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American Duchess <br> 15 Night Voyage <br> Memphis to Pittsburgh

American Duchess
15 Night Voyage
Memphis to Pittsburgh

Ship: American Duchess
Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
Departures:  07 July 2019
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Memphis, Paducah, Henderson, Owensboro, Louisville, Madison, Cincinnati, Augusta, Maysville, Point Pleasant, Marietta, Pittsburgh
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Memphis
Airport gateway (Departure) : Pittsburgh

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city's famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.

Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Memphis.

Day 2: Memphis, TN

Departure 5:00 PM

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through history.

If you haven’t gotten your full dose of Memphis yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During this time, our representatives will arrange for your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time. If you have any additional questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until the complimentary vessel transfers begin at 3:00 p.m.

Day 3: River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of  serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 4: Paducah, KY

Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent!

Day 5: Henderson, KY

Framed by nature, the area comprising Henderson, Kentucky, originally known as the great hunting and fishing mecca of American Indians, was first seen by a group of men including Thomas Walker and Daniel Boone, who found their way into the area through the Cumberland Gap. Henderson’s wooded hills and lush vegetation attracted legendary naturalist, John James Audubon, who operated a mill on the riverfront from 1810 to 1819, just one block from the center of the present business district. Thousands of people annually visit Audubon State Park and Museum, boasting the largest collection of John James Audubon original art and artifacts. A vibrant downtown, river up close, and with nature and history as its backdrop, Henderson is a progressive, small Southern town that also has its heritage deeply embedded within its borders and embraced by its citizens.

Day 6: Owensboro, KY

The first European descdant to settle in Owensboro was frontiersman William Smeathers or Smothers in 1797, from whom the Riverfront park is named. The settlement was originally known as Yellow Banks from the color of the land beside the Ohio River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at what is today's Owensboro prior to departing on their famous travels. In 1817, Yellow Banks was formally established under the name Owensborough, named after Col. Abraham Owen. In 1893, the spelling of the name was shortened to its current Owensboro. There have been several distillers, mainly of bourbon whiskey, in and around the city. Owensboro is also home to famous actor Johnny Depp, as he is a member of an old and prodigious Kentucky family.

Day 7: Louisville, KY

From its frontier founding at the time of the American Revolution, to the heyday of Steamboat transport in the early 19th century, through the city’s importance as a Union base during the Civil War, Louisville has always balanced a sense of history with an ability to re-invent itself as the city of originals. As the the largest city in Kentucky and in the top 30 most populated cities in the United States,  this large city brings with it an authentic and original culture and diversity that visitors quickly learn to love. Discover the talent and creativity of Louisville locals in a number of art galleries, theatrical performances, and museums. Nearly everyone can find something they love here as we discover Louisville’s treasures!

Day 8: Madison, IN

This quaint river town is sure to win your heart. Madison’s culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring you a a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, where the stunning Greek Revival architecture is sure to impress each of its visitors!

Day 9: Cincinnati, OH

Amidst the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River, Cincinnati spreads from the southwestern corner of Ohio into Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The city is located about mid-point on the shoreline of the 981-mile long Ohio River. John Filson, one of the first settlers in the Ohio Valley community, named it Losantiville, meaning “town opposite the mouth” of the Licking River. The community was the location of Fort Washington, which provided military protection for the surrounding territories. In 1790, General Arthur St. Clair, Commander of Fort Washington, renamed it Cincinnati in honor of the society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers.

Day 10: Augusta, KY

Augusta, Kentucky is located in Bracken County at the confluence of the Ohio River and Bracken Creek. The city offers and incredible long-range view of the picturesque river valley, known to be one of the most stunning views of the valley in the state of Kentucky. Augusta was regarded as one of the most popular shipping ports during the agricultural growth era. Tobacco, hemp, livestock, and wine were frequently exported from Augusta to surrounding areas. Today, the city continues to grow and welcomes visitors of all ages!

Day 11: Maysville, KY

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!

Day 12: River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of  serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 13: Point Pleasant, WV

In the second half of 1749, French explorer Pierre Celeron Joseph de Blaineville claimed French sovereignty over the Ohio Valley and buried a lead plaque at the meeting point of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, naming the place Point Pleasant. Visitors can 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 which claimed the lives of 46 people, 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. It has become more than an urban legend, and it is believed to be a harbinger of imminent disaster, now being seen around the globe before great tragedies. 

Day 14: Marietta, OH

Marietta's location on two major navigable rivers made it ripe for industry and commerce in the 19th century, with boat building emerging as one of its earliest – a history that is shared at the Ohio River Museum. Oil booms in 1875 and 1910 made investors rich, leading to the construction of lavish houses, many of which still stand.  In 1939, the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, America’s Riverboat Historical Society, was established in Marietta to celebrate the region's substantial river history. Marietta is also home to the Great Mound, or Conus, built by the Mound Builders. The mound was preserved by the original pioneers and is contained within the Mound Cemetery, which is also home to the largest number of Revolutionary War officers buried in one location.

