American Duchess – HEARTLAND HERITAGE CRUISE – 26 Jul 2020

Cruise Line
American Queen Steamboat Company
Ship
American Duchess
Package Departs
26 Jul 2020
Package Duration
8 Nights
Embark Ship
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Disembark Ship
Red Wing, Minnesota, USA
IS - Inside VS - Balcony LFS - Suite DS - Suite
US $1,998
per person
US $4,098
per person
US $6,298
per person
US $6,298
per person

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THRIVES – This is a timeless voyage that allows passengers to experience the heartland of America traveling the Upper Mississippi River on a beautiful roundtrip voyage from beautiful Minneapolis – an area rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife.

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EARLYBIRD OFFER:
Book and deposit on this cruise by the 31st of July 2019 and save up to US $1200 per couple.

Prices per person in USD from:
Category IS Interior twin was $2,598 – NOW from US $1,998*pp
Category VS Veranda suite with private balcony twin was $4,698 – NOW from US $4,098*pp
Category DS Deluxe suite with private balcony twin was $6,598 – NOW from US $6,298*pp
Category LFS Loft suite with private balcony twin was $6,598 – NOW from US $6,298*pp
Category OS Owners suite with private balcony twin from USD $7,398*pp

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Cruise-Stay package prices include:
– 1 night hotel accommodation pre-cruise with breakfast and taxes
– One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day
– 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess round trip from Minneapolis (Red Wing)
– All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
– Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
– All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
– 24-Hour Room Service onboard cruise
– Complimentary wine and beer with dinner onboard
– Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage
– This cruise line operates their own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
– Port charges of USD $199 per person
– Prepaid ships gratuities

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (18Mar19). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Visitors to the United States must complete an online ESTA application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 31Jul19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 20 Mar 2019 to 31 Jul 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
26 Jul 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Overnight Hotel
27 Jul 2020
Red Wing, Minnesota, USA
05:00 PM
28 Jul 2020
Red Wing, Minnesota, USA
29 Jul 2020
La Crosse, WI
30 Jul 2020
Dubuque, Iowa, USA
31 Jul 2020
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
01 Aug 2020
River Cruising
02 Aug 2020
Winona, Minnesota, USA
03 Aug 2020
Red Wing, Minnesota, USA
08:00 AM

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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7 Night cruise departing roundtrip from Red Wing onboard American Duchess. 1 Night pre cruise hotel stay in Minneapolis.

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THRIVES – This is a timeless voyage that allows passengers to experience the heartland of America traveling the Upper Mississippi River on a beautiful roundtrip voyage from beautiful Minneapolis – an area rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Hotel Stay – Minneapolis, MN
Enjoy your complimentary stay at The Westin in downtown Minneapolis. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the local attractions of Minneapolis.

Day 2: Red Wing, MN (Minneapolis)
Departure 5:00 PM
Explore nearby Minneapolis at your leisure or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Duchess.

Day 3: Red Wing, MN
Red Wing, Minnesota was included on National Geographic Traveler’s list of most historic places in the world. Discovered in the early 1850’s, the lands were used mostly for harvesting wheat that would be transported on the river. Later in Red Wing’s history the economy began to flourish with the pottery industry, which became a main source of income between 1877 and 1967. Today, the city offers endless opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and travelers that occupied the land before today, or to admire the craftsmanship and creativity of local artisans of both the present and the past.

Day 4: La Crosse, WI
Named by explorer Zebulon Pike, who saw a group of people playing a game with sticks that looked like a cross, La Crosse is now a popular tourist stop. Filled with statues, architecture, and an exquisite view of the river, this river city is an artist’s dream. Like much of Wisconsin, La Crosse became heavily involved with the lumber industry in the mid-1800s until the decline of the forests throughout much of Wisconsin took its toll. But in the wake of the vanishing lumber era, La Crosse became a city renowned for its beer making, with around five breweries operating in La Crosse near the turn of the century. Today, make note of lingering pieces of history along the streets of the city, inside local breweries, and within the floorboards of historic homes and businesses.

