American Queen Steamboat Company has added new itineraries to Nashville. The new American Countess as been added to the cruise line’s fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, and new programming for 2022 has been added with a reimagined Music City Stay Package, more special edition voyages featuring Nashville, and additional performances on board by country music legend, Lee Greenwood.

From Clarksville’s (Nashville’s port for American Queen Steamboat Company) proximity to Music Row to Memphis’ Beale Street to Louisville’s bourbon heritage, guests will discover the sounds of Nashville’s music scene. Special edition voyage highlights include the Bourbon – An American Spirit itinerary sailing from Louisville to Nashville, the Celebrate the 70’s voyage, sailing from St. Louis to Nashville, and the Star-Spangled Cruise, sailing from Memphis to Nashville. Celebrating the Fourth of July, the Star-Spangled cruise offered on the American Countess and American Queen will also welcome world-renowned country music artist and Grand Ole Opry member Lee Greenwood on board for a special performance for both sailings.

“With demand for our close-to-home offerings still on the rise, expanding our offerings that celebrate the many dynamic U.S. river cities we visit, like Nashville, was a natural next step in ensuring we are meeting the interests of our guests,” shares Shawn Bierdz, president, American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines. “Whether a novice fan or country music aficionado, Nashville is an incredible destination. We look forward to further showcasing the city to our guests throughout the 2022 season.”

Guests sailing on the Star-Spangled Cruises can also choose to experience the 3-day, 2-night , which features some of Nashville’s most celebrated and renowned musical attractions, including the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. With the City Stay Package, not only will guests get a behind-the-scenes look at the Grand Ole Opry through a backstage tour, but they can also enjoy one of the institution’s acclaimed music performances. Tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are also available for guests.

Available on multiple sailings throughout the 2022 season, the expanded Nashville City Stay package also includes luxurious accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and classic American breakfast at the hotel each morning, in addition to roundtrip ground transportation.

Sailings featuring the optional Nashville City Stay Package include:

  • May 16-23, 2022: Memphis to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Countess
  • June 5-12, 2022: Memphis to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Queen
  • June 19-26, 2022: Louisville to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Queen
  • June 27-July 4, 2022: Louisville to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Countess**
  • July 3-10, 2022: Memphis to Nashville (Clarksville) –American Queen**
  • Oct. 23-30, 2022: Alton to Nashville (Clarksville) – American Queen
  • Nov. 6-13, 2022: Chattanooga to Nashville (Clarksville)– American Queen

**Star-Spangled Cruise featuring Lee Greenwood

Sailing for American Queen Steamboat Company began a phased restart in March under SafeCruise protocols and became the only fully vaccinated U.S. River cruise line for both guests and crew effective July 1. The 100 percent vaccination policy allows guests the freedom to cruise with confidence in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines. All guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination via vaccination card prior to pre-cruise hotel check-in. SafeCruise policies are subject to municipality and state rules based on current regional conditions and may be modified without advance notice to adhere to local health and safety guidelines.

American Queen Steamboat Company is currently running a Fall Sale with savings up to $2,000 per stateroom. Guests who book an American Queen Steamboat Company voyage departing by March 31, 2022 have the flexibility to move to another 2021 or 2022 voyage penalty free up to 21 days prior to the departure.

Rates start at $1,399 pp, plus port fees, taxes and gratuities.

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