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2014 VOYAGES

Book Early and SAV E up to $600 per stateroom on all voyages 7 days or longer! See page 58 for details


A Perfectly Americ an Experience Dear Traveler, America is a country defined by explorers and powered by dreamers. At the American Queen Steamboat Company©, we are both proud and honored to be part of the dream of American river cruising with the magnificent American Queen®. The largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, the American Queen’s welcoming appearance is complemented by a culture of gracious service, elegant décor, rousing entertainment and rewarding enrichment experiences. All of this is coupled with an in-depth exploration of the cities, towns and historical sites that make up the fabric of the United States. We are amazed by the overwhelming, heartfelt response to the American Queen and the luxurious amenities that we provide; deluxe hotel stays before each voyage, remarkable shore excursions included in every port and a wealth of complimentary onboard amenities. Nevertheless, we firmly believe that with every great accomplishment there is always room for improvement. Therefore, the American Queen has just emerged from a stunning refurbishment and now boasts expanded dining venues, enhanced public spaces, refreshed but authentic antebellum décor and a renewed commitment to defining the American river cruise experience. Beginning in the spring of 2014, our elegant and intimate style of travel expands to the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The soaring mountains, dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and frontier spirit of the fascinating West are the perfect complements to the cultural history, quiet towns and genteel character of our voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Just as the American Queen embodies the Heartland and legacy of Mark Twain, the American Empress was exclusively designed to celebrate the rich tradition of exploration in the West. Over two hundred years ago President Thomas Jefferson charged the “Corps of Discovery” with the mission to reach the Pacific Ocean. Today, the American Empress travels between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington re-tracing the footsteps of Lewis and Clark all while surrounding you with the comforts of modern luxury. The wonders they discovered on their courageous quest are now the majestic backdrop and inspirational destinations that the American Empress reveals to you in a pampered and modern environment unimaginable to Lewis and Clark so long ago. Take time to explore overlooks that were used by these intrepid explorers, visit charming towns nestled along the river and stroll through vineyards that produce some of the finest wines in the world. Regardless of which riverboat captures your imagination and regardless of which region wins your heart, a vacation aboard the American Queen or the American Empress is one unlike any other. Consider celebrating with us some of the special themes that embrace American traditions and history; themes such as the Fourth of July, Southern Culture, Good Old Summertime, Baseball Legends, Bourbon & Bluegrass, Old-Fashioned Holidays, and Elvis Presley on the American Queen or Lewis & Clark and the Wine Trail on display on the American Empress. Nature’s beauty and the historical tapestry that blankets this land have been in the making for countless generations. We invite you to join our friendly American crew and get acquainted with America’s hidden treasures in peerless comfort and luxurious style. Welcome aboard,

Ted Sykes President and COO

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TABLE OF CONTENTS American Queen Voyage Calendar & Map

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American Empress Voyage Calendar & Map

16-19

Lower Mississippi

20-27

Upper Mississippi

28-35

Ohio / Tennessee / Cumberland

36-43

Columbia / Snake River

44-49

American Queen Deck / Cabin Plans

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American Empress Deck Plans

54-55

Themed Voyages

56-57

Travel Protection / Terms & Conditions

58-59

The American Queen Steamboat Company and The National Trust for Historic Preservation are partners in supporting historic preservation. We will donate $100,000 to the National Trust’s Campaign to Save America’s National Treasures on behalf of guests sailing on the American Queen or the American Empress. Our guests will have the opportunity to visit and learn about several of these sites during many of our cruises. The American Queen and American Empress are the only vessel members of Historic Hotels of America. 3


A n A f fa i r

Your experience is not limited to the view from your veranda or the included shore excursions; each night and every bite is a memorable delight. Our awardwinning chefs carefully select the best seasonal and local ingredients for traditional recipes as well as unique culinary creations. Your first decision each morning: whether to relax in bed with a cheerful breakfast tray of freshly brewed coffee and piping hot beignets, linger in the elegant dining room or enjoy the informal atmosphere of an alternate venue. Menu choices are many, including made-to-order omelets; egg strudel with spinach, tomato and feta; andouille hash with corn cakes; and decadent bananas foster French toast. Our signature Jazz Brunch is a veritable feast of freshly baked pastries, carved meats, fish and seafood, salads, sautéed vegetables, and of course, everyone’s favorite – dessert. Choices are equally abundant for lunch. Make it as light or as hearty as you wish, sampling from an extensive buffet or enjoying traditional service in the main dining room. Both feature creative soups, salads, heartier fare and decadent desserts. For an informal lunch with a view, our alternative dining venues offer a cornucopia of choices – freshly made salads, burgers, exquisite hot and cold entrées, along with desserts and the ever popular ice cream and sundae bar.

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The nightly five-course dinner in the J.M. White Dining Room on the American Queen showcases the varied cultural and culinary influences of our great nation. Inspired by the American heartland and our Southern heritage, each offering is a celebration of flavor. Perhaps you will start with a fried green tomato with crawfish in a Cajun beurre blanc followed by hearts of romaine in green goddess dressing and roasted quail in a pepper crust with apple smoked bacon. On the American Empress, in the Romanov Dining Room, you might start with gravlax in dill and mustard sauce followed by Beef Wellington. A sumptuous array of selections is presented each and every evening to tempt your palate – all we can say is bon appétit! Our alternative dining venues offer the ideal respite for a relaxing, al fresco dinner, affording idyllic commanding views of the river and passing scenery. You will feast on freshly grilled meats, sumptuous seafood, a medley of vegetables and salads and a supreme selection of desserts. Of course, if you are feeling peckish any time of the day or night, the Front Porch Café or the River Grille offer a selection of sandwiches, fresh fruits, popcorn and soft-serve ice cream around the clock while 24-hour room service is just a phone call away.


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Night after night, top entertainers bring down the house in the American Queen’s Grand Saloon and the Showroom on the American Empress. Two decks tall, the Grand Saloon is palatial and a room you would expect to find on a large ocean liner. Each evening, the lights dim, the curtain rises and our talented performers offer you entertainment worthy of Broadway. Rousing musical revues and high-energy cabaret from our immensely talented and energetic cast takes center stage each evening. After the show, dance and swing to stellar performances of jazz, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country and rock and roll in the handsome Engine Room Bar, or join in a lively piano sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge. The Showroom on the American Empress offers a more intimate atmosphere, ideal for soloists and soft piano music as you share over cocktails the day’s discoveries and the surprises tomorrow holds in store. As history plays such a large part of your experience, our guest historians often take the stage and will transport you to another era. Relive a tale from Mark Twain or a recounting of the Lewis & Clark Expedition for a spellbinding evening, and you will retire to your stateroom convinced you’ve just had a conversation with history.

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Pure Delight

Of course, we will keep you entertained all day with an enticing and diverse line-up of noted speakers who offer insights on the culture, people and history of the destinations we visit. Or join our engaging Riverlorian up on deck for tales of the legend and lore of the river. Many American Queen itineraries feature special themed entertainment. Our first cruise of the season on February 21 kicks off with Big Band Swing, a timeless sound that’s always in style. A tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, is the highlight of our May 30 and December 5 sailings. Embrace the soulful sound of the Delta Blues on June 6, or enjoy back-to-back Bourbon & Bluegrass cruises on August 29 and September 5. Our house band and singers are some of the best around, so rest assured that every cruise offers wonderful entertainment. The grand size of the American Queen and the warm ambiance of the Showroom on the American Empress allow us to present a variety and caliber of entertainment that is most notable.


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The river is always flowing, and while life here may move at a genteel pace, there is always plenty of activity onboard and ashore for the adventurer in all of us.

picturesque towns along the rivers, cycling is also a great way to explore the shops and sites. The bright green bicycles make it easy to spot your fellow guests cycling around town.

The American Queen hosts a range of amenities to help maintain your routine. Get a full workout in the state-of-the-art gym or take a bike ride through a scenic port; then, relax with a dip in the small Sundeck pool. You’ll find that your active, healthy lifestyle is easily accommodated while on the American Queen. Our shore excursions provide plenty of activity for guests on the American Queen and the American Empress – explore charming towns, historic sites and boutique craft shops on our exclusive hopon hop-off tours.

Don’t forget to set aside some time for a little pampering. Our American Queen Spa by Pevonia will have you feeling like a Queen or King! From body wraps to deep tissue massages, you will feel totally revitalized.

The American Queen gym features cutting-edge TechnoGym™ equipment. Weight training and resistance training is a cinch with our workout bench, dumbbells and versatile Kinesis® One low-impact resistance machine. If you are interested in cardio exercises, enjoy our treadmills or the static bike, each with its own personal television screen. Complimentary bicycles and helmets are available at each port on your American Queen cruise. Riding a bicycle is more than just great exercise. With so many

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Of course, the main attraction on the American Queen and the American Empress is the included shore excursions. Whether a hop-on hop-off guided circuit of a town’s hot spots, or an in-depth historic site visit, each port of call provides a unique and enriching experience. Our luxury motorcoaches offer a consistently exceptional experience in every town. You will get to your know your talented drivers and shore excursions staff and count them as good friends by the time your cruise concludes. Onboard and on shore, your American Queen Steamboat Company experience will be full of activity and enrichment to your heart’s content.


