American Queen Steamboat Company Kicks Off Ohio River Season with Paducah Arrival
On June 16, the historically quaint river town of Paducah and American Queen Steamboat Company , owner and operator of America’s grandest riverboat fleet, celebrated the arrival of the American Queen at the Port of Paducah.
The call in Paducah marked the 436-passenger riverboat’s entrance into the Ohio River for the summer season. Residents, visitors and government officials greeted the full boat of passengers, who toured the National Quilt Museum, the River Discovery Center, artist galleries and shops, and even sampled the many dining options in the historic downtown. Paducah, a creatively vibrant city due in part to its successful Artist Relocation and Artist-in-Residence programs, is a popular stop for the American Queen and has a rich history derived from its river trade.
“As we embark on the summer season exploring the many cities of the Ohio River including Louisville, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, Paducah is a fine example of an elegantly restored river town that draws our guests to river travel,” shared American Queen Steamboat Company President & COO Ted Sykes. “Yesterday’s arrival was exciting and we look forward to our many stops in Paducah for years to come.”
The American Queen visits Paducah on seven occasions in 2014 including a special Bourbon & Bluegrass itinerary Aug. 29and Sept. 5 between St. Louis, Mo. and Cincinnati, Oh., featuring whiskey distillers Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace, and Heaven Hill. Famous bourbon makers will also be joined onboard by award-winning Bluegrass acts headlined by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and several acclaimed regional bands. Each voyage on the Ohio River highlights the region’s kaleidoscope of large cities and small river towns exemplified by Paducah.
“Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers, and within a few miles of the Cumberland and Mississippi rivers, Paducah lies at the heart of the river industry and has a very rich river history,” says Julie Harris, Executive Director of the River Discovery Center in Paducah. “We are a perfect stop for all of the paddlewheel steamboats that travel our inland waterways, and we love when the American Queen stops at our port and enjoy sharing Paducah with its passengers.”
Founded in 1827, Paducah served as a major stop along the riparian trade route linking the Upper Midwest with the Southeast during the Age of Steam. The charming 19th-century architecture lining the streets of the historic downtown reflects the wealth accrued in this vital inland port during this era. This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Paducah, signaling the hotly contested town’s strategic role in connecting the Upper and Deep South during the American Civil War.
Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, fares on the American Queen begin at $1,599 per person based on double occupancy and $3,795 on the American Empress. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.
To order a brochure, request additional information and make reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit online or contact a professional travel agent. Guests who book early can save up to $600 per stateroom on all 2015 voyages.
American Queen Steamboat Company
The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the owner and operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and St. Paul. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with opulence and grandeur on the American Empress. The American Queen Steamboat Company is a proud supporter of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. For additional information and reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit us online at www.AQSC.com or call a professional travel agent.
Paducah, Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau
Situated in Western Kentucky, halfway between Nashville, Tenn. and St. Louis, Mo., Paducah was founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame. Its origin and prosperity are attributed to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. A national heritage destination, Paducah is vibrant and sophisticated, culturally rich and full of flavor. Known as Quilt City USA®, Paducah is home to The National Quilt Museum and serves as an incubator for the fiber arts community. In fact, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently designated Paducah as the world’s seventh City of Crafts and Folk Art. For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-PADUCAH.