Welcome Aboard Your Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO to Cincinnati, OH
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Table of Contents Welcome ....................................................3 Itinerary Overview .....................................4 Getting to St. Louis and Your Ship .............6 Staying in St. Louis ....................................7 Boarding Your Ship ....................................8 What to Bring ...........................................9 Meals & Cocktails ......................................10 General Shore Tour information .................11 General Onboard Information ....................12 Concluding Your Cruise .............................13 End of Cruise Transportation Services ........13 Port by Port Shore Tour Information ..........14
Welcome Aboard hank you for choosing American Cruise Lines. From your reservation to your experience aboard your ship, American Cruise Lines is with you every step of the way. Your cruise specialist is always just a phone call away and will be happy to assist you with everything from celebrating a special occasion to ensuring that your stateroom is just the way you like it.
he following pages will answer many of your questions about the cruise and your onboard experience. If you have any other questions, a customer service representative can be reached at (800) 894-8570. www.americancruiselines.com
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Louisville Cave-In Rock Henderson Kentucky Paducah
St. Louis, MO Paducah, KY Cave In Rock, IL Henderson, KY Day of River Cruising Louisville, KY Madison, IN Cincinnati, OH
Itineraries are subject to change. A detailed itinerary will be mailed with your boarding documents. 4
Getting to St. Louis and Queen of the Mississippi Whether driving, lying, or taking the train, getting to the ship is easy.
Queen of the Mississippi Will Be Docked At: 500 South Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63101
ship by taxi. If you arrive the day before your cruise, a shuttle will be ofered from the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch. For more information, prices, or to reserve a space on the shuttle, please call American Cruise Lines at (800) 894-8570.
Driving To St. Louis he ship is docked at 500 South Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101. Upon arrival, you will see American Cruise Lines deckhands in bright red shirts ready to assist you. You may drop your bags of at the ship before parking so they can be brought to your stateroom in advance. Parking is available near the landing. Mansion House Garage 330 N. 4th Street St. Louis, MO 63101
Flying Into St. Louis: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the best airport to ly into. It is serviced by most major airlines, and is approximately 20 minutes from the 6
A shuttle is ofered from the garage back to the ship. For more information, prices, or to reserve a space on the shuttle, please call American Cruise Lines at (800) 894-8570. Subject to change.
Staying in St. Louis
SHIP LOCATION 500 South Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63101
Mansion House Garage 330 N. 4th Street St. Louis, MO 63101
If you are arriving to St. Louis the night before your cruise, these hotels are located a few minutes from the ship. Please ask for the special American Cruise Lines rate. Each hotel can arrange for taxi service to the ship.
Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch (314) 231-3003 2 South 4th St. St. Louis, MO 63102 www.druryhotels.com A shuttle is ofered from this hotel to the ship. Please see “Flying into St. Louis” on the previous page for details. Pear Tree Inn Union Station 2211 Market St. St. Louis, MO 63103 www.druryhotels.com
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Boarding Your Ship Boarding Time Please plan to arrive at the ship between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. You may not be able to access your stateroom until about 11:30 a.m. The ship will leave at 1:30 p.m. or earlier if all guests have arrived.
From the moment you arrive, everything will be handled for you. American Cruise Lines deckhands wear a distinctive red shirt and will unload your luggage from your car or taxi and bring it to your stateroom aboard the ship. Please keep your boarding passes with you, as it is not necessary for you to stay with your luggage. he Cruise Director will be awaiting your arrival at the gangway of the ship. Please present your boarding passes and photo ID at this time.
Luggage and Luggage Tags American Cruise Lines places no restrictions on luggage. However, it is recommended that you bring as few bags as necessary. Suitcases less than 10 inches high may be stowed under your bed. You will be receiving luggage tags with your boarding pass before your cruise. If you would like additional tags, your cruise specialist will be happy to send you more. If you have cruised with us before, please remove your old luggage tags. 8
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What to Bring Casual resort attire is recommended both on the ship and ashore. For dinner, men’s clothing might include a sport shirt and slacks, with sport coat or sweater. Women might ind a sweater and slacks, or a dress appropriate.
American Cruise Lines also recommends that you bring the following: • • • • • • • •
Comfortable resort attire Comfortable walking shoes Sunscreen Hat Light rain wear Jacket for cool evenings Camera Photo identiication
Please do not hesitate to ask your Hotel Manager for any item that you may have forgotten.
Meals and Cocktails American Cruise Lines ofers open seating at every meal in the Dining Salon on the Main Deck. Dress is resort attire. At dinner, men often wear a sport coat and women often wear a dress.
Glasses, ice, mixers, and soft drinks are available at all times. For other liquor requests, your Hotel Manager will assist you.
