American Queen Voyages Will Not Return to Great Lakes

In a strategic decision to "renew its business focus on its river cruises," American Queen Voyages (AQV) has announced a series of deployment changes and updates set to begin in early 2024 and extend into 2025. New routes are open for early bookings with early savings available on key dates.

Cindy D’Aoust, president of AQV, said “Our customers consistently tell us our U.S. river itineraries are exceptional and demonstrate this by returning again and again.” This is evident via a recent McKinsey market survey where participants noted AQV enjoys the highest brand affinity amongst U.S. river operators. “All of our focus is being put into updating and enhancing our popular river product with strategic partnerships and an elevated culinary program, which we know have been very well received,” added D’Aoust.

Revised 2024 itineraries include:

  • Lower Mississippi – AQV will begin the season with its popular Lower Mississippi voyages through the cities and historic port towns of the South on the 417-guest American Queen. Based on guest requests, it will offer new three- and four-day cruises for time-pressed travelers.
  • Upper Mississippi – Back by popular demand, AQV will traverse the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters in Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The 16-day journey combines wildlife and intricate locks and dams, with Southern charms and the birthplaces of jazz and country music.
  • America’s Heartland – The 245-guest, paddle wheeler American Countess cruises the Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers. New “Experiential Voyages” include a bourbon-themed voyage with noted food and spirits experts, including Dickie Brennan, chef-owner of Bourbon House in New Orleans.
  • Snake & Columbia Rivers – Travelers can discover the Pacific Northwest aboard the 221-guest American Empress, including new wine-themed cruises. Depending on the voyage, guests can join a salmon excursion and bring their freshly caught and cleaned catch back to enjoy on the boat.
  • Alaska & British Columbia – AQV will return to Alaska for its third season. Aboard the environmentally friendly, 186-guest Ocean Victory, guests enjoy expeditions via Zodiac exploration boats and kayak excursions led by a team of naturalists and field guides in cooperation with California Polytechnic State University.

As part of its new focus, AQV will not return to the Great Lakes next season and as a result has announced its intent to sell its Ocean Navigator and Ocean Voyager vessels. All current published voyages will continue to operate as planned through November 2023.

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