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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES APPOINTS TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY VETERAN, CYNTHIA D'AOUST, AS ITS NEW COMPANY PRESIDENT

(Cindy D’Aoust, president, American Queen Voyages)

Fort Lauderdale, FLSept. 22, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, announced today that industry veteran, Cynthia “Cindy” D’Aoust, has been named president of American Queen Voyages (AQV). D’Aoust joins AQV with nearly 40 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry including previously serving as the President of Hospitality for Cape Resorts Management Company and Global President & CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA.) She will commence the role beginning on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

 

“Hornblower Group is committed to the expansion of American Queen Voyages, as evidenced by the substantial investments in vessels, company rebrand, talent and training, technology, a new Fort Lauderdale headquarters, in the heart of the cruise industry epicenter,” said Kevin Rabbitt, chief executive officer, Hornblower Group. “We are thrilled to welcome Cindy to American Queen Voyages as our new President, bringing her exceptional background in successfully leading travel associations and hospitality brands through periods of growth. I am confident that through Cindy’s deep knowledge of the industry, expertise in elevating brands coupled with her considerable talent, leadership skills, and respected reputation, she will greatly contribute to the future success of American Queen Voyages.”

 

As President, D’Aoust will be responsible for developing and implementing AQV’s overall business strategy: providing guidance to the leadership team to create growth, driving innovation, performance and guest satisfaction. D’Aoust will assume the role of President from current Acting President, David Giersdorf. Over the course of the past four months, Giersdorf has brought his deep passion and knowledge of the overnight cruise industry and has lent tremendous support in working collectively with the AQV leadership team to ensure the company is well positioned for the future.

 

“This is an exhilarating time for American Queen Voyages, and I am excited to be part of a dedicated team building upon this company’s rich heritage,” said D’Aoust. “American Queen Voyages continues to carry forth the brand’s heritage and tradition by celebrating what always remains at its core – a commitment to excellence and a dedication to creating amazing experiences for our guests. I am thrilled to be leading the team during this great growth period for American Queen Voyages as the company continues to elevate the brand even further in the forthcoming years.”

 

Parent company Hornblower Group, backed by Crestview Partners, continues to remain committed towards AQV and the expansion of its overnight division globally. To support the future growth of the organization, AQV will join Hornblower’s newly created overnight division. Headed up by Chris Tallent, chief executive officer of Journey Beyond, Australia’s leading experiential travel company, this division will further benefit AQV by having it join the iconic overnight rail and lodging brands of Journey Beyond and aligning them with AQV to strengthen its global go-to-market strategy, uniting Hornblower’s portfolio to trade partners and further reinforcing the connectivity and alignment between all of Hornblower’s brands.

 

Cynthia D’Aoust has over 20 years of experience as a high-performing executive within the corporate travel and hospitality industry. She brings a deep knowledge of the travel and hospitality industry through her leadership of an award-winning overnight hospitality business and a respected reputation within the travel and trade industry. D’Aoust previously served as the President of Hospitality for Cape Resorts Management Company, a portfolio of classic American destination properties in Cape May, NJ and The Hamptons, which hold deep a respected heritage within their communities and for its guests.

 

Prior to Cape Resorts, D’Aoust served as the Global President & CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community in defining industry policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable environment for the millions of passengers who cruise annually. During her four years with CLIA, D’Aoust and her team increased travel agent membership by over 400% through development of educational programs, engagement and its events portfolio.

 

D’Aoust also served in a variety of board affiliations and memberships across the global travel landscape.

 

She currently resides in Cape May, NJ and will be relocating to South Florida. D’Aoust is a mom of four and grandmother of three.

 

American Queen Voyages is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022 as the leader in encounter travel, offering a comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition experiences. The American Queen Voyages brand enables guests to experience all its expansive opportunities for discovery of North American under one umbrella. Discovery runs deep for guests, connected by American Queen Voyages whether river, lakes and oceans or expedition cruising.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ PARTNERS WITH THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE GREAT LAKES TO INTRODUCE LAKELORIAN FOR THE 2023 SEASON

(Kate Fineske, senior director of institutional advancement, National Museum of the Great Lakes)

Fort Lauderdale, FLSept. 22, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, is partnering with the National Museum of the Great Lakes to create a new Lakelorian program for the Lakes & Oceans fleet. Kicking off the 2023 Great Lakes season in Toronto in May, Ocean Voyager and Ocean Navigator will each include a permanent lecturer on each sailing, holding the title of Lakelorian, similar to the Riverlorian onboard each American Queen Voyages paddlewheeler. The Lakelorian will lead lectures, host discussions and answer questions throughout the journey across these mighty bodies of freshwater. With equal parts knowledge and passion for the Great Lakes, Lakelorians will be selected and provide exclusive programming in collaboration with the renowned National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH.

 

“Our partnership with American Queen Voyages began taking shape in 2020 with their extraordinary support of Great Lakes history through an 11-day Great Lakes cruise donation which we used as the grand prize for our Luck of the Lakes Raffle,” shares Kate Fineske, senior director of institutional advancement, National Museum of the Great Lakes. “Since then, we have come to recognize American Queen Voyages Lakes & Oceans ships as floating ambassadors of the Great Lakes, bringing thousands of visitors from around the world to deeply discover our region’s rich history. We look forward to Ocean Voyager and Ocean Navigator becoming an extension of the National Museum of the Great Lakes through this innovative Lakelorian program, and welcoming guests to discover our museum and all we have to offer.”

