Ohio River Cruise: A "Star-Spangled Celebration"
Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021 - Monday, 05 July 2021
Venue: Ohio River
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Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda - Category C:
$3,539 pp/dbl; $290 pp Travel Protection or $435 pp CFAR Travel Protection
Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Bay Window - Category D:
$3,239 pp/dbl; $233 pp Travel Protection or $350 pp CFAR Travel Protection
Inside Stateroom - Category E:
$2,739 pp/dbl; $206 pp Travel Protection or $309 pp CFAR Travel Protection
Inclusions on the River Boat: All onboard meals with multiple dining venues; 24 hour room service; coffee, tea, cappuccino, bottled water, and soft drinks; Broadway-style entertainment each evening; daily lectures by the riverlorian, signature hop-on / hop-off shore excursions in each port of call; port charges; all-you-can-drink beverage package (for all drinks $12 and under); onboard gratituities.
Embark on a cherished journey from Louisville - with signature images of ornate hats, Old-Fashioned cocktails and the 120-foot Louisville Slugger peppering the city - to Pittsburgh - a beacon for the golden age of steamboat travel. The route to Pittsburgh is a hallowed one in the steamboatin' community. Not a moment of this journey will disappoint!
Sunday, June 27: Departure Day
This morning we will depart for a wonderful RIVER CRUISE, with a full BREAKFAST included en route. Today, we will travel to Louisville, KY, where your lodging will be included. The Hospitality Desk, serviced by staff from the American Queen, is located in the hotel, and their friendly staff will assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences.
Overnight Lodging: A Louisville tradition, THE BROWN HOTEL is beloved by generations of guests for its Georgian-Revival elegance and timeless Southern charm. Anchoring downtown Louisville with a firm grasp on history and paired with a 21st-century appreciation for hospitality, this landmark hotel located at the corners of Fourth and Broadway, blends breathtaking architectural features with the modern amenities and services you will expect. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening either at the hotel or at one of the many restaurants within easy walking distance.
Monday, June 28: Louisville, KY
This authentically quirky port is a muse to artisans of mixed mediums – from sidewalk chalk to street fare. Louisville is also 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.
- Private Churchill Downs Backstretch Pre-Cruise Experience…Join us as we journey to the “backstretch” of the racetrack during a rail-side, meet-and-greet with Churchill Downs equestrians! Explore the grounds and then listen to stories directly from a jockey! Also included with this exclusive tour is admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum, which takes visitors through every stage of a Thoroughbred’s life, from birth to that very first Saturday in May. Enjoy a walking tour of Churchill Downs and meet the resident Thoroughbred horse! Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive experience to the home of one of America’s most iconic and luxurious sporting events! Additional $99 per person.
Tuesday, June 29: 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 the 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. At this port, enjoy all the hidden treasures of Madison.
- HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOUR…Incorporated in 1809, Madison quickly established itself as a significant cultural and industrial town in the Old Northwest Territory. Sitting on the Ohio River, the town became a lifeline for transportation and industry in the middle territories of the country. Madison also served as a major transportation network for the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Today, this quaint river town is sure to win the heart of guests. With plenty of small-town charm, it is no wonder why Madison was once called “the most beautiful river town in America” by Charles Kuralt.
- Madison Scenic Jet Boat Experience… Join us on a scenic jet boat ride as we explore 40 miles on two of America's great rivers. Board the Coast Guard approved jet boat for an unforgettable ride on the Ohio River to Carrollton, Kentucky, then ride up the Kentucky River to the historic Lock 1. Soak in the beautiful sights along the way as Captain Paul shares stories of the river, points out historic locations, and helps you spot local wildlife. Enjoy the good laughs, amusing anecdotes, and remember to keep an eye out for bald eagles, osprey, river otters and more! Additional $49 per person
Wednesday, June 30: Cincinnati, OH
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. 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.
