The Great American Steamboat Company is offering a 4-night voyage, roundtrip from Cincinnati, that includes admission to the Kentucky Derby. The cruise departs May 4, 2012, and stops in Louisville and Madison. Fares begin at $1,395 per guest–be sure to take note of all the inclusions listed below. Entertainment provided by the Juggernaut Jug Band.
“Our Kentucky Derby river voyage celebrates one of the most prestigious events in the ‘sport of kings.’ You’ll experience the Derby parades and festivities in Louisville, then have the opportunity to witness the Kentucky Derby itself. General admission Kentucky Derby tickets and a special Derby Day party at the storied Seelbach Hotel are included in the price of your voyage. Of course, there’ll be plenty of mint juleps available to put everyone in just the right spirit for the ‘Run for the Roses.’ Grandstand seating for the Derby is available starting at $799 per guest, but availability is limited.”
Fares from just $1,395 per guest include:
- Free one night luxury hotel stay in Cincinnati
- Free shore excursions
- Complimentary wine and beer with dinner, free bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees, cappuccino, and espresso throughout your voyage and much more!
- General admission Kentucky Derby tickets
- Gourmet cuisine by celebrated American Chef Regina Charboneau
- Multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge
- Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
Update, January 18, 2012 – The Great American Steamboat Company has also announced three Epic Civil War voyages for 2012. These 8-10 night cruises (“Themeboating Adventures”) onboard the most opulent steamboat ever built will bring the history books to life. Highlights will include visits to legendary battlefields and onboard entertainment including actors, impersonators, leading lecturers, balladeers and reenactments to increase understanding of this pivotal moment in U.S. history.
The three departures are designed to explore the footprints of the Blue and Gray traveling between New Orleans, La.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Louisville, Ky. These cruises start at $2,295 per guest based on double occupancy, but remember that includes a pre- or post-cruise luxury hotel stay, all bottled water and soft drinks, wine and beer at dinner, and complimentary shore adventures in each port of call.
American Experience and Artful Travelers present the Epic Civil War Journey – August 10-20, 2012: 10-night voyage between New Orleans, La.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Chattanooga, Tenn. Ports include Helena, Miss.; Memphis, Tenn.; Paducah, Ky.; Savannah, Tenn. (Shiloh National Military Park); and Decatur, Ala.
Epic Civil War – August 20-30, 2012: 10-night voyage between Chattanooga, Tenn. and Vicksburg, Miss. Ports include Decatur, Ala.; Florence, Ala.; Savannah, Tenn. (Shiloh National Military Park); Paducah, Ky.; Ashport Landing, Tenn.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Vicksburg, Miss.
Civil War – August 30-September 7, 2012: Eight-night voyage between Vicksburg, Miss. and Louisville, Ky. Ports include Helena, Ark.; Memphis, Ten.; Henderson, Ky.; and Louisville, Ky.