American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise

Red Wing, MN, USA

SJ
Stevie Jay Travel LLC
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40 reviews
Aug 2 - 10, 2020
Group size: 1 - 50
American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise
Red Wing, MN, USA

Stevie Jay Travel LLC
  • Email address verified
40 reviews

$6150
Deposit: $1000
Aug 2 - 10, 2020
Group size: 1 - 50

About this trip

JOIN THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FARM BUREAU'S Lois Wood & Mary Beth Kurasek 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. 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.

Highlights

• Local departure from Central Illinois cities • Choice of Accommodations • All meals with beer and wine at dinner • 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 triple & quad rates. **Call for single rate for double staterooms. • Document required is government-issued photo ID like drivers 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 10Apr19 13:23

Early Birds... get to go!

While it may seem early to be booking this cruise for August of 2020, here are the reasons to do so:
• This is very popular itinerary that sells out far ahead of an ordinary Caribbean Cruise

• Unlike being on ship with 3,000 to 5,000 people, the riverboat only holds 417 passengers 

• The 3 riverboats of American Queen Steamboat Company together only have 9 such Upper Mississippi sailings—less than the capacity of a 3,000 passenger cruise liner that sails weekly or twice weekly multiplied by dozens of such ships

• Evening meals are in two seatings. So, book early enough to get your preference.
• Your package price includes Travel Insurance so if you become ill or have and 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: teviejaytravel.com/insurance

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

Accommodations

 (8) total number of nights

Minneapolis (1) Radisson Blu Mall of America

Cruising (7) American Queen

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 EB White 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 EB White 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 Front Porch Cafe 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 in Bloomington. On the way back from Alton, the coach will stop in both cities en route to Champaign and Bloomington.

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
  • 24 hour room service
  • Shore excursions
    Hop-on hop-off the tour coach in each port
  • Port charges
  • Crew gratuities
  • Baggage handling
  • Travel insurance
    AIG Travel Guard’s deluxe group program
  • 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
Available until Jul 31, 2020Sold Out

132 square foot Stateroom on Texas deck with 2 single beds or 1 queen bed & no window. Features full bathroom with tub/shower combination & flat-screen TV. Surrounded by wonderful period details, but with every modern convenience, these cozy havens will make your cares disappear. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep your necessities out of the way but easily accessible. 

If booking as a single, please choose the option E Category SIngle Supplement for $2250 extra including travel insurance (this will be $1179 more than an "SI" Single category that is currently sold out. We can put you on the waiting list for an "SI" category in the meantime.

$3362
Deposit: $1000
SI cat. Inside Single
Sold Out

80 square foot Stateroom  on Observation deck with 1 single bed & no window.  Features full bathroom with shower & flat-screen TV. Note: this category is just for a single person, not two people.  Surrounded by wonderful period details, but with every modern convenience, these cozy havens will make your cares disappear. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep your necessities out of the way but easily accessible.

$4434
Deposit: $1000
SD cat. Inside Single Deluxe
4 left

188 square foot Stateroom on Observation deck  with 1 queen bed & no window.  Features full bathroom with shower & flat-screen TV. Note: this category is just for a single person, not two people. Greet the day in your cozy stateroom, relaxing before breakfast or just enjoying a leisurely morning in bed with room service

$6150
Deposit: $1000
D category Outside
6 left

190 square foot stateroom on Cabin Deck with bay window, either 2 single beds or 1 queen bed. Features full bathroom with tub/shower combination & flat-screen TV.  Interior access. An expansive bay window overlooking the scenery of America’s heartland is the main draw of this spacious category. Curl up in front of the window with a new novel, and savor a moment that belongs to only you.

$5078
Deposit: $1000
C cat. Outside Stateroom w/Open Veranda
8 left

140 square foot stateroom on Observation, Texas, and Cabin Decks with open veranda, either 2 single beds or 1 queen bed. Features full bathroom with tub/shower combination & flat-screen TV. French doors open to deck for exterior access. Open your French doors, and enjoy the fresh air. Sit on the deck outside your stateroom, and take in the gently changing views of the landscape, or indulge in a leisurely morning in bed with room service.  


$5399
Deposit: $1000
B cat. Outside Stateroom w/Open Veranda
6 left
$5721
Deposit: $1000
A Deluxe Outside with Private Veranda
4 left

190 square foot stateroom on Texas Deck with 40 square foot private veranda, either 2 single beds or 1 queen bed. Features full bathroom with tub/shower combination & flat-screen TV. French doors open to private veranda (interior access). With a private veranda, these staterooms are so enjoyable that you might decide to extend your journey. Relax in a cozy armchair and enjoy the view as you anticipate the activities of the day.

$5935
Deposit: $1000
JS cat. Junior Suite with Open Veranda
4 left

210 square foot stateroom on Promenade Deck with open veranda, either 2 single beds or 1 queen bed. Features full bathroom with tub/shower combination & flat-screen TV. French doors open to deck for exterior access (also has interior access). Settle into your sitting area, open the French doors to the deck, and greet the day as the banks of the river slip majestically by. Some staterooms in this category offer a view of the paddlewheel, while others provide expansive views of America’s heartland.

$5935
Deposit: $1000
DS cat. Deluxe Suite w/Open Veranda
4 left

230 square foot stateroom on Promenade Deck with open veranda, either 2 single beds or 1 queen bed. Features full bathroom with tub/shower combination & flat-screen TV.  Sitting area with sofa-bed & Vanity mirror and desk. Commodore Services (excludes River Butler). French doors open to deck for exterior access (also has interior access). You will feel right at home on the river in our magnificent suites. Indulge in a soothing soak in your tub, and then retire to your cozy armchair or sofa, prop your feet up on the ottoman, and read through the River Times – our daily program – to discover the delights that await.

$6471
Deposit: $1000
LS Luxury Suite, Open orPrivate Veranda
4 left
$9258
Deposit: $1500
OS Owners Suite with Exclusive Veranda
Available until Sep 11, 2019only 1 left

348' square foot stateroom on Promenade Deck with 690 square foot exclusive veranda, 1 queen bed. Features full bathroom with tub/shower combination & flat-screen TV. Lounging area with sofa-bed, Dressing area with granite vanity, mirror and desk. Keurig coffee maker and mini refrigerator. Commodore Services including River Butler. French doors open to exclusive veranda (also has interior access). Furnished patio with sