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North American Rivers

If you’re looking for a cruise vacation that’s completely different from any other, come discover Mark Twain’s America . . . on board an authentic paddlewheel steamboat!

A Steamboatin’ vacation offers delightfully diversified pleasures – the excitement of exploring quaint rivertowns; the thrill of travelling along America’s great rivers; the tranquility of watching the sun set on the river; the romance of a moonlight stroll on deck; and the reward of pure relaxation.

The USA has a host of navigable rivers and waterways that offer wonderful river cruise experiences.

The Columbia and Snake rivers allow round trip cruises from Portland into the Pacific North West

Mississippi cruises are often split into Lower Mississippi which is south from St Louis and Upper Mississippi which is north from St Louis. These cruises are generally on Paddle Steamers. Cruises also make use of the Mississippi’s main tributaries including the Ohio, Tennessee and Arkansas rivers.

The St Lawrence and Great Lakes have cruises that can go from Quebec and through the lake system to Chicago and into Lake Superior.

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extends from Key West in Florida to Boston, Massachusetts and covers a region rich in both history and geography. Its 1200 mile course includes manmade canals, bays protected by barrier islands, natural river channels, and estuaries.

Cruise types

The vessels used range from Mississippi Paddle Steamers, to small ships and to river boats. The destination and the rivers drive the ship type as often as not.

Cruise season

Seasons vary by river. Lower Mississippi cruises operate year round, while cruises on the Coastal Waterway, the St Lawrence and the Columbia don’t operate in the winter and their schedules may be set to enjoy Fall Colours or historical events.

Main ports

Columbia and Snake Rivers – Portland Mississippi – New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, St Louis, St Paul and more St Lawrence and the Great Lakes – Quebec, Montreal, Chicago Intracoastal waterway – Quebec, Toronto, Chicago, Buffalo

Weather

The weather varies according to the region, river and season. Fall cruises to view the autumn colours will be cooler while summer cruises on the lower Mississippi will be warm to hot.

American Duchess, ex Memphis to Louisville – 02 Jul 2022

7 Night cruise departing from Memphis to Louisville onboard American Duchess. 1 Night pre cruise hotel stay is included in Memphis.

American Duchess, ex Memphis to Louisville

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7 Night cruise departing from Memphis to Louisville onboard American Duchess. 1 Night pre cruise hotel stay is included in Memphis. Day 1: Hotel Stay – Memphis, TN Enjoy your complimentary stay at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city’s famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment. Day 2: Memphis, TN Departure 5:00 PM Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through history. Day 3: Leisurely River Cruising There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment. Day 4: New Madrid New Madrid is known for being near the military engagement the Battle of Island Number Ten during the Civil War. The city is also famous for being the site of a series of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Explore the history of earthquakes, documented with seismographic recordings, in addition to Native American artifacts, Civil War artifacts and family life in New Madrid during the 19th and 20th centuries. Day 5: Paducah, KY Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent! Day 6: Henderson, KY Framed by nature, the area comprising Henderson, Kentucky, originally known as the great hunting and fishing mecca of American Indians, was first seen by a group of men including Thomas Walker and Daniel Boone, who found their way into the area through the Cumberland Gap. Henderson’s wooded hills and lush vegetation attracted legendary naturalist, John James Audubon, who operated a mill on the riverfront from 1810 to 1819, just one block from the center of the present business district. Thousands of people annually visit Audubon State Park and Museum, boasting the largest collection of John James Audubon original art and artifacts. A vibrant downtown, river up close, and with nature and history as its backdrop, Henderson is a progressive, small Southern town that also has its heritage deeply embedded within its borders and embraced by its citizens. Day 7: Owensboro, KY The first European descdant to settle in Owensboro was frontiersman William Smeathers or Smothers in 1797, from whom the Riverfront park is named. The settlement was originally known as Yellow Banks from the color of the land beside the Ohio River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at what is today’s Owensboro prior to departing on their famous travels. In 1817, Yellow Banks was formally established under the name Owensborough, named after Col. Abraham Owen. In 1893, the spelling of the name was shortened to its current Owensboro. There have been several distillers, mainly of bourbon whiskey, in and around the city. Owensboro is also home to famous actor Johnny Depp, as he is a member of an old and prodigious Kentucky family. Day 8: Brandenburg, KY Once in Brandenburg and Meade County, enjoy the stunning scenery of a city perfectly situated along the Ohio River. The quiet community features two golf ranges, countless outdoor activities, and hunting and fishing abound. The relaxing nature of Brandenburg has pasted its name onto tourist’s maps as a quiet, rejuvenating vacation destination. Day 9: Louisville, KY From its frontier founding at the time of the American Revolution, to the heyday of Steamboat transport in the early 19th century, through the city’s importance as a Union base during the Civil War, Louisville has always balanced a sense of history with an ability to re-invent itself as the city of originals. As the the largest city in Kentucky and in the top 30 most populated cities in the United States, this large city brings with it an authentic and original culture and diversity that visitors quickly learn to love. Discover the talent and creativity of Louisville locals in a number of art galleries, theatrical performances, and museums. Nearly everyone can find something they love here as we discover Louisville’s treasures!

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American Empress, Pacific Northwest Cruise ex Vancouver to Clarkston – 03 Jul 2022

7 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Clarkston aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Vancouver.

American Empress, Pacific Northwest Cruise ex Vancouver to Clarkston

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7 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Clarkston aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Vancouver. As the American Empress transports guests through the riverways of the Pacific Northwest, evergreen and ever-beautiful, the landscape transforms from a majestic wall of spruce and pine to rolling hills speckled with vineyards and cherry trees. The water seizes the sky, and swallows it whole to reflect cloud and fowl. Here, Mother Nature presents her purest expression of life – untamed, spiritual and free. Day by Day Itinerary: Day 1: Hotel Stay – Vancouver, WA Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. Day 2: Vancouver, WA, Departure 6:00 PM A suburb of Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington, has taken on a distinctive identity of its own. Located in an ideal spot among Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Coast, Vancouver boasts a newly renovated waterfront and an abundance of activities, scenic landscapes and historic attractions for all to enjoy. Day 3: Astoria, OR Astoria is known to be the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. There is no doubting the richness of the history grounded in this Columbia River town. For thousands of years, the Clatsop Tribe inhabited the lands. Today, you can climb to the top of the Astoria Column – wrapped in depictions of history – look out over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean and watch your model wooden airplane glide through the air to its rest below. Day 4: River Cruising Day 5: Stevenson, WA Stevenson embraces the adventurist – with hiking trails, hot springs and local wineries, a visitor is sure to find plenty to do. Opportunities for educational enlightenment abound within the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and at Bonneville Dam. Consider a stop downtown to visit restaurants, cafés and small locally owned shops in which reside treasures of the Pacific Northwest. Day 5 and 6: The Dalles, OR At the end of the overland Oregon Trail, The Dalles holds a unique place in history as a jumping-off spot for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, adventurers, gun-slingers, floozies and scallywags. The Dalles, although a part of the Oregon High Desert, features a long growing season and a relatively warm climate that supports the growing of grapes. As a result, the region is home to a wine scene unlike any other in Oregon. Visitors will be pleased to see the rolling hills speckled with vineyards. Day 7: Umatilla Landing, OR Day 7: Richland, WA (Tri-Cities) Step off the boat directly into a perfectly polished park, and take a short stroll to downtown shops, eateries and attractions. Incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until it was acquired by the U.S. Army for the site of the Hanford Engineer Works – used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historic venues are part of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. This and many other intriguing locations are offered as part of your experience in Richland. Day 8: Clarkston, WA Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America’s deepest gorge – Hells Canyon – on the Snake River. Picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates and a deep history make this scenic inland port a desirable stop. Spend the day enjoying Clarkston, Washington and neighboring Lewiston, Idaho while tracing the legacy of the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – for whom the cities are named. Day 9: Clarkston, WA, Disembark the American Empress.

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Lower Mississippi Cruise – EARLYBIRD – 02 Mar 2024

Cruise & Stay 8 nights from Memphis to New Orleans aboard the paddlewheeler – American Countess.

Lower Mississippi Cruise – EARLYBIRD

US $1,385

Per person

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis. Day 1 Hotel Stay in Memphis, TN Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2 Memphis, TN Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience. Day 3 Port of the Mississippi Delta/Terene Landing The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Catch a unique glimpse into the Port of the Mississippi Delta, and discover a muse of many. Day 4 Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Day 5 Natchez, MS It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Day 6 Pointe Coupee Day 7 Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge grants a strikingly different experience from those of the small-town stops throughout the journey. In this energetic port, history-facing museums and landmarks fraternize with forward-looking art and industry to offer a personalized encounter to each visitor. Allow the flowing, carefree words of denizens to dance through the eardrums during a meander through the city streets. Choose to hop on one of our deluxe motorcoaches and explore the diversity this city has to offer, or take a walk down the river path alongside the boat. Day 8 Nottoway American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. Day 9 New Orleans, LA As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town.

SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 2 March 2024 – hotel in Memphis, USA Cruise Begins: 3 March 2024 – embark, Memphis, USA Cruise Ends: 10 March 2024 – disembark, New Orleans, USA Ship: American Countess River: Mississippi River __________________________ INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Memphis • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from Memphis to New Orleans • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $249 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by up to $1000 USD per person in selected categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 30th of June 2022*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Interior: Was $2385 – NOW $1385* Twin Cat B with Open Veranda: Was $4185 – NOW $3185* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $4885 – NOW $3885* Single Cat SO with Private Veranda: Was $3885 – NOW $2885*

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Lower Mississippi Cruise – EARLYBIRD – 09 Mar 2024

Cruise & Stay 8 nights from New Orleans to Memphis with the paddlewheeler, American Countess.

Lower Mississippi Cruise – EARLYBIRD

US $1,685

Per person

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Countess. 1 Night Hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans. Day 1 Hotel Stay in New Orleans, LA Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2 New Orleans, LA New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park. Day 3 White Castle (Alternate Dock for Nottoway Plantation) White Castle is our alternate dock for Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. Day 4 Pointe Coupee Day 5 Natchez, MS It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Day 6 Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Day 7 River Cruising Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers. Day 8 Tunica, MS There’s no shortage of fun in this Mississippi town. Tunica offers casinos, history, great food and fun – all within its quant boarders. The tour starts with a stop at the Tunica RiverPark. Located on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the Tunica RiverPark is a magnificent combination of modern architecture and nature’s splendor. Step up to the observation deck to enjoy spectacular river views, enjoy the interactive history displays at the Mississippi River Museum, or take a walk through the eco trail, winding through nearly two miles of beautiful wetland forest. Experience the unspoiled timber, native creatures and Mississippi plant life, as you unwind and become one with nature. Day 9 Memphis, TN As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town.

SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 9 March 2024 – hotel in New Orleans, USA Cruise Begins: 10 March 2024 – embark, New Orleans, USA Cruise Ends: 17 March 2024 – disembark, Memphis, USA Ship: American Countess River: Mississippi River __________________________ INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in New Orleans • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from New Orleans to Memphis • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $249 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by up to $1000 USD per person in selected categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 30th of June 2022*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Interior: Was $2685 – NOW $1685* Twin Cat B with Open Veranda: Was $4485 – NOW $3485* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $5185 – NOW $4185* Single Cat SO with Private Veranda: Was $4185 – NOW $3185*

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Lower Mississippi Cruise – EARLYBIRD – 23 Mar 2024

Cruise & Stay 8 nights from New Orleans to Memphis with the paddlewheeler, American Countess.

