TRAVEL ALERT: For the latest information on cruise availability and policy updates, click here.

Kentucky Derby Cruise Theme – 02 May 2022

Cruise and Stay 8 nights with American Countess departing 02nd May 2022

* Valid until 02 April 2022 or sold out/withdrawn

Cruise Inclusions

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

Itinerary

*Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure.
  • Full itinerary
    9 days
  • Day
    1
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, 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
    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
    3
    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
    4
    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
    5
    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
    6
    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
    7
    River Cruising
  • River Cruising

    Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

  • Day
    8
    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
    9
    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. 

Map

Cincinnati, Ohio, 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

Please select your preferred category and cabin configuration/price. Then select Continue to provide your contact details and preferences. Our cruise specialists will check availability and respond to you as soon as possible.
Category Twin/pp Single/pp
Cat E - Inside Stateroom
Cat B - Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda
Cat A - Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Private Veranda
Cat SO - Single Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda

*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 must complete an online ESTA 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. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. All offers for Australian residents only. Transfer to hotel and post cruise are not included. Derby package is in addition to the prices listed here for cruise/stay.

voyage-id: 233, cf-cruise-id: 91019, cf-special-id: 1691016

More cruises from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA: