nashville, and the Star-Spangled Cruise, sailing from Memphis to Nashville. Celebrating the Fourth of July, the Star-Spangled cruise offered on the American Countess and American Queen® will also welcome world-renowned country music artist and Grand Ole Opry member Lee Greenwood on board for a special performance for both sailings.
“With demand for our close-to-home offerings still on the rise, expanding our offerings that celebrate the many dynamic U.S. river cities we visit, like Nashville, was a natural next step in ensuring we are meeting the interests of our guests,” shares Shawn Bierdz, president, American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines. “Whether a novice fan or country music aficionado, Nashville is an incredible destination. We look forward to further showcasing the city to our guests throughout the 2022 season.”
Guests sailing on the Star-Spangled Cruises can also choose to experience the three-day, two-night Nashville Music City Stay Package which features some of Nashville’s most celebrated and renowned musical attractions, including the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. With the City Stay Package, not only will guests get a behind-the-scenes look at the Grand Ole Opry through a backstage tour, but they can also enjoy one of the institution’s acclaimed, once-in-a-lifetime music performances. Tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, or more aptly the “Smithsonian of country music,” are also available for guests.
Available on multiple sailings throughout the 2022 season, the expanded Nashville City Stay package also includes luxurious accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and delicious, classic American breakfast at the hotel each morning, in addition to roundtrip ground transportation.
Sailings featuring the optional Nashville City Stay Package include:
• May 16-23, 2022: Memphis to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Countess
• June 5-12, 2022: Memphis to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Queen
• June 19-26, 2022: Louisville to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Queen
• June 27-July 4, 2022: Louisville to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Countess**
• July 3-10, 2022: Memphis to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Queen**
• Oct. 23-30, 2022: Alton to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Queen
• Nov. 6-13, 2022: Chattanooga to Nashville (Clarksville)– American Queen
**Star-Spangled Cruise featuring Lee Greenwood
Sailing under U.S. flags, American Queen Steamboat Company began a phased restart in March under SafeCruise™ protocols and became the only fully vaccinated U.S. River cruise line for both guests and crew effective July 1. The 100% vaccination policy allows guests the freedom to cruise with confidence in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines. All guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination via vaccination card prior to pre-cruise hotel check-in. SafeCruise policies are subject to municipality and state rules based on current regional conditions and may be modified without advance notice to adhere to local health and safety guidelines.
American Queen Steamboat Company is currently running a Fall Sale with savings up to $2,000 per stateroom. Guests who book an American Queen Steamboat Company voyage departing by March 31, 2022 have the flexibility to move to another 2021 or 2022 voyage penalty free up to 21 days prior to the departure.
Fares from $1,399 per person, plus port fees, taxes and gratuities.
For more information on American Queen Steamboat Company and its City Stay Packages, please visit www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com, call 888-749-5280 or contact your travel agent.
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