 

Just as the rivers of America are a great source of history and culture, the Great Lakes hold a treasure trove of information worthy of a dedicated lecturer. The Lakelorian will share and enlighten guests on the uniqueness of each port in the Great Lakes and be a welcomed storyteller of the region, versed in its history and the support of The National Museum of the Great Lakes for expertise. The Lakelorian will hold daily Lake Chats in the Tavern or Compass Lounge to provide information about the town or city in which American Queen Voyages is visiting for the day. In addition to the daily lectures, each sailing will feature an exclusive lecture highlighting a current exhibit at The National Museum of the Great Lakes.

 

“The 2022 Lakes & Oceans season has been an incredible success showcasing what makes exploring the Great Lakes onboard Ocean Voyager and Ocean Navigator such an extraordinary experience ,” said Bill Annand, vice president of Vessel Operations Lakes & Oceans for American Queen Voyages and a proud lifelong Michigander himself. “From exclusively docking in downtown Chicago at Navy Pier to maiden arrivals in smaller ports like Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay, guests aboard these vessels witness what makes the Great Lakes so special. The National Museum of the Great Lakes has been an invaluable resource. We are excited to support the museum in Toledo on Sept. 24 at their H2Oh! Gala providing this year’s winner of another Great Lakes Cruise and to continue to grow our partnership through our Lakelorian program. The National Museum of the Great Lakes reveals the varied and fascinating history of our treasured Great Lakes, which make up 84% of all of the freshwater in North America. Guests can join these sailings to explore the history of the world’s greatest natural resource—from canoes and schooners to early steamers and freighters—some of which ply the mighty Maumee River right next to the Museum.”

 

Ocean Voyager and Ocean Navigator hold only 202 guests, delivering immersive Lakes & Oceans experiences in North America sailing the Great Lakes, Canada and New England. American Queen Voyages Great Lakes voyages of 11- to 16-days call on North America’s historic five Great Lakes and the storied St. Lawrence River. Port highlights include exploring the Victorian-era charm of Mackinac Island, historic Soo Locks, breathtaking Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world, the world-famous Horseshoe Falls of Niagara Falls, the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. All cruises include a pre-cruise hotel night and in Chicago offer an optional of the iconic architecture tour from the water. In addition, guests sailing on the fall Great Lakes itineraries will enjoy overnight excursions in several city ports for the first-time including Toronto, Quebec City and Mackinac Island on American Queen Voyages.

 

Individuals can still purchase Luck of the Lakes Raffle tickets for a chance to win an 11-day American Queen Voyages cruise and to support the National Museum of the Great Lakes. For more information on the raffle and to purchase a ticket visit NMGL.org.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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MOSTAFA BESHIR NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE & ACCOUNTING FOR AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Sept. 6, 2022 – American Queen Voyages™,  part of Hornblower® Group, announces Mostafa Beshir as Vice President of Finance & Accounting. Beshir will be reporting directly to Acting President, David Giersdorf, and will work simultaneously with Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Hornblower Group, Adam Peakes. He will be responsible for developing and directing American Queen Voyages’ financial strategy, plans, and policies, as well as overseeing all accounting operations.

 

“Mostafa’s proven track record of building collaborative global teams, promoting top-line growth and profitability, and his considerable experience as a finance executive will make him an exceptional addition to the team,” said Giersdorf.

 

Mostafa Beshir joins American Queen Voyages with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality, service, and consumer products industries. Most recently, he served as the Senior Director of Finance at Atlas Ocean Voyages, where he created revenue and working capital growth strategies, improved liquidity, and led all operational and working capital budgeting and forecasting activities. Previously, he was the Senior Director Corporate Controller at SMP Pharmacy Solutions and the Senior Director of Finance at Carnival Corporation & Plc.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ AMERICAN COUNTESS® TO HOST 2023 KENTUCKY DERBY LOUISVILLE TO CINCINNATI CRUISE

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 25, 2022 – American Queen Voyages™,  part of Hornblower® Group, announced details for their 2023 Kentucky Derby Cruise, a highlight of the Ohio River season. Aboard the newest paddlewheeler in the riverboat fleet, American Countess, the nine-day voyage will begin with a pre-cruise hotel at Louisville’s fabled Brown Hotel on Monday, May 1.  Itinerary highlights include competing in the annual Great American Steamboat Race while onboard, lectures by horse racing historians and a new celebration of Kentucky cuisine with Culinary Ambassador Regina Charboneau. A limited number of escorted VIP 2023 Kentucky Derby ticket packages are available for additional purchase.

 

“The Kentucky Derby Cruise is one of my favorite sailings as it captures the magical energy of Louisville during race week,” explains John Waggoner, founder and chairman of American Queen Voyages. “Last year’s special cruise conflicted with my obligations at the launch of our new Alaska expedition ship Ocean Victory but  I look forward for 2023, cheering on the American Countess in the Great American Steamboat Race and celebrating all the festivities.”

 

American Queen Voyages’ newest paddlewheeler, the 245-guest American Countess, will sail the Ohio River from Louisville to Cincinnati with stops in Madison, Brandenburg, and Augusta. The first shipboard highlight of the itinerary will be the Great American Steamboat Race in downtown Louisville as the American Countess joins the Belle of Louisville and Belle of Cincinnati on Wednesday, May 3. Guests sailing during the Derby Cruise can sip Kentucky bourbon from the ship’s decks as thousands of people line the riverbanks to watch the race that starts and ends at the Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville.  The Great Steamboat Race is just one of the events in the Kentucky Derby Festival with other events including firework displays, parades, running races, a hot air balloon event, fashion shows, bed races and concerts.

 

Often called “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby race itself, held annually on the first Saturday of May since 1875, will be on May 6, 2023,. The Derby is the longest continually held sporting event in America and is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Guests on the American Queen Voyages cruise will be able to purchase an escorted VIP race package that includes deluxe transfers, fast pass access to the Churchill Downs racecourse, premium seating, plus lounge, food and open bar. At the races, guests will witness the sights, sounds, colors and tradition of the Derby while trying a mint julep, the quintessential bourbon-based cocktail of the annual race.

 

New for the 2023 Kentucky Derby Cruise, Culinary Ambassador Regina Charboneau will join onboard to take part in a culinary celebration of the Ohio River as she conducts cooking demonstrations of regional culinary favorites along the Ohio River. Guests can look forward to enjoying the Louisville Hot Brown, Cincinnati Skyline Chili and Pittsburgh pierogies. Food pairings with Kentucky bourbon and a special dinner featuring Chef Regina’s favorite dishes will be a highlight.

 

“Much of my travels in 2022 have focused on the Ohio River region and the 2023 Kentucky Derby Cruise is the pinnacle of voyages to showcase and share all I have discovered about the region,” shares Culinary Ambassador Regina Charboneau. “This sailing promises to feature bountiful cuisine,  plenty of storytelling  and refreshing mint juleps along the way.”

 

Per guest fares for the Kentucky Derby Cruise sailing from $2,999 and escorted VIP Kentucky Derby Ticket Packages are $1,999. For more information, visit aqvoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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PATRICK HOOD NAMED DIRECTOR HEALTH AND SAFETY, SECURITY, QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT (HSSQE) FOR AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Aug. 16, 2022 – American Queen Voyages™,  part of Hornblower® Group, announces Patrick Hood as Director of Health and Safety, Security, Quality and Environment (HSSQE). Reporting directly to Acting President David Giersdorf, Hood is responsible for training as well as compliance of company policies under the Hornblower Group’s RESPECT Management System along with oversight of all federal and maritime safety regulations.

 

“I am delighted to welcome Patrick Hood to head our HSSQE functions and oversight as our Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition experiences grow across North America,” said Giersdorf. “His extensive experience in the maritime business and over a decade serving our nation in the U.S. Coast Guard is a welcomed asset to the team.”

 

Patrick Hood joins American Queen Voyages with an accomplished compliance officer and marine safety career over the last two decades. Most recently, he served as HSSQE manager for leading shipping company Seabulk, overseeing all safety, environmental and quality functions and compliance officer for OSG Ship Management. In addition to service with top shipping companies, Hood served in port leadership capacities for the U.S. Coast Guard including Senior Marine Inspector, Port State Control Officer, Marine Casualty Investigator and other positions.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN® ARRIVES IN PITTSBURGH; ANNOUNCES EXTENDED JOURNEYS 23-DAY GRAND OHIO & UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVERS SAILING

Pittsburgh, PA – Aug. 8, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, announced a new itinerary for 2023, which is the most comprehensive in the company’s ten year history. On July 24, 2023, the American Countess® Grand Ohio & Upper Mississippi Rivers sailing will embark on a 23-day journey for Pittsburgh from Minneapolis (Red Wing), allowing guests to explore the 1772-mile route of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers together like never before. This sailing will be available in reverse embarking from Pittsburgh on Aug. 14, 2023. The 2023 Grand Ohio & Upper Mississippi Rivers sailing will cover more miles, call on more port cities and offer the most unlimited guided tours of any itineraries in American Queen Voyages 10-year history.

 

To celebrate this historic sailing announcement and today’s arrival of flagship American Queen in downtown Pittsburgh, the cruise line partnered with local student-athletes, including Men’s Basketball Guard William Jeffress, to welcome the boat and raise awareness about jobs on the world’s largest paddlewheeler.

 

“Guests have made the 16-day Mighty Mississippi voyage between Minneapolis (Red Wing) and New Orleans one of our most popular itineraries, and we are pleased to reveal an even more immersive itinerary sailing to Pittsburgh that now incorporates the Mississippi and Ohio rivers,” said Isis Ruiz, chief commercial officer of American Queen Voyages. “Pittsburgh has such a rich riverboat and sports history, so announcing the Grand Ohio & Upper Mississippi Rivers with the city’s talented student-athletes and American Queen in the shadow of Acrisure Stadium (formerly Heinz Field) was a perfect fit.”

 

Basketball Guard William Jeffress and Others Visit American Queen® in Pittsburgh

 

While docked at Pittsburgh’s North Shore Riverfront Park,  Football Offensive Lineman Carter Warren and  Defensive Lineman Deslin Alexandre, Men’s Basketball Guard William Jeffress, Women’s Basketball Guard Lauren Wasylson, and Women’s Tennis Player Alexandra Jaksec headlined an NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) campaign raising awareness of American Queen Voyages’ Pittsburgh sailings along with hospitality and marine operations jobs on the river.  The student-athletes created content and met with many of the crew to learn about onboard occupations including captain, housekeeper, deckhand, entertainer and purser. Available shoreside and shipboard positions are listed at www.aqvoyages.com/careers/.

 

“This has been a memorable day for the American Queen crew, who shared their contributions to the U.S. river cruising industry, and we wish to thank all the student-athletes who attended our event for spending time onboard,” said Christina Hobbs, vice president, human resources of American Queen Voyages. “Utilizing this NIL partnership has been a unique way to recruit ourselves, while also showcasing our incredible onboard team. I know these talented student-athletes gained some new fans for the upcoming season.”

 

The 417-guest American Queen is currently sailing nine-day Ohio River voyages between Louisville and Pittsburgh with ports of call including Madison, Cincinnati, Maysville, Point Pleasant and Marietta. Guests embarking in Pittsburgh today enjoyed a pre-cruise hotel night downtown and explored the city. American Queen Voyages newest riverboat, the 245-guest American Countess, visited Pittsburgh earlier this year and will return September 6, 2022.

 

“It’s great to have American Queen Voyages not only come to the city of Pittsburgh, but to also team with local student-athletes in a very unique NIL partnership,” says Sammy Spina, VMG Sports Representation. “NIL has been a great tool for many student-athletes across the country. This is another creative way to make an impact utilizing Name, Image, and Likeness to educate others about employment opportunities.”

 

The Minneapolis (Red Wing) to Pittsburgh voyage takes guests through the most scenic spots on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Passing through 10 states and 1772 miles, this sailing on American Countess offers a one-of-a-kind exploration of North America. The journey begins in Red Wing, Minnesota, with an itinerary that includes: La Crosse, WI; Dubuque, IA; Bettendorf, IA; Burlington, IA; Hannibal, MO; St. Louis, MO; Kimmswick, MO; Cape Girardeau, MO; Paducah, KY; Henderson, KY; Owensboro, KY; Brandenburg, KY; Louisville, KY; Madison, IN; Cincinnati, OH; Maysville, KY; Point Pleasant, WV; Marietta, OH; and Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Premium and included shore excursion highlights of the Grand Ohio & Upper Mississippi Rivers itinerary include the following:

 

  • A Story of Cinema: The “Field of Dreams” Experience – Dubuque, IA: Get a new perspective on the 1989 Academy Award-winning film “Field of Dreams” with American Queen Voyages’ premium shore excursion that takes you to the very baseball field featured in the movie.

 

  • The National Quilt Museum – Paducah, KY: With 600 pieces of art highlighting modern quilts, guests will leave the National Quilt Museum with a newfound appreciation of the craft. Each exhibit represents a different aspect of the global quilting community and celebrates the talent of these artists.

 

  • Tracing the Trail of Tears – Cape Girardeau, MO: This premium shore excursion takes guests back in time to 1830 with a walk-through of the pristine 3,415 acres in the Trail of Tears State Park.

 

  • Mark Payton Glass Center – Louisville, KY:  Discover the art of glass blowing with a tour of a glass-blowing studio in the heart of Louisville, KY. Here, guests will learn techniques and admire the artwork with a behind-the-scenes look at artists in action.

 

  • Old Courthouse/Gateway Arch – St. Louis, MO: Venture through St. Louis for a chance to look at the Old Courthouse, one of the best examples of mid-19th century federal architecture. Then, travelers can check out the Gateway Arch, an iconic symbol of St. Louis.

 

  • Anheuser House – Kimmswick, MO: Guests will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime historical experience while exploring the Anheuser Museum and Estate. Constructed in 1867, the home includes family heirlooms, a family library, and portraits of the Anheuser family.

 

  • Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens: Owensboro, KY. : Stop and smell the roses at the Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens. Here, travelers will explore the wind sculptures, woven baskets, Koi ponds, Rose Garden, and much more.

 

  • Madison Scenic Jet Boat Experience: Madison, IN: Hop aboard the Coast Guard-approved jet boat for the scenic experience of a lifetime. Guests will sit back and relax while enjoying a narrated journey exploring the river and enjoying the picturesque nature views.

 

Per guest fares for the entire 2023 Grand Ohio & Upper Mississippi Rivers sailing from $7,197 when paid in full by August 31st . For more information, visit aqvoyages.com.

Visit Carter Warren’s Instagram profile at @carterwarren77, Deslin Alexander’s at @deslin__, William Jeffress’ at @william_jeffress, Lauren Wasylson’s at @wlauren4, and Alexandra Jaksec’s at @alexjaksec.

 

About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ EXPANDS TO INCLUDE FREE ROUNDTRIP AIR SERVICE ON SELECT 2023 VOYAGES

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – July 28, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, has announced that travelers can now take advantage of free roundtrip air on select voyages from 30 gateways in 2023 when booked by Aug. 31, 2022. Guests taking advantage of this offer can sail on any vessel in the cruise line’s fleet, with itineraries sailing February through December 2023.

 

In addition, the cruise line has also launched a new full-service air desk to provide consumer and agent support beginning with select 2022 and 2023 voyages. Overseen by Director of Call Center Operations Dana Horton and a team of cruise industry veterans led by Director Tonya Meyer and Manager Kevin White, who have a combined 35 years of experience enabling them to provide a seamless voyage experience for guests.

 

“We are always seeking to improve our guest experience in its entirety from arrival at the embarkation city with an included pre-cruise hotel, to the moment they depart the vessel to return home,” said Isis Ruiz, chief commercial officer of American Queen Voyages. “Our skilled air team is now available to serve our guests and travel advisors in the planning process and reduce the anxiety that can come with booking a flight.”

