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Immerse yourself in the charm of small-town Americana culture on this 9-day Ohio River cruise aboard American Countess. Set off from Louisville, Kentucky after experiencing the city's local culture, tasting locally-made bourbon, and wandering its quirky streets. Stroll through Cincinnati, Ohio, a city known as the birthplace of baseball. Get a taste of its signature chili, relax in a local park, and explore the compact riverside downtown. Stop in small port cities to discover their individual charms, from the opera-rich culture of Maysville, Kentucky, to the paranormal stories of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, to the historic homes and museums of Marietta, Ohio. Your journey concludes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, itself a city rich in history, industry, and distinctive local culture. 
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Highlights
  • Sip cocktails made with local Kentucky bourbon in Louisville
  • Explore the beautiful parks and sample the signature cuisine of Cincinnati
  • Enjoy the diversity of art and live music in Maysville
  • Learn about WWII history and paranormal local legends in Point Pleasant, WV
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Louisville, Kentucky

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Day 2: Louisville, Kentucky | Embark

This authentically quirky port is a muse to artisans of mixed mediums – from sidewalk chalk to street fare – and home to cultural diversity that quickly captivates the heart of its visitors. The local tradition that lives within images of Derby hats, Old-Fashioned cocktails and the 120-foot Louisville Slugger that towers over the friendly city is better lived than seen. Explore the red penguin-peppered Main Street. Embrace oddity. Experience Louisville. 

Day 3: Madison, Indiana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tucked away between Cincinnati and Louisville is Madison, a quaint river town rich in character. This charismatic port flaunts its personality throughout the streets, where a 130-block historic district showcases its collection of classic architectural artistry. Admire the antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. The downtown shopping district is a unique showcase of unbeatable hospitality, with each shop locally owned and operated. Madison’s heritage is woven into every stop, ensuring a glimpse of beauty and history. Join us to discover all the hidden treasures of Madison.

Day 4: Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a stroll through Cincinnati – the birthplace of baseball and its own distinctive chili recipe. The city is filled with downtown destinations that flaunt shops and amenities. Bound by the many parks, each district has its own personality, and you can meet them all – because the city’s compact downtown is anchored to the river, where our guests meet the shore. New hotspots and long-lasting classics give this oasis of commerce its colorful character. Seize the day in this old-fashioned urban jewel in Ohio. 

Day 5: Maysville, Kentucky

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Maysville’s heightened passion for diversity of art and live entertainment proves that as long there is a story to be told, it will flourish. A flick of fate’s baton sprung an ensemble of award-winning theaters, visual arts and historic landmarks that play harmony for the pace of life here. Its long-standing romance with opera – embodied in the 1889 Washington Opera House – serves as a heightened, multisensory means of introducing visitors to beautiful yet complicated truths about humanity. Join us as Maysville sets the stage for the traditional overtures and eccentric interludes of life. 

Day 6: Point Pleasant, West Virginia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Learn of river life, great floods, boat construction, sternwheel steamers, river disasters and the local river industry’s contribution to World War II at the Point Pleasant River Museum. Widely recognized for the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge, this sleepy river town became a focal point of paranormal enthusiasts in search of Mothman, a creature said to inhabit an abandoned TNT factory from World War II.  

Day 7: Marietta, Ohio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Marietta vaunts a stout mix of museums, walking tours and historic sites to broaden the landscape of the mind. Take part in a farmers’ market and ghost stories alike as you wander the town. Shaded, hand-laid brick streets pervade its charm, and fringing them are dollhouse homes featuring stained glass, intricate woodwork, lofty towers and ornate turrets. All that and more plays a vital role in the visual and spiritual pleasantries of this place. The past fuels the present, keeping pace and pushing forward with the same gusto as the paddlewheel.  

Day 8: River Cruising

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

Day 9: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider an airport transfer.

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$2,299
American Countess Inside stateroom
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Inside Staterooms (E)
170 sq. ft. (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 220 sq. ft.). 43 cabins located on the Observation and Cabin Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Writing desk with chair, Interior access.
American Countess Single outside
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Single Outside Stateroom With Open Veranda (SO)
180 sq. ft. 1 cabin located on the Observation Deck. With open veranda, Single bed, Full bathroom with shower, Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk, Sliding doors open to deck, Interior access.
American Countess Deluxe Outside
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Deluxe Outside Staterooms With Open Veranda (B)
220 sq. ft. with open veranda (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 300 sq. ft.). 44 cabins located on the Observation Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk, Sliding doors open to deck, Interior access.
American Countess Veranda Suite
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Veranda Suites With Private Balcony (A)
255 sq. ft. with 40-sq.-ft. private veranda (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 325 sq. ft.). 35 cabins located on the Cabin Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk, Sliding doors open to veranda, Interior access.

Notes

Inclusions
  • Pre-cruise hotel night stay in the embarkation city
  • Included Hop-on/Hop-off Shore Ex on all ports of call (except embark, disembark ports) on AQSC cruises.  Traditional shore excursion program on the VCL ships.  Premium shore excursions available at an extra charge
  • Unlimited beverages including world-class wine lists, top-shelf spirits, local craft beers and specialty coffees
  • All meals including fresh lobster and USDA Prime Beef available every night
  • 24-Hour in-room dining
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Live, Daily Entertainment and Enrichment
 
Exclusions
  • Port fees
  • Gratuities
  • Premium and Connoisseur Beverage Packages
  • Premium Shore Excursions
  • Air

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