Lower Mississippi Cruise – EARLYBIRD

US $2,485

Per person

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Countess. 1 Night Hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans. Day 1 Hotel Stay in New Orleans, LA Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2 New Orleans, LA New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park. Day 3 White Castle (Alternate Dock for Nottoway Plantation) White Castle is our alternate dock for Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. Day 4 Pointe Coupee Day 5 Natchez, MS It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Day 6 Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Day 7 River Cruising Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers. Day 8 Helena Day 9 Memphis, TN As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town.

SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 23 March 2024 – hotel in New Orleans, USA Cruise Begins: 24 March 2024 – embark, New Orleans, USA Cruise Ends: 31 March 2024 – disembark, Memphis, USA Ship: American Countess River: Mississippi River __________________________ INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in New Orleans • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from New Orleans to Memphis • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $249 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by up to $200 USD per person in selected categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 30th of June 2022*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Interior: Was $2685 – NOW $2485* Twin Cat B with Open Veranda: Was $4485 – NOW $4285* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $5185 – NOW $4985* Single Cat SO with Private Veranda: Was $4185 – NOW $3985*

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** SOLD OUT ** Lower Mississippi Cruise – 14 Nov 2022

Cruise & Stay 8 nights from New Orleans to Memphis aboard the new American Countess on a lower Mississippi river cruise.

** SOLD OUT ** Lower Mississippi Cruise

US $2,485

Per person

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans. Each pocket of the Lower Mississippi River’s Southern sanctuary introduces our guests to its own distinct personality. From New Orleans to Memphis, traditions, architecture and heritage are living testaments to the region’s historic and cultural significance. Notes of uniquely American music styles play overture to the sweet smell of magnolia trees as we introduce you to the American South. Day 1: Hotel Stay – New Orleans, LA Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2: New Orleans, LA New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park. Day 3: Nottoway Plantation American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. Day 4: Point Coupee (New Roads), LA New Roads is a historical town named after a “new road” the Spanish built in 1776 between the Mississippi and the False River, northwest from Baton Rouge. Over the years, they’ve celebrated a vibrant Creole culture crafted by the French, African, and other nationalities that first called New Roads home, way back when they were founded over three centuries ago. Known as the “Little Carnival Capital” of Louisiana, New Roads followed New Orleans’ example by staging Mardi Gras celebrations as early as 1881. A Louisiana Main Street community, New Roads is also home to several historic estates, particularly along the False River- revealing breathtaking natural beauty and a great spot for fishing, boating and waterskiing. Day 5: Natchez, MS It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Day 6: Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Day 7: Port of the Mississippi Delta / Greenville, TN The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Catch a unique glimpse into the Port of the Mississippi Delta, and discover a muse of many. Day 8: River Cruising There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river, and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities available on board. Gaze at beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. Day 9: Memphis, TN Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.

This cruise is cold out. Please contact our office for alternative dates. SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 14 November 2022 – hotel in New Orleans, USA Cruise Begins: 15 November 2022 – embark, New Orleans, USA Cruise Ends: 22 November 2022 – disembark, Memphis, USA Ship: American Countess River: Mississippi River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in New Orleans • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from New Orleans to Memphis • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $249 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person DISCOUNTS: The fares shown here are full brochure fare. This cruise may also have discounts applicable for Australian residents. Please contact us for your best offer. All rates in USD – U.S Dollars.

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Ohio River Exploration Cruise – 29 Oct 2022

Cruise & stay 8 nights from Pittsburgh to Louisville aboard the paddlewheeler – American Duchess.