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AMERIC A N Q UE E N Distinctions

The largest, most opulent riverboat in the world Complimentary shore excursions in every port Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage – Includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Queen Complimentary wine and beer with dinner Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage J.M. White Dining Room and the Grand Saloon with soaring 20-foot ceilings The acclaimed cuisine of celebrated southern chef Regina Charboneau Gracious service from a friendly all-American staff Country club casual ambiance, no formal wear required Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway – Spectacular revues, cabaret, jazz and blues, six piece orchestra and more Our own dedicated fleet of luxury coaches

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America, The Beautiful

SHILOH NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

MULTNOMAH FALLS

HISTORIC RIVERS SHOW YOU THE WONDERS OF A NATION Rugged mountains with mantles of snow tower over wilderness rivers. Southern belles in period hoop skirts and bonnets greet you with a mint julep beneath a row of 200-year old oak trees. Log cabins along the Mississippi River and frontier forts on bluffs above the Columbia River reflect the pioneering spirit of America. Magnolia trees blossom, wild salmon swim upriver, vineyards hug the Washington hills and stately antebellum plantations touch the water’s edge in Louisiana. History and scenic vistas combine on a voyage with the American Queen Steamboat Company as rivers transport you to lands of wonder and times long forgotten. Give yourself over to the voices of history. Mark Twain’s words echo on the quiet streets of Hannibal, Missouri where Tom Sawyer and his friends whitewashed picket fences. Along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, silent battlefields stand in mute testimony to the thunder and rhetoric that spawned the Civil War. Thomas Jefferson’s words to Lewis and Clark to find “the most direct and practicable

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GARDENS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

water communication across this continent” take on new meaning in the unspoiled terrain of the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River’s gorges and the canyons of the Snake River. Native American chants and songs from Oregon to Tennessee and from Minnesota to Mississippi tell the story of a people who are one with the land. Revel in the sights, sounds and perfumed aromas of the South. From your perch on the American Queen, watch the mist rise off the quiet waters of the Tennessee or Cumberland Rivers, a rooster crowing in the distance. Inhale the sweet fragrance of historic Natchez gardens and the piquant aroma of Creole cuisine in magical New Orleans. In the West, the American Empress follows the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean deep into the mountains. Waterfalls cascade into deep gorges and a bald eagle flies lazy circles in the unbreakable dome of blue sky overhead. From the decks of your riverboat, America’s greatest scenic treasures glide by as you’ve never seen them before. Celebrate America’s beauty, culture and history through her rivers.


Americ an Queen Voyage Calender LOWER MISSISSIPPI PAGES 20 - 27

2014 DATE

DAYS

UPPER MISSISSIPPI PAGES 28 - 35

OHIO / TENNESSEE / CUMBERLAND PAGES 36 - 43

EMBARK

DISEMBARK

THEME

NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS

Big Band Swing

NEW ORLEANS

MEMPHIS

Southern Culture

NEW ORLEANS

Southern Culture

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FEB 28 - MAR 8

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MAR 7-15

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MAR 14-22

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MAR 21-29

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APR 5-12

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NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS Gardens of the River Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS Southern Culture Ports: Oak Alley, Baton Rouge NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS Southern Culture

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MAY 16-24

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MAY 23-31

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MAY 30 - JUN 7

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JUN 6-13

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JUN 12-21

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JUN 20-24

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JUN 23-28

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Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS Mardi Gras Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS Southern Culture Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS Southern Culture Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena MEMPHIS NEW ORLEANS Southern Culture Ports: Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road Ports: Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena

Ports: Helena/Greenville, Grand Gulf/Natchez, Angola/St. Francisville, Nottaway/Plantation Road

Ports: Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road

NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS Southern Culture Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena MEMPHIS NEW ORLEANS Southern Culture Ports: Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS Civil War Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena MEMPHIS NEW ORLEANS Southern Culture Ports: Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS Gardens of the River Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena MEMPHIS NEW ORLEANS Elvis Ports: Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS Delta Blues Ports: Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena MEMPHIS CINCINNATI Good Old Summertime Ports: New Madrid, Paducah, Henderson, Louisville, Madison CINCINNATI CINCINNATI Good Old Summertime Ports: Louisville, Madison CINCINNATI CINCINNATI Good Old Summertime Ports: Maysville, Huntington, Portsmouth CINCINNATI PITTSBURGH Good Old Summertime Ports: Maysville, Huntington, Point Pleasant, Marietta, Wheeling PITTSBURGH CINCINNATI 4th of July Celebration Ports: Marietta, Point Pleasant, Portsmouth

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JUL 15-23

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JUL 22-30

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JUL 29 - AUG 2

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AUG 1-9

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AUG 8-16

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AUG 15-23

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AUG 22-30

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AUG 29 - SEP 6

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SEP 5-13

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SEP 12-20

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SEP 19-27

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SEP 26 - OCT 4

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OCT 3-11

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OCT 10-18

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OCT 17-25

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OCT 24 - NOV 1

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OCT 31 - NOV 8

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NOV 7-15

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NOV 14-22

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NOV 21-29

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NOV 28 - DEC 6

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DEC 5-13

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DEC 12-20

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DEC 19-27

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DEC 26 - JAN 3

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CINCINNATI ST. LOUIS Ports: Louisville, Henderson, Paducah, Cape Girardeau, Chester ST. LOUIS ST. PAUL Ports: Hannibal, Dubuque, La Crosse, Red Wing

THEMES

Good Old Summertime Good Old Summertime

ST. PAUL ST. LOUIS Good Old Summertime Ports: Red Wing, La Crosse, Dubuque, Davenport, Burlington, Hannibal ST. LOUIS ST. LOUIS Good Old Summertime Ports: St. Charles, Alton ST. LOUIS ST. PAUL Good Old Summertime Ports: Hannibal, Dubuque, La Crosse, Red Wing ST. PAUL ST. LOUIS Music of the 50s Ports: Red Wing, La Crosse, Dubuque, Davenport, Burlington, Hannibal ST. LOUIS

ST. PAUL

Ports: Hannibal, Dubuque, Lacrosse, Red Wing

Music of the 60s

ST. PAUL ST. LOUIS Baseball Legends Ports: Red Wing, Lacrosse, Dubuque, Davenport, Burlington, Hannibal ST. LOUIS CINCINNATI Bourbon & Bluegrass Ports: Cape Girardeau, Paducah, Henderson, Louisville, Madison CINCINNATI ST. LOUIS Bourbon & Bluegrass Ports: Louisville, Henderson, Paducah, Cape Girardeau, Chester ST. LOUIS ST. PAUL Fall Colors Ports: Hannibal, Dubuque, La Crosse, Red Wing ST. PAUL ST. LOUIS Fall Colors Ports: Red Wing, La Crosse, Dubuque, Davenport, Burlington, Hannibal ST. LOUIS ST. PAUL Fall Colors Ports: Hannibal, Dubuque, La Crosse, Red Wing ST. PAUL ST. LOUIS Fall Colors Ports: Red Wing, La Crosse, Dubuque, Davenport, Burlington, Hannibal ST. LOUIS JEFFERSONVILLE Fall Colors Ports: Chester, Cape Girardeau, Paducah, Cave-In-Rock, Henderson, Brandenburg JEFFERSONVILLE NASHVILLE Riverboat Rally Ports: Brandenburg, Owensboro, Henderson, Paducah, Dover, Clarksville NASHVILLE CHATTANOOGA Country Music Cruise Ports: Dover, Paducah, Savannah, Florence, Decatur CHATTANOOGA MEMPHIS Civil War Ports: Decatur, Florence, Savannah, Paducah, New Madrid MEMPHIS NEW ORLEANS Music of the 50s Ports: Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS Music of the 60s Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena MEMPHIS NEW ORLEANS Thanksgiving Festival Ports: Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS Old-Fashioned Holidays Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena MEMPHIS NEW ORLEANS Elvis Ports: Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS Old-Fashioned Holidays Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS Old-Fashioned Holidays Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Plantation Road NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS New Year’s Celebration Ports: Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road

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AMER I C A N EM PRE S S Distinctions

The largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest Complimentary shore excursions in every port Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Empress Complimentary wine and beer with dinner Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage Regional Pacific Northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a contemporary flair Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff Country club casual ambiance, no formal wear required Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes 24 hours a day Our own dedicated fleet of luxury coaches

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EASTBOUND VOYAGE CALENDAR PORTLAND TO CLARKSTON 9-Day Voyage Ports: Astoria, OR • Stevenson, WA • The Dalles, OR • Sacajawea State Park, WA 2014 Dates Apr 5 – Apr 13

May 31 – Jun 8

Jul 26 – Aug 3

Sep 20 – Sep 28

Apr 19 – Apr 27

Jun 14 – Jun 22

Aug 9 – Aug 17

Oct 4 – Oct 12

May 3 – May 11

Jun 28 – Jul 6

Aug 23 – Aug 31

Oct 18 – Oct 26

May 17 – May 25

Jul 12 – Jul 20

Sep 6 – Sep 14

Nov 1 – Nov 9

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WESTBOUND VOYAGE CALENDAR CLARKSTON TO PORTLAND 9-Day Voyage Ports: Sacajawea State Park, WA • The Dalles, OR • Stevenson, WA • Astoria, OR 2014 Dates Apr 12 – Apr 20

Jun 7 – Jun 15

Aug 2 – Aug 10

Sep 27 – Oct 5

Apr 26 – May 4

Jun 21 – Jun 29

Aug 16 – Aug 24

Oct 11 – Oct 19

May 10 – May 18

Jul 5 – Jul 13

Aug 30 – Sep 7

Oct 25 – Nov 2

May 24 – Jun 1

Jul 19 – Jul 27

Sep 13 – Sep 21

Nov 8 – Nov 16

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Welcome To

THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI THE RIVER THAT DEFINES A NATION The lower stretch of the Mississippi, from carefree New Orleans to vibrant Memphis, is the river of legends. Old Man River has been celebrated in print, song and film for many generations. Control of the Mighty Mississippi was the key strategic goal of the Civil War and even today it is still the lifeblood of commerce in the Old South. This is the river of centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations, cobblestone streets and Victorian mansions. Hear the river’s music in blues, jazz, zydeco and rock and roll and savor its diversity with a host of distinctive Creole and Cajun culinary delights. The world of Mark Twain’s revered book Life on the Mississippi is best experienced from the vantage point of the graceful American Queen, the most opulent riverboat in the world. Celebrate New Orleans’ unabashed and unapologetic joy in the fine restaurants and sidewalk cafes of the French Quarter, the jazz clubs lining Bourbon Street and the strolling musicians in Jackson Square. Music is also the heart and soul of Memphis - from Elvis’ inspiring Graceland to the blues joints of Beale Street. The city’s National Civil Rights Museum chronicles a long journey to freedom and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music records the rise of a beloved musical art form. Between these glittering cities is a necklace of traditional plantations and homes. Oak Alley transports you back to the era of hoop skirts, cotillions and cotton fields. The flowers, fountains and pathways found on the plantations in the area we affectionately refer to as Plantation Road are a testament to the Louisiana way of life before the Civil War. Natchez, Mississippi’s captivating historic district shines in the lovingly-restored homes of Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion and the William Johnson House. Thousands of tombstones which mark the fallen in Vicksburg, Mississippi reflect the tragic sacrifices of the Civil War. French Canadian fur trappers defined Cajun culture in bold Baton Rouge, Louisiana while the lost settlement of Bayou Sara below the bluffs of St. Francisville, Louisiana was once the busiest pre-Civil War port between New Orleans and Memphis. This is the soul of the Mississippi River. Inhale the sweet fragrance of magnolia blossoms, sit in a rocking chair with a glass of sweet tea on the American Queen’s Front Porch of America and watch the essence of the South unfold around you.