Day 5: Dubuque, IA
One of the few large cities in Iowa with hills, Dubuque is an extremely popular tourist destination, featuring unique architecture and desirable river location. From the America’s River Project in the Port of Dubuque that transformed the riverfront, to the revitalization of the historic Main Street, the ongoing evolution of the Historic Millwork District downtown, and the impressive and expansive westward growth, Dubuque remains a remarkable city along the Mississippi. Intelligent Community Forum named Dubuque as one of just five U.S. cities as a “Smart21 Community” in 2015 and the National Civic League has named Dubuque as a top All-American City three times in just six years! Guests will surely enjoy exploring this beautiful and unique city as they uncover the history and advancements held within.

Day 6: Prairie du Chien, WI
As the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien has been a traditional gathering place for centuries. The native people of the area met on the prairie in friendship to exchange goods. In the late 17th century, French fur traders used the prairie as a site for spring and fall rendezvous. It was during these years that the land received its name, which translates as “Prairie of the Dog” in French. When the British took over the fur trade, Prairie du Chien became of greater importance because whoever controlled the prairie, controlled the entire Upper Mississippi watershed. After years of fighting for control of this land, the British eventually left the fort, leaving the residents of Prairie du Chien and the Native American Indians. Discover the rich history lining the streets of this historical city as you explore the treasure Prairie du Chien has to offer!

Day 7: Leisurely River Cruising
There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 8: Winona, MN
Explore Winona, Minnesota, one of the most beautiful places in the country. The city is referred to as the “Island City” by locals because of the large sand bar it was built upon. Evidence suggests that the land’s history reaches back as early as 9500 B.C., while present-day Winona was founded as the small village of Keoxa in 1851. Nestled between the covered limestone river bluffs of the Mississippi River, this small town is full of culture and small town Americana. Enjoy stunning views of the rolling bluffs as they plummet to the mighty Mississippi below in this beautiful and historic city, filled with incredible museums, galleries, and parks.

Day 9: Red Wing, MN (Minneapolis)
Arrival 8:00 AM
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy nearby Minneapolis at your leisure.

American Duchess was the first all-suite paddle wheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland. The paddle wheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the loveliest river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises.
Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft.. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.
Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining on board is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavours and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The River Club and Terrace, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace.
American Queen Steamboat Company is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America`s waterways clean.
Each American Duchess cruise includes:
• All meals
• Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions by a fleet of dedicated deluxe motorcoaches
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay
• Beer and Wine with Dinner onbaord (2019 cruises)
• Open bar with unlimited beverages on board (2020 cruises onwards)
• Free on board internet
• 24 hour room service
• Complimentary cappuccino, expresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
• The attentive service of an all-American staff
• Daily lectures by American Queen’s `Riverlorian` – a history and culture expert
• Evening entertainment with jazz, blues and a six-piece orchestra
• Prepaid ship’s gratuities (2020 cruises onwards)

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 320 feet
  • Maiden Voyage: 1995
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 166
  • Crew Nationality: American
  • Officer Nationality: American
  • Dining Staff Nationality: American
  • Ship Registration: USA

Ship Amenities

  • Keurig® Coffee Maker
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Writing Desk with chair
  • In Room Safe

Ship Facilities

  • The Grand Dining Room
  • The Grill Room
  • Baristas
  • Fitness Centre
  • Grand Lobby & Bar
  • Auditorium
  • Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service
  • The Grand Dining Room
  • The Show Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • The River Club & Terrace
  • Perks Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Grand Lobby & Bar

Experience the historic authenticity of the Mississippi River aboard the celebrated American Queen, American Duchess, American Countess or American Empress and discover America from the indescribable perspective of the river with American Queen Steamboat’s variety of Mississippi River cruises ranging from 5 to 22 nights.

American Queen Steamboat Company offers the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America with pre-cruise hotel stays, wine and beer with dinner, shore excursions in each port and tantalizing, regionally-inspired cuisine. The lower region of the Mississippi exposes you to centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations and Civil War memorials – it`s like taking a step back in time. The upper region of the Mississippi reveals the inspiration behind Mark Twain`s famed literary classics while acquainting you with storybook American towns, vibrant cities and indigenous wildlife.

Climb aboard an iconic paddlewheeler and explore a slice of American history on a Mississippi River cruise. A Mississippi river cruise is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and history buffs alike.

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* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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