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Cruise to one of the world’s most famous horseraces in 2022 – the Kentucky Derby

February 15, 2021 River Cruising No Comments

An exciting paddlewheeler journey along one of America’s great rivers and the thrill of the world-famous Kentucky Derby horserace will be paired in a special cruise through America’s heartland in May, 2022.

The American Queen Steamboat Company has released a new eight-night 2022 Kentucky Derby sail and stay package which includes VIP tickets to the famed horserace in Louisville, Kentucky.

American Queen Steamboat Company’s latest paddlewheeler, the newly launched, 245-guest American Countess, will take racegoers for a seven-night cruise along the legend-steeped Ohio River and even become a contestant   in one of the Kentucky Derby’s colourful events itself – the 14-mile Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race, with guests able to be ‘jockeys’ aboard the ship as it races other steamboats for the prized Silver Antlers trophy.

Starting on May 2, 2022, the journey begins with a hotel stay in Cincinnati, Ohio, before guests board the American Countess for a round-trip, seven-night cruise taking in river towns such as Madison, Indiana and Brandenburg, Augusta and Louisville in Kentucky.

Along with the steamboat race, the highlight of the cruise will, of course, be the Kentucky Derby itself held annually on the first Saturday of May since 1875. There is perhaps no single sporting event in America more recognised worldwide than the Kentucky Derby. Included in the package are VIP tickets to the race where guests can get dressed up and revel in one of America’s greatest events. Witness the sights, sounds, colours and tradition of the Derby such as singing along to ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ and trying a mint julep – the famous bourbon-based cocktail associated with the race. The VIP package includes deluxe motorcoach race-day transfers, fast pass access to the Churchill Downs racecourse, premium seating plus lounge food and open bar.

During the river cruise, guests can enjoy gourmet, locally-inspired cuisine, complimentary, unlimited beverages onboard, complimentary hop-on, hop-off shore excursions, live jazz and blues music as well as a panoramic lounge, fitness centre and free onboard internet.

Including the VIP race package, one-night hotel stay, onboard beverages and shore excursions, the eight-night Kentucky Derby cruise is available from US$5734 per person, twin share, for an interior stateroom.

* 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 www.aqsc.com.au/departure/kentucky-derby-2022

American Queen Steamboat Company is an award-winning, authentic and opulent river cruise line in North America, offering the most inclusive cruises with guided shore excursions, nightly Broadway-calibre entertainment and regionally inspired fine dining included in the fare. The 2022 season will also include AQSC’s latest river ship, the 245-passenger paddlewheeler, American Countess, which joins the American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress to offers guest classic, elegant and modern American river cruise experiences. www.aqsc.com.au

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