American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise

Red Wing, MN, USA

SJ
17 reviews
Aug 21 - 29, 2021
Group size: 1 - 50
American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise
Red Wing, MN, USA

17 reviews

Aug 21 - 29, 2021
Group size: 1 - 50

About this trip

CABINS ARE STILL OPEN as of mid-April 2021. Join us! CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FARM BUREAU'S Lois Wood & Mary Beth Kurasek invite you to join them on Mark Twain's Mississippi. Many would argue that Samuel Clemens, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, is quite simply one of America’s greatest authors. On this magnificent journey along the Upper Mississippi River, you will discover the beauty of the region from the unique perspective of the river. At our stops between Alton, MO & Red Wing, MN our included Hop-on Hop-off tours allow you to explore Twain’s childhood hometown of Hannibal, Missouri; the town from where much of the inspiration for his beloved classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is derived. You will not want to miss this opportunity to share the Mississippi River with Mark Twain. The newest gem in our riverboat fleet, American Countess welcomes 245 guests along American rivers. Her sleek, contemporary design offers plenty of open space for gathering and sharing the fun, and you’ll love the great forward-facing windows and the portside bar with an 80-foot view.

Highlights

• Local departure from Central Illinois cities • Choice of Accommodations • All meals, & at dinner with beer and wine • Includes extra features like taxes, crew tips and travel insurance • Shore excursions included at each port with optional premium excursions at extra cost • Tour host accompanies the group throughout to assure all goes well

Details

Cruise package operated by American Queen Steamboat Company. Click here for Print Friendly Flier with Deck Plans. All prices are per person, based on occupancy (call for a single rate for double staterooms). • Document required is government-issued photo ID like driver's license. • Insurance coverage included is Deluxe Group Plan from Travel Guard and for coverage details see steviejaytravel.com/insurance covering cancellation charges; other terms at steviejaytravel.com/terms which are incorporated by reference. • All entertainment, events, tours, and prices are subject to change without notice. Springfield & Decatur pick-ups cost $50/person extra. Acct#200802s 12Apr21 17:44

Coverage is included

• Your package price includes Travel Insurance so if you become ill or have an accident and can't go, you will get a full refund of all but the insurance premium—even the day of departure.

• The travel insurance includes family members and traveling companions. See the insurance description for details: steviejaytravel.com/insurance

• All categories booked online are on a "request basis" and if not available with American Queen Steamboat Co., you will be given the choice of another category(ies) or you may cancel for a full refund.

Accommodations

(8) total number of nights

St. Louis (1) TBA

Cruising (7) American Countess

Dining Request

Another reason to book as soon as possible is to have a better chance of getting your preference of evening dining times in the Grand Dining Room:

• Early 5:15PM

• Late 7:45 PM

If you have friends booking that you want to sit with each evening, please enter their names in the booking form field, Notes To Organizer. Dinner meals at the Grand Dining Room are assigned each evening.*


The other two meals are "open seating" between 7:00-9:00 AM for Breakfast and 11:30 AM-1:30 PM for Lunch.

*Casual dining is available also in the River Grill daily: Breakfast 6:30-9:30 AM, Lunch 11:00 AM-2:00 PM and Dinner 5:30-8:15 PM.

Departure Points

• Bloomington • Champaign • Decatur* • Springfield*

*A $50/person is required for these two departure points because we must arrange a van for these people to join the coach enroute to St. Louis or home from Red Wing.

The boat is going fast!

As of 7/2/21 there are category B & E cabins available. Book securely online by clicking the Green Select button above or call Mary Beth at 217 840-8724 or Stevie Jay at 217 840-9913.

What’s included

  • Round trip motor coach
    transportation from Champaign, Bloomington, Decatur & Springfield to Minneapolis & return from Alton with drivers’ tips
  • Wine and beer
    with dinner
  • Free Internet
  • Perks
    snacks and fresh baked cookies throughout the day
  • 24 hour room service
  • Shore excursions
    Hop-on hop-off the tour coach in each port
  • Port charges
  • Crew gratuities
  • Fitness Room
  • Baggage handling
  • Travel insurance
    AIG Travel Guard’s deluxe group program
  • 21 Meals
    8 Breakfasts 6 Lunches 7 Dinners
  • Choice of stateroom
    aboard the riverboat
  • Led by Mary Beth Kurasek
    and Lois Wood of the Champaign County Farm Bureau
  • Premium shore excursions
    instead of the included excursion at any port you choose
  • Bar drinks
    (but beer and wine are included at dinner)

Available Packages

E category Inside
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 Our Inside Staterooms invite you to relax and unwind in modern comfort. These spaces offer a tranquil retreat in which you can feel at home on the river and prepare for exciting days brimming with fun activities.

• 170 sq. ft. (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 220 sq. ft.)