Breakfast is prepared to order at your leisure between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Special Diets and Medications American Cruise Lines will cater to any special dietary needs. Please contact us approximately two weeks prior to your cruise so that we may plan accordingly.
Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m., and you are welcome to join us at any time before 7:30 p.m. American Cruise Lines provides complimentary wine and beer during lunch and dinner service. A complimentary cocktail hour with full bar is hosted each evening at 5:30 p.m. before dinner. 10
Refrigeration is available to store insulin or other medications requiring protection.
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Shore Tours Please note that all shore tours are subject to availability and change. Your onshore experience is as important as your onboard experience, so American Cruise Lines has taken special care to research and plan excursions at each port. With American Cruise Lines, you will experience what makes each destination a special place. Every tour will take you to the inest local sites at each port and give you true insight to the areaâ€™s culture, heritage and history. On each excursion, youâ€™ll be joined by local experts, historians or naturalists to further enhance your experience.
For detailed descriptions of each tour, please see pages 14-19.
here are two types of Shore Tours.
Featured tours are complimentary to all guests. Premium tours typically cost between $20 and $70 and can be Premium paid for onboard, near the end of your cruise. Featured
You may sign up for most tours onboard with the Cruise Director. American Cruise Lines is dedicated to making your onshore experience a true American Adventure.
For additional information about the places you will visit or alternative activities available, your Cruise Director or onboard guest speaker will be happy to help.
General Onboard Information American Cruise Lines will work to meet your onboard needs and cater to special requests. If at any point there is an item that you would like to see provided, please let your Hotel Manager or Cruise Director know.
Emergency Messages Emergency messages can be directed to the main oice in Connecticut at (800) 894-8570. hey will be relayed to the ship at the irst opportunity. You are urged to provide American Cruise Lines with email addresses and cellular phone numbers, as well as an emergency contact prior to your departure date. Cell phones are generally available onboard the ship for emergency purposes.
Tipping Tipping is entirely at your personal discretion. Tips are generally given to the Hotel Manager near the end of the cruise. hey are then divided equally among the stewards and deckhands. Tips generally average about $125 per person on a 7-night cruise. Stewards and deckhands do not expect and cannot accept tips directly. Credit cards, personal or travelers checks, and cash are accepted. If you choose to pay by credit card, please contact the Hotel Manager at least one day before the end of your cruise.
Concluding Your Cruise On most cruises, the ship will arrive in Cincinnati, OH the evening prior to the inal day of the cruise. he ship docks at the Public Landing located at 33 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. On the last day of your cruise, breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and passengers may disembark until 8:30 a.m. At the conclusion of your cruise, consider extending your stay in Cincinnati with one of the tours on page 19. Your Hotel Manager or Cruise Director will be available to assist with tour arrangements.
End of Cruise Transportation Services For passengers lying home, American Cruise Lines ofers transportation from the ship in Cincinnati to: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport â€“ departs the ship at 8:30 a.m. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport â€“ departs the ship at 7:30 a.m. For more information, prices, or reservations, please call American Cruise Lines at (800) 894-8570. During the cruise, your Hotel Manager or Cruise Director will also be happy to assist you with travel arrangements.
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Port by Port Shore Tour Information PADUCAH, KY PADUCAH CITY TOUR
Discover Paducah’s colorful history during a guided tour through the town’s historic district. Visit the thriving riverfront, where you will view over 50 life-sized panoramic murals depicting Paducah’s rich history. Conclude your tour at he National Quilt
Museum. Known as “Quilt City, USA,” Paducah attracts visitors from across the globe that come to marvel at the artistry of the Museum’s collection of quilts and exhibits.
RIVER DISCOVERY CENTER TOUR
Hear stories of the people and events that helped shape life along the Ohio River during a guided tour of the River Heritage Museum. Housed in downtown Paducah’s oldest standing structure, the museum’s interactive exhibits tell the story of the four rivers region. Featured exhibits include a Pilothouse Simulator and a working lock and dam display.
CAVE IN ROCK, IL CAVE IN ROCK STATE PARK Few natural formations are as awe-inspiring or intriguing as a cave. he deep, dark recesses immediately conjure up images of adventure and mystery. At Cave-In-Rock State Park, you can Steamboat exhibit at the River Heritage Museum 14
experience this fascination for yourself. Sitting high atop blufs overlooking the scenic Ohio River, the heavily wooded park is named for the 55-footwide cave that was carved out of the limestone rock by water thousands of years ago. Explore this fascinating cave and then stroll along one of the numerous trails located within the State Park to appreciate the tranquil forests and inspiring views along the Ohio River.