 

The free roundup air package is available for sailings on any vessel in American Queen Voyages’ fleet. A complete list of sailings with the inclusive air add-on is available here: Special Offer – 2023 Free Roundtrip Air

 

In 2022, American Queen has grown to seven vessels, expanding into expedition sailings in British Columbia and Alaska on Ocean Victory™. Ocean Victory will conclude her inaugural Alaska season in September and sail a maiden Pacific Coast itinerary from San Diego, CA, to San José (Puntarenas), Costa Rica on Oct. 3, 2022. Ports include Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas, and Playas del Coco. Free Air is available from select gateways for guests booking the entire voyage by Aug. 31, 2022.

 

With the full fleet in service celebrating the company’s milestone tenth season, flagship American Queen is currently sailing the Ohio River, the American Countess and American Duchess are on the Upper Mississippi River and the popular America Empress is sailing the scenic Northwest. Lakes & Oceans vessels Ocean Voyager and Ocean Navigator are deployed in the Great Lakes through mid-September including exclusive calls at Chicago’s Navy Pier and new Ocean Victory is operating expeditions between Vancouver, B.C. and Sitka, Alaska.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages new air service, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages™, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ ANNOUNCES FREE AIR FOR NEW 2022 15-DAY VOYAGE THROUGH MEXICO AND COSTA RICA ON OCEAN VICTORY

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – July 21, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, is launching a new Pacific Coast sailing on Ocean Victory from San Diego, CA, to San José (Puntarenas), Costa Rica; which also offers guests a choice of two shorter voyages from San Diego, CA, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to San José (Puntarenas), Costa Rica. These brand-new itineraries on the 186-guest vessel will explore the region with 15-, eight-, and nine-day voyage options beginning Oct. 3, 2022. As an added bonus, and for the first time in the cruise line’s history, American Queen Voyages is offering Free Air from select gateways for guests booking the entire voyage by Aug. 31, 2022.

 

“Guests have given Ocean Victory rave reviews on her inaugural Alaska season, and our Pacific Coast sailing provides a final opportunity to experience this unique vessel in 2022 before she returns to North America again next year,” said Isis Ruiz, chief commercial officer, American Queen Voyages. “This itinerary exploring the Western coastlines of Mexico and Costa Rica will provide spectacular vistas and a variety of experiences guests have come to cherish from American Queen Voyages, which combines science, history, wildlife and adventure.”

 

Travelers will walk in the footsteps of indigenous people who advanced civilization itself, with destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas, and Playas del Coco. Cruising the Pacific, guests can spot marine life from the sliding observation platforms, view the rugged coastline from the comforts of the eighth-deck Observation Lounge and dine on regionally-inspired cuisine.

 

Included guided tours led by local experts and historians are available in each port, and the following premium tours have been developed by the award-winning American Queen Voyages shore excursions team:

 

  • Turtles and Iguanas: Participants will enjoy a new perspective of the native wildlife of Manzanillo through the Turtles and Iguanas tour. The tour begins at the Cuyutlan Turtle Sanctuary, then takes guests on a panga boat ride through the Palo Verde lagoon. After a day of wildlife exploration, travelers venture to a local plantation for refreshing coconut water.

 

  • Whale Shark Encounter: Expedition takes on a new form in La Paz with the Whale Shark Encounter. Those looking for an adventure can go snorkeling in the pristine waters of La Paz Bay, coming up close to extraordinary wildlife, including the largest shark in the world, the whale shark.

 

  • Salsa and Margaritas: Learning from the world-famous dancing chefs, guests will go on a culinary adventure making delicious and authentic Mexican salsa. The dancing chefs will instruct visitors on how to make Fiery Red Salsa, Tangy Green Salsa, Oaxacan Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Tropical Salsa, and Rompope dessert.

 

  • Deep Sea Fishing: In Huatulco, marine life is abundant and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to go deep sea fishing. Guests can grab a fishing pole and hop onboard a 30-foot yacht that will take them to the middle of  picturesque beaches running 36 miles long. Once there, marlin, swordfish, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, and mahi-mahi, among other marine life, swim around the vessel.

 

  • Zip Lining in Playas del Coco: Adventure-seekers will get geared up for the ride of a lifetime through the rainforest of Playas del Coco. As guests swing through the trees, brush, and canopies, they get mesmerizing views of one of the oldest beach communities in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province.

 

Three Segment Options:

The Ocean Victory San Diego, CA, to San José (Puntarenas, Costa Rica) itinerary, will span 15 days and include a pre-cruise hotel stay in San Diego. As the vessel journeys through the Pacific, it will call on: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; La Paz, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Manzanillo, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; and Playas del Coco, Costa Rica. This sailing is available on Oct. 3, 2022, with fares from $5,099 per guest. Each guest will also get a $600 Onboard Credit and free roundtrip airfare from 30 gateway cities.

 

Guests who want to sail from San Diego, CA and disembark in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, can do so on the Ocean Victory eight-day sailing on Oct. 3, 2022. This sailing will include a pre-cruise hotel stay in San Diego, and will call on: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and La Paz, Mexico. The voyage fares from $2,499 per guest and includes a $300 per guest Onboard Credit.

 

The final journey begins in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and sails to San José (Puntarenas), Costa Rica, on a nine-day voyage. The sailing will include a pre-cruise hotel stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The ship will call on: Manzanillo, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; and Playas del Coco, Costa Rica. The voyage is available on Oct. 9, 2022, with fares from $2,799 per guest and includes a $300 per guest Onboard Credit.

 

All three sailings include a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay, ground transfers between the hotel and vessel, unlimited guided tours, unlimited beverages, open bars and lounges, acclaimed cuisine in multiple venues, in-room dining, unlimited Wi-Fi, live and daily onboard entertainment and enrichment, and hiking sticks. When guests book by Aug. 31, 2022, they can save up to $2,000 per stateroom.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages’ Pacific Paradise Explorations sailing dates, and to book a reservation, contact your travel professional, call 833-598-0119, or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages new air service, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages™, recently ranked the top U.S. river cruise line and #5 globally by TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ PREMIERES 'THE FIELD OF DREAMS EXPERIENCE' ON UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VOYAGES

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – July 5, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, is now offering an extraordinary experience on its Upper Mississippi River sailings that’s certain to be a home run for sports fans and movie buffs alike. The new Field of Dreams Experience premium shore excursion is available beginning with the American Countess® arrival in the Iowa port of Dubuque on July 22, 2022.  Starring the iconic baseball diamond in nearby Dyersville, made famous by the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and the late Ray Liotta, the Field of Dreams Experience is available on eight, nine-day voyages between St. Louis (Alton) and Minneapolis (Red Wing) through October 2022. Additional ports include Hannibal, MO; Bettendorf, IA; La Crosse, WI; and Burlington, IA.

 

“Our guests always enjoy strolling in the footsteps of Mark Twain’s classic characters in Hannibal and spotting bald eagles near Red Wing,” said Isis Ruiz, chief commercial officer, American Queen Voyages. “Adding the Field of Dreams Experience premium excursion in Dubuque promises to create even more memorable moments on this popular Upper Mississippi River itinerary.”

 

Upon docking in the city of Dubuque, where much of the movie was filmed, a local guide will point out many iconic locations from Field of Dreams, including the local elementary school, University of Dubuque, and Central Avenue, which was transformed into Boston for the film. Departing the city with countryside views of cornfields and farmlands weaving through the Iowa bluffs, guests will arrive at the “If You Built It” exhibit to explore the story that inspired the film and view behind-the-scenes photos that delve into the making of Field of Dreams.

 

At the actual Field of Dreams baseball diamond and farm from the film, guests may walk the bases like Shoeless Joe Jackson, emerge from the corn and take a break on the bleachers for an Instagram moment. The Field of Dreams Experience is available on Upper Mississippi River itineraries of the American Queen®, American Duchess® and American Countess® between St. Louis (Alton) and Minneapolis (Red Wing) embarking July 18, 30, Aug. 28, Sept. 10, 11, 24, 26 and Oct. 16, 2022.

 

“Dubuque has played an important part in the rich history of riverboating in the U.S. and we are proud to be hosting American Queen Voyages’ paddlewheelers this season,” said Keith Rahe, president and CEO, Travel Dubuque. “A visit to Field of Dreams adds even more to the experience for American Queen Voyages guests, and we look forward to welcoming the fleet starting with the American Countess on July 22.”

 

To recreate the ballpark dining experience at home for the upcoming Field of Dreams game with the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 11, American Queen Voyages Culinary Ambassador, Chef Regina Charboneau, is sharing a pair of special hot dogs celebrating the two cities with the recipe found at blog link.

 

The Field of Dreams Experience premium shore excursion is $99 per person. Independence Day Sale fares from $1,350 per guest are available on nine-day voyages between St. Louis (Alton) and Minneapolis (Red Wing) when booked by July 14,  by contacting a travel professional, 833-598-0119 or visit  www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages™, a leader in encounter travel, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of American Queen Voyages River, American Queen Voyages Lakes & Ocean and American Queen Voyages Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences beginning 2022. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND FLEXIBLE BOOKING PROGRAM FOR 2022 SAILINGS

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – June 6, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, has unveiled a new website www.aqvoyages.com for consumers and travel advisors to create, plan and book an extraordinary experience exploring North America.  Bringing together the cruise line’s Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition products under one digital umbrella for the first time, the new American Queen Voyages website design delivers an inspiring and functional experience across all platforms. The compelling layout embraces the tagline “Discovery Runs Deep,” and emphasizes the beauty of comprehensively exploring North America.

 

On the new website, travelers can filter their searches to hone in on desired dates, ships, types and destinations under the Voyage feature. Now, the site incorporates the ability to buy a voyage online, another first in the company’s history. Guests are able to secure their cruise directly in the booking engine, including the specific stateroom through an interactive deck plan, which allows passengers to explore what the vessel offers on each deck and in each cabin.

 

“American Queen Voyages has transformed from the great American rivers to include lakes, oceans and expedition experiences over the last 10 years, and the reimagined website is a critical tool to tell the next chapter in our story,” shares Isis Ruiz, chief commercial officer, American Queen Voyages. “Evolving the way we present the brand digitally is a key pillar of our go-to-market strategy.  The new American Queen Voyages website design now delivers an inspiring and functional experience across all platforms that focuses on meeting our customers where they are, leaning into our brand positioning and enhancing our guest experience to reach and surpass expectations.”

 

For those new to the vast North American experiences available from the cruise line, detailed descriptions of regions, iconic cities and quaint ports, are featured in a comprehensive cruise calendar complemented by stunning photography. Additional sections including the new loyalty program, American Queen Voyages blog and more will grow with content in the coming weeks. There is also the ability to select a pre-or post-cruise City Stay Package such as a tour of Montana’s Glacier National Park from the American Empress or the Ultimate New Orleans Experience before embarking on the American Queen, American Duchess or American Countess.

 

American Queen Voyages collaborated with MRM/McCann on the overarching brand creation and the internal marketing team supported by Hornblower Group developed a digital guest experience that captures the onboard guest experience.

 

New Flexibility on 2022 sailings

In addition to unveiling the new www.aqvoyages.com,  American Queen Voyages is offering a new Risk-Free Booking program to give guests added flexibility for 2022 bookings made by June 30, 2022. Guests booking a sailing departing by December 31, 2022, have the flexibility to move to another 2023 voyage penalty free up to 14 days prior to departure.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages’ 10th anniversary season, sailing dates, and to book a reservation or order a brochure, contact your travel professional, call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages™, a leader in encounter travel, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of American Queen Voyages River, American Queen Voyages Lakes & Ocean and American Queen Voyages Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences beginning 2022. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com.

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

 

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AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ OCEAN NAVIGATOR™ WELCOMED TO NAVY PIER, CHICAGO’S WATERFRONT DESTINATION

Ocean Navigator is the Only Overnight Cruise Ship to Dock in Downtown Chicago

 

Chicago – May 18, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, celebrated the maiden arrival of Ocean Navigator, with her first guests arriving at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Through an exclusive partnership with sister company City Experiences,  American Queen Voyages is the only overnight cruise line to dock at the downtown Chicago destination. Sister ship Ocean Voyager, will  also call on Chicago’s Navy Pier for the first time on June 8, as the two boutique coastal ships offer unique Lakes & Oceans experiences designed to navigate the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway and all five Great Lakes. City and state leaders including Choose Chicago CEO Lynn Osmond, Navy Pier President & CEO Marilynn Gardner, and Magnificent Mile Association President & CEO Kimberly Bares welcomed American Queen Voyages executives and Captain Gary Kerr to Chicago.  

 

“Today, we celebrate the arrival of American Queen Voyages’ Ocean Navigator and Chicago as a cruise destination,” said Lynn Osmond, chief executive officer, Choose Chicago. “Chicago’s tourism industry plays a large role contributing to the vibrancy of the city, and we are thrilled to have partners like American Queen Voyages who offer extraordinary experiences for our locals and tourists alike.” 

 

Ocean Navigator holds only 202 guests, delivering immersive Lakes & Oceans experiences in North America sailing the Great Lakes, Canada, New England, Southeast U.S.A., Yucatan & Mexico. The arriving sailing originated in Toronto while the embarking voyage of Ocean Navigator will be a 11-day itinerary touching all five Great Lakes and calling on ports including Mackinac Island, Soo Locks, Sault Ste Marie, Little Current, Detroit, Cleveland, Port Colborne (Niagara Falls) and disembarking in Toronto. 

 

“Travelers are ready to make up for lost time and are eager to deeply discover North America now and Chicago is a stunning backdrop to embark on that journey,” shared Isis Ruiz, chief commercial officer, American Queen Voyages. “Ocean Navigator’s arrival at Navy Pier is a fitting way to celebrate tourism in Chicago, exploring the city’s bounty of culture and history. We look forward to an exciting season showcasing the many treasures across the Great Lakes.” 

 

American Queen Voyages Great Lakes voyages of 11 to 16-days call on North America’s historic five Great Lakes and the storied St. Lawrence River. Port highlights include exploring the Victorian-era charm of Mackinac Island, historic Soo Locks, breathtaking Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world, the world-famous Horseshoe Falls of Niagara Falls, the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. All cruises include a pre-cruise hotel night and in Chicago offer an optional of the iconic  architecture tour from the water.  In addition, guests sailing on the fall Great Lakes itineraries will enjoy overnight excursions in several city ports for the first time including Toronto and Mackinac Island on American Queen Voyages.

 

American Queen Voyages is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022 as the leader in encounter travel, offering a comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries comprised of Rivers, Lakes & Oceans and Expedition experiences.

 

For more information on American Queen Voyages’ 10th anniversary season, sailing dates, and to book a reservation or order a brochure, contact your travel professional, call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, a leader in encounter travel, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of American Queen Voyages River, American Queen Voyages Lakes & Ocean and American Queen Voyages Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences beginning 2022. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in experiences and transportation. Hornblower Group’s corporate entity is comprised of three premier experience divisions: American Queen Voyages®, its overnight cruising division; City Experiences, its land and water-based experiences as well as ferry and transportation services and Journey Beyond, Australia’s leading experiential travel group. Spanning a 100-year history, Hornblower Group’s portfolio of international offerings includes water-based experiences (dining and sightseeing cruises), land-based experiences (walking tours, food tours and excursions), overnight experiences (cruises and railways) and ferry and transportation services, including full-service vessel support via Hornblower Shipyard. Today, Hornblower Group’s global portfolio covers 112 countries and territories, 125 U.S. cities and serves more than 22 million guests annually. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Hornblower Group’s additional corporate offices reside in Adelaide, Australia; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; Dublin, Ireland; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.

AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES™ CELEBRATES INAUGURAL EXPEDITION SEASON WITH OCEAN VICTORY™

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 9, 2022 American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower® Group, is debuting the cruise line’s first-ever Expedition experience with the inaugural sailing of Ocean Victory, which departed Vancouver, B.C. May, 7, 2022. Ocean Victory marks the arrival of the seventh vessel to the American Queen Voyages fleet, which also includes Rivers, Lakes & Oceans experiences. The new 186-guest vessel, created for intimate access with an innovative X-Bow design, will sail between Vancouver, B.C., and Sitka, Alaska, on 12- and 13-day cruises May through September. Guests can expect up-close encounter travel experiences in The Last Frontier, working closely with the seasoned expedition and award-winning American Queen Voyages shore excursions teams, in addition to naturalists guiding hands-on learning opportunities, and more. 

