American Queen Steamboat Company’s loyalty program

If you’re a repeat cruiser, you’ve probably discovered the value of the cruise lines’ loyalty programs. They’re essentially a “thank you” from the cruise lines; the cruise lines appreciate your business, and therefore provide rewards programs for repeat customers.  The perks vary from small to quite large, and it’s well worth your time to enroll if you intend to cruise on a particular line again. To that end, the American Queen Steamboat Company has announced the re-launch …

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American Queen Steamboat Company announces Paddlewheel Steamboating Society of America reunion voyage

The American Queen Steamboat Company announces the re-launch of the Paddlewheel Steamboating Society of America loyalty program, which has been re-established to welcome and recognize steamboaters in special ways throughout the year. For many years, the Paddlewheel Steamboating Society of America hosted its honored travelers from the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen on specially arranged insider experiences ashore prior to voyages and the tradition has returned once again with the re-launch of the American Queen. …

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Holiday Cruising With the American Queen Steamboat Company

It could be just wishful thinking brought on by the heat of the summer, but it seems that the holidays are beginning to be on people’s minds.  More than one person I’ve spoken to recently is planning ahead, thinking of holiday traditions and perhaps a holiday cruise.  I came across this blog by Christoper Kyte, President of the American Queen Steamboat Company (see the original blog here) and found it so interesting, I just had to pass …

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American Queen Summer 2012: End of cruise

Old-timey planes whizz overhead. Daredevil parachutists breeze through the famed St. Louis Arch. Dazzling fireworks illuminate the sky. Seems like a fitting end to our American Queen cruise. All too quickly, the boat is docked at St. Louis and our journey from Memphis is coming to a close. Major waterfront celebrations are going on in St. Louis and we have the perfect front-porch seat to view it all from the American Queen. Never in my wildest dreams …

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Shore Excursion: St. Louis Arch offers journey to the top

The woman next to me described it as climbing into a gigantic clothes dryer and slamming the door shut. She had a point. In fact, visitors have been known to balk when it came time to scrunch into the space-capsule-looking gadget. Some prospective riders have turned and walked away when faced with the claustrophobic prospect. So why do it? For what lies at the end of the ride. The way to get to the top of the …

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Shore Excursion: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Choices, choices! When the American Queen docked in Cape Girardeau, the shore excursion choices were many. And they all sounded interesting to me. However, our time in the Missouri town was limited. The River Times newsletter left on my cabin bed the night before noted that we would arrive in Cape Girardeau at noon and have to back on board at 4:30 for a 5 p.m. departure. On the free Steam cruiser options,  we could visit the …

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Shore Excursion: National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky

Yep, the name is funny. And these gals certainly have a fun time. But they are really serious about what they are doing and why. The famous Yo-Yo Club was sitting at The National Quilt Museum when the American Queen docked in Paducah, Kentucky. I watched as the four club members made yo-yos and discussed the age-old art of quilting. “We’re not talking about the little round toys that go up and down on a string,” member …

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