Cruise puts spotlight on ‘Bourbon & Bluegrass’


The American Queen Steamboat Company has introduced its new “Bourbon & Bluegrass” itineraries, which begin in August sailing between St. Louis and Cincinnati. The nine-day journey offers guests a chance to experience “a blend of historic discovery, music and the Kentucky Bourbon Trial, with tours to renowned distilleries and celebrated ports including Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Paducah, Ky.; Henderson, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; and Madison, Ind.”

Taking place on two dates, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, the Bourbon & Bluegrass voyages will feature distilleries from the makers of Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace, and Heaven Hill. Famous bourbon makers will also be onboard to present and reveal their finest creations paired with the cuisine of the American Queen Steamboat Company.

Highlights of the cruise include: Included pre-cruise hotel stay in St. Louis or Cincinnati, depending upon the departure; Onboard Bluegrass Acts featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and Storefront Congregation; Multiple lecturers and tasting opportunities from Four Roses Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Heaven Hill Distilleries and other Kentucky bourbons; Distillery tours on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail where 95% of all bourbon is made; Touring opportunities to the Bluegrass Hall Of Fame and International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky.; Barbecue luncheon at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, Ky.; Daily open jam sessions in the Pickin’ Parlors; An exclusive “Moonshine Matinee” deck party on the Ohio River.

Fares for the nine-day Bourbon & Bluegrass sailings begin at US$2,549 p.p., based on double occupancy. (