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Baseball Legends

Baseball Legends

Our Baseball Legends voyage can easily be considered the next best thing to scoring a VIP seat at your favorite stadium. Where else do you have the opportunity to cruise through America's Heartland and interact with some of Major League Baseball's living legends? Sit back and enjoy an in-depth journey through the highs and lows of America's favorite pastime. Batter up!

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Southern Culture

Southern Culture

Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the South, as well as its traditions, history and cooking. Our Southern Culture Vacations carry you deep into the worlds of William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams and Harper Lee. You’ll visit the towns that inspired literary and musical greatness. Along the way, you’ll experience the sounds of the Delta blues and sample ...

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Gardens of the River

Gardens of the River

Gentle river breezes waft through the live oaks and willows of the South’s most delightful, fragrant and colorful gardens. A profusion of color greets the eye as you stroll the brick walkways, admiring the sculptures set among flowering blossoms of formal and informal gardens originally planted in the gracious antebellum era.

Learn how the formal gardens of European estates inspired the owners of southern ...

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Good Old Summertime

Good Old Summertime

Straw hats, suspenders, cool pitchers of lemonade, brass bands, picnics, ice cream socials and porch swings were part of the fabric of summer in American not all that long ago. Be transported to a simpler time when summer was about fun, freedom, friends and food. Fly kites off the top deck, enjoy apple pies and cherry cobbler and immerse yourself in the music and stories ...

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Old-Fashioned Holidays

Old-Fashioned Holidays

Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen Holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Make our home your home for the holidays and encounter one or more of these special features on your voyage...

Delight in all of your favorite holiday treats and experience classic Cajun and Creole traditions of the antebellum south

Exquisite dining with exclusive holiday menus prepared by celebrated ...

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Music of the 1950s

Music of the 1950s

Join us on a nostalgic journey to the fun-loving, carefree days of the '50s as we re-create the music, activities and events of this golden era. You’ll rock around the clock to the sounds of legendary artists like Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis.

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Music of the 1960s

Music of the 1960s

If you were a child of the 60s, here’s a vacation voyage just for you. During this special tribute to the '60s, you can dance to the sounds of Motown artists plus other R&B and rock favorites. You will also have the chance to meet and talk with well-known musicians and cultural icons. There’s never been a decade quite like the '60s ...

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Civil War

Civil War

Never has there been a Civil War experience quite so immersive as this. Delve into the strategies, military and political, that shaped the events of the American Civil War. Tribute artists will bring key figures to life and set the stage with period music. The most noted Civil War historians in the nation will offer enlightening lectures. Click your voyage itinerary below for details.

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Elvis

Elvis

Elvis Presley is known around the world as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Enjoy a leisurely cruise from Elvis’ hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana in style with luxurious accommodations and fabulous Southern cuisine – visiting the charming and historic ports of America’s Heartland along the way. Renowned tribute artists will perform your favorite Elvis Presley hits.

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Delta Blues

Delta Blues

There’s no blues quite like the Delta Blues, one of the earliest forms of this uniquely American musical art form. Trace the rise of soulful and toe-tappin’ tunes along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis and recognize the nuances of the slide guitar, cigar box guitar and harmonica. Greats such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Skip James, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson have left ...

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Bourbon & Bluegrass

Bourbon & Bluegrass

Our Bourbon & Bluegrass cruises offer you a rare opportunity to experience a fine fusion of American icons on an extraordinary journey through the heartland into the roots of Bluegrass Music and Kentucky Bourbon Country.  Both onboard and ashore, each day presents an eclectic blend of music, food, creative workshops and enrichment that can’t be found anywhere else. The dynamic blend of historic discovery, toe-tapping ...

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Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Imagine a quilt of bright reds, electric oranges, effervescent yellows and rich golds laid gently over rolling hills, swaddling small towns and pressed neatly against the shoreline of a mighty river. Each autumn, nature takes out her paintbrush and splashes a riot of vibrant colors across the land, white church steeples poking up amidst the splendor. But look deeper and you’ll see more than ...

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Riverboat Rally

Riverboat Rally

There was a time when the rivers were alive with paddlewheels, tall stacks and colorful characters and during this celebration of the classic riverboat Belle of Louisville’s 100th birthday, history repeats itself. An impressive fleet of riverboats, including our own American Queen, which is the largest of all, will descend upon graceful Louisville and sister city Jeffersonville for events on the river and festivals ...

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Country Music Cruise

Country Music Cruise

America has given rise to many forms of music but few are recognized as being more quintessentially homegrown than country music. The melodies of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton have shaped generations of new artists ranging from Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood.

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Thanksgiving Festival

Thanksgiving Festival

Surround yourself with a whole new list of things to be thankful for with this special holiday cruise on the American Queen. Famed Southern chef Regina Charboneau presents a cornucopia of traditional treats. Surrounded by elegant décor and new friends with the river rolling by, you’ll have a deep appreciation for all your many blessings.

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New Year's Celebration

New Year's Celebration

Resolve to have more fun and greet the New Year on the American Queen. The celebration carries throughout the week, but a special New Year’s Eve gala in the marvelous Grand Saloon will surround you in elegant decor, confetti, champagne, newfound friends and the uplifting refrains of “Auld Lang Syne.”  Be one of the select few who can claim to have celebrated New Year ...

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Big Band Swing

Big Band Swing

Get “in the mood” for our sensational Big Band Vacations, when special onboard guest orchestras play the tunes you know so well, all in the original arrangements that made them legendary. If you are a fan of the big bands, this is a sentimental journey you won’t want to miss.

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4th of July Celebration

4th of July Celebration

Experience the 4th of July in St. Louis, Missouri — a city that truly knows how to celebrate this significant day in our nation’s history. In addition to taking in the spectacular fireworks and festivities in St. Louis, you will celebrate the holiday aboard the American Queen while taking an unforgettable voyage through the very heartland of America.

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Music of the 50s and 60s

Music of the 50s and 60s

Head to the malt shop in your poodle skirt as the 1950s come alive. Frank Sinatra’s dulcet tones soar in “Come Fly with Me,” Nat King Cole is “Unforgettable” and The Platters think of “Only You.” Then, relive the groovy 60s, heyday of peace, love and rock and roll. Celebrate hits from the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and ...

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Visit Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri from where muchof his inspiration for his stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is derived. Witness his words and wit brought tolife by an expert tribute artist. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share the Mississippi River with Mark Twain.

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Bring your Lederhosen, a taste for beer and dance a polka as we celebrate the best of German style beers from the breweries of the Heartland.

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Bourbon

Bourbon

THE INSIDER’S BOURBON TRAIL - Enjoy extensive tours along Kentucky ’s Bourbon Trail, a region ofrolling bluegrass hills roughly within a triangle from Lexington to Louisville to Bardstown, where 95% of theworld’s bourbon is made. Whether you are a bourbon connoisseur or don’t drink a drop, you’ ll enjoy the richhistory and craftsmanship revealed on this enlightening cruise.

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Country & Blues

Country & Blues

Enjoy two popular forms of American music that have more in common thanyou might think. Begin in the Home of Country Music, Nashville, Tennessee before enjoying a leisurely cruise. Yourdays will be filled with included shore excursions and your nights will be filled with outstanding country and bluesperformances. Your cruise concludes in Memphis, Tennessee, Home of the Blues.

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