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AQSC Announces Up to $5,800 in Savings for Wave Season

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WHY IT RATES: Travelers cruising with either American Queen Steamboat Company or Victory Cruise Lines this year are in luck, as there are many savings to be had in 2020. —Codie Liermann, Associate Editor


American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), a Hornblower Families Company and the operator of Victory Cruise Lines (VCL), announced today its 2020 Wave season campaigns: Rollin’ on the American Rivers and Sail On To Victory.

Passengers can save up to $5,800 per stateroom, and reduced single supplements are available when booking by March 31, 2020.

“2020 is poised to be a monumental year for both American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines,” shares John Waggoner, Founder and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “To celebrate our continued success and our team’s hard work, our promotions for Wave season cover five key categories across both cruise lines with a focus on what’s to come.”

All reservations can be made with referral code 2020 Steam Ahead for American Queen Steamboat Company and 2020 Onto Victory for Victory Cruise Lines. For more information or sailing dates, please contact a professional travel agent or visit www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/rollin-on-the-american-rivers and www.victorycruiselines.com/cruise-special-offers-promotions.

See below for an overview of the special offers included in the 2020 Wave season.

Kick-off the New Year on the American Duchess

Enjoy the magic of a winter getaway on the lower Mississippi River onboard the American Duchess, a boutique-style paddlewheeler.

Beginning in 2020, the American Duchess’ fares will include an unlimited beverage package and prepaid gratuities in addition to the comforts traditionally included on board. Guests can save up to $5,800 per stateroom ($2,900 per person) on the American Duchess sailings beginning Jan. 25 and Feb. 2.

The Countess Countdown

The American Countess, an upcoming 245-passenger paddlewheer, will debut in April 2020. The fourth paddlewheeler in the AQSC fleet will feature four decks, including a sun deck, and 123 staterooms in four categories.

Guests will enjoy cabins that feature a sleek, modern design, as well as gourmet dining, premier shore excursions, Broadway-caliber performances and more. During Wave season, guests can save up to $2,500 per stateroom ($1,250 per person) on select 2020 voyages.

Special Interest Series

AQSC has long been recognized for its immersive shore excursions and Broadway-caliber onboard entertainment. The cruise company is amplifying its programming in 2020 with brand new themes ranging from Pacific Northwest Wine Cruises on the American Empress to the American River BBQ Challenge on the American Countess, American Queen and American Duchess along the lower Mississippi River.

Guests can also enjoy special musical performances on the American Music Festival cruise on the American Duchess and exclusive bourbon tastings and lectures on the Bourbon to Blues cruise on the American Countess and the American Duchess. During Wave season, guests can save up to $2,500 per stateroom ($1,250 per person) on select 2020 voyages.

25th Anniversary of the American Queen

The American Queen, the largest steamboat paddlewheeler in the world and AQSC’s flagship boat, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. This elegant triumph of American ingenuity has set the standard for U.S. river cruising and has established AQSC as an industry leader.

While filled with modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display the opulence of the American Victorian era and draw travelers from around the world. During Wave season, guests can save up to $2,500 per stateroom ($1,250 per person) on select 2020 voyages.

New Itineraries on Victory Cruise Lines

After a successful inaugural year cruising the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes and New England, Victory Cruise Lines is expanding its itineraries and fleet. In 2020, the signature 202-passenger ships Victory I and Victory II will offer new southern sailings to Costa Rica, Panama, the Yucatán Peninsula and the Southeastern U.S. in addition to immersive sailings along northern passages.

Additionally, the Ocean Victory, a new, expedition-focused ship destined for British Columbia and Alaska, will debut in spring 2021. During Wave season, guests can save up to $3,000 per stateroom ($1,500 per person) on select 2020 voyages.

For additional information and reservations, please contact American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5289, visit www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com or call a professional travel agent. For additional information and reservations on Victory Cruise Lines please call 888-907-2636, visit www.victorycruiselines.com or call a professional travel agent.


SOURCE: American Queen Steamboat Company press release.

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Cruise Ship Failed Its Health Inspection With 44 Violations

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Amidst the increased scrutiny due to the coronavirus, the Princess Cruise Line ship Regal Princess has become the first vessel in 2020 to fail a health inspection.

The inspection took place on Feb. 5, according to cruiseradio.net. Inspectors say the Regal Princess had 44 violations and scored just 77 out of 100 possible points. Any score below 86 is considered failing. The Carnival Fantasy received a score of 77 last year.

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Ships must undergo two unannounced inspections per year by a team from the United States Public Health Department’s Vessel Sanitation Program. The inspectors spend eight hours combing the ship.

Among the violations on the Regal Princess were:

– Two fruit flies were noticed in the Horizon Court buffet

– The glass-washing machine was out of service at the time of the inspection

– At the International Cafe, “the power cables under the right espresso machine were soiled with more than a day’s accumulation of debris

– A food employee was observed with fingernails extending approximately 10mm from the ends of his fingers. Dark debris was observed on the underside of several fingernails

– A child in a diaper was observed in the swimming pool. This facility was not designed for children in diapers. The child was removed from the facility

The Regal Princess can hold more than 3,500 passengers. Like any other ship, it must submit an action plan showing that the violations were corrected. Another unannounced inspection will then take place.

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