Celebrate July 4th!

2016 July 4th Celebration USA River Cruise

Fares as low as $1,599 per person

American Queen 4th of July Cruise as low as $1,599 per person!

Celebrate the birth of our nation aboard a genuine national treasure, the iconic American Queen. As a special tribute to this uniquely American voyage, special guest Lewis Hankins will enhance the onboard celebration with his highly acclaimed one-man show bringing to life the literary legend Mark Twain. 

MEMPHIS TO ST. LOUIS
New Madrid - Paducah - Cape Girardeau - Chester

UNIQUELY AMERICAN CRUISING - Celebrate the birth of our nation aboard a genuine national treasure, the iconic American Queen. While each American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise is a true celebration of America, the opportunity to spend Independence Day in the American Queen's home port of Memphis is most certainly a rare treat. Before you embark on your river journey to the charming ports of authentic America, relish your time in Memphis as the city will be abuzz with patriotic festivities, live music and local vendors. Explore the many attractions at your leisure or opt for a premium shore excursion tour through the city. Once boarding begins, it is time to celebrate American Queen style! Delight in a fabulous pre-fireworks dinner and then grab a patriotic-inspired cocktail and head up to the top deck where you will be treated to unobstructed views of the city’s grand fireworks display against the backdrop of the beautiful Memphis skyline. As a special tribute to this uniquely American voyage, Lewis Hankins will enhance the onboard celebration with his highly acclaimed one-man show bringing to life the literary legend Mark Twain. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN

Welcome to the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and exactly the place you want to be as we prepare to board the American Queen! Venture out into the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene. The day is in your own hands, while you are here, don’t forget to experience some of the city’s most historic attractions including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!

And if you don’t know where to start – a quick stop to the AQ Hospitality Desk can help! The desk will be located in the official American Queen Pre-Cruise Hotel and open for your convenience between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Here, an AQSC representative, with the help of a local Memphis representative, will happily provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions to help you make the best of your time in Memphis. While here, discover everything you need to know about your upcoming American Queen voyage. Our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions to reserving shore excursions.

Day 2: Memphis, TN

Departure 5:00 PM

Happy Fourth of July! 

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Fuel up for a fabulous Independence Day celebration with a delicious breakfast at the hotel and then head over to the official American Queen Voyage Check-In between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you may have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring the city’s Fourth of July festivities in no time. The American Queen Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 p.m. at which time the complimentary boat transfers will begin. 

It is now time to board the American Queen and prepare for your patriotic journey down America’s largest and most historical river. Bon Voyage!

Day 3: Scenic River Cruising

While cruising aboard the American Queen, don’t forget to set aside some time for a little pampering. Experience Pevonia spa treatments for optimum de-aging and unparalleled rejuvenation. Pevonia green skincare products and in-spa treatments unite the finest natural botanical and marine ingredients with advanced technology and delivery systems to ensure the products reach the deepest layers of the skin for maximum absorbency and truly phenomenal results.The American Queen Spa by Pevonia will have you feeling like royalty! From body wraps and deep-tissue massages to spa-quality skincare, you will feel totally revitalized from head to toe.

Day 4: New Madrid, MO

New Madrid, MO - part of the 4th of July celebration River Cruise!

New Madrid was founded in 1776 by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodríguez Miró who welcomed Anglo-Saxon settlers but required them to become citizens of Spain and live under the guidance of his appointed impresario, Revolutionary War veteran, Colonel William Morgan of New Jersey. Some 2,000 settled in the region. In 1800, Spain traded the territory to France in the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, who promptly sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. The city is remembered as being the nearby location for the Mississippi River military engagement, the Battle of Island Number Ten, during the Civil War. The city is famous for being the site of a series of over 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Today, explore this quaint river town that will surely steal the hearts of all guests.

Day 5: Paducah, KY

Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent!

Day 6: Paducah, KY

Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent!

Day 7: Cape Girardeau, MO

Nestled along the western banks of the mighty Mississippi River, the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri is found; a community rich in history and heritage. For more than 250 years, people have been drawn to Cape Girardeau and the river on which it lies. Stroll along the riverfront, where the passion that led Mark Twain to write so eloquently about Cape Girardeau in Life on the Mississippi, the inspiration that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used to lead with firm conviction as he took command of the Union Army on the Mississippi in historic downtown, and the warmth and hospitality that community founder Louis Lorimier extended to Lewis and Clark while on the journey of a lifetime as they set forth on their Corps of Discovery to explore the Louisiana Purchase.

Day 8: Chester, IL

Known as the “Home of Popeye”, Chester, Illinois is a city rich in history and pop culture. Because creator and writer of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, was born here, the famous characters starred in the show will be seen showcased frequently throughout the town. Stop at the Popeye Character Trail to view granite statues of the characters overlooking the Mississippi or check out America’s only Popeye museum and gift shop to take home a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Chester! Spend the day exploring the unique history as you walk through luxurious homes, historical buildings, and museums!

Day 9: St. Louis, MO

Arrival 8:00 AM

Enjoy St. Louis at your leisure or consider a post-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer. 

Contact Enjoy Vacationing to learn more about this exciting holiday cruise today!

Theme: Fourth of July Celebration*
Voyage Date: July 3, 2016