Bourbon Launch of New American Countess

A new royal riverboat is now cruising America’s rivers. The American Countess was christened in New Orleans on March 21 and is now on her way for an eight-day journey to Memphis. “As we celebrate the grand debut of the American Countess, I could not be more appreciative of the incredible team that made it possible,” John Waggoner, founder and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company, said in a news release. The fourth boat to join the American …

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American Queen Steamboat Company Launches Bahamas Relief and Recovery Fund Efforts on all Riverboats

image courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company

  NEW ALBANY, IN, September 10, 2019 – American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), a leader in U.S. river cruising, set-up a donation system on all riverboats to aid the Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Additionally, AQSC is committed to contributing other supplies such as clean towels and linens, soaps and essentials to be loaded in Miami and sent to the islands via ships. Guests and crew can easily contribute to the relief efforts …

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Victory Cruise Lines Unveils New 2020 Shore Excursions with the M/V Victory I and II

  NEW ALBANY, IN, June 27, 2019 – Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the Great Lakes, North American and Canadian coasts, is excited to unveil a new lineup of shore excursions following the recent announcement of six new itineraries onboard the M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II for the 2020 season. Operated by American Queen Steamboat Company, a leader in U.S. river cruising, the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II will …

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Victory I Cruise: Henry Ford Museum Home of Priceless American Memorabilia

  A glass vial with the dying breath of famed inventor Thomas Edison. The maroon chair, still blood stained, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford Theater. A folding camp bed that General George Washington actually slept in during the Revolutionary War. Henry Ford was a collector. As one of the world’s first billionaires, Ford had the money to collect whatever struck his fancy. Instead of expensive works of art or precious gems, however, Ford liked …

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Victory I Cruise: Boarding Ship for Three-night Great Lakes adventure

  ABOARD M/V VICTORY I – Entering a ship stateroom that will be my cruise home is always exciting. When I opened the door for stateroom 312 aboard the Victory I, it reminded me of the old John Denver song about grandma’s featherbed. In that tune, John Denver crooned about his favorite childhood memories of the gigantic featherbed that was “soft as a downy chick.” That’s sure what my cruise bed looked like. Plopping my backpack on …

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Luxury riverboat operator American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) Invites Guests to Join for an 23-day Cruise from New Orleans, LA to Red Wing, MN

  Luxury riverboat operator American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) invites guests to join for an 23-day cruise from New Orleans, LA to Red Wing, MN June 23- July 15, 2019 onboard the American Queen, exploring America’s storybook towns and vibrant bustling cities. This voyage is packed with special events, such as blues by Memphis legend Joyce Cobb and her band, a solo cabaret by Glenn Springs and a homespun show by Dave Para and Cathy Barton featuring …

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American Duchess Cruise: Chef’s notes on menu add to dining pleasure

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – When Executive Chef Jeff Warner entered the American Duchess dining room wearing his white jacket and tall white hat, he received a happy round of applause. He certainly deserves it. The food on my cruise is scrumptious. Not only is the food delicious but the menus are also a pleasure to read. Not just for the cuisine choices but for the little tidbits that are on every menu. Jeff lists “Chef Suggestions” …

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American Duchess Cruise: Singing the blues at B.B. King hometown museum

AMERICAN DUCHESS – A tractor mishap helped put the career of a renowned bluesman in high gear. If not for the 1946 accident, the world might never have heard of Riley King. Of course, we got to know him as B.B. King. “Because of that accident, Riley King left Indianola for Memphis,” said Robert Terrell, Director of Operations for the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.  “Memphis is where he got his nickname …

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American Duchess Cruise: Roller skating Elvis, paddlewheel guitar, much more on new boat

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – A singing Elvis on roller skates. Romantic “popera” (popular opera) made famous by Luciano Pavarotti and Sarah Brightman. A 1960s-sock hop. And country music ranging from Loretta Lynn to Garth Brooks. Entertainment on the American Duchess is never boring. The multi-talented singers and musicians seem to be able to cover all genres of music – along with dancing, joking and audience interaction. Before and after dinner, cocktail music is played by the …

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American Duchess Cruise: How ‘Teddy Bears’ got their name told on Vicksburg flood wall

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – President Teddy Roosevelt was happy to get out of the White House and go hunting in the woods about 25 miles north of Vicksburg. He set out for the four-day hunt on a fine November day in 1902. When dogs treed a bear and the guide signaled for the President to shoot the animal, the nation’s leader refused. Hearing about the story, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew a sketch of Teddy Roosevelt …

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