Cruise Strategies Announces New Partnership

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) has selected Cruise Strategies as their Canadian partner to meet the demands of its current market and to expand in the Canadian marketplace.

“I have followed the acquisition of the two Victory ships in recent months and the overall increased interest in small ship cruising, as well as the emergence of the Great Lakes as a burgeoning destination. Canadians are also keen to see more of America’s rivers and enjoy coastal voyages, as well as exploring their own-at-home marvellous small towns and marquee ports on our Great Lakes,” said Vanessa Lee, president and CEO of Cruise Strategies Ltd. “So, it is with great pleasure that we have entered into this partnership with both brands and anticipate assisting them by increasing awareness for both American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines. Having recently toured the newly upgraded M/V Victory I (pictured), it was a delight to see the new appointments and the quality improvements to her and sister ship M/V Victory II. We have great confidence these two small beauties will offer a great inclusive experience for Canadians to sail amongst some of the most amazing places in Ontario, Quebec and the United States.”

“For many, travelling on our authentic paddle-wheelers or exploring the Great Lakes region, is the trip of a lifetime, and we look forward to offering these experiences to a broader audience,” added John Waggoner, chairman and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company.

American Queen Steamboat Company, a cruise line that has been successfully operating river cruises since 2012, currently sails three vessels, the American Queen, American Duchess, American Empress and joining the fleet in 2020 will be the American Countess. This ship will continue the tradition of overnight cruising on America’s rivers with their trademark level of service aboard four uniquely American, iconic paddle-wheel riverboats, connecting guests to America’s history, geography, music, culture and cuisine.

Early booking savings of up to US$1,800 per stateroom (US$900 per guest) are available on select 2020 voyages booked by July 31. Ask for offer code 2020EBD1.

ictory Cruise Lines, acquired by American Queen Steamboat Company in early 2019, operates M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II, identical 202-guests ships skillfully designed to foster a convivial onboard atmosphere, inviting guests to relax and unwind as they discover North America’s most remarkable coastal regions. Victory Cruise Lines operates all-inclusive cruises to the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada and New England.

Savings of up to US$4,800 per stateroom ($US2,400 per person) are available on select 2019 departures booked by June 30. Ask for offer code 2019VICTORYEBD.

Early booking savings of up to US$1,200 per stateroom (US$600 per guest) are available on select 2020 voyages booked by Sept. 30. Ask for offer code 2020VICTORYEBD.