 

“Alaska is a unique destination that to even begin to understand its vastness demands immersion with an expedition experience,” said Shawn Bierdz, chief operating officer, American Queen Voyages. “Ocean Victory will deliver guests an intimate sailing experience that really allows them to become captivated by the destination’s many natural wonders. We’re thrilled to have welcomed our first guests onboard as we embark on our journey to Alaska’s Inside Passage.”

 

Created for intimate access with an innovative X-Bow design, the vessel sails the less-traveled regions of Alaska’s Inside Passage where like-minded explorers will deploy kayaks and Zodiacs with expedition leaders, view wildlife from sliding observation platforms, witness marine research by California Polytechnic State University students in real-time and have engaging discussions with native Alaska leaders. 

 

“As we celebrate the debut of Ocean Victory, I am inspired by our growth from a one paddlewheel cruise line, the American Queen, to a fleet of vessels this very day sailing Mississippi, Kentucky, Washington, Prince Edward Island and Quebec,” shared John Waggoner, founder and chairman of American Queen Voyages. “Today we call on over 125 ports with seven vessels, employing over 670 teammates – far exceeding even the dreams of this boy of just one boat.”

 

As part of the American Queen Voyages expedition experience, the line has partnered with Dr. Michelle Fournet, director of the Sound Science Research Collective, for the inaugural Alaska expedition season of Ocean Victory.  The acclaimed acoustic ecologist is a leading expert in the communication of North Pacific humpback whales, and was profiled along with her Sound Science Research Collective team in the acclaimed documentary “Fathom.”

 

Fournet and the Sound Science Research Collective will collaborate with the American Queen Voyages expedition team as the ship becomes an extension of their research lab. Hydrophones will be used onboard Zodiacs to listen to the voices of Alaska’s whales in real-time. Guests will also learn about and participate in whale tracking through fluke identification by uploading their own photos from the vessel to a scientific database following their seasonal movements.

 

In port, inclusive shore excursions with knowledgeable experts and expedition guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife and fascinating cultures of each destination. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs and  kayaks, the itineraries will provide guests with in-depth explorations of Alaska’s natural, historic and cultural treasures.

 

The Ocean Victory inaugural Alaska season program highlights include: 

 

Anan Creek Bear and Wildlife Observatory: Guests venture into the Alaskan wilderness for a once-in-a-lifetime look at the forest’s wildlife in their natural habitat. They will travel by jet boat from Wrangell through the Eastern Passage to the Anan trailhead. Here, Anan Creek provides the perfect landscape for an observatory, as it is one of the largest salmon runs in Southeast Alaska. This makes it a prime location for the local bear population to feed, as well as bald eagles and harbor seals. At the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, guests will experience up-close views of these majestic creatures.

 

Five Finger Lighthouse: The historic Five Finger Lighthouse is located at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound in Southeast Alaska. The island on which it sits and the surrounding waters are a home to nesting seabirds, foraging songbirds, bald eagles, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, harbor porpoise, transient killer whales and large numbers of humpback whales.

 

Kake Tlingit Village: Experiencing the traditional culture of Kake, guests will be warmly welcomed by the Tlingit residents and encouraged to participate in their long-standing traditions. Just a short walk from the dock is the community hall, where a carving or weaving demonstration will take place. Then, guests can step onto the dancefloor where locals will perform traditional songs and dances. Finally they will see the world’s largest one-tree totem pole. 

 

Petersburg: In Petersburg, the Ocean Victory docks right beside Alaska’s largest home-based halibut fleet, which call this shallow, protected harbor home. These abundant waters, and an endless supply of ice from nearby LeConte Glacier, led Norwegian fisherman Peter Buschmann to build the region’s first cannery and invite his fishing countrymen to join him –  hence the town’s name and its strong Norwegian culture. Large cruise ships cannot come into Petersburg, so guests will be among a privileged few to dock in this charming, authentic Alaskan village.

 

Waterfall Coast: Guests will challenge themselves to keep track of the number of waterfalls encountered along Baranof Island’s beautiful eastern coast, the little known “waterfall coast.” Some can be seen from any of Ocean Victory’s observation perspectives, or right at water level by kayak or Zodiac. This almost hidden shoreline is perfect for discovery with seals, deer, and tidepools ready to reveal secret treasures.

 

The brand new expedition ship Ocean Victory will sail between Vancouver, B.C. and Sitka, Alaska on 12- and 13-day journeys including a pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver, B.C. or Sitka, and calling on: Canadian Inside Passage; Fiordland (Kynoch Inlet); Ketchikan; Misty Fjords National Monument; Wrangell/Stikine River Wilderness; Waterfall Coast/Baranof Wilderness; Petersburg/Le Conte Glacier; Tracy Arm/Endicott Glacier; Kake/Frederick Sound/Five Finger; and Sitka, Alaska. Sailings are available May through September 2022.

For more information on American Queen Voyages’ 10th anniversary season, sailing dates, and to book a reservation or order a brochure, contact your travel professional, call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com

 

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About American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages, a leader in encounter travel, offers the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries and experiences, comprised of American Queen Voyages River, American Queen Voyages Lakes & Ocean and American Queen Voyages Expedition, which includes new Alaska and Central America expedition experiences beginning 2022. To book or for more information on American Queen Voyages, contact your travel professional or call 833-598-0119 or visit www.AQVoyages.com

 

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit hornblowercorp.com.