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Get to know the heart of the Ohio River on this 9-day voyage on the American Countess from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Louisville, Kentucky. Discover the history and culture of the small port cities that dot the river as you cruise. Visit Cincinnati, baseball's birthplace, and sample some of its famous chilies. In Louisville, you can sip beverages while admiring regional art. In Marietta, Ohio, you can explore a variety of museums, historic locations, and lovely older homes. Embark on an adventure down the Ohio River, where you'll learn about its fascinating past and friendly people.
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  • Enjoy old-fashioned cocktails and see the 120-foot Louisville Slugger
  • Explore the birthplace of baseball and its distinctive chili recipe
  • Discover the diversity of art and live entertainment in Maysville
  • Visit Marietta, Ohio and find a mix of museums and historic sites
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Day 1: Hotel Stay in Pittsburgh, PA

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: Pittsburgh, PA | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
The route to Pittsburgh is hallowed in the steamboatin’ community. Located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers at the head of the Ohio River, its easily navigable waterways helped Pittsburgh become an industrial hub for coal mining and steel production.  
Pittsburgh has played an important part in U.S. history from the early days of the French and Indian War (1758), to the Revolutionary War (1776), to the infamous Whiskey Rebellion (1791) and the American Civil War (1860s) with its secretive Underground Railroad stops. The Civil War boosted the city’s economy with increased iron and armament demand. With his introduction of the Bessemer steel making process, Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, completed his rise from obscurity to become the richest man in the world. Carnegie began steel production in 1875. Henry Clay Frick, grandson of western Pennsylvania whiskey distillers, made his fortune building and operating beehive coking ovens that turned coal into coke, a necessary raw material in steel making. Soon, the two men joined forces and, in 1901, Carnegie and Frick formed United States Steel Corp. Up through the mid-1950s, Pittsburgh accounted for nearly half of national steel output. Its Gilded Age sites, including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, speak to its history as an early-20th-century industrial capital. Although Pittsburgh faced rough times in the 1970s and 80s when steel production all but disappeared, today it has re-invented itself as a hub for education, medicine, small manufacturing, and research.


Day 3: Wheeling, West Virginia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By the early 1880s, trade along the Ohio River made Wheeling a popular frontier town. After National Road – the nation’s first roadway – was created by an Act of Congress, Wheeling became known as the “gateway to the west.” Wheeling was established as a town in 1795 and incorporated in 1836 through a charter granted by the Virginia Assembly. Wheeling was loyal to the Federal Government during the Civil War and the State of West Virginia was born here. It was welcomed into the Union as a state on June 20, 1863. Wheeling was the capital of the newly formed state from 1863 to 1870 when it was moved to Charleston. Through an active industrial economy and large working population, Wheeling became the richest city per capita in America at the end of the 19th century. Iron and steel mills developed on the banks of the Ohio River. Other industries, including glass works and cigar factories, also flourished here. The manufacture of cut iron nails took off and soon Wheeling was known as the “nail capital of the world.” This testament to earlier prosperity is evident today in the architecture of the beautiful mansions that line its street. Conveniently located in the northern panhandle, just 60 miles from Pittsburgh, Wheeling offers some big city attractions with a small city feel. Our riverboat will dock at Heritage Port. Nearby attractions include Moss Farms Winery, Victoria Theater, West Virginia Independence Hall Museum and the Capitol Theatre, an Ohio Valley icon since 1928. 


Day 4: Marietta, OH

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known as the “Riverboat Town,” Marietta is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers and is the oldest city in the state of Ohio. Because of its location along the river, Marietta grew quickly becoming a major trading center in the Northwest Territory. In 1811, as steamboats began to churn in America’s rivers, Washington County entered a boom era, bolstered by settlers passing through, ship-building, and commerce. Since then, many historical sites have been beautifully preserved within Marietta and Washington County, reminding all residents and visitors that America’s westward expansion began in this small but mighty, riverboat town. Marietta has blossomed into a political and cultural center. Visitors can enjoy stout mix of museums, walking tours and historic sites to broaden the landscape of the mind. 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 great food, eclectic shops, vibrant nightlife, and historic hotels. There is also an abundance of outdoor adventure to be found as two rivers, a National Forest and a variety of parks, refuges and wetlands surround the county. From spring through autumn, The Valley Gem Sternwheeler offers river cruises to visitors. The W.P. Snyder Jr., the only steam-powered sternwheel towboat still afloat in the United States, is moored behind The Ohio River Museum. 

