Cruise & Stay 8 nights on the Ohio river round trip from Cincinnati aboard the paddlewheeler – American Countess
7 Night Cruise sailing from Cincinnati roundtrip aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Cincinnati. Day 1: Hotel Stay – Cincinnati, 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: Cincinnati, TN Take a stroll through Cincinnati – the birthplace of baseball and its own distinctive chili recipe. The city is filled with downtown destinations that flaunt shops and amenities. Bound by the many parks; each district has its own personality, and you can meet them all – because the city’s compact downtown is anchored to the river, where our guests meet the shore. New hotspots and long-lasting classics give this oasis of commerce its colorful character. Seize the day in this old-fashioned urban jewel on the Ohio. Day 3: 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. Day 4: Madison, IN Tucked away between Cincinnati and Louisville is Madison, a quaint river town rich in character. This charismatic port flaunts its personality throughout the streets, where a 130-block historic district showcases its collection of classic architectural artistry. Admire the antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. The downtown shopping district is a unique showcase of unbeatable hospitality, with each shop locally owned and operated. Madison’s heritage is woven into every stop, ensuring a glimpse of beauty and history. Join us to discover all the hidden treasures of Madison. Day 5: 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 6: 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. Day 7: River Cruising Day 8: Augusta, KY Augusta, Kentucky is located in Bracken County at the confluence of the Ohio River and Bracken Creek. The city offers and incredible long-range view of the picturesque river valley, known to be one of the most stunning views of the valley in the state of Kentucky. Augusta was regarded as one of the most popular shipping ports during the agricultural growth era. Tobacco, hemp, livestock, and wine were frequently exported from Augusta to surrounding areas. Today, the city continues to grow and welcomes visitors of all ages! Day 9 Cincinnati, OH As you disembark in Cincinnati, take some time to visit the numerous National Historic Sites via walking tours through Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods abounding in eclectic architecture. Visit the William Howard Taft National Historic Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Betts House.
SPECIAL EDITION THEMED CRUISE: Kentucky Derby Theme Cruise This very special cruise is designed around the Kentucky Derby and events that lead up to the `fastest two minutes in sports.` You can even upgrade to a Kentucky Derby package that consists of VIP access and premium seating at Churchill Downs. Kentucky Derby Festival events leading up to the big race will be included as well, such as the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race (see below for add-on prices) SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 2 May 2022 – hotel in Cincinnati, USA Cruise Begins: 3 May 2022 – embark, Cincinnati, USA Cruise Ends: 10 May 2022 – disembark, Cincinnati, USA Ship: American Countess River: Ohio River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Cincinnati • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Ohio River cruise aboard the American Countess round trip from Cincinnati • 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 OPTIONAL KENTUCKY DERBY PACKAGE: OPTIONAL KENTUCKY DERBY ADD ON: Priced from US $1,999* per person additional For an additional US $1999 – you can enjoy the following premium experience during the Derby on the 7th of May 2022 in Louisville. Includes: • Official 2022 Kentucky Derby ticket and lanyard • VIP fast-access pass to enter Churchill Downs. (This reduces the wait time to enter the gates.) • Undercover seating along the final stretch • VIP access to the indoor climate controlled area • Premium in-track hospitality in the Affirmed Lounge with gourmet food and premium open bar • Deluxe motorcoach transportation from the American Countess to Churchill Downs and the return • VIP motorcoach parking that is conveniently located near the entrance • On-site assistance from American Countess crew members