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ROUNDTRIP NEW ORLEANS 5-Day Voyage

A TASTE OF THE TRUE SOUTH – For those looking for a brief encounter with the historic South, this is the perfect journey for you. Experience the best plantations, gardens, historic sites and cuisine in less than a week. Stately Southern belles still greet you at the impressive tree-lined entrance to Oak Alley Plantation where you can learn the ways of the blacksmith or just soak in the antebellum spirit. Even on this abbreviated tour, you will feel your worries drift away with the relaxing pace of life down here. DATE

THEME

Apr 18

Southern Culture

ITINERARY Day 1 -

Hotel Stay, New Orleans, LA

Day 2 -

Embark - New Orleans, LA - Depart 8:00 PM

Day 3 -

Oak Alley, LA

Day 4 -

Baton Rouge, LA

Day 5 -

Disembark 8:00 AM - New Orleans, LA

CATEGORY LS AAA AA A B C D E SO F G H I SI

FARE Luxury Suite Suite Superior Veranda Deluxe Veranda Veranda Veranda Veranda Deluxe Window Single Veranda Inside Inside Inside Inside Single Inside

$3,199 $2,699 $2,399 $2,299 $1,999 $1,799 $1,549 $1,449 $2,299 $1,349 $1,149 $1,049 $ 949 $1,499

Port Charges: $59

LEF T: The Ladies’ Parlor provides antebellum surroundings for reading and taking advantage of complimentary WIFI access.

ROUNDTRIP NEW ORLEANS 6-Day Voyage LOWER MISSISSIPPI SAMPLER – Big things come in small packages and this voyage is proof that you don’t need to spend a full week to see all the South has to offer. In just six days, you’ll be transported back to a time when ladies in hoop skirts mingled on manicured plantation lawns, Southern hospitality flourished, and Cajun culture added spice and tradition. Discover the romance of the antebellum era as you walk the grounds of some of the South’s most treasured plantations. DATE

THEME

Apr 21

Southern Culture

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, New Orleans, LA Day 2 - Embark - New Orleans, LA - Depart 8:00 PM Day 3 - Oak Alley, LA Day 4 - Baton Rouge, LA Day 5 - Plantation Road, LA Day 6 - Disembark 8:00 AM - New Orleans, LA

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CATEGORY LS AAA AA A B C D E SO F G H I SI

FARE Luxury Suite Suite Superior Veranda Deluxe Veranda Veranda Veranda Veranda Deluxe Window Single Veranda Inside Inside Inside Inside Single Inside Port Charges: $69

$4,199 $3,799 $3,599 $3,399 $2,599 $2,399 $2,199 $1,999 $2,999 $1,949 $1,749 $1,649 $1,549 $1,999


ROUNDTRIP NEW ORLEANS 9-Day Voyage THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH - This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi. From the legendary jazz of Bourbon Street to the battlefields of Vicksburg, this is an immersion in Southern Culture. Discover the romance and antebellum charms of famous plantations like Oak Alley. St. Francisville’s storied past saw it change hands between seven different nations, and it contains more than 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, and you will be both amazed and amused by the city’s colorful history and larger-than-life political figures. CATEGORY LS AAA AA A B C D E SO F G H I SI

FARE Luxury Suite Suite Superior Veranda Deluxe Veranda Veranda Veranda Veranda Deluxe Window Single Veranda Inside Inside Inside Inside Single Inside Port Charges: $109

$7,099 $6,499 $6,199 $5,999 $4,599 $4,099 $3,899 $3,799 $5,199 $3,449 $3,049 $2,949 $2,549 $3,699

DATE

THEME

Feb 21

Big Band Swing

Feb 28 Mar 7

Mardi Gras Southern Culture

Apr 11

Gardens Of The River

Dec 12

Old-Fashioned Holidays

Dec 19*

Old-Fashioned Holidays

Dec 26

New Year’s Celebration

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, New Orleans, LA Day 2 - Embark - New Orleans, LA - Depart 8:00 PM Day 3 - Oak Alley, LA Day 4 - St. Francisville, LA Day 5 - Natchez, MS Day 6 - Vicksburg, MS Day 7 - Baton Rouge, LA Day 8 - Plantation Road, LA Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - New Orleans, LA

* The December 19th itinerary is slightly altered from the above – call for details.

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NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS 8-Day Voyage SAVOR THE SOUNDS OF THE DELTA - Experience the musical innovation and passion inherent in the sounds of the Delta Blues. One of the earliest forms of blues, this soulful style found its start along the banks of the Lower Mississippi River and takes its name from the Mississippi Delta region. Originally performed by a lone singer on guitar, the unique undulating effect known as slide guitar would be created by sliding the neck of a bottle along the strings. DATE

THEME

Jun 6

Delta Blues

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, New Orleans, LA Day 2 - Embark - New Orleans, LA - Depart 5:00 PM Day 3 - River Cruising Day 4 - Natchez, MS Day 5 - Vicksburg, MS Day 6 - River Cruising Day 7 - Helena, AR Day 8 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Memphis, TN

CATEGORY LS AAA AA A B C D E SO F G H I SI

FARE Luxury Suite Suite Superior Veranda Deluxe Veranda Veranda Veranda Veranda Deluxe Window Single Veranda Inside Inside Inside Inside Single Inside

$6,099 $5,599 $5,299 $5,199 $3,999 $3,499 $3,299 $3,199 $4,599 $2,949 $2,649 $2,549 $2,249 $3,199

Port Charges: $89

LEF T: A Luxury Suite provides spacious opulence - truly the best of the best.

NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS 10-Day Voyage THE ETERNAL CHARM OF SPRING – Inhale the sweet smell of magnolia blossoms and fragrant antebellum gardens while curled up in a rocking chair on the American Queen’s Front Porch of America, working your way through William Faulkner’s Snopes Trilogy of novels. From the baskets of blooming flowers dotting New Orleans’ French Quarter to the floral displays inside Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the South will dazzle you with her springtime beauty and culture. DATE Mar 28 ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, New Orleans, LA Day 2 - Embark - New Orleans, LA - Depart 8:00 PM

Day 3 - Oak Alley, LA Day 4 - Baton Rouge, LA Day 5 - St. Francisville, LA Day 6 - Natchez, MS Day 7 - Vicksburg, MS Day 8 - River Cruising Day 9 - Helena, AR Day 10 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Memphis, TN

THEME Southern Culture

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NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS 9-Day Voyage

JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI - Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From New Orleans to Memphis, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and treelined streets abound. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries, in the soulful gospel blues of Helena and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbeque, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland. CATEGORY LS AAA AA A B C D E SO F G H I SI

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THEME

Mar 14

Southern Culture

Apr 25

Southern Culture

May 9 May 23

Civil War Gardens Of The River

Nov 14

Music Of The 60s

Nov 28

Old-Fashioned Holidays

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, New Orleans, LA Day 2 - Embark - New Orleans, LA - Depart 8:00 PM Day 3 - Oak Alley, LA Day 4 - St. Francisville, LA Day 5 - Natchez, MS Day 6 - Vicksburg, MS Day 7 - River Cruising Day 8 - Helena, AR Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Memphis, TN

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MEMPHIS TO NEW ORLEANS 9-Day Voyage SOU THERN MEMORIES LAST FOREVER - Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. The romance of the antebellum era and lively Cajun culture are found everywhere you turn. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time as will the Civil War battlefields. When cotton was king and plantation life was at its zenith, our young nation went to war with itself, pitting brother against brother, North against South. DATE

THEME

Mar 21

Southern Culture

May 2

Southern Culture

May 16

Southern Culture

May 30

Elvis Music Of The 50s

Nov 7

Thanksgiving Festival

Nov 21

Elvis

Dec 5 ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Memphis, TN Day 2 - Embark - Memphis, TN - Depart 9:30 PM Day 3 - River Cruising Day 4 - Vicksburg, MS Day 5 - Natchez, MS

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Port Charges: $109

Day 6 - St. Francisville, LA Day 7 - Baton Rouge, LA Day 8 - Plantation Road, LA Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - New Orleans, LA

MEMPHIS TO NEW ORLEANS 8-Day Voyage DATE Apr 5 ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Memphis, TN Day 2 - Embark - Memphis, TN - Depart 7:30 PM Day 3 - Helena, AR / Greenville, MS Day 4 - Grand Gulf, MS / Natchez, MS Day 5 - Natchez, MS Day 6 - Angola, LA / St. Francisville, LA Day 7 - Plantation Road, LA Day 8 - Disembark 8:00 AM - New Orleans, LA

THEME Southern Culture

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L o w e r M i s s i s s i pp i P r e m i u m T o u r O p t i o n s

Included tours are a great way to get acquainted with the historically rich ports that you’ll encounter on your American Queen voyage, but our Premium Experience Excursions offer you an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific interests. Visit us online to explore all of the Premium Experience Excursions that are available to you.

