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NEW ALBANY, IN — With American Queen Steamboat Company clients can experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers onboard the company’s authentic paddlewheelers: the iconic and opulent flagship American Queen or the luxurious new boutique paddlewheeler, the American Duchess. Or clients may prefer to explore the great Pacific Northwest on the American Empress.
The company’s ‘Uniquely American River Cruises’ range from shorter six-day trips to 16- and 23-day journeys that traverse the whole of the Mississippi River – the line’s epic Mighty Mississippi cruise. Most voyages are nine days, with itineraries and special themes.
AQSC’s all-inclusive cruises offer a pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks, and bottled water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and shore excursions in each port of call. Guests can also sit in on daily enrichment programs and check out nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment.
Shore excursions are especially popular with AQSC guests, who may find themselves exploring a specialty museum, visiting an interpretive centre, touring a World War II naval destroyer, tasting wines made nearby or shopping for souvenirs from local artisans.
Onboard dining is also a pleasure, with AQSC’s culinary teams taking inspiration from the regions the river cruise line sails through, for fresh, artful and healthful dishes. The team can cater to guests’ special dietary needs.
And while the line “loves taking care of its guests,” it also supports travel agents in several ways. Steamboat Academy on-demand training allows agents to participate in an online certification program that gives them the knowledge to speak confidently about AQSC’s products and destinations.
Agents also have opportunities to increase their commission income by selling trip enhancements such as additional hotel nights, City Stay packages, an Unlimited Beverage package and premium shore excursions. They can also take advantage of top-line marketing support. “Make promotional flyers your own with an option to customize, and simplify your inventory with online brochure ordering,” says the company.
Agents can visit AQSC’s Travel Agent Portal at agents.aqsc.com to learn how to work with American Queen Steamboat Company to send clients on never-forget vacations.