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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

American dream: a trip to the deep heart of the US

Calling all lovers of sport and Americana. 

Australians are being offered substantial savings on a dream trip encompassing a steamboat river cruise and the Kentucky Derby. 

The American Queen Steamboat Company is offering savings of up to $USS800 per couple and a free beverage package on a nine-day Kentucky Derby Cruise in 2021. 

The deal is valid for bookings made before June 30, 2020. 

The trip includes eight nights and days on the historic, all-suite paddle wheeler American Duchess starting in Cincinnati and south-west to Indiana and into Kentucky, stopping at Brandenburg, Owensboro and Louisville. 

Before Derby Day, however, guests will have the opportunity of competing in a race of their own. The Great American Steamboat Race runs prior to the Kentucky Derby and the American Duchess will be looking to regain the Silver Antlers she won in 2018. 

The highlight of the cruise is the Kentucky Derby, held annually on the first Saturday of May since 1875. 

Included in the package are tickets to the race where guests can get dressed up and revel in one of the most traditional events in the US.

Don't forget to try a mint julep – the famous bourbon-based cocktail associated with the race.

There is also plenty to do on board the paddle wheeler, with a jazz, blues and six-piece orchestra to entertain you in the evenings, daily lectures by American Queen’s history and culture expert and a bar, lounge, fitness centre and spa also available. Guests receive free onboard internet and complimentary 24-hour room service.

The package includes one night’s accommodation pre-cruise, the seven-night river cruise, guided shore excursions, a ticket to the 2021 Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2021, undercover seating, VIP fast access pass and premium on-track hospitality area to include a gourmet food buffet and premium open bar. 

Onboard gratuities and port taxes are also included. The stay and cruise package begins on April 25, 2021, and and prices start from US$4597 per person, twin share, for an interior stateroom, a saving of US$400 per person. The discount plus a free, unlimited beverage package onboard is valid for bookings made by June 30,

To book, consumers or travel agents can call the Australian representative for the American Queen Steamboat Company, Cruise Traveller, on 1300 680 374 or visit

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