Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) will debut a second expedition vessel, Ocean Discoverer, to be featured in the cruise line’s 2023 season. Both VCL and its sister cruise line, American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), are releasing the 2023 season today.
The lines are offering savings up to $1200 per stateroom on 2023 itineraries when booked by April 30, 2021.
In its introductory season, the Ocean Discoverer will embark on a repositioning voyage from Puerto Caldera to San Diego departing May 12, 2023 followed by a season of 11- and 12-day sailings between Sitka and Vancouver or Sitka and Seattle. Sailing her third season in the fleet, Ocean Victory will operate between Vancouver and Sitka throughout the summer with repositioning sailings to bookend the season between Puerto Caldera and San Diego.
Meanwhile, American Queen will sail the Lower Mississippi route with 28 departures between Memphis and New Orleans. She will also sail a Thanksgiving from Memphis to New Orleans and three New Orleans roundtrips over the December holiday season. American Countess, the newest edition to the AQSC fleet, sails a fall Mighty Mississippi voyage from St. Paul to New Orleans in September and will churn up and down the Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. The boutique paddlewheeler American Duchess will showcase the Ohio River with six sailings between Louisville and the line’s easternmost point of Pittsburgh. In the Pacific Northwest, American Empress will begin her season March 23 and sail 9-day, one-way voyages between Portland (Vancouver, WA) and Spokane (Clarkston) through Nov. 26, 2023.
Traveling the coastal waters of the U.S., Canada and the Great Lakes, Victory I and Victory II will sail 11-16 day voyages embarking in such locales as Chicago’s Navy Pier, downtown Toronto, Detroit and Montreal; and discovering lakeside destinations including Marquette, Mackinaw Island and Soo Locks/Sault Ste. Marie. The identical 202-guest vessels will also visit Southern ports including Savannah, Charleston and Fernandina Beach and Victory II will trek as far south as Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for roundtrip sailings from Cozumel.
In additional company news, AQSC and VCL will open a satellite office in a yet-to-be determined South Florida location in 2022, relocating the marketing, sales and operations team to the epicenter of the cruise industry. Executive, finance and all other functions remain in New Albany, IN headquarters.
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