Mound Cemetery  
Established in 1801, Mound Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries of the original Northwest Territory. The cemetery holds founders and settlers of Marietta and veterans of almost every American war are also buried here. Mound Cemetery is home to the largest number of Revolutionary War officers buried in a single location. In the middle of the cemetery, the earthwork structure known as Conus Mound prominently stands 30 feet high. Conus is thought to be an actual burial mound, probably containing the remains of hundreds of Native Americans. Visitors can take the steps to the top, where there are benches to sit and admire the view.
Suggested Visit: 15 - 30 minutes

Day 5: Huntington, West Virginia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Huntington is in full bloom year ’round. Art and nature blend harmoniously. Fresh murals spring to life and greenspaces – walking paths and rose gardens – flourish. As the largest inland river port in the United States, this progressive, growing and accomplished city is an intercultural stomping ground for river and railroad commerce. Visitors who seek a cultural experience will not be disappointed by the many riverfront parks, eclectic locally owned shops and refined museums of this energy-infused city. 

Touma Medical Museum  
Located in a historic building in downtown Huntington overlooking Pullman Square and the Ohio River, the 4,000-square-foot medical history museum contains more than 2,800 medical artifacts, including a medical library.  Initially, the private collection of Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma, longtime Huntington physicians, the museum was gifted to the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 2017.
Suggested Visit: 30 minutes    

Old Central City  
Before settlement, Central City was an area where people would gather and assemble for family gatherings and hunting parties. Around 1890, a group of investors bought up several farms, turning this area and the resulting town into Central City. Today, Old Central City is known as the "Antique Capital"  of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. 

Day 6: Augusta, Kentucky

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Augusta is located in Bracken County on the southern bank of the Ohio River, right across from Ohio. When some people think about Kentucky, bourbon and horses often come to mind. There’s no denying that both are prevalent and highly coveted here, but Augusta has many more appeals in addition to being close to the river and the state border. With nine miles of unobstructed river views, USA Today named Augusta the “Most picturesque town in Kentucky.” In 2005, Dr. Thomas Clark, Kentucky’s most famous historian, author of “A History of Kentucky” and co-editor of The Kentucky Encyclopedia, created a list of Kentucky’s treasures; 11 places of particular historical, cultural, or ecological significance. Augusta is the only city included on this list of “must-see” locations in the Bluegrass State. Whether you’re into live music, craft beer, chef-driven cuisine, American history, or exploring the outdoors, there’s plenty to keep you busy in this adorable little Kentucky city. Remember Rosemary Clooney? George Clooney’s aunt was an American singer and actress that was popular in the 1950s. She was a jazz vocalist with hit songs such as “Come On-a My House,” “Botch-a-Me,” “Mambo Italiano,” and “Tenderly.” Back in 1980, Rosemary bought a little yellow house in Augusta that she loved so much she included it in her autobiography, Girl Singer. Dr. Steven Henry, former lieutenant governor of Kentucky, and his wife Heather French Henry, former Miss America, bought this house to preserve it in memory of Clooney. It is now open to the public. 

Rosemary Clooney Museum   
Located on the banks of the Ohio River in historical Augusta, this house-turned-museum is dedicated to the life and career of singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. This home was Clooney's retreat from the demands of her career and a haven for rest between performances all over the world. The Rosemary Clooney House, Inc. Foundation was established to preserve the house, to open it to the public, and to showcase memorabilia from Clooney's life and career. The house also contains the largest collection of "White Christmas" memorabilia in the world.
Suggested Visit: 30 minutes - 1 hour     

Bates Garden  
Walk through the beautiful grounds of this perfectly manicured garden. Indulge your senses in the multitude of colors and fragrances as you enjoy the breathtaking assortment of flowers and shrubs.
uggested Visit: 15 - 30 minutes  

