(PRESS RELEASE)_NEW ALBANY, Ind., September 10, 2020 – American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), a Hornblower® Family Company and leading U.S.-flagged river cruise operator, continues to chart interesting and unique routes on America’s rivers, inviting guests to explore the history and beauty of the country with itineraries for 2021.
For 2021, AQSC will call on the glass canyons of Chicago as well as feature routes from Nashville to Memphis and Louisville to St. Louis. Offering itineraries from January through December of each calendar year, AQSC continues to create a diverse selection of itineraries for guests to select from.
From the royal grandeur of the American Queen, America’s only steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat, to the contemporary charm of the newest paddlewheeler to join the fleet, the American Countess, AQSC has maintained its high level of service, entertainment and dining while incorporating new health and safety measures. New protocols developed through an ongoing partnership with Ochsner Health, Louisiana’s leading healthcare provider, are designed to help guests feel safe and confident when booking their 2021 travel.
“Rivers truly are the heart of America. As travel recovers in 2021, we are excited to offer these routes along American rivers so our guests can discover the beauty and heritage of our own back yard,” said John Waggoner, founder and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “The wellbeing of our guests, crew and partners is, and always will be, our top priority and we are constantly working to reassess our health and safety protocols with the help of the experts at Ochsner Health to ensure our guests experience the high level of service that we have become known for at AQSC.”
Unique itineraries offered in 2021 include:
Nine-Day Memphis, TN to Nashville, TN (Clarksville) (or reverse)
American Duchess: April 4, December 5, 12
From the historic blues of Memphis to the boot stomping sounds of Nashville, this immersive itinerary is perfect for music and arts lovers. Between the cities, guests will discover fascinating small towns including Paducah, Kentucky, a UNESCO Creative City and home to the National Quilt Museum, which offers mesmerizing patterns and astounding artworks. Ports of call include a pre-cruise hotel stay in Memphis; Ashport Landing, TN; New Madrid, MO; Cape Girardeau, MO; Paducah, KY; Dover, TN; and Nashville (Clarksville).
Nine-Day Louisville, KY to St. Louis, MO (Alton)
American Duchess: May 2, July 4, Sept. 26 | American Queen: July 11
From the birthplace of bourbon to the tableaus of rolling farmland, American lore is deeply embedded into this Heartland cruise. Kentucky’s small towns charm all who visit, with the front porch pickin’ in Owensboro, Kentucky and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln near Brandenburg, Kentucky, the Americana culture of the Bluegrass State is wonderous. Ports of call include a pre-cruise hotel stay in Louisville; Brandenburg, KY; Owensboro, KY; Henderson, KY; Paducah, KY; Cape Girardeau, MO and St. Louis (Alton).
Nine-Day Chicago, IL (Ottawa) to St. Louis, MO (Alton) on the American Countess: Sept. 25
Guests will explore the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the deep-rooted traditions of America’s Heartland on this itinerary aboard the contemporary American Countess. From the glass canyons of Chicago to the historic town of Hannibal, MO, home of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum where guests can see first-hand the inspiration for Tom Sawyer, down to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the stories of the river will come to life. Ports of call include a pre-cruise stay in Chicago; Ottawa, IL; Peoria, IL; Havana, IL; Hannibal, MO and St. Louis.
For more information on AQSC’s enhanced health and safety policies, please visit: www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/health-and-safety-protocols.
For additional information and reservations, please contact American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5289, visit www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com or call a professional travel agent.
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