American Queen Steamboat Company's New Sister
American Queen Steamboat Company® is instantly recognizable for bright-red paddlewheels that adorn its riverboats cruising on rivers such as the Mississippi and Ohio; these beauties are unmistakable and hard to forget. American Queen Steamboat Company’s newest venture takes guests on passages through the Great Lakes on board Victory Cruise Lines,® its new sister company. These cruises aboard two stunning ships take you to ports in the United States and Canada, where you’ll have enough time to enjoy each city you visit.
If you’ve already experienced legendary American Queen Steamboat Company river cruises and you’re looking for a new, unforgettable experience, you’re in luck! The newest ships from Victory Cruise Lines take passengers through the Great Lakes in style and comfort.
Both ships – the M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II – were built in the United States with the same detail and care that you’ll find on any American Queen Steamboat Company paddlewheeler. When you sail with Victory, you’ll be treated to an all-inclusive luxury experience through little-cruised passages throughout the Great Lakes with outstanding shore excursions in each port along the way.
On Board Victory
Both the M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II were built with guests’ ultimate comfort in mind. Each ship accommodates up to 202 passengers, with an attentive staff of 84 on each journey. These intimate cruises ensure that you receive top-notch service and attention to detail at every turn. Before sailing under American Queen Steamboat Company’s stewardship, each ship was evaluated and renovated to fit the quality and standards you know and love.
All staterooms and suites on board provide stunning river views so you don’t miss any of the action outside. You’ll also find 100% Egyptian cotton linens in your room, for the ultimate relaxation, alongside luxury robes and slippers. Outside your room, find well-appointed common areas perfect for taking advantage of your all-inclusive fare.
Head to one of the two dining venues on board for delicious chef-created cuisine made with the freshest ingredients available. Both the M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II offer different dining options to suit your mood: Take advantage of the casual and relaxed bar and grill, or sit down at the main restaurant for a fine dining experience with elegant fare that you’d find at any award-winning restaurant. During the voyage, you’ll enjoy an internationally themed tea: either British, Viennese or Maharaja.
Your all-inclusive experience doesn’t end there, though! Enjoy endless spirits, delicious varieties of wine, and free-flowing beer throughout your cruise whenever you please. Grab a drink and enjoy a presentation by an onboard expert about the history, culture, and natural wonders you’re passing by just outside.
Great Lakes Cruising
Unlike most cruises on the open ocean with little to see in between your destinations, the journey itself is celebrated on the M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II. There are opportunities to see a variety of landscapes right from the ship on any of the several unique itineraries. Take a classic voyage, such as the 13-Day Great Lakes Grand Discovery, and sail on an exploration of all five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. On the way, stop on Mackinac Island for a car-free outdoor adventure, Cleveland for rock n’ roll with an expert guide, and more fun excursions in port cities across the United States and Canada.
For an adventure further north to practice your French or sample some delicious French-inspired cuisine, consider the Canadian Crown Jewels, an 11-day voyage with stops in Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, and ports in the United States, including Portland and Boston. Did we mention that every cruise starts with a complimentary hotel stay at a premium property the night before you embark? This allows you time to recuperate from any traveling and feel refreshed when you embark on your grand journey.
Once on shore at any of your destinations, you’re invited to join unique and handcrafted shore excursions that are both educational and exhilarating. In Muskegon, Michigan, tour the USS LST 393 for an informative historical lecture about the transport ship and her logging record of over 51,000 nautical miles.
Every cruise from Victory Cruise Lines offers great experiences from Day 1, wherever your adventure takes you. Visiting less toured ports and watching the Great Lakes slowly pass by your window is a guarantee on every passage so you have a unique experience, no matter where you go. Enjoy world-class service, delicious dining options, and fun port stops and excursions during a brand-new experience brought to you by American Queen Steamboat Company®.
By: Devyn Woolsey
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