HENDERSON, KY AUDUBON MUSEUM TOUR
John James Audubon’s inluence on natural science is far reaching. As a celebrated ornithologist and naturalist, he painted, catalogued and described the birds of North America in a form that was far superior to what had been done before. Discover the life of John James Audubon during a guided tour of the Audubon Museum. he museum features Audubon’s art work and personal memorabilia, framed within a timeline of world events.
HENDERSON HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
At the end of the 19th century, Henderson was considered a major trading port due to its tremendous dark tobacco exporting businesses. he town’s prominence in the world market led to the construction of an increased number of extravagant homes. Discover the architectural ingenuity of these homes during a self-guided tour. 15
LOUISVILLE, KY KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM & HORSE PARK
Join us on an exclusive walking tour of Churchill Downs, home to the world famous Kentucky Derby. During this tour, your guide will provide you with an insider’s view of the Jockeys’ Quarters, Millionaires’ Row, the Press Box and other areas of Churchill Downs’ newly renovated clubhouse. After the tour, visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. Museum exhibits provide an in-depth look into thoroughbred racing and the Kentucky Derby. Get your picture taken in the famed Winners Circle and visit retired thoroughbred race horses!
JIM BEAM AMERICAN OUTPOST
Visit the home of Jim Beam located in nearby Clermont, Kentucky. Your tour begins at the historic Beam home where three generations of Beam distillers lived, overlooking the scenic landscape and towering rack houses. he tour leaves the Beam home and moves to the Stillhouse Exhibit, featuring an authentic copper still, 16
believed to be one of the oldest in America. Venture inside their oldest rack house, Warehouse D, built by Jim Beam after the Prohibition. You’ll ind yourself surrounded by the unmistakably rich and warm smell of Kentucky’s inest bourbon aging in 20,000 oak barrels. Conclude the tour with a sample of one of their Small Batch Bourbons in the tasting room.
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY
It takes a special place to craft the oicial bat of Major League Baseball. Since 1884, Louisville Slugger has put prime lumber in the hands of the greatest players of the game. Experience historyin-the-making as you stroll through the actual factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Be sure to visit the World’s Biggest Bat! Made of steel, it weighs 68,000 pounds and stands 120-feet tall. his Big Bat is an exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger. Museum exhibits include the three Louisville Sluggers used during Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak and life like mannequins of Babe Ruth and Ken Grifey Jr.
with fossil remnants, telling of a long vanished marine ecosystem that teemed with life including ancient corals and ancestral squids. Stroll along one of the park’s walking trails and discover the picturesque scenery of this quaint park during a guided tour.
HISTORIC TROLLEY TOUR
Madison is a charming small town rich in history. Learn about this town’s storied past during a narrated trolley tour through its historic district, which will include stops at two of Madison’s most
M ADISON, IN CLIFTY FALLS STATE PARK
Come discover why Clifty Falls is regarded as one of Indiana’s prettiest state parks. Clifty Falls ofers over 1,300 acres of scenery with 70 rock gorges and four majestic waterfalls. Clifty Creek’s stony bed is littered Clifty Falls State Park 17
Schroeder’s immigration to the United States and his family’s role in our nation’s transportation heritage. Recognized by historians as one of America’s premier industrial heritage sites, the Schroeder Saddletree factory has been restored to allow visitors to tour through this vintage workplace.
CINCINNATI, OH American Cruise Lines recommends the following tours of Cincinnati after the conclusion of your cruise.
NARRATED CITY TOUR The Lanier Mansion
notable landmarks. he Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country and today is recognized as the “Crown Jewel” of Madison’s Historic District. he Schroeder Saddletree Factory tells the story of Ben 18
Join a lifelong Cincinnati resident on a spectacular city tour of Cincinnati. Explore both sides of the river on this fantastic, allencompassing tour. Highlights include the loodwall murals, Eden Park, Downtown River District, Fountain Square and St. Mary’s Cathedral of the
Basilica, where you will have the opportunity to view aweinspiring stained glass windows.
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER
he National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates the brave men and women who came together to create a secret network through which the enslaved could escape to freedom. From their example of courage, cooperation and perseverance, we relate this uniquely American history to contemporary issues, inspiring everyone to take steps for freedom today. Discover a museum of American and AfricanAmerican history during a docent-led tour.
Krohn Conservatory was built in 1933 in the heart of Eden Park. he Art Deco building is architecturally signiicant, but it’s what’s inside the aluminum and glass walls that make the Conservatory truly special. Krohn Conservatory is home to more than 5,000 varieties of exotic, tropical, desert and orchid plants from around the world. Discover this unique “Rainforest-under-glass” in one of America’s largest public greenhouses.
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