Mississippi Delta Gospel and the Birthplace of the Blues (Helena, Arkansas) Experience the Blues, unfiltered and unrefined, as you set off on the Blues Trail to Clarksdale, Mississippi, known as the “Birthplace of the Blues.” Many noteworthy blues musicians call this small southern town home. You’ll visit the Clarksdale Railroad Passenger Depot where you can enjoy shrimp and grits and all the local staples. Take a stroll through the streets of Clarksdale to the Delta Blues Museum where exhibits showcase local blues legends such as Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters and Tennessee Williams. At the Blues Alley in the heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, visit the Ground Zero Blues Club and enjoy a live performance by a local Blues legend. The King’s Memphis with Graceland (Memphis, Tennessee) Put on your blue suede shoes and board your luxury motorcoach for an exclusive narrated tour of Memphis. You will see landmarks like Sun Studio, The Peabody Hotel, National Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street. Your motorcoach makes it way to Elvis Presley’s Graceland for an included Platinum Tour, which is self-guided and includes the Graceland Mansion and outlying museums. Don’t miss this legendary opportunity.

Entertaining Southern Style with Regina Charboneau (Natchez, Mississippi) Enter the ornate parlors of Twin Oaks, private home of the American Queen’s Culinary Director and Chef de Cuisine, Regina Charboneau. Chef Charboneau opens her home to you for an afternoon of southern hospitality and entertainment. Regina will share her secrets to effortless entertaining with a southern flair. Enjoy cocktails and a sampling of gourmet treats prepared by Regina. Take home decadent southern recipes that will inspire your next cocktail party. Vicksburg Battlefield…The Up-Close Tour (Vicksburg, Mississippi) This exclusive educational tour begins onboard the American Queen where you will enjoy an informative orientation video before departing on an in-depth tour of the Siege at Vicksburg battlefield and city tour that ties the city’s role in the battle. Enjoy a narrated tour of the city of Vicksburg on our way to Vicksburg National Military Park with a licensed Battlefield guide. This historical site commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863 and includes over 1,340 monuments and markers, a 16-mile tour road, a restored Union gunboat, and a National Cemetery. Life-sized exhibits and artifacts from the Siege of Vicksburg bring the battle dubbed “the key to victory” back to life.

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Welcome To

THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI TREASURES OF SUMMER AND COLORS OF FALL The upper reaches of the Mississippi River from dynamic St. Louis to the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife. Hidden gems around each bend of the river fuel your sense of discovery as the very best of America’s Heartland unfolds before you. St. Louis was the hub for riverboats traveling along the Mississippi and the jumping-off point for exploration and settlement of the West. Today, that heritage is reflected in the shining stainless steel Gateway Arch that curves above the skyline and in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial that lies beneath. Upriver, St. Paul was once described by Mark Twain as “a wonderful town…put together in solid blocks of honest brick and stone, and has the air of intending to stay.” In Minneapolis, its sister city across the Mississippi River, the Frank Gehry-designed Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, the contemporary Walker Art Museum and the notable Minneapolis Institute of Arts are an art aficionado’s dream. Perhaps no person defined America’s view of its greatest river more than Mark Twain. Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher are alive and well in Hannibal, Missouri, Samuel Clemens’ boyhood home. In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, an enormous mural painted on the floodwall that stretches the length of the downtown area immortalizes 275 years of local progress, wars and achievements. Fur trappers, Mormons, lumberjacks and railroad barons built La Crosse, Wisconsin while in Dubuque, Iowa, looks can be deceiving. What seems like a typical Midwestern city also happens to be one of the “oldest European settlements west of the Mississippi River.” Davenport, Iowa’s influence is seen in the smokestacks on the American Queen, which fold forward so she can slip under bridges and power lines. In 1856, a steamboat rammed the city’s newly-built railway bridge and a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln successfully defended the Rock Island Railroad, suggesting the idea of “telescoping chimneys” to avoid future tragedies. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, wildlife takes center stage both on and above the rolling hills and limestone bluffs that cradle the river on its journey through the Heartland. Deer come to the water’s edge and falcons and ospreys soar overhead. View an impressive population of bald eagles on an eco-cruise from Red Wing, Minnesota or at the National Eagle Center in nearby Wabasha. Let the seasons guide your travels as the lush green lawns and colorful flowerboxes of summer give way to the fiery reds, autumnal oranges and electric yellows of the trees celebrating the coming of fall.

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS TO ST. PAUL 9-Day Voyage

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HEARTLAND – There’s no better place to begin a journey through America’s Heartland than lively St. Louis, “ The Gateway City.” From its founding in 1764 to the 1904 World’s Fair, the Spirit of St. Louis and Miles Davis, this beautiful city has an abundance of intriguing history to explore. On your voyage, discover the true inspiration behind Mark Twain’s beloved American classics in his hometown of Hannibal. These treasured stories come to life as you take a leisurely stroll through the properties and learn of their literary significance. America’s Heartland is full of surprises that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. DATE

THEME

Jul 15

Good Old Summertime

Aug 1

Good Old Summertime

Aug 15

Music Of The 60s

Sep 12

Fall Colors

Sep 26

Fall Colors

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, St. Louis, MO Day 2 - Embark - St. Louis, MO - Depart 8:00 PM Day 3 - River Cruising Day 4 - Hannibal, MO Day 5 - River Cruising Day 6 - Dubuque, IA Day 7 - La Crosse, WI Day 8 - Red Wing, MN Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - St. Paul, MN

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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

ST. PAUL TO ST. LOUIS 9-Day Voyage THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THRIVES – Journey back to a time when anything seemed possible. A time when grandmothers, aprons sprinkled with flour, welcomed us to their front porches for a glass of milk and a slice of homemade pie. From the scenic bluffs of Red Wing, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri’s expansive and bustling Union Station marketplace, the American spirit lives on in the generosity and creative independence of the people you’ll encounter all along the Upper Mississippi.

DATE

THEME

Jul 22

Good Old Summertime

Aug 8

Music Of The 50s

Aug 22

Baseball Legends

Sep 19

Fall Colors

Oct 3

Fall Colors

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, St. Paul, MN Day 2 - Embark - St. Paul, MN - Depart 7:30 PM Day 3 - Red Wing, MN Day 4 - La Crosse, WI Day 5 - Dubuque, IA Day 6 - Davenport, IA Day 7 - Burlington, IA Day 8 - Hannibal, MO

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$7,099 $6,499 $6,199 $5,999 $4,599 $4,099 $3,899 $3,799 $5,199 $3,449 $3,049 $2,949 $2,549 $3,699

Port Charges: $109

Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - St. Louis, MO

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ROUNDTRIP ST. LOUIS 5-Day Voyage

JOURNEY THROUGH THE HEARTLAND – For those of you who desire the complete joy and luxury of an American Queen cruise in five spectacular days, this cruise was designed with you in mind. You will truly savor each moment of this leisurely cruise through America’s Heartland. Quaint picturesque ports, historic sites cloaked in mystery and hidden national treasures are just a few of the many elements that make this journey through the Heartland one that you won’t want to miss. DATE

THEME

Jul 29

Good Old Summertime

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, St. Louis, MO Day 2 - Embark - St. Louis - Depart 7:30 PM Day 3 - St. Charles, MO Day 4 - Alton, IL Day 5 - Disembark 8:00 AM - St. Louis, MO

LEF T: Tiffany lamps illuminate the Mark Twain Gallery. The American Queen boasts one of the largest collections of Tiffany glass in the world.

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$3,199 $2,699 $2,399 $2,299 $1,999 $1,799 $1,549 $1,449 $2,299 $1,349 $1,149 $1,049 $ 949 $1,499

Port Charges: $59

ST. LOUIS TO CINCINNATI 9-Day Voyage

BOURBON & BLUEGRASS – Experience the history of bourbon and bluegrass, a fine fusion of American icons. You’ ll be instantly captivated as you cruise beyond St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and voyage into intriguing sites of exploration like the old French trading post of Cape Girardeau. The charming port of Paducah, known as the city of art, rhythm and rivers, hosts an abundance of colorful attractions, not to mention an impressive twenty downtown blocks that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The dynamic blend of historic discovery, toe-tapping Bluegrass and the finest distilleries on the Bourbon Trail makes this river cruise simply remarkable. DATE Aug 29 ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, St. Louis, MO Day 2 - Embark - St. Louis, MO - Depart 8:00 PM Day 3 - Cape Girardeau, MO Day 4 - Paducah, KY Day 5 - Henderson, KY Day 6 - River Cruising Day 7 - Louisville, KY Day 8 - Madison, IN Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Cincinnati, OH

THEME Bourbon & Bluegrass

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$7,099 $6,499 $6,199 $5,999 $4,599 $4,099 $3,899 $3,799 $5,199 $3,449 $3,049 $2,949 $2,549 $3,699

Port Charges: $109

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ST. LOUIS TO JEFFERSONVILLE 9-Day Voyage ENJOY THE FALL FOLIAGE – Celebrate autumnal splendor as you journey past the vibrant colors of the land and into the blue waters of the Ohio River. Historic turn-of-the-century mansions overlooking the river frame historic Henderson, hometown of famed naturalist John James Audubon. Enjoy the fields of gold and convivial small town feel of delightful ports found in Southern Illinois and Kentucky. This special voyage through a tapestry of red, orange, yellow and gold will awaken the senses and enlighten the soul. DATE

THEME

Oct 10

Fall Colors

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, St. Louis, MO Day 2 - Embark - St. Louis, MO - Depart 8:00 PM Day 3 - Chester, IL Day 4 - Cape Girardeau, MO Day 5 - Paducah, KY Day 6 - Cave-In-Rock, IL Day 7 - Henderson, KY Day 8 - Brandenburg, KY Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Jeffersonville, IN

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Port Charges: $109

CHATTANOOGA TO MEMPHIS 9-Day Voyage TALES OF A NATION TORN ASUNDER - A breathtaking panorama from the cliffs of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain sets the tone for this unrivaled journey through ports of call that played a part in the conflict which tore a nation apart. Visit fascinating landmarks like Pope’s Tavern Museum in Florence, Alabama that served as a stagecoach stop and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. The picturesque town of New Madrid offers beautiful vistas and a wealth of history to explore. As you pass through these gracious towns and encounter the welcoming people that inhabit them, you’ll gain a new appreciation for how the fabric of America has been woven back together. DATE

THEME

CATEGORY

Oct 31

Civil War

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ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Chattanooga, TN Day 2 - Embark - Chattanooga, TN - Depart 5:00 PM Day 3 - Decatur, AL Day 4 - Florence, AL Day 5 - Savannah, TN Day 6 - River Cruising Day 7 - Paducah, KY Day 8 - New Madrid, MO Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Memphis, TN

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U pp e r M i s s i s s i pp i P r e m i u m T o u r O p t i o n s

Included tours are a great way to get acquainted with the historically rich ports that you’ll encounter on your American Queen voyage, but our Premium Experience Excursions offer you an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific interests. Visit us online to explore all of the Premium Experience Excursions that are available to you.