- Ark Encounter: A Journey of Biblical Proportions…Today, you might decide to go on a journey of biblical proportions as we travel to Kentucky's Ark Encounter. As we arrive, amaze at the full-scale ark replica which stretches across the horizon, offering a remarkable glimpse into the biblical past. Spend the day exploring the modern engineering marvel at your leisure and uncover the story of Noah and the animals residing onboard. You will not want to miss this larger-than-life adventure! Additional $99 per person.
Thursday, July 1: Maysville, KY
Maysville’s heightened passion for diversity of art and live entertainment proves that as long there is a story to be told, it will flourish. Here you will find an ensemble of award-winning theaters, visual arts and historic landmarks that play harmony for the pace of life here. Its long-standing romance with opera, embodied in the 1889 Washington Opera House, serves as a heightened, multisensory means of introducing visitors to beautiful yet complicated truths about humanity. Join us as Maysville sets the stage for the traditional overtures and eccentric interludes of life.
- HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOUR…Maysville, Kentucky offers picturesque views of the Ohio River as it contrasts to the bustling downtown district. The close-knit community works hard to showcase their heritage and culture. The city is filled with award-winning theaters, local art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks. The small-town charm is sure to delight all visitors as you explore what Maysville has to offer.
- Washington, Kentucky: From Slavery to Freedom…Today you can experience the quaint town of Washington, Kentucky, where you would visit several places of historical significance. Begin with a tour through the Paxton House and Visitors Center, originally built by prominent lawyer and early emancipationist, James Paxton. Then, at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum, hear how the experience of witnessing a slave auction helped Stowe write her famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The journey concludes at the National Underground Railroad Museum. See photos and memorabilia that serve as a testament to the struggle of the men and women who crossed the Ohio River to freedom. Additional $59 per person.
Friday, July 2: Point Pleasant, WV
Learn of river life, great floods, boat construction, sternwheel steamers, river disasters and the local river industry’s contribution to World War II at the Point Pleasant River Museum. Widely recognized for the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge, this sleepy river town became a focal point of paranormal enthusiasts in search of Mothman, a creature said to inhabit an abandoned TNT factory from World War II.
- HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOUR…The town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is located at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Surveyed by a young George Washington for land grants to soldiers for the coming American Revolution, he gave Point Pleasant its name. Nationally known for the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, many residents are descendants of those original soldiers and settlers. Founded in 1797, it is one of the oldest towns on the Ohio River. Point Pleasant is home to approximately 5,000 residents and boasts over $1,000,000 in art with murals, statues and paintings of quilt squares. The town’s main industry is the transportation and production of coal for electric power for the entire East Coast
- No Premium Excursions at this Port.
Saturday, July 3: Marietta, OH
Marietta boasts a wonderful 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.
- HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOUR…This charming riverboat town is nestled in the rolling hills of the Mid-Ohio Valley. This All-American town served as a starting point for early pioneers looking to expand into the west and is marked by the brick streets in an intricate pattern, cascading flower-adorned lampposts, and Victorian-style buildings. Most of the town’s local shops are owned by 5th Generation family members and the historic Main Street community is sure to leave a smile on your face.
- The Wilds: A Safari Experience…When you imagine an exhilarating safari, you may first think “Africa,” rather than “Ohio.” But on today’s excursion, you have the opportunity to embark on an exciting Safari right in southeastern Ohio as we visit The Wilds, one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world! Board an open-air safari vehicle and travel through the 10,000-acre center. Here, encounter a number of animals including rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and other endangered species living peacefully in natural open-range habitats, some of which are even extinct in the wild. Hop-in! Don’t miss this unforgettable exploration into the wild! Additional $79 per person.
Sunday, July 4: 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.
Monday, July 5: Pittsburgh, PA
As the journey concludes, we will include a MYSTERY ATTRACTION in Pittsburgh before departing the city, with a MEAL included en route.
PLEASE NOTE: All trips and schedules are subject to change, pending the effects of COVID-19.
- From Sunday, 27 June 2021 to Monday, 05 July 2021