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Grand American Sojourn Cruise – ZERO DEPOSIT OFFER^ – 21 Oct 2023

Cruise and Stay 22 nights with American Duchess departing 21st October 2023

* Valid until 31 December 2021 or sold out/withdrawn

Cruise 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 December 2021.
Capacity controlled and not valid on Owner`s Suites.
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SUMMARY:
Cruise Package Duration: 22 nights Cruise-Stay
Package Begins: 21 October 2023 – hotel in Pittsburgh, USA
Cruise Begins: 22 October 2023 – embark, Pittsburgh, USA
Cruise Ends: 12 November 2023 – disembark, New Orleans, USA
Ship: American Duchess
River: Mississippi & Ohio Rivers

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INCLUSIONS:
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Pittsburgh
• One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day
• 21 night Mississippi & Ohio Rivers cruise** aboard the American Duchess from Pittsburgh to New Orleans
• 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 $597per person
• Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $410 per person
• Bonus USD $50 per person shipboard credit on second and third legs of this trip (Louisville to Memphis and Memphis to New Orleans)

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DISCOUNTS:
This cruise has been discounted by up to $4189 USD per person for Australian residents!
Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings made by the 31st of December 2021*.

All rates in USD per person

Twin Cat IS Interior Stateroom: Was $8889 – NOW $7707*
Twin Cat VS Veranda Suite with Private Balcony: Was $15919 – NOW $13,682*
Twin Cat DS Deluxe Suite with Private Balcony: Was $22664 – NOW $19,415*
Twin Cat LFS Loft Suite with Private Balcony: Was $24849 – NOW $21,272*
Twin Cat OS Owners Suite:Was $28,934 – NOW $24,745*
Single sole use occupancy prices on request

Itinerary

*Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure.
  • Full itinerary
    23 days
  • Day
    1
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    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
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of three rivers. At one time a trading camp, it grew into a major manufacturing center, and served as the jumping-off point for the golden age of steamboat travel. Its Gilded Age sites, including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, speak to its history as an early-20th-century industrial capital. 

  • Day
    3
    Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
  • Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

    Wheeling was established in 1795, and became a popular frontier town by the early 1880s. In the late 19th century, it served as a prime industrial center, with thriving factory business in iron, steel, glass and tobacco. Walk across the 150-year-old Wheeling Suspension Bridge, and gaze at the graceful waters of the Ohio River. Better yet, take a walk through Victorian Old Town, and visit breathtaking homes of the stylish Victorian era. 

  • Day
    4
    Marietta, Ohio, USA
  • Marietta, Ohio, USA

    Marietta vaunts a stout mix of museums, walking tours and historic sites to broaden the landscape of the mind. Take part in a farmers’ market and ghost stories alike as you wander the town. Shaded, hand-laid brick streets pervade its charm, and fringing them are dollhouse homes featuring stained glass, intricate woodwork, lofty towers and ornate turrets. All that and more plays a vital role in the visual and spiritual pleasantries of this place. The past fuels the present, keeping pace and pushing forward with the same gusto as the paddlewheel.

  • Day
    5
    Huntington, West Virginia, USA
  • Huntington, West Virginia, USA

    Huntington is in full bloom year ’round. Art and nature blend harmoniously. Fresh murals spring to life and greenspaces – walking paths and rose gardens – flourish. As the largest inland river port in the United States, this progressive, growing and accomplished city is an intercultural stomping ground for river and railroad commerce. Visitors who seek a cultural experience will not be disappointed by the many riverfront parks, eclectic locally owned shops and refined museums of this energy-infused city. 

  • Day
    6
    Augusta, KY, USA
  • Augusta, KY, USA

    Named Most Picturesque Town in Kentucky by USA Today, Augusta is a pearl – continually refined by the rush of its river traffic. From the inland fields of this Kentucky treasure, cabin-and-cottage-speckled hills invite its visitors to forget about the busyness of life for a while. Stops in time-honored shops lead to peaceful strolls through town. Longtime residents are always willing to recount the past – especially the famous Clooney family. Let the us deliver you to this Kentucky hideaway – best accessed and experienced by river. 

  • Day
    7
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

    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
    8
    Madison, Indiana, USA
  • Madison, Indiana, USA

    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
    9
    Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA

    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
    10
    Madison, Indiana, USA
  • Madison, Indiana, USA

    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
    11
    Brandenburg, KY
  • 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
    12
    Owensboro, KY
  • 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
    13
    Henderson, Kentucky, USA
  • Henderson, Kentucky, USA

    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
    14
    Paducah, Kentucky,USA
  • Paducah, Kentucky,USA

    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
    15
    New Madrid, Missouri, USA
  • New Madrid, Missouri, USA

    New Madrid is known for being near the military engagement the Battle of Island Number Ten during the Civil War. The city is also famous for being the site of a series of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Explore the history of earthquakes, documented with seismographic recordings, in addition to Native American artifacts, Civil War artifacts and family life in New Madrid during the 19th and 20th centuries. 

  • Day
    16
    Memphis Tennessee, USA
  • Memphis Tennessee, USA

    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. 

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    17
    Terrene Landing, Mississippi, USA
  • Terrene Landing, Mississippi, USA

    Terrene Landing is located in Bolivar County.

  • Day
    18
    Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

    Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. 

    INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSION

    (Shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure).

    Vicksburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    For months Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee were trying to overtake Vicksburg, Mississippi – ” The Key to the South” as described by Abraham Lincoln. In late May 1863, Grant undertook a new campaign to gain access to this vital river city. After many attempts, Vicksburg still fought back and caused the Union Army to fall back. Grant chose to attack again full force at Champion Hill and Big Black Bridge, weakening John C. Pemberton’s Army causing it to retreat. Both Confederates and Union soldiers suffered drastically, but finally on July 4, 1863, Pemberton surrendered to Grant leaving the Mississippi River in Union hands.

    Premium shore excursions may be available for this departure. Please enquire for more details.

  • Day
    19
    Natchez, Mississippi, USA
  • Natchez, Mississippi, USA

    It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” 

    Natchez Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    (Shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure).

    This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Natchez is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history, which can be found on every street corner throughout the town. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and antebellum houses as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.

    Premium shore excursions may be available for this departure. Please enquire for more details.

  • Day
    20
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

    Baton Rouge grants a strikingly different experience from those of the small-town stops throughout the journey. In this energetic port, history-facing museums and landmarks fraternize with forward-looking art and industry to offer a personalized encounter to each visitor. Allow the flowing, carefree words of denizens to dance through the eardrums during a meander through the city streets. Choose to hop on one of our deluxe motorcoaches and explore the diversity this city has to offer, or take a walk down the river path alongside the boat.  

  • Day
    21
    St Francisville, Louisiana, USA
  • St Francisville, Louisiana, USA

    St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own.

    (Shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure).

    St. Francisville Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana. Near where St. Francisville is located currently, there was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they stand today. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches or breathtaking parks and you will surely agree!

    Premium shore excursions may be available for this departure. Please enquire for more details.

  • Day
    22
    Nottoway, Louisiana, USA
  • Nottoway, Louisiana, USA

    American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. 

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    23
    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park. 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

Pricing and Cabins

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*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 $4189 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.

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