Home of the American Pickers, Buffalo Bill and Distilled Spirits (Le Claire, Iowa) This journey brings you to the quaint town of Le Claire, Iowa. Tucked away on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River, this historic town is the birthplace of Buffalo Bill. Learn all about this American frontiersman during your visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum. At the Mississippi River Distillery Company you can enjoy a private tour and discover the art of crafting the perfect spirit. You’ll also enjoy a stop at Antique Archaeology, featured on History Channel’s American Pickers. Examine the unique items to find yesterday’s forgotten treasures.

The Gateway City Tour (St. Louis, Missouri) Our luxury motorcoach brings you on a tour of downtown St. Louis and Forest Park with over 1,200 acres of green space and museums. You’ll take a guided tour of the Cathedral Basilica, home to over 83,000 square feet of hand-laid mosaics, one of the largest collections in the world. Of course, a visit to St. Louis wouldn’t be complete without stopping at Anheuser Busch Brewery. Visit to the Clydesdale Stables and Paddock as well as Beechwood Lagering Cellars, Brewhouse and Bevo Packaging Plant. Lastly, you’ll enjoy a visit to the sampling room and try out some of the beer made within these historic walls.

On Eagle’s Wings (Wabasha, Minnesota) Travel to Wabasha, Minnesota, the oldest City on the Upper Mississippi River. You’ll visit the National Eagle Center for an unforgettable “nose to beak” experience with America’s National Symbol of Freedom - the American Bald Eagle. Eagles in the center roam freely and uncaged and knowledgeable experts are on hand to answer questions. Known as America’s Eagle Destination, these symbolic birds are abundant in the wild throughout the year and can be viewed from the observation deck.

In Lincoln’s Footsteps (Alton, Illinois) Walk in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln as you are invited to explore his early career in Alton. The Franklin House is where Lincoln prepared for the Douglas-Lincoln Debate. Stand on the river bank where Lincoln stood face to face with James Shields while preparing to duel in 1842. In addition to the seven Lincoln & Civil War sites, your tour will include the statue of Robert Wadlow, worlds’ tallest man, and Piasa Park where you will hear the legendary tale of the Piasa Bird.

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Welcome To

THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE RIVERS A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY Discover America’s cultural quilt in the cities and towns of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. From Civil War battlefields, forts and homesteads to quaint main streets and friendly smiles, this region will welcome you with open arms and enrich you with its storied history. Our new voyages on the Cumberland River wind through forest-covered hills and uncover its past in the homespun sounds of bluegrass. Let the river tell you the stories of the Civil War at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga and the monuments and tombstones of Shiloh. The Battle of Brandenburg Crossing began when Confederate General John Hunt Morgan raided Indiana and ended when he was captured crossing the Ohio River back into Kentucky. Step back to the Revolutionary War in Wheeling, West Virginia and learn how the British tried to capture the fort in 1782 but were thwarted by a tablecloth full of gunpowder. The cities of the river have their own rhythm. In Nashville, a new destination in 2014, feel the pulse of country music at the stately Grand Ole Opry and the exciting Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and dive into history at the home of President Andrew Jackson. Gaze at Cincinnati’s replica of the American Queen’s paddlewheel which graces a riverfront park, try some of the city’s legendary chili or take in a Reds game, the oldest club in baseball. Sit down to a Southern-style breakfast with jockeys and trainers at Churchill Downs, then explore a centuries-old tradition on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. This region is the source of 95% of all Bourbon. In Henderson, Kentucky, head over to John James Audubon State Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and tour an elegant facility with original artwork by the renowned naturalist and painter. Charming Maysville is the gateway to Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region Walk and was a key stop on the Underground Railroad. Relive the outlaw days at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, a base for river pirates intent on robbing keelboats, flatboats and steamboats of their valuables as they passed by in the 1800s. In Marietta, Ohio’s Harmar Village is a wonderland of brick streets, lamp posts, restored train cars and historic buildings that is now home to welcoming shops, eateries and museums. The Ohio River is a kaleidoscope of big cities and small towns that showcase the best of American ingenuity and courage while the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers are a reminder of the wilderness that had to be conquered to expand a nation. We invite you to join us on a voyage of discovery in your own backyard.

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ROUNDTRIP CINCINNATI 5-Day Voyage

ALL AMERICAN SUMMERTIME SAMPLER – This 5 day voyage is packed with Americana delights. Enjoy all of the grandeur, history and romance that the America Queen is renowned for while exploring sensational towns like Louisville, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana. Home of the Louisville Slugger and Churchill Downs, the spirited town of Louisville will carry you on an amazing journey through time. DATE

THEME

Jun 20

Good Old Summertime

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Cincinnati, OH Day 2 - Embark - Cincinnati, OH - Depart 5:00 PM Day 3 - Louisville, KY Day 4 - Madison, IN Day 5 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Cincinnati, OH

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Port Charges: $59

ABOVE: The magic of the river is palpable. Always flowing, yet ever-changing, the swirling currents whisper secrets of the past and hint of adventures yet to come. It ’s easy to see why Mark Twain and many like him have always been inescapably drawn to the power of the river. CATEGORY

6-Day Voyage DATE

THEME

Jun 23

Good Old Summertime

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Cincinnati, OH Day 2 - Embark - Cincinnati, OH - Depart 7:30 PM Day 3 - Maysville, KY Day 4 - Huntington, WV Day 5 - Portsmouth, OH Day 5 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Cincinnati, OH

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CINCINNATI TO PITTSBURGH 8-Day Voyage AMERICA’S BUCOLIC HEARTLAND – Travel the blue waters of the Ohio River all the way up to where it is formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Come to know the heritage and history of Revolutionary and Civil War sites, the Underground Railroad and the farming lifestyle of early German immigrants, culminating in the city of Pittsburgh where names like Carnegie and Bessemer created the steel-making capital of the world. DATE

THEME

Jun 27

Good Old Summertime

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Cincinnati, OH Day 2 - Embark - Cincinnati, OH - Depart 7:30 PM Day 3 - Maysville, KY Day 4 - Huntington, WV Day 5 - Point Pleasant, WV Day 6 - Marietta, OH Day 7 - Wheeling, WV Day 8 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Pittsburgh, PA

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Port Charges: $89

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

PITTSBURGH TO CINCINNATI 7-Day Voyage

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY – Settle into a rocking chair aboard the American Queen with your favorite cocktail or lemonade and kick back to witness the night skies explode with color during Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July fireworks display! Take part in this special voyage which marks the first time the American Queen will be in the City of Bridges on the Fourth of July. Glide down the Ohio River and discover an abundance of wonderful new surprises at each enchanting port town. DATE Jul 3 ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Pittsburgh, PA Day 2 - Embark - Pittsburgh, PA (Fireworks) - Depart Midnight Day 3 - River Cruising Day 4 - Marietta, OH Day 5 - Point Pleasant, WV Day 6 - Portsmouth, OH Day 7 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Cincinnati, OH

THEME Fourth Of July Celebration

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Port Charges: $79

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MEMPHIS TO CINCINNATI 10-Day Voyage

A SUMMER OF POSSIBILITIES - Embrace the genteel pace of life on the river. This unique 10-day journey begins on the Mississippi River in the American Queen’s homeport of Memphis, Tennessee before cruising north and entering the Ohio River en route to Cincinnati. Stops like Louisville and New Madrid will showcase the best of America – friendly people, beautiful scenery and cityscapes so unimposing you might suspect they’ve always been there. DATE

THEME

Jun 12

Good Old Summertime

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Memphis, TN Day 2 - Embark - Memphis, TN - Depart 7:30 PM Day 3 - River Cruising

Day 4 - New Madrid, MO Day 5 - Paducah, KY Day 6 - Henderson, KY Day 7 - River Cruising Day 8 - Louisville, KY Day 9 - Madison, IN Day 10 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Cincinnati, OH

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Port Charges: $119

CINCINNATI TO ST. LOUIS 9-Day Voyage

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THRIVES - Perfect for any traveler, this idyllic journey allows you to experience both the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Iconic ports of call on your voyage include Louisville, Kentucky, site of the Kentucky Derby, and Chester, Illinois, hometown of Popeye the Sailorman as well as historic sites like the Pierre Menard House. Built in 1815, the house overlooks the Mississippi River and is built in the Creole style, quite unique for the area. DATE

THEME

Jul 8

Good Old Summertime

Sep 5

Bourbon & Bluegrass

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Cincinnati, OH Day 2 - Embark - Cincinnati, OH - Depart 5:00 PM Day 3 - Louisville, KY Day 4 - River Cruising Day 5 - Henderson, KY Day 6 - Paducah, KY Day 7 - Cape Girardeau, MO Day 8 - Chester, IL Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - St. Louis, MO