Day 15: River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of  serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 16: Pittsburgh, PA

Arrival 8:00 AM

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Pittsburgh at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

 

 

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Ports

Memphis

Whether you’re moving to Memphis or just visiting, there is plenty to see and do.
Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home ofthe Blues.
It’s also home to the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, and Graceland, the second most visited residence in the United States.
Memphis was initially founded in 1819, but roughly 60 years later, suffered 10 years of yellow fever that decimated the population and eventually resulted in Memphis losing its city charter.
After it was re-chartered, Memphis prospered as a trade center for cotton and hardwood. It became the first city in the United States to have a sanitary sewer system, a fact attributed to fear over yellow fever and how it was spread.
Memphis became a music mecca in the 1950s and ’60s with Elvis Presley, Johnnie Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others, all recording at Sun Studios.
Across the city, Stax Records developed “the Memphis sound,” with artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
Memphis still has a vibrant music scene to this day, with live music each night on Beale Street and in most areas of the city.
But music is not Memphis’ only export; these days, most goods come through Memphis and its transportation and logistics infrastructure.
Not only is the airport the second busiest cargo airport in the world – a fact attributable to FedEx’s “Super Hub” – but Memphis sits at a crossroads of what we call the four R’s: Railroads, runways, roads, and the Mississippi River.
The city is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, including AutoZone, International Paper, and FedEx, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Whether you’re just coming to Memphis for a visit or you’re planning to stay a while, we know you’ll find a vibrant, welcoming city. Just don’t forget to try the barbecue.

Paducah

Paducah is the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The largest city in the Jackson Purchase region, it is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and the Ohio Rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri, to the northwest and Nashville, Tennessee, to the southeast. The population was 25,024 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the city's downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Paducah is the hub of its micropolitan area, which includes McCracken, Ballard, and Livingston counties in Kentucky and Massac County in Illinois.

Henderson

Owensboro

Louisville

Madison

Stroll among the numerous buildings on the National Register of Historic Places nestled in this scenic valley village, and relax in the natural wonders offered up by beautiful Clifty Falls State Park just outside of town.

Cincinnati

Be part of enduring tradition as you arrive by river to the town Longfellow dubbed "Queen City of the West", and indulge in sophisticated sightseeing at the art deco Union Terminal, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and much more.

Augusta

Maysville

Absorb the history of picturesque Maysville through the stunning large-scale murals painted against the downtown floodwall, and delight in the meticulously constructed miniature replica dwellings found at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.

Point Pleasant

Marietta

Recall George Washington's musing that he knew "no other country where I should rather fix my habitation" when you visit idyllic Marietta, the site of Ohio's first settlement as memorialized at the history-rich Campus Martius Museum.

Pittsburgh

Enjoy the sweeping city vistas from up high on Mount Washington, then mingle with other high flyers at the riotous National Aviary. Become transported by the kaleidoscopic stained glass at Heinz Memorial Chapel, mere minutes away from esteemed Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company

Awaiting you on board the Steamer American Queen are uncompromising elegance and hospitality, meticulous attention to detail and refined amenities that outshine the splendor of even the golden age of river travel. It's been far too long since genuine steamboats have graced the rivers of America. With the formation of the American Queen Steamboat Company, Steamboating is back and better than ever. As the only authentic overnight steamboat on American rivers, the Steamer American Queen affords you a voyage of enchantment. Incomparable luxury and modern comforts, unforgettable cuisine and entertainment, thoughtful, gracious service - all stem from the passion to set a new standard of excellence.

 

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American Duchess

 

The American Duchess will join the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet in August 2017!

 

The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises.
 
Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accomodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft.. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.
 
Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining onboard is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavors and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The Grill, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace.
 
Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made River Cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.

American Queen Steamboat Company is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America's waterways clean.
 
 

DISTINCTIONS

• The first all-suite river cruise vessel on U.S. rivers

• Three Owner's Suites: 550 sq. ft.

• Four Loft Suites: 550 sq. ft.

• Outside Veranda Suites: 240 sq. ft.

• Open seating with two dining venues:: The Grand Dining Room and The Grill Room

• Included shore excursions in every port of call

• Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage - including breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Duchess

• Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage

• Complimentary wine and beer with dinner

Gracious service and warm hospitality from a friendly, all-American staff

• Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert

Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway - spectacular revues, cabaret, jazz and blues, and more

• Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches

• The Passenger Vessel Association recognizes American Queen Steamboat Company as a member of its Green WATERS Program for the vessel's dedication and commitment to a cleaner, greener marine environment. 

 

 
 
 

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