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Chairman’s Cruise

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Trip Length: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Prices from: $1,899 pp/do*

Single Price: $2,849 pp

Sale: Save up to $800 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2017 Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2017

2017 Dates: July 9

Ships: American Queen

Notes: Fares do not include port charges of $169 pp.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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American Queen paddlewheel docked and ready to cruise the Mississippi River.

Cruise the Ohio River on the Chairman’s Cruise. Are you passionate about small ship cruising, river cruising, steamboats or paddlewheels? The Chairman of the American Queen, John Waggoner and his wife, Claudette, will be hosting this 9-day cruise, roundtrip from their hometown of Louisville! Let them guide you through the region, introducing you to beautiful small towns like Maysville, Augusta and Madison, all while cruising aboard the beautiful and historical American Queen! Amazingly, you’ll visit 4 states on this cruise – Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. Need to cross them off your ‘Travel To-Do List’? Do it in style aboard the only authentic steam-powered overnight paddlewheel on the river!

Onboard, you can expect fun and unique activities, like a live cooking demonstration – what wondrous Southern specialty will they prepare? You’ll enjoy listening to the Riverlorian convey the heritage of the region through fables and facts – can you tell the difference? In Augusta, you can tour the Rosemary Clooney House Museum. Just thinking about it, I can already hear her singing ‘White Christmas’! Cincinnati is home to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a window to a time of hope and heartache in our nation. Sample handcrafted win at the Thomas Family Winery in Madison, Indiana.

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This cruise itinerary and theme are only offered once: July 9, 2017. When the ship is full, your chance to mingle with John and Claudette will be gone. Do not put off booking your cabin. Click the red button above to have a USA River Cruise agent send you information about this great cruise!


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Day 1: Hotel Stay in Louisville, KY

A pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay is always included before boarding the American Queen. In addition to spending more time in Louisville, it also insures you aren’t late to the boat!

Day 2: Embark in Louisville, KY

The morning is yours to find a great bite in Louisville or explore downtown before boarding the boat.

Day 3: River Cruising

It’s always great to have a day just to be onboard this magnificent boat! Sit in a rocking chair on the Front Porch of America while you watch the shoreline go by. Meet Chairman John Waggoner and his wife, Claudette. Take a refreshing dip in the pool. Have a chat with the Riverlorian about the region you’re cruising through.


Day 4: Huntington, WV

Tour local attractions like the Ritter Park Rose Garden or excite your inner train-obsessed child with a visit to the Outdoor Railroad Museum!

Day 5: Maysville, KY

Enjoy the quaint town of Maysville. Visit any of its many local art galleries, museums, or award-winning theaters.

Day 6: Augusta, KY

Augusta is home to the Rosemary Clooney House Museum! I bet you can hear her singing now in your head. If you’d rather take in the tastes of the region, perhaps you’d like to visit Baker Bird Winery for a sip of local wine!

Day 7: Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati – aside from being home to the Reds and the Bengals – has well-known landmarks like the Museum Center at Union Terminal and the Bicentennial Commons. You could also choose to visit the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Or walk through downtown and find your own adventure!

Day 8: Madison, IN

You’ll be fascinated by the antique machinery at the Schroeder Saddletree Factory! Unless you’re feeling tired from the exciting week you’ve had onboard, in which case you could relax with a visit to Thomas Family Winery for a sip of their wine.

Day 9: Disembark in Louisville, KY


Photo Credit: American Queen Steamboat Company