Ohio River Exploration Cruise

US $3,285

Per person

7 Night cruise departing from Pittsburgh to Louisville onboard American Duchess. 1 Night Pre Cruise accommodation in Pittsburgh. Day by Day Itinerary: Day 1: Hotel Stay – Pittsburgh Enjoy your included, one-night stay in Pittsburgh. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the city. Day 2: Pittsburgh, PA Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of Pittsburgh before embarking on an unforgettable journey! Day 3: River Cruising Day 4: Marietta, OH Marietta’s location on two major navigable rivers made it ripe for industry and commerce in the 19th century, with boat building emerging as one of its earliest – a history that is shared at the Ohio River Museum. Oil booms in 1875 and 1910 made investors rich, leading to the construction of lavish houses, many of which still stand. In 1939, the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, America’s Riverboat Historical Society, was established in Marietta to celebrate the region’s substantial river history. Marietta is also home to the Great Mound, or Conus, built by the Mound Builders. The mound was preserved by the original pioneers and is contained within the Mound Cemetery, which is also home to the largest number of Revolutionary War officers buried in one location. Day 5: Huntington, WV Huntington is a vibrant, energetic city that has managed to keep their heritage alive, while still keeping up with the progressions of modern culture. The city is part of the largest inland port in the United States, where West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky meet. Steamboats have always been a huge aspect of Huntington’s history, as a major port for lumber, coal, and fuel during the railroad extension. Today, Huntington welcomes all visitors with open arms and wide smiles, and invites all to explore their unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical buildings! Day 6: Augusta, KY Augusta, Kentucky is located in Bracken County at the confluence of the Ohio River and Bracken Creek. The city offers and incredible long-range view of the picturesque river valley, known to be one of the most stunning views of the valley in the state of Kentucky. Augusta was regarded as one of the most popular shipping ports during the agricultural growth era. Tobacco, hemp, livestock, and wine were frequently exported from Augusta to surrounding areas. Today, the city continues to grow and welcomes visitors of all ages! Day 7: Cincinnati, OH Amidst the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River, Cincinnati spreads from the southwestern corner of Ohio into Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The city is located about mid-point on the shoreline of the 981-mile long Ohio River. John Filson, one of the first settlers in the Ohio Valley community, named it Losantiville, meaning “town opposite the mouth” of the Licking River. The community was the location of Fort Washington, which provided military protection for the surrounding territories. In 1790, General Arthur St. Clair, Commander of Fort Washington, renamed it Cincinnati in honor of the society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers. Day 8: Madison, IN This quaint river town is sure to win your heart. Madison’s culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring you a a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, where the stunning Greek Revival architecture is sure to impress each of its visitors! Day 9: Louisville, KY Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future.

SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 29 October 2022 – hotel in Pittsburgh, USA Cruise Begins: 30 October 2022 – embark, Pittsburgh, USA Cruise Ends: 6 November 2022 – disembark, Louisville, USA Ship: American Duchess River: Ohio River _______________ INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Pittsburgh • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Ohio River cruise aboard the American Duchess from Pittsburgh to Louisville • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $249 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person _______________ DISCOUNTS: The fares shown here are full brochure fare. This cruise may also have discounts applicable for Australian residents. Please contact us for your best offer. All rates in USD – U.S Dollars.

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** SOLD OUT ** Lower Mississippi Cruise – 08 Oct 2022

Cruise & Stay 8 nights from New Orleans to Memphis aboard the beautiful American Duchess.

