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Riverboat cruising returns to the Mississippi with American Queen

By Jayne Clark, USA TODAY

As the American Queen paddle wheeler steams toward the city early one morning last week, all eyes turn toward Richard and Suzanne Martinez, who are strolling onto the boat’s forward deck resplendent in antebellum finery.

She’s a sweet Southern belle in hoop skirt hoisting a floral parasol. He’s a riverboat dandy in broad-brimmed planter’s hat and rhinestone horseshoe pin. Suzanne bought the get-ups on eBay to wear on the occasion of the venerated steamboat’s return to the river for the first time since 2008. But the Tavares, Fla., retirees figure they’ll get plenty of wear out of the costumes as they pursue and wave at riverboats from the banks of the upper Mississippi.

“We’ve been doing it for years,” Suzanne says.

“So, you’re, like, steamboat stalkers?” asks a fellow passenger unacquainted with the proclivities of hard-core riverboat fans.

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Kentucky Derby on the American Queen steamboat

Following the debut of the American Queen steamboat the Great American Steamboat Company is offering a 4-night Kentucky Derby voyage.

Departing on May 4, 2012 from Cincinnati, OH – the 4-night voyage will steamboat it’s way to Louisville/Churchill Downs then to Madison, IN before returning to Cincinnati.

Special Benefits:

  • Pre-voyage luxury stay at the historic and grand Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati
  • All-Day Kentucky Derby Party at the Historic Seelbach Hotel complete with sumptuous meals and snacks, free-flowing Mint Juleps, premium open-bar, festive games and Derby Hat competition for the ladies and a live feed of the “Run for the Roses”
  • General Admission tickets to Churchill Downs where you may view the horses in the Paddock area
  • Commemorative Keepsake Gift
  • Learn the insider secrets to professional training and handicapping from renowned experts such as the famed Dr. Elmo Shropshire
  • Special on-board events and entertainment

 

 

“The Kentucky Derby is on of the world’s most exciting sports events and International’s decision to strengthen its corporate partnership with Churchill Downs reflects the company’s appreciation of the Derby’s value and importance. International has been a presence at the Derby for several years and we welcome and appreciate the company’s decision to increase it’s participation” ~Jim Gates

 

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Inaugural of the American Queen Steamboat

Departing from Memphis, TN on April 27, 2012 the American Queen makes it’s debut.

The 7-night voyage includes a stop in Henderson, KY, Louisville, KY, Madison, KY, and will arrive in Cincinnati, OH on Day 8.

The Great American Steamboat Company shares the Special Benefits for this voyage:

  • 2 night luxury hotel stay in Historic Memphis
  • Welcome Dinner at Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous for World-Famous Barbeque
  • Gala Christening Ceremony and Inaugural Ball
  • Special On-board Events Hosted by Senior Executives
  • Commemorative Keepsake Gift
  • Performances by the Harry James Orchestra

Included On All Great American Steamboat Company, American Queen Voyages:

  • Free one night luxury hotel stay before your voyage
  • Free shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner, free bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees, cappuccino and espresso throughout your voyage and much more
  • Special Derby Day party at the Seelbach Hotel
  • Gourmet cuisines by celebrated American chef Regina Charboneau

Also, checkout the theme boat  “Epic Civil War” voyages taking place in August and September.

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“Epic Civil War” voyages for 2012 inaugural season of the American Queen

The revival of the American Queen is taking place in April 2012. The Great American Steamboat Company just announced three voyages that will take place August 10th – September 7, 2012.  It’s their “Epic Civil War” voyages that will highlight legendary battlefields and include on-board entertainment. The on-board entertainment will include actors, impersonators, leading lecturers (e.g.  Ric Burns & James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr.) balladeers (e.g. Bobby Horton) and reenactments to enhance understanding of this historical time in the U.S.

The three voyages are set to travel between New Orleans, La., Vicksburg, Miss., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky.

August 10-20, 2012: 10-nights between New Orleans, La., Vicksburg, Miss., and Chattanooga, Tenn. Ports: Helena, Miss., Memphis, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., Savannah, Tenn., and Decatur, Ala.

August 20-30, 2012: 10-nights between Chattanooga, Tenn. and Vicksburg, Miss.  Ports: Decatur, Ala., Florence, Ala., Savannah, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., Ashport Landing, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., and Vicksburg, Miss.

August 30- September 7, 2012: 8-nights between Vicksburg, Miss., and Louisville, Ky. Ports: Helena, Ark., Memphis, Tenn., Henderson, Ky., and Louisville, Ky.

“We are thrilled to offer the ultimate historical experience during our Civil War cruises onboard the American Queen,” explains Christopher Kyte, president of the Great American Steamboat Company. “Our guests will discover so much of this country’s rich history told by leading academics and passionate storytellers.”

Meet some of the Guest Speakers: 

Distinguished Faculty Lecture: James I. Robertson, Jr.

 

Ric Burns

From the American Experience documentary “New York” by Ric Burns

 

Cathy Barton & Dave Para

 

Bobby Horton

 

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