Paul Revere & the Raiders and Gary Lewis & the Playboys
To Headline Aboard the American Queen’s May 8 Mother’s Day VoyageMEMPHIS, Tenn., March 1, 2012 – Springtime on the river is a special time as the azaleas are in full bloom and the Calliope of the steamboat American Queen can once again be heard off in the distance. The Great American Steamboat Company is highlighting its first Mother’s Day voyage with featured entertainment by Paul Revere & the Raiders, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and decadent Southern cuisine by Natchez’s favorite mom, the line’s Culinary Director, Chef Regina Charboneau.
“The popularity of our inaugural season has been overwhelming and it is a delight to see so many travelers looking to explore America’s heartland once again,” explains Christopher Kyte, president of the Great American Steamboat Company. “This voyage clearly illustrates how and why American Queen has become THE river-cruise experience for unrivaled entertainment and lovers of fine dining, something other boats simply can’t match.”
-Cincinnati to Memphis Mother’s Day with Paul Revere and the Raiders-
The seven-night Springtime on the River voyage from May 8-15, 2012, begins in Cincinnati, Ohio, and features performances by the ’60’s sensation Paul Revere & the Raiders in the American Queen Grand Saloon, a replica of Washington D.C.’s historical Ford’s Theatre. The band’s many hits include “Indian Reservation,” which topped the charts in 1971 as well as favorites heard on Dick Clark’s “Where the Action Is,” where they appeared on 520 episodes from 1965 to 1966.
Also taking the stage throughout the journey will be Gary Lewis & the Playboys performing ‘60’s pop classics including their first single and chart topper “This Diamond Ring.” The band, led by the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, promises to have favorites “Count Me In,” “Save Your Heart for Me” and “Everybody Loves a Clown” on the set list.
The first stop will be Madison, Ind., as guests will explore the Schroeder Saddletree Factory filled with antique machinery followed by a tour of The Lanier Mansion and the town’s historic district. The next day the American Queen will arrive in Louisville, Ky., where guests can enjoy one of the line’s signature hop-on-hop-off “Steamcoach” tours, which will take them to see the Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Museum of Arts & Crafts, the Louisville Slugger Museum and other highlights.
The following day, the American Queen will float down the Ohio River and arrive in Henderson, Ky., on day five. Home to John James Audubon, reminders of his famous bird painting are around every corner, along with turn-of-the-century mansions. The American Queen will tour Paducah, Ky., on a special Mother’s Day and explore its lively Lowertown Arts District, the renowned River Heritage Museum and of course the elegant displays at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society.
Back onboard, Culinary Director Chef Regina Charboneau’s team will present a special menu that will make any mom onshore envious. Next, the steamboat pulls into New Madrid, Mo., where guests will board their “Steamcoach” and tour sites such as the Bessie Bend at the New Madrid Observation Deck and Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery. The voyage concludes in Memphis where a luxury hotel stay, tour of Graceland and dinner at Charles Vergo’s world-famous Rendezvous are included.
Fares for this 10-day holiday begin at $1,995 per person, based on double occupancy, and include both a pre- and post-voyage hotel stay, a farewell dinner at Charles Vergo’s world-famous Rendezvous in Memphis and complimentary shore tours in each port of call. Single Occupancy fares begin at just $2,394 per stateroom. For additional information and reservations, kindly contact the Great American Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit online at www.GreatAmericanSteamboatCompany.com or call your professional travel agent.
Great American Steamboat Company
The Memphis-based Great American Steamboat Company (GASC) is the owner and operator of the U.S.-flagged steamboat American Queen, the largest paddlewheel steamboat ever built. She will deliver an authentic and timeless experience inspired by the palatial Mississippi steamboats of the Mark Twain era beginning April 2012. With convenient departures from some of the United States’ most iconic cities such as Memphis, New Orleans, St. Louis, Louisville, St. Paul, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, this legendary mode of travel will be easier than ever to enjoy. Offering three- to 10-night journeys, fares include a pre- or post-cruise luxury hotel stay, Southern cuisine of Culinary Director Chef Regina Charboneau, all bottled water and soft drinks, wine and beer at dinner and complimentary shore adventures in each port of call.
Contacts: Mike Hicks/Gina Stouffer Tim Rubacky
LOU HAMMOND & ASSOCIATES SVP Sales, Marketing and Product Development
561-655-3836 Great American Steamboat Company
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