Great American Steamboat Introduces Two New Themed Cruises


Photo by Susan J. Young

With the November election around the corner, Great American Steamboat Company ( has introduced two new themed voyages that allow passengers to brush up on their U.S. history and political science onboard the American Queen.
The largest steamboat ever built will host a late summer journey featuring President Abraham Lincoln historians and a pre-election voyage highlighted by a broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week.”
Celebrating the life, achievements and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, "Lincoln’s Legacy" is a nine-night voyage from Vicksburg, MS, to Louisville, KY, departing Aug. 30
This themed voyage is designed for U.S. history buffs and will feature historians Harold Holzer and Honorable Frank Williams from the Lincoln Forum; they'll discuss such topics as the 1860 election, secession, Lincoln’s performance during the Civil War and his conflicted emotions over preserving the U.S. Constitution.
The 97th Regimental String Band will perform songs from the 1860s that were known to be favorites of the President. Acclaimed impersonator George Buss will present A Visit with Lincoln.
The voyage ports will include Vicksburg, MS, Helena, AR, Memphis, TN, and Henderson and Louisville, KY. Fares begin at $2,295 per person, based on double occupancy. Fares include one pre-or post-cruise hotel stay and complimentary shore tours in each port of call.
In addition, the upcoming election will be a hot topic of discussion during "PBS “Washington Week” Election 2012," an eight-night sailing from St. Louis, MO, to St. Paul, MN, on Sept. 28.
The American Queen will host a taping of PBS’ award-winning news and public affairs program “Washington Week” with Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor, along with a panel of political analysts.
Guests may choose to be part of the public television audience as Ifill and her panelists discuss and examine the topics of the day just weeks before the fall election.
Ports of call include St. Louis and Hannibal, MO; Dubuque, IA; and Red Wing and St. Paul, MN. Fares begin at $1,995 per person, double occupancy, and include a pre-or-post voyage luxury hotel stay, complimentary shore tours in each port of call.
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