American Queen Introduces Special Interest Sailings

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) has introduced new special interest sailings ranging from Pacific Northwest Wine Cruises on the American Empress to the American River BBQ Challenge on the American Countess, American Queen and American Duchess along the lower Mississippi River.

“All of our river cruises are a reflection of the regions they sail,” said John Waggoner, founder and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “When it comes to these unique voyages, each element of the special interest whether it be wine or marquee Americana events, is thoughtfully woven into curated itineraries that ignite our guests’ curiosity and exploration.”

AQSC’s uniquely themed river cruises feature special entertainment, exclusive events and opportunities that guests would not experience on any other sailing. Whether guests want to taste the various styles of Southern barbecue on the American River BBQ Challenge cruise, learn about the Civil War in a journey through history or experience the best of the Pacific Northwest’s wine country – there’s a specialty cruise for everyone. Special interest itineraries include:

Beauty in Aging Wine Cruise

For wine afficionados who want to explore the Pacific Northwest’s unique twists on winemaking and soak up the natural beauty of the region, the American Empress is offering a specialty Wine Cruise on its signature Clarkston, W.A. (Spokane) to Vancouver, W.A. (Portland) sailing.

Aboard the largest, most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest, guests will experience immersive lessons in wine tastings and pairings led by experts Manny Nieves, certified sommelier, Jim Laughren, certified wine educator and Michael Lynch, certified advanced sommelier. This specialty cruise will sail March 15-22 and March 22-30.

Bourbon to Blues

Learn what makes a centuries-old tradition during this rare opportunity to experience an extraordinary journey through America’s heartland and into the roots of Kentucky’s bourbon region.

This voyage will take guests behind the scenes and into the history books to show where bourbon comes from, how it is made and the ways to distinguish the unique characteristics of different distilleries. The sailing will include special tastings, creative menus, and cooking demonstrations, and to be announced special onboard guests. This specialty cruise will sail July 5-12 on the American Countess and Aug. 23-31, 2020 on the American Duchess.