Kentucky Derby Themed Cruise - 2023 ZERO DEPOSIT OFFER^
Validity Dates 07 Oct 2021 to 31 Dec 2021
Start Price US $2,835 per person
Cruise American Countess, ex Louisville to Cincinnati
Cruise Line American Queen Voyages
Ship American Countess
Destination North America Rivers
Brief Description Cruise & Stay 8 nights from Louisville to Cincinnati aboard the paddlewheeler - American Countess with the opportunity to attend the Kentucky Derby!*
Type of Special 9 day Cruise and Stay
Departure Date 01 May 2023
Inclusions 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.

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 COMING SOON)

Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay
Package Begins: 1 May 2023 - hotel in Louisville, USA
Cruise Begins: 2 May 2023 - embark, Louisville, USA
Cruise Ends: 9 May 2023 - disembark, Cincinnati, USA
Ship: American Countess
River: Ohio River


• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Louisville
• One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day
• 7 night Ohio River cruise aboard the American Countess from Louisville to 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 ADD ON: Prices COMING SOON - will be per person additional
The 2022 package contained the following
(note - may change in 2023)

• 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


This cruise has been discounted by up to $500 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 Stateroom: Was $3335 - NOW $2835*
Twin Cat B Open Veranda: Was $5535 - NOW $5035*
Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $6335 - NOW $5835*
Single Cat SO Open Veranda Single Bed: Was $6335 - NOW $5835*
Special Conditions *Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available promotional cruise fare at time of publication and including all discounts. Visitors to the United States and Canada must complete an online ESTA /CANESTA application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that cabin availability is not shown in real time - All enquiries will be checked for current availability at the time requested. Promotional fares shown here include discount of up to $500 USD per person. All discounts and offers are capacity controlled. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. All offers for Australian residents. Transfer to hotel on arrival and post cruise are not included. ^2023 Zero Deposit offer is valid for new bookings by Australian guests on any 2023 American Queen Voyages departure (capacity controlled, some departures may have offer withdrawn without prior notice), in any category except Owners Suite. Bookings must be made between 01Aug-31Dec 2021 and will be confirmed without deposit until the 31st of January 2022. On 31Jan22, all bookings must be deposited (from which time normal cancellation conditions apply) or if not deposited, bookings will auto-cancel. All guests must be fully vaccinated by a US approved vaccine prior to departure on any American Queen Voyages sailing.
Sailing Dates
  • 01 May 2023
Category Twin Per Person Single Per Person
Cat E - Inside Stateroom US $2,835 Request Price
Cat B - Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda US $5,035 Request Price
Cat A - Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Private Veranda US $5,835 Request Price
Cat SO - Single Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda US $5,835

Cruise Itinerary

1 01/05 Louisville, Kentucky, USA Hotel
2 02/05 Louisville, Kentucky, USA Embark overnight
3 03/05 Louisville, Kentucky, USA 9:00 PM
4 04/05 Madison, Indiana, USA 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 05/05 Brandenburg, KY 8:00 AM 09:00 PM
6 06/05 Louisville, Kentucky, USA 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
7 07/05 River Cruising
8 08/05 Augusta, KY, USA 8:00 AM 08:00 PM
9 09/05 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 5:00 AM
All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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