American Queen Salutes River Traditions with Upcoming Themed Sailings

October 9th, 2014

The American Queen Steamboat Company has announced a lineup of themed voyages celebrating the heartland’s waterways and vibrant culture.  With an array of options to choose from, the company invites guests to follow their passion with exclusive tours, personalities and entertainment geared towards each focal point.

“Uniquely themed voyages are an integral part of what separate our river cruise product from any other,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “From Bourbon & Bluegrass and Baseball Legends to Old-Fashioned Holidays and Elvis, the possibilities allow our guests to have a wonderfully different experience on each itinerary.” Themed voyage highlights include:

Country Music (Oct. 24-Nov. 1, 2014)

As one of the American Queen’s inaugural visits to Nashville, the nine-day cruise includes tours to the Grand Ole Opry and historic Ryman Auditorium before sailing the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers to Dover, Tenn.; Paducah, Ky.; Savannah, Tenn.; and Florence and Decatur, Ala.

Civil War (Oct. 31-Nov. 8, 2014)

The nine-day sailing from Chattanooga to Memphis, Tenn. exposes guests to the military and political strategies that shaped the events of the American Civil War.  Enlightening lectures from the nation’s top Civil War historians and period music set the stage for shore excursions like the Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum in Paducah, Ky.

Elvis® (Dec. 5-13, 2014)

Elvis Presley is known internationally as the King of Rock n’ Roll.  This nine-day voyage allows guests to immerse themselves in southern musical landmarks including tours to Elvis’ beloved Graceland Mansion, Sun Studio and The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.  Highlights include onboard appearances by renowned tribute artists along with Elvis’ movie co-stars Marlyn Mason, Chris Noel and personal bodyguard, Sam Thompson.

Old Fashioned Holidays (Nov. 28-Dec. 6, Dec. 12-20, Dec. 19-27)

These voyages feature the Lower Mississippi and offer guests authentic holiday experiences including the old Louisiana tradition of bonfires on the levees, special Christmas shows in the Grand Saloon, door-decorating contests and woodcarver Jim Moore creating a Victorian Santa from a block of basswood. Seasonal culinary delights and decadent desserts include a Creole Réveillon Christmas Dinner.

Bourbon & Bluegrass (July 4-12, 2015)

Spanning the length of the Kentucky Bourbon trail, the Bourbon & Bluegrass itineraries feature distilleries from the makers of Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill.  Famous bourbon makers will be joined onboard by the sweet sounds of award-winning Bluegrass acts.

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, fares on the American Queen begin at   $1,599 per person based on double occupancy.  All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

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