** SOLD OUT ** Lower Mississippi Cruise

US $3,285

Per person

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans. From New Orleans to Memphis, traditions, architecture and heritage are living testaments to the region’s historic and cultural significance. Each pocket of the lower Mississippi River’s Southern sanctuary introduces our guests to its own distinct personality. Notes of uniquely American music styles play overture to the sweet smell of magnolia trees as we introduce you to the American South. Day by Day Itinerary: Day 1: Hotel Stay – New Orleans, LA Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2: New Orleans, LA New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park. Day 3: Nottoway Plantation American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. Day 4: Point Coupee (New Roads), LA New Roads is a historical town named after a “new road” the Spanish built in 1776 between the Mississippi and the False River, northwest from Baton Rouge. Over the years, they’ve celebrated a vibrant Creole culture crafted by the French, African, and other nationalities that first called New Roads home, way back when they were founded over three centuries ago. Known as the “Little Carnival Capital” of Louisiana, New Roads followed New Orleans’ example by staging Mardi Gras celebrations as early as 1881. A Louisiana Main Street community, New Roads is also home to several historic estates, particularly along the False River- revealing breathtaking natural beauty and a great spot for fishing, boating and waterskiing. Day 5: Natchez, MS It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Day 6: Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Day 7: Greenville Day 8: River Cruising Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers. Day 9: Memphis, TN Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.

This cruise is sold out – please ask us about alternative departure dates SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 8 October 2022 – hotel in New Orleans, USA Cruise Begins: 9 October 2022 – embark, New Orleans, USA Cruise Ends: 16 October 2022 – disembark, Memphis, USA Ship: American Duchess River: Mississippi River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in New Orleans • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess from New Orleans to Memphis • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $199 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person

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Lower Mississippi Cruise – 31 Dec 2022

Cruise & Stay 8 nights from New Orleans to Memphis on a Lower Mississippi river cruise with the paddlewheeler, American Duchess.

Lower Mississippi Cruise

US $2,385

Per person

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans. From New Orleans to Memphis, traditions, architecture and heritage are living testaments to the region’s historic and cultural significance. Each pocket of the lower Mississippi River’s Southern sanctuary introduces our guests to its own distinct personality. Notes of uniquely American music styles play overture to the sweet smell of magnolia trees as we introduce you to the American South. Day by Day Itinerary: Day 1: Hotel Stay – New Orleans, LA Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2: New Orleans, LA New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park. Day 3: Nottoway Plantation American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. Day 4: Point Coupee (New Roads), LA New Roads is a historical town named after a “new road” the Spanish built in 1776 between the Mississippi and the False River, northwest from Baton Rouge. Over the years, they’ve celebrated a vibrant Creole culture crafted by the French, African, and other nationalities that first called New Roads home, way back when they were founded over three centuries ago. Known as the “Little Carnival Capital” of Louisiana, New Roads followed New Orleans’ example by staging Mardi Gras celebrations as early as 1881. A Louisiana Main Street community, New Roads is also home to several historic estates, particularly along the False River- revealing breathtaking natural beauty and a great spot for fishing, boating and waterskiing. Day 5: Natchez, MS It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Day 6: Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Day 7: River Cruising Because history plays such a large part of your river cruise experience, spend some time with our onboard Riverlorian to gain insight into our nation’s history and heritage. Relive a tale from Mark Twain, or simply enjoy fascinating stories, facts and fables about the very stretch of river on which you are cruising. Day 8: Tunica, MS There’s no shortage of fun in this Mississippi town. Tunica offers casinos, history, great food and fun – all within its quant boarders. The tour starts with a stop at the Tunica RiverPark. Located on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the Tunica RiverPark is a magnificent combination of modern architecture and nature’s splendor. Step up to the observation deck to enjoy spectacular river views, enjoy the interactive history displays at the Mississippi River Museum, or take a walk through the eco trail, winding through nearly two miles of beautiful wetland forest. Experience the unspoiled timber, native creatures and Mississippi plant life, as you unwind and become one with nature. Day 9: Memphis, TN Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.

SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 31 December 2022 – hotel in New Orleans, USA Cruise Begins: 1 January 2023 – embark, New Orleans, USA Cruise Ends: 8 January 2023 – disembark, Memphis, USA Ship: American Duchess River: Mississippi River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in New Orleans • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess from New Orleans to Memphis • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $249 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person DISCOUNTS: The fares shown here are full brochure fare. This cruise may also have discounts applicable for Australian residents. Please contact us for your best offer. All rates in USD – U.S Dollars.

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