Bourbon Or Bust on American Queen Steamboat Company
PHOTO: Get ready to learn your bourbons! (Courtesy American Queen Steamboat Company)
The Bourbon-themed cruise offered by American Queen Steamboat Company is unlike any other cruise you may have taken.
This itinerary is carefully planned to allow you to dive into the centuries-old traditions surrounding this popular variety of liquor. You will explore America’s heartland while learning a variety of interesting things about the history and customs of bourbon production.
Every part of the agenda—including the times when you are on board the ship, as well as the segments when you embark on shore—are designed to expand your knowledge about bourbon and the people who helped create it. You will also enjoy a variety of great entertainment, and gain valuable insight shared by experts in the field.
American Queen Steamboat Company is known for its impressive ability to recreate the nostalgic experience of cruising down one of America’s most famous rivers. The company prides itself on careful attention to detail, so you truly feel like you have immersed yourself in the atmosphere of an authentic river cruise. The perfect combination of luxury and elegance also makes for a trip that will exceed all expectations.
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Your trip will begin in Memphis, where you can enjoy great food, shopping and entertainment. Of course, you will also get to explore the roots of this music-centered town. If you need any help in identifying the best local attractions, the knowledgeable staff at the American Queen hospitality desk will be happy to make some suggestions based on your interests. Or explore the best highlights of the city with some of your fellow passengers when you join in on the special pre-cruise shore excursion.
Once you set off on your relaxing journey down the Mississippi River, choose whether you want this segment of the trip to be relaxing or action-packed. For the former, settle into a classic book in the Ladies’ Tea Parlor. For more fast-paced ambience, enjoy the onboard entertainment. There’s also the opportunity to take a tour of the engine room.
The first stop on the tour route is Paducah, Kentucky. This region is known as the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. That prime location played a major role in allowing the city to become a thriving part of the bourbon commerce process.
After a day of scenic river cruising, you will then arrive at Brandenburg, Kentucky. A picturesque town, it has countless appealing features, such as beautiful natural scenery, lots of outdoor activities and plenty of historical locations. It is also the perfect place for a quiet relaxing stroll in the great outdoors.
Next you head to another quaint river town, the city of Madison, Indiana. From history and culture to the ultimate in hospitality, you will soak up the best that small-town atmosphere has to offer.
Your final destination for this cruise is Louisville, Kentucky. The city has many notable distinctions, including playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the American Revolution. Managing to combine the modern amenities of a contemporary city with the nostalgic highlights of a historical hub, Louisville is sure to provide plenty of exciting things to do and see.
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