26 September 2023

Cruise includes an American classic

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By John Rozentals.

The American Duchess: a free beverage package.

Nothing beats the unmistakable feeling of Americana than the derby hats, old-fashioned cocktails, authentic steamboats and horse racing of the Kentucky Derby — and, for a limited time, the American Queen Steamboat Company is offering Australians savings of up to US$800 per couple and a free beverage package on a nine-day ‘Kentucky Derby Cruise’ in 2021. The deal is valid for bookings made before June 30 this year. Early bookings are recommended to secure tickets to the popular Derby in 2021.

Step aboard the historic, all-suite paddle wheeler, American Duchess, for an American experience like no other. Starting on April 25, 2021, the eight-night journey begins with a hotel stay in Cincinnati, Ohio, before boarding the Duchess and winding south-west to Madison, Indiana and into Kentucky, stopping at Brandenburg, Owensboro and Louisville. Along the way, visitors will stop off at various ports along the Ohio River and experience the excitement that spills out of the river towns as Derby Day approaches.

Before Derby Day however, guests will have the rare opportunity of competing in a prized race of their own. The Great American Steamboat Race runs prior to the Kentucky Derby and the American Duchess will not only be participating, it will be looking to regain the Silver Antlers from its 2018 victory.

The highlight of the cruise is, of course, the Kentucky Derby held annually on the first Saturday of May since 1875. There is perhaps no single sporting event in America more recognised worldwide than the Kentucky Derby. Included in the package are tickets to the race where guests can get dressed up and revel in one of America’s greatest events. Witness the sights, sounds, colours and tradition of the Derby such as singing along to ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ and trying a mint julep – the famous bourbon-based cocktail associated with the race.

The Kentucky Derby: nothing like it.

There is also plenty to do on board the paddle wheeler, with a jazz, blues and six-piece orchestra to entertain guests in the evenings, daily lectures by American Queen’s history and culture expert – called a ‘riverlorian’ — and a bar, lounge, fitness centre and spa also available. Plus, guests receive free onboard internet and complimentary 24-hour room service.

The eight-night package includes one night’s accommodation pre-cruise, the seven-night river cruise, guided, hop-on-hop-off shore excursions, a ticket to the 2021 Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2021, undercover seating, VIP fast-access pass and premium in-track hospitality area to include a gourmet food buffet and premium open bar. Onboard gratuities and port taxes are also included. The stay and cruise package begins on April 25, 2021, and prices start from US$4597 per person, twin-share, for an interior stateroom, a saving of US$400 per person. The discount plus a free, unlimited beverage package onboard is valid for bookings made by June, 30, 2020.

American Queen Steamboat Company is an award-winning, authentic and opulent river cruise line in North America, offering the most inclusive cruises with guided shore excursions, nightly Broadway-calibre entertainment and regionally inspired fine dining included in the fare.

To book, consumers or travel agents can call the Australian representative for the American Queen Steamboat Company, Cruise Traveller, on 1300 680 374 or visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au.

NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

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