• Queen bed or two single beds

• Full bathroom with shower 

• Writing desk with chair

• Interior access 

• Cabin and Observation Decks

NOTE if you are a single and want the room to yourself, please choose option Cat E Single Supplement. Otherwise, if you want us to find you a roommate or have a roommate booking shortly, choose that under Occupancy .

$3362
Deposit: $1000
B cat. Deluxe Outside with Open Veranda
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Start your morning on the river by opening sliding doors to enjoy fresh air and picturesque landscape as we gently drift past. Indulge in some snacks on the deck outside your stateroom, socialize with fellow guests or simply enjoy a luxurious day of lounging.

• 220 sq. ft. with open veranda (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 300 sq. ft.)

• Queen bed or two single beds 

• Full bathroom with shower 

• Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk

• Sliding doors open to deck 

• Interior access 

• Observation Deck 

NOTE if you are a single and want the room to yourself, please choose option Cat B Single Supplement. Otherwise, if you want us to find you a roommate or have a roommate booking shortly, choose that under Occupancy .

$5721
Deposit: $1000
A Deluxe Outside with Private Veranda
Sold Out

These staterooms offer the perfect break from a busy day on the river. Settle in at your desk or relax on the couch, open the doors to your veranda and peacefully watch the riverbanks of America’s heartland drift by.

• 255 sq. ft. with 40-sq.-ft.private veranda (wheelchair-accessible rooms are 325 sq. ft.) 

• Queen bed or two single beds 

• Full bathroom with shower 

• Furnished lounge area with sofa and desk

• Sliding doors open to veranda 

• Interior access 

• Cabin Deck 

NOTE if you are a single and want the room to yourself, please choose option Cat A Single Supplement. Otherwise, if you want us to find you a roommate or have a roommate booking shortly, choose that under Occupancy .

$5935
Deposit: $1000

Available options

Decatur or Springfield departure
$50
E Category Single Supplement
$1715
B Category Single Supplement
$3323
A Category Single Supplement
$3484
Upgrade & InsuranceSold Out
$3538
Cardinals Baseball TicketSold Out
$25


Itinerary

Day 1 Saturday 8/21/21
Champaign-Bloomington-Springfield-Decatur-St. Louis

Join the Champaign County Farm Bureau’s Lois Wood with Mary Beth Kurasek as they welcome you aboard and we head southwest (pick-up also in Bloomington, with Decatur and Springfield departures) to Missouri. 

Enjoy your complimentary stay in St. Louis. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Pictured: St. Louis' Gateway Arch & a map of our route up the Mississippi

Your Organizer


SJ
Stevie Jay Travel LLC
17 reviews
Stevie Jay has been leading tours and broadcasting in radio for decades now. He's crazy about his wife, Janet, and their four kids. Bill Owen has been designing custom tours for 48 years and lives in an olive grove. Mary Beth Kuraskek joined us in spring 2018. She has been a tour director for over 17 years. Stevie Jay 217 840 9913; Mary Beth 217 840-8724; Bill 217 619-0202. Our home page is at www.steviejaytravel.com.

Reviews

It was a great trip overall. Met many great people. The food was awesome! Liked the concept of the hop-on-hop-off busses. The River Chats were fun and informative. Enjoyed the shows The dining room and theatre were a little too cool at times. Thought the available television channels could have been more varied. Joan Miller
By Roger M for American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise on 07 Sep, 2021
We had a great time. It was a great time meeting people. The staff and crew were just the best. The 3 meals each day was great, but to much for me. I\ we would travel with Stevie Joy again and are looking forward to do just that. The view from the boat of the Mighty Mississippi and the land along it was beautiful. Especially in Wisconsin an Minnesota.
By David C J for American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise on 01 Sep, 2021
We truly enjoyed all aspects of the Princess Cruise including Stevie Jay’s coordination and Bill’s management of all travel to and from San Francisco via Chicago’s O’Hare and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We had several seasoned travelers wishing to share their experiences. Princess was outstanding with their meal plan and treating us as their special guests for the fifteen days. Highlights were our ability to chose our day trips to Volcanoes National Park, Pearl Harbor National Monument, Kolohani Plantation and Haleakala National Park. We will travel with Stevie Jay and We Travel again as long as we are mobile and enthusiastic about traveling!
By Gerald B for Grand Princess Hawaii for New Year’s on 15 Jan, 2020
I had a wonderful time. Food was great and the show, Yuletide Celebration, was outstanding! It was my first time for Yuletide Celebration, and I am looking forward to next year.
By Ginger R for Yuletide Celebration 2019 on 20 Dec, 2019
Great company. The show was awesome. Even better than last year. Loved the singers, orchestra and emcee. Really put us in the holiday spirit. The beef house dinner service was slow and found ourselves helping them!!! The trip was great.
By Margaret G for Yuletide Celebration 2019 on 15 Dec, 2019
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