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

JEFFERSONVILLE TO NASHVILLE 9-Day Voyage RIVERBOAT HISTORY REVELRY - Join us in celebrating the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville. A special event honoring the famed vessel will rekindle the days when the bustling highways of travel were a network of rivers that meander through our rich nation. Continue your historical experience as you cruise the Cumberland River, arriving in Nashville. This voyage will celebrate riverboat history by making some as the American Queen docks in Nashville for the very first time. DATE

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Riverboat Rally

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Louisville, KY Day 2 - Embark - Jeffersonville, IN - Depart 10:00 PM Day 3 - Brandenburg, KY Day 4 - Owensboro, KY Day 5 - Henderson, KY Day 6 - Paducah, KY Day 7 - Dover, TN Day 8 - Clarksville, TN Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Nashville, TN

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NASHVILLE TO CHATTANOOGA 9-Day Voyage

A CASUAL COUNTRY CRUISE - Enjoy Music City, home of the Grand Ole Opry and historic Ryman Auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music,” originally built as Union Gospel Tabernacle by steamboat captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892. Departing Nashville, your cruise will take you up the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers all the way to Chattanooga. Stops along the way will reveal the rich history and sincere hospitality of the region that spawned country music. DATE

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Oct 24

Country Music Cruise

ITINERARY Day 1 - Hotel Stay, Nashville, TN Day 2 - Embark - Nashville, TN - Depart 6:00 PM Day 3 - Dover, TN Day 4 - Paducah, KY Day 5 - Savannah, TN Day 6 - Florence, AL Day 7 - Decatur, AL Day 8 - River Cruising Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Chattanooga, TN

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Included tours are a great way to get acquainted with the historically rich ports that you’ll encounter on your American Queen voyage, but our Premium Experience Excursions offer you an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific interests. Visit us online to explore all of the Premium Experience Excursions that are available to you. Battle for Chattanooga Museum, World’s Steepest Incline, and the Famous Lookout Mountain! (Chattanooga, Tennessee) Chattanooga offers a glimpse into Civil War history unlike other battlefields. Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world, Lookout Mountain’s Incline Railway. “America’s Most Amazing Mile” takes you through the natural beauty at a breathtaking 72.7% grade. Enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys from the observation tower at the peak. Explore Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map & Museum and Point Park, part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park system. You will learn how the battles for Chattanooga changed the outcome of the Civil War.

Louisville City Tour ( Jeffersonville, Indiana) Cruise Main Street to see the second largest collection of cast-iron buildings in the nation. Old Louisville is a historic preservation district south of the city where stately mansions stand just as they did in the late 1800s. At Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Museum you will enjoy an in-depth guided tour. For over 135 years, Churchill Downs has been home to the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby. You will first visit a resident Thoroughbred and his sidekick Winston, a miniature horse. The museum’s exhibits take you from the birth of the foal to the Winner’s Circle. Finally, visit the finish line for a photo op with the signature twin spires.

Cincinnati – Past, Present and Future (Cincinnati, Ohio) Your experience begins with a trip to the MainStrasse Village, a fully restored 19th-century German township. Here, you’ll see authentic artifacts in action, like the Glockenspiel, a traditional clock tower that chimes on the hour. You will pass through the historic town of Newport, Kentucky before returning to Cincinnati to explore the highlights of this iconic city including a stop at Newport on the Levee. Your motorcoach will provide a close-up view of the Cincinnati Bengals’ and the Reds’ stadiums as well as downtown Cincinnati before stopping at Eden Park where you’ll enjoy the magnificent overlook of the Ohio River and the surrounding area.

The Wilds, American Queen Exclusive Event (Marietta, Ohio) Discover the Wilds, one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world. Your extraordinary adventure includes encountering rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, and other rare and endangered species living in natural, open-range habitats at this 10,000-acre center. A friendly and knowledgeable veterinarian will educate you about the animals and the important work at the Wilds - advancing conservation through science, education, and personal experience. Guests can dine in the Overlook Café for lunch. This unique dining venue offers breathtaking views of the Wilds’ landscape.

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Welcome To

THE COLUMBIA AND SNAKE RIVERS FRONTIERS, PIONEERS AND VINEYARDS Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than here in the pristine Pacific Northwest where the Columbia and Snake Rivers wind through gentle hills, impressive mountains, vertical canyons and fertile fields. The land appears in 2014 just as it did to Lewis and Clark in 1805 – majestic, unspoiled and unimaginably glorious. Sacajawea, Lewis and Clark’s faithful Native American guide, knew how to read these lands and soon you will also thanks to the legacy of the expedition that opened the West to settlement. Pioneering reminders range from Fort Clatsop outside Astoria, Oregon where they survived the harsh winter, to the sister cities of Clarkston, Washington and Lewiston, Idaho 400 miles to the east. The explorers overcame the formidable Celilo Falls and currents near The Dalles, Oregon, a struggle brought to light at Rock Fort Campsite. The role of Sacajawea in the expedition’s success is interpreted at the state park in Washington’s Tri-Cities Region. As you relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers, you are treated to the very same natural wonders. Columbia Gorge cuts through the Cascade Mountains thanks to the Missoula Floods of the last Ice Age. At Multnomah Falls, snowmelt streams plunge over 600 feet in two tiered cascades down a sheer cliff face. Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon is a dramatic crack in the earth with raging waters best explored on an exciting jet boat ride. Near Portland, understand the raw power of nature in the collapsed volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens. Along the Columbia River, fish ladders help salmon swim upstream and bison, deer and elk graze freely. With the American Empress serving as a floating boutique hotel for your journey, travel into the heart of Washington’s wine country. The many acclaimed wineries overlooking the Columbia River have made their mark among wine connoisseurs, earning the celebrated Walla Walla Wine Trail its nickname, the Napa of the North. From Portland’s lovely International Rose Test Garden to the hallowed artifacts on the Nez Perce Reservation, the Pacific Northwest region comes to life. Tour a millionaire’s Victorian home in Astoria, Oregon and marvel at the engineering achievement of the Bonneville Dam. Whether you choose to take in the scenery from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge nestled among the pines or climb the Astoria Column to view the expansive Pacific, a voyage on the Columbia and Snake Rivers will show you the world from a new perspective.

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WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST - Whether you travel east from Portland or west from Clarkston, these extraordinary river voyages expose you to the comprehensive bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the rich history and living legacy of the people who inhabited this diverse region. Oregon brims with beauty at each and every turn. Portland, the “City of Roses,” showcases an eclectic blend of art galleries, coffee shops, museums and farm-to-table restaurants with a spirited vibe. Marvel at the beauty of more than 8,000 roses at the International Rose Test Garden or spend the day discovering nature’s boundless power at nearby Mount St. Helens. Stroll along the shops and cafes of the Riverwalk in Astoria, or discover the Native American culture of Clatsop County at the Heritage Museum. The George Flavel House offers you an exciting glimpse into the 19th century life of a millionaire. Take in the views from the top of the Astoria Column more than 600 feet above the water. The end of the Oregon Trail brings us to The Dalles where shoppers will adore the quaint boutiques and oenophiles will enjoy Sunshine Mills Winery, the origin of Copa Di Vino, or “wine by the glass,” a single serving alternative to the bottle. Peer into early pioneer life on display at the Fort Dalles Museum and the Original Courthouse Museum. The scenic river towns of Washington host awe-inspiring views and intriguing historic sites that are sure to pique your interest. Stevenson’s Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center provides an interesting look at the geological forces that shaped the area while a tour of the Bonneville Dam details the unique challenges of building this power plant with a minimal impact to wildlife – the answer is fish ladders. Sacajawea State Park commemorates the historic 1805 event when Lewis and Clark camped there with their Native American guide, Sacajawea. Gain insight into the world of agriculture at the County Mercantile Store, part of a working farm with agricultural demonstrations. Nez Perce National Historic Park in Clarkston tells the story of the Nez Perce Native American tribe who assisted Lewis and Clark and still reside in the area today. A stop at the Clarkston Heritage Museum will unfold pieces of the past from one-room schoolhouses to big business ice harvesting. Regardless of which port you choose to begin your journey, whether you start in Portland and end in Clarkston or start in Clarkston and end in Portland, your journey through the Pacific Northwest will impart the same sense of excitement and wonder that William Clark so vividly expressed in his journal entry on November 7, 1805, “Ocian in view! O! The joy!” Travelers who desire something tailored to a more specific interest may wish to indulge in a Premium Experience Excursion. See pages 48 & 49 for a selection of available options.

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PORTLAND TO CLARKSTON 9-Day Voyage

2014 DATES Apr 5 – Apr 13

May 31 – Jun 8

Jul 26 – Aug 3

Sep 20 – Sep 28

Apr 19 – Apr 27

Jun 14 – Jun 22

Aug 9 – Aug 17

Oct 4 – Oct 12

May 3 – May 11

Jun 28 – Jul 6

Aug 23 – Aug 31

Oct 18 – Oct 26

May 17 – May 25

Jul 12 – Jul 20

Sep 6 – Sep 14

Nov 1 – Nov 9

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FARE Luxury Suite Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Deluxe Veranda Deluxe Window Veranda Single Outside

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Port Charges: $109

Day 8 - Clarkston, WA Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Clarkston, WA

CLARKSTON TO PORTLAND 9-Day Voyage

2014 DATES Apr 12 – Apr 20

Jun 7 – Jun 15

Aug 2 – Aug 10

Sep 27 – Oct 5

Apr 26 – May 4

Jun 21 – Jun 29

Aug 16 – Aug 24

Oct 11 – Oct 19

May 10 – May 18

Jul 5 – Jul 13

Aug 30 – Sep 7

Oct 25 – Nov 2

May 24 – Jun 1

Jul 19 – Jul 27

Sep 13 – Sep 21

Nov 8 – Nov 16

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FARE Luxury Suite Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Deluxe Veranda Deluxe Window Veranda Single Outside

$6,595 $5,795 $5,295 $4,795 $4,395 $3,795 $5,695

Port Charges: $109

Day 9 - Disembark 8:00 AM - Portland, OR

AIRPORTS AND TRANSFERS: Voyages are one-way, either direction starting in Portland, Oregon or Clarkston, Washington. Available airports are in Portland, Oregon or Spokane, Washington. There is also a small airport with limited Horizon Airlines service from Lewiston, Washington, a 15-minute taxi ride from the Clarkston boat dock. The American Queen Steamboat Company provides free transfers from the designated pre-cruise hotel to the American Empress in either Portland, Oregon or Spokane, Washington on embarkation day. Transfers on disembarkation day are available for purchase. A transfer from the dock in Clarkston to either the Spokane Post-Cruise hotel or Spokane airport is available for $49 per guest. A transfer from the dock in Portland to either the Portland Post-Cruise Hotel or the Portland airport is offered for $25 per guest. A combination city-tour and airport or hotel transfer is also offered: the Spokane tour and transfer is available for $69 per guest, and the Portland tour and transfer is available for $59 per guest. All transfers and tours are operated by chartered motorcoach to ensure quality and convenience.