Day 7: Cincinnati, Ohio

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If there was ever a city built upon a river, it is Cincinnati. First the Ohio River and then the Erie Canal opened this fast-growing trade and transport center, with major manufacturing ports to the south and east. Like most early American settlements, Cincinnati began life as a trading post along the Ohio River. In 1802 it was formed as a village, later becoming a city in 1819. Two major events helped to shape its future – the arrival of steam navigation for boats along the Ohio River and the completion of the Miami and Erie Canal in 1827. The mid-1800s were the boom years and Cincinnati’s population swelled due to easy access via the river and canal network. When the railroad finally made its way to Cincinnati in 1836, the city’s trading prospects expanded even further. The Little Miami Railroad offered new access to Lake Erie’s ports on Sandusky Bay, as well as another major river for navigation. The prosperity that followed allowed Cincinnati to build its first streetcar system and by 1872, the entire city was laid out for public transportation. Take a stroll through Cincinnati – the birthplace of baseball and its own distinctive chili recipe.  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. As the expansive riverfront continues its facelift known as The Banks, it’s apparent that Cincinnati’s next chapter in history will be just as successful as its past ones. 

Oak Bluffs
This seaside resort from the Victorian era was constructed on historic campgrounds. Today, it features over 300 “gingerbread” cottages and other buildings from the 19th century. The Oak Bluffs is also home to one of the oldest platform carousels, the Flying Horse Carousel.

Enjoy this storybook setting along the waterfront. Gaze upon the elegant Greek revival structures that housed the whaling captains in their heyday. Edgartown is home to many historic structures from the Old Whaling Church to the Harbor Lighthouse.

Day 8: Madison, Indiana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tucked away between Cincinnati and Louisville is Madison, Indiana, a quaint river town rich in character. This charismatic port flaunts its personality throughout the streets, where a 133-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. Madison, Indiana was founded in 1809 along the Ohio River. The city was bursting with commerce, had a very active steamboat port, and was home to Indiana’s first railroad. Due to its unique location and transportation infrastructure, Madison was primed to be a link on the Underground Railroad. The neighborhood area known as “Georgetown” (which includes the African Methodist Episcopal Church) was designated in 2004 as the only Network to Freedom district. Four of the 11 sites listed for the Indiana Network to Freedom are in the Madison area.

Schroeder Saddletree Factory  
This factory is America's very last 19th century saddletree factory. For 94 years, workers at the Ben Schroeder Saddletree Company crafted tens of thousands of wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States and Latin America. It was the nation's longest lasting, continually operated, family-owned saddletree company. After his death, Ben's family kept his dream alive by adding stirrups, hames for horse collars, clothespins, lawn furniture and even work gloves to their line of saddletrees. The factory closed in 1972 and was left completely intact.
Suggested Visit: 30 minutes - 1 hour      

Broadway Fountain  
One of Madison's landmarks, the original Broadway Fountain stood in the middle of Broadway for almost 100 years before it was dismantled and recast in bronze in 1976. The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

Day 9: Louisville | Disembark

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


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Pay-in-full at the time of reservation and receive an additional 5% Advance Payment Bonus Savings, combinable with our everyday All-Inclusive Fares. Available if the voyage is booked and paid in full 120 days or more prior to sailing. Restrictions apply.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


Fares for SI, SO and SD Categories are based on single occupancy. Port charges of $129 to $399 per guest are additional and not included in the fare. Reservations made one hundred twenty-one (121) days or fewer prior to the sail date will require payment in full at the time of booking.

PLEASE NOTE: All fares, itineraries, special interest series, entertainment, shore excursions and other voyage attributes are subject to change without notice, and we reserve the right to not honor any published prices that we determine were erroneous due to printing, electronic or clerical error. 
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  • Unlimited Beverages including an extensive wine list, choice spirits, local craft beers and specialty coffees
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  • 1-night Pre-cruise Hotel Stay with free ground transfers between hotel and vessel
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  • Optional Premium Shore Excursions - highly recommend booking these in advance. If interested, ask us for a detailed list of premium excursions for your cruise as these vary depending on your departure date.
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