Cruise & Stay 8 nights from Memphis to Louisville on an arts and crafts themed discovery cruise aboard American Duchess.
7 Night cruise departing from Memphis to Louisville onboard American Duchess. 1 Night pre cruise hotel stay in Memphis. The rivers that flow through this itinerary play muse to artisans of mixed media – from sidewalk chalk to street fare – and are home to ports of cultural diversity that quickly captivate the hearts of visitors. Varied perspectives and lifestyles come to fruit in town squares and along city streets. Embark on a journey from Memphis to Louisville, traverse the confluence of rivers and engage in a uniquely American experience. Day By Day Itinerary: Day 1: Hotel Stay – 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: 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 4: Columbus, KY Columbus, Kentucky, located in Hickman County, is the oldest town in Jackson Purchase. First established on the Mississippi floodplain in 1804, the town was initially known as “Iron Banks.” This naming convention was due to the site’s name in French: les rivages de fer. The great Mississippi Flood of 1927 rampaged the town and caused its residents to move its location to the present-day site further inland. The town received its current name from the infamous Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus. Day 5: Paducah, KY In the hands of artists, modern Paducah was thrown into form. Fingertips muddied with passion and eased by the vision of river water glided along the surface to pull up the community and create the National Quilt Museum. Residents backstitch past into present, then bind appreciation for culture – ensuring that the seams of history will not soon come undone. The people of Paducah have taken great care to orchestrate every crevice of its community into a symphony of craft and color. Life is a work of art, and the town of Paducah certainly is alive and well. Feast in this foodies’ fantasy. Uncover mastership. Catch a glimpse of Paducah. Day 6: Henderson, KY Capture your inner artisan in the home of James Audubon and W.C Handy. Hospitality flows freely through a vibrant downtown that kisses the rolling river. Wide streets welcome guests and showcase historic preservation that awakens a classic ambiance in storefronts and homes. Discover nature fingerprinted with humanity in the many parks and trials that showcase artistry throughout the town. Greetings from Henderson – a walkable community wrapped in warmth. Day 7: Owensboro, KY The exuberance that pervades the sounds of folk music flows through the community of Owensboro. Each of its spaces is a lovely ballad that tugs at the heartstrings of visitors – from the notes of bourbon distilleries to bumbling butterflies in the botanical garden. The tawny banks of this river jewel extend a warm welcome, and invite you to experience the beauty in bluegrass. Day 8: Brandenburg, KY The essence of Kentucky radiates, from its bourbon traditions to a tableau of rolling farmland. Soul-stirring river views and Southern warmth welcome those who pursue relaxation. Mysteries of the Civil War enlist lifelong learners on the battlefield while sprawling parks and trails make way for recreation. The grass is bluer in Brandenburg and all the surrounding areas. Day 9: Louisville, KY This authentically quirky port is a muse to artisans of mixed mediums – from sidewalk chalk to street fare – and home to cultural diversity that quickly captivates the heart of its visitors. The local tradition that lives within images of Derby hats, Old-Fashioned cocktails and the 120-foot Louisville Slugger that towers over the friendly city is better lived than seen. Explore the red penguin-peppered Main Street. Embrace oddity. Experience Louisville.
SPECIAL EDITION THEMED CRUISE: The Art of Discovery Themed Cruise This cruise includes a visit to Paducah, Kentucky – one of nine UNESCO Creative Cities in the United States and only one of two recognized for Crafts and Folk Art. You will be amazed by the included experience at the Discovery Park of America, The National Quilt Museum and more. SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 19 September 2021 – hotel in Memphis, USA Cruise Begins: 20 September 2021 – embark, Memphis, USA Cruise Ends: 27 September 2021 – disembark, Louisville, USA Ship: American Duchess River: Mississippi & Ohio Rivers 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 & Ohio River cruise aboard the American Duchess from Memphis to Louisville • 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 DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by between $200 and $500 USD per person on selected categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat IS Interior Stateroom: Was $3035 – NOW $2835* Twin Cat VS Veranda Suite with Private Balcony: Was $5635 – NOW $5135* Twin Cat DS Deluxe Suite with Private Balcony: Was $8035 – NOW $7535* Twin Cat LFS Loft Suite with Private Balcony: from $8035* (no discount) Twin Cat OS Owners Suite: $9135 (no discount) Single sole use occupancy prices on request