Cruise & Stay 8 nights aboard the magnificent American Queen paddlewheeler as she travels between St Louis and Clarksville (near Nashville).
7 Night Cruise sailing from Alton to Clarksville aboard American Queen. Hotel stay pre-cruise in St Louis. Day 1: Hotel Stay – St Louis, MO 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: Alton, IL This adventurist’s oasis is always welcoming to our guests – as dewdrops of watercraft greet them from the shorelines. Founded in 1837, Alton has preserved its small-town aesthetic, but mated it with the modern industry and art that birthed its contemporary ambiance. Cafés overlook limestone bluffs draped in greenery as breezes and birds alike whistle through the trees. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor treasures that showcase the enchantment that this river town has to offer. Day 3: St. Louis, MO St. Louis, Missouri, famously referred to as the “Gateway City,” is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultures and traditions each one brings forth. The iconic city was founded in 1764 by French explorers who settled on the east side of the Mississippi, claiming the land as their fur trading post. In 1803, the city’s name began to spread as the beginning point for the famous Louis and Clark Expedition. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands proud on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States. Day 4: Chester, IL Known as the “Home of Popeye”, Chester, Illinois is a city rich in history and pop culture. Because creator and writer of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, was born here, the famous characters starred in the show will be seen showcased frequently throughout the town. Stop at the Popeye Character Trail to view granite statues of the characters overlooking the Mississippi or check out America’s only Popeye museum and gift shop to take home a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Chester! Spend the day exploring the unique history as you walk through luxurious homes, historical buildings, and museums! Day 5: Cape Girardeau, MO Nestled along the western banks of the mighty Mississippi River lays the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It’s a community rich in history and heritage. For more than 250 years, people have been drawn to Cape Girardeau and the river on which it lies. Stroll along the riverfront, where the passion that led Mark Twain to write so eloquently about Cape Girardeau in Life on the Mississippi, the inspiration that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used to lead with firm conviction as he took command of the Union Army in the historic downtown, and the warmth and hospitality that community founder Louis Lorimier extended to Lewis and Clark while on the journey of a lifetime as they set forth on their Corps of Discovery to explore the Louisiana Purchase will be prominent. Day 6: 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 7: Dover, KY A resting dock meets guests in Dover, a town that reveals the value of serenity in river living, where peace and quiet are interrupted only by cricket chirps and birdsong. Adventure through Fort Donelson – Dover’s touchpoint during the Civil War – which has been resurrected into a nexus of history and natural riches. Here, hilltops harbor somber stories, country roads lose themselves in golden horizons and historic treasures are kept secret behind the tree lines. Capture the romance of this little river town’s past, and experience the everyday phenomenon of its future. Day 8 and 9: Clarksville, TN Grand steeples puncture the city skyline, and groomed streets disperse into sounds of serenity at the Riverwalk, where American Queen guests arrive at Clarksville. Take a stroll down the promenade, soak in serenity at the riverside, then head downtown to experience this empire that sprouted from a dream.
2023 ZERO DEPOSIT OFFER^ Make a new booking on this 2023 departure and pay no deposit until the 31st of January 2022! Offer valid for bookings by Australian guests between 1st Aug – 31st Dec 2021. Capacity controlled and not valid on Owner`s Suites. _______________ SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 13 August 2023 – hotel in St Louis, USA Cruise Begins: 14 August 2023 – embark, Alton, USA Cruise Ends: 21 August 2023 – disembark, Clarksville, USA Ship: American Queen River: Cumberland and Ohio Rivers _______________ INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in St Louis • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Cumberland and Ohio Rivers cruise aboard the American Queen from Alton to Clarksville (near Nashville) • 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 up to $300 USD per person in all categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 31st of December 2021*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Interior: Was $2935 – NOW $2635* Twin Cat D Deluxe Stateroom with Bay Window: Was $4535 – NOW $4235* Twin Cat C Stateroom with Open Veranda: Was $4835 – NOW $4535* Twin Cat B Stateroom with Open Veranda: Was $5135 – NOW $4835* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $5335 – NOW $5035* Twin Cat PS Paddlewheel stateroom with Window: Was $5435 – NOW $5135* Twin Cat JS Junior Suite with Open Veranda: Was $5435 – NOW $5135* Twin Cat DS Deluxe Suite with Open Veranda: Was $6035 – NOW $5735* Twin Cat LS Luxury Suite with Private or Open Veranda: Was $8335 – NOW $8035* Twin Cat OS Owners Suite with Private Veranda: Was $9935 – NOW $9635* Single Cat SI Interior: Was $3535 – NOW $3235* Single Cat SD Deluxe Interior: Was $4235 – NOW $3935*