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Premium Tour Options

Included tours are a great way to get acquainted with the historically rich ports along your American Empress voyage. You might want to delve deeper into your particular interests. Our Premium Experience Excursions serve that purpose. Follow more closely the Lewis & Clark Expedition or circuit the wineries of Walla Walla, known as the Napa of the North. Call for pricing and availability on your voyage. Mount St. Helens Volcano Tour (Portland, Oregon – Pre- or Post-Voyage) Portland may be the largest city in Oregon, but it is often praised for its small-town feel. A guided tour of the city aboard our industry-leading motorcoaches will bring you to your Mount St. Helens Volcano Tour. In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, changing the face of the mountain itself and causing over one billion dollars in damage. Today, the scene is much more tranquil. Though still an active stratovolcano, the area is again safe for recreation, allowing you an extensive, up-close guided tour of this natural wonder. The Lewis & Clark Experience (Astoria, Oregon) Retrace the steps of America’s most famous frontiersmen on a special Lewis & Clark Experience. Your adventure begins at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center on the cliffs of Cape Disappointment overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Experience the beauty and power through the eyes of those early explorers. Proceeding to Fort Clatsop you will learn of the challenges Lewis and Clark’s party, Corps of Discovery, faced at their winter encampment before returning east in the spring of 1806. This tour provides a greater appreciation for the challenges the weary Corps of Discovery overcame in pursuit of the Pacific Ocean.

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The Beauty & Bounty of the Pacific Northwest (Stevenson, Washington) The scenery of the untamed Pacific Northwest is simply stunning, from the ethereal peak of Mount Hood to the ingenuity and resilience of local fruit and vegetable farmers. Nature’s Beauty and Bounty is the theme of this Premium Experience Excursion. At Mt. Hood’s historic Timberline Lodge, enjoy a stunning view of the eleven glaciers that live year-round on Oregon’s highest peak. Next, you will travel along the 35-mile scenic roadway known as the Fruit Loop for the prevalence of orchards and vineyards in the area. You will enjoy some of the best fruit, wine and historic landmarks the Fruit Loop has to offer. Your tour includes a social lunch with local horticulturists and concludes with a wine toast to Mt. Hood. High Octane Antiques (The Dalles, Oregon) Relive the wonder and excitement of the advent of automobiles and airplanes at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. What makes this museum so special is not just the extensive collection of over 130 antique cars and hangars full of vintage planes, it is that these pieces are fully restored and in working order. Imagine seeing a 100-year-old aircraft take to the skies!


Premium Tour Options

Walla Walla Wine Trail Tour (Sacajawea State Park, Washington) Explore the Walla Walla Wine Trail and experience some of the best wines of the Pacific Northwest. Often referred to as the Napa of the North, Walla Walla offers the ideal climate for several vintages. This region has been known to produce awardwinning Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons, Syrahs, Viogniers and more. Manhattan Project: The Hanford Site (Sacajawea State Park, Washington) The history of the top secret Manhattan Project that led to the development of nuclear energy and its uses is fascinating. Hanford Research Facility played an integral role in the Manhattan Project. Its B-Reactor was the first large-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. Exploring the abandoned facilities, you can picture the men and women who walked the halls – unquestioningly doing their duties, knowing little about the true purpose of their work and its shocking power. Hells Canyon Jet Boat Experience (Clarkston, Washington) Board a comfortable and nimble boat to enjoy the scenery and wildlife out of reach to a larger vessel. Your four-hour guided tour of Snake River includes safely navigating class three rapids, scenic views and likely wildlife sightings along the way. Just sit back and enjoy the ride! Stops include the Garden Creek Ranch where guests can enjoy some coffee and a snack in one of the most picturesque settings in the country.

*Tours require varying levels of physical activity. Call for details.

Near Nature. Near Perfect. (Spokane, Washington – Pre- or Post-Voyage from Clarkston, Washington) Spokane was once a small settlement sustained by the fur trade on the Oregon Trail. Today, it has grown into a beautiful city with the perfect combination of history, modern influences and natural beauty. Enjoy a guided tour of the city en route to Riverfront Park, the site of Expo ’74, a World’s Fair event. The 145foot spire and webbed frame of the World’s Fair US Pavilion tent remains the defining feature of the park. The Clocktower on Havermale Island is a reminder of the Great Northern Railroad Depot and the golden age of trains. All of the history and beauty of this urban park will be revealed on a guided walking tour. Vino with a View (The Dalles, Oregon) Not just for oenophiles, Maryhill Museum of Art offers a variety of fine art and beautiful scenic vistas. The Maryhill Museum is ideally situated on a hillside in Washington’s wine country overlooking vineyards and the arid plains beyond. The Museum’s art collections are quite eclectic, with pieces ranging from Queen Marie of Romania’s crown to American Classical Realism paintings and over 20 works by Rodin. After browsing the Museum, it’s time to sit back, relax and take in the incredible countryside with your favorite variety of vino.

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Themed Voyage Options 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. 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 their indelible mark on music history. GARDENS OF THE RIVERS A Southern garden is a thing of beauty so prepare to be amazed as you visit the finest along the Mississippi. Marvel at the gardens of historic Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi and Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville. On board will be gardening experts and horticulturists sharing secret tips and tricks. 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 and visit the charming and historic ports of America’s Heartland along the way. Renowned tribute artists will perform your favorite Elvis Presley hits. SOUTHERN CULTURE Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the South, as well as its traditions, history and cooking. Our Southern Culture voyages 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.

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GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME Cool pitchers of lemonade, brass bands, picnics, ice cream socials and porch swings were part of the fabric of summer in America not all that long ago. Fly kites off the top deck, enjoy apple pies and cherry cobbler and immerse yourself in all things Americana. MUSIC OF THE 50s Get ready to head to the malt shop in your poodle skirt as the 1950s come alive through the music played on juke boxes across the country. Frank Sinatra’s dulcet tones soar in “Come Fly with Me,” Peggy Lee’s sensuous “Fever” takes you back, Nat King Cole is “Unforgettable,” Fats Domino finds a thrill on “Blueberry Hill,” and The Platters focus on “Only You.” MUSIC OF THE 60s In a decade of change that ranged from Nehru jackets and casseroles to hippies and the peace movement, America expressed itself through music. Relive the groovy heyday of the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. FALL COLORS Each autumn, nature takes out her paintbrush and splashes vibrant colors across the land, white church steeples poking up amidst the splendor. Look deeper and you’ll see more than just fall foliage in all its glory; you’ll see towns come alive with the bounty of the harvest and a generosity of spirit reflected in the unabashed smiles of the locals who greet you in every port. BASEBALL LEGENDS America’s pastime and the boys of summer are part of our national identity. Imagine the pennants snapping in the wind, peanuts in the shell, wooden bats and woolen uniforms. Hark back to the days when the exploits of Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth were front-page news. You’ll be joined by some of today’s living legends for a vacation that’s sure to be a home run.


Themed Voyage Options 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 ashore in honor of the “oldest operating Mississippi-style steamboat in the world.”

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Enjoy Pittsburgh as the city buzzes with Independence Day festivities. Brass bands and red, white and blue bunting are the order of the day on this special voyage. Spark the child inside as you watch fireworks reflect off the steel and glass towers of glittering downtown Pittsburgh. Tip your hat to America’s Founding Fathers as we celebrate the birth of the United States and its enduring freedoms that guide us more than two centuries later. 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. BOURBON & BLUEGRASS Experience the history of Bourbon and Bluegrass, both distinctly American icons. This voyage on the Ohio River takes you through the heart of Bourbon country and the home of modern Bluegrass music. Ninety-five percent of all Bourbon is made, start to finish, in this region, and we’ll show you how with special presentations and tours to a hand-picked sampling of the finest distilleries along the Bourbon Trail. You will also enjoy the dynamic sounds of Bluegrass. With roots in the Old World and Appalachia, Bluegrass has gained popularity as a style of country music that continually progresses while honoring tradition. Explore the history and heritage of Bluegrass music and Bourbon on this remarkable voyage.

MARDI GRAS Break out the beads and King Cake as we celebrate the quintessential New Orleans holiday! French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is a time to let the good times roll; or as they say in Cajun country, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” We’ll carry that fun-loving spirit from the French Quarter and Bourbon Street to the American Queen’s Grand Saloon and J.M. White Dining Room. NEW YEAR’S EVE 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’s Eve aboard the world’s grandest and most majestic riverboat. OLD-FASHIONED HOLIDAYS Step aboard the American Queen all decked out in its holiday finery, sip a glass of eggnog, join in carols and watch the riverbanks for Cajun bonfires lit to guide Papa Noel on his way. Amid the glitter and elegance is the camaraderie of new friends, the joy of family and knowing this journey is unlike any other. 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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travel protection Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you have paid for it is even worse. We are pleased to offer a plan to cover yourself and your vacation investment with American Queen Steamboat Company’s Travel Protection Plan. The Travel Protection Plan, developed in conjunction with Trip Mate, offers a comprehensive plan to help you enjoy your trip worry-free. We strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance to cover 100% of your vacation cost as there are no exceptions to the cancellation penalties. The Travel Protection Plan provides an easy, affordable way to protect your vacation investment. Once paid, the premium is non-refundable and the coverage is non-transferable. Pre-existing medical conditions are covered if your premium is received within fourteen (14) days of deposit. Full details of the plan can be found at www.tripmate.com/wpF421G.

BENEFIT Medical Expense/Emergency Assistance Accident and Sickness Medical Expense Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation One Call 24-Hour Assistance Services

MAX. BENEFIT $50,000 $250,000 Included

Trip Cancellation 100% of Trip Cost Trip Interruption 150% of Trip Cost Missed Connection $750 Travel Delay (Up to $150 Per Day) $750 Baggage and Personal Effects $2,500 Baggage Delay (More than 24 hours) $250

Ask your Travel Agent or one of our Cruise Specialists for details when making your reservation.

COST OF VOYAGE

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Up to $2,500

$249

$2,501 to $3,500

$349

$3,501 to $4,500

$449

$4,501 to $5,500

$549

$5,501 to $6,500

$649

$6,501 to $7,500

$749

$7,501 and Up

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BOOK EARLY, PAY-IN-FULL AND SAVE UP TO $600 PER STATEROOM ON ALL 2014 VOYAGES 7 DAYS OR LONGER! OFFER ENDS DECEMBER 21, 2013!

* Book Early and Save $600 per stateroom ($300 per person) on any of our 2014 American Queen or American Empress 7-day or longer voyages when you pay-in-full at time of booking by December 21, 2013. Not combinable with other promotions or discounts; not valid for Group bookings or existing reservations. Savings are only on the price of the cruise, not valid on taxes, port charges, insurance, gratuities, or airfare. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity controlled, may vary by sailing and category of accommodations and may be withdrawn without notice. Fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include air or land transportation. Port Charges of $69 to $159 per person are additional and not included in the fare. Additional terms and conditions may apply – call for details.

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terms & conditions General The transportation of guests and baggage onboard the vessels of American Queen Steamboat Company is governed by these Terms and Conditions and the Passage Ticket Contract which will be sent to you approximately four (4) weeks prior to your vacation and is available upon request or online at www.aqsc.com. Your payment of deposit or full fare constitutes agreement to the terms and conditions of the Passage Ticket Contract, whose provisions shall prevail, which includes limitations and exonerations of the liabilities and obligations of Carrier. You should read and understand these terms and conditions carefully before making a deposit. The American Queen and the American Empress are owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company, are regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, are American flagged and employ American officers, crew and staff. Definitions The terms “you” and “Guests” refer to any and all person(s) named on the front of the Confirmation and include all children or others under the care or control of the named person(s). The term “Carrier” includes the American Queen Steamboat Company, its parent and affiliated entities, the vessels, the owners, charterers, operators, agents, and masters and crews thereof, any substituted or connecting ship, the owners, charterers and operators and all launches belonging to any such ship or owned or operated by the owners, charterers or operators. The term “Fare” includes voyage fare as well as all hotel, land package(s), and shore excursions purchased from Carrier. Fares are in U.S. Dollars, are per guest, are based on double occupancy, and do not include air or land transportation. Fares for SI, SO and CS Categories are based on single occupancy. Port charges of $69 to $159 per guest are additional and not included in the fare. All fares and itineraries are subject to change and we are not responsible for errors or omissions therein. Deposit and Final Payment For confirmation of individual reservations, a deposit of $500 per person is due within 7 days of your initial reservation. The balance of the voyage fare is due ninety (90) days before departure, and all reservations not fully paid at such time will be canceled and subject to the cancellation provisions set forth in the cancellation policy below. American Queen Steamboat Company accepts the following forms of payment: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diner’s Club, American Express or check. Reservations made ninety (90) days or less before the departure date will require payment in full by credit card at the time of booking. Cancellations Guests, who must cancel their voyage or any part of their vacation package for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the cancellation fees as outlined below. Please see the Travel Protection section for details on cancellation protection. The American Queen Steamboat Company reserves the right to cancel all reservations for which final payment is not received 90 days prior to the voyage Commencement Date. All cancellations are subject to a $100 per person administrative fee. Cancellation Policy Days prior to departure Per Person Cancellation Fee Up to 91 days $100 per person Administrative Fee 90-61 days 50% of gross fare 60-31 days 75% of gross fare 30-0 days 100% of gross fare Travel Protection premiums are non-refundable once purchased. Carrier is not obligated to refund any portion of the fare or other payments for guests who must leave the voyage prematurely for medical or other reasons.

Travel Protection Information Travel Protection plans are available from various insurance providers and are strongly recommended. Policies can be obtained that provide protection in the event of trip cancellation, pre-existing medical conditions, trip interruption, personal injury or damage to property. We strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance to cover 100% of your vacation cost as there are no exceptions to the cancellation penalties. A Travel Protection plan provided by TripMate can be purchased through American Queen Steamboat Company to cover trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delay, medical expenses and emergency assistance, baggage and personal effects and baggage delay. Pre-existing medical condition coverage can be obtained if the travel protection premium is paid within 14 days of the initial voyage deposit. Full details of the plan can be found at www.tripmate.com/wpF421G. Please call American Queen Steamboat Company Reservations toll free at 1-888-749-5280 for pricing and details. Included in your fare • One-night hotel stay and transfers before your voyage • Bottled water and soft drinks • Select wine and beer at dinner • All meals onboard the vessels • All regular shore excursions Not included in your fare • Port Fees • Airfare to and from your home city • Alcoholic beverages • Optional premium shore excursions • Discretionary gratuities to vessel crew and tour operators • Travel Insurance • Transfer to and from the airport Advance Travel Information U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. traveling exclusively inside U.S. borders do not need a passport or visa for travel. Homeland Security laws require that all guests travel with government-issued photo identification (ID) (such as a driver’s license) at all times. ID must be presented at the time of boarding. Guests without proper ID will be denied boarding. Carrier is required to provide all guests’ ID information including ID number, expiration date, and place of issue to the Coast Guard and/or other government entities prior to the vessel’s departure. Guests must provide this information to Carrier in advance. Travel documents will not be released until received. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada entering the U.S. are required to bring their passport. For other nationalities, passports are required to enter the U.S. It is your responsibility to check with your local U.S. embassy/consulate to confirm visa requirements and to obtain the proper visa. Documentation Final travel documents, including itinerary and vouchers (if applicable) will be sent approximately four (4) weeks prior to departure. Reservation must be paid in full and guest identification information must be received before documents will be sent. Health & Disability Requirements Guests must notify us in writing at the time of booking of any physical or mental illness, disability or other conditions for which special accommodations or the use of a wheelchair is necessary or contemplated. Also we must be notified of any medical treatment that may render the guest unfit for travel or constitute a risk or danger to the guest or anyone else on board. The vessels do not carry a medical doctor aboard. Acute medical conditions will require you to disembark to be attended to by shoreside emergency and/or medical response. Guests needing any form of assistance and those who are physically disabled must be

accompanied by someone who will take full responsibility for any needed assistance during the cruise and in the event of an emergency. We reserve the right to refuse passage to anyone who, in our sole opinion, may affect the health, safety or enjoyment of other guests. Guests requiring a wheelchair must provide their own collapsible wheelchair. Please be aware that some ports of call, shore excursions, docks, gangways and other requirements may preclude a wheelchair guest from leaving the vessel; this decision will be made by the ship’s captain and is binding. Also, there may be certain physical conditions, including raised doorway thresholds from 2 to 16 inches, stairways and narrow passageways within the vessel that may limit or preclude the accessibility of wheelchair guests to some areas. We strongly recommend you purchase travel protection, either the plan we offer or a plan from your Travel Agent. With travel insurance you can plan and enjoy your trip with complete peace of mind. Federal Maritime Commission Protection Under Public Law 89-777, the FMC requires vessels having berth or stateroom accommodations for 50 or more passengers and which embark passengers from U.S. ports to maintain acceptable evidence of financial responsibility to indemnify passengers for nonperformance of transportation. American Queen Steamboat Company maintains an escrow agreement to protect passenger payments for water transportation. This escrow agreement has been reviewed and approved by the Federal Maritime Commission. United States Flagged Vessels The American Queen and the American Empress have been designed and built in the United States. As U.S. Flagged Vessels, this status means that we also protect you with the highest standards for safety and health, including regular inspections and certifications by the United States Coast Guard, The United States Public Health Service, and the Federal Communications Commission. The vessels are American owned and operated. As U.S. Flagged Vessels, the American Queen and the American Empress are capable of operating unique itineraries not possible on foreign-owned or foreign-built vessels. Smoking Smoking is permitted only in designated outside areas aboard the American Queen and American Empress. All interiors of the vessels including all cabins, staterooms, dining rooms and lounges are strictly non-smoking. Dining Arrangements Breakfast and lunch are open seating on both vessels. On the American Empress dinner is open seating. On the American Queen there are two seating times for dinner. To make a seating request, please call your Travel Agent, group leader, or our Reservations Department at your earliest convenience after making a reservation. We will make every effort to honor your request; however, actual seating assignments are not guaranteed and can only be confirmed at time of departure. Gambling Gambling is not available or permitted on the American Queen or the American Empress. Animals Only designated service animals are permitted onboard. Please notify American Queen Steamboat Company in advance of departure if you require a service animal. Gratuities Gratuities of $16.50 per guest per day will be automatically charged to your onboard account. American Queen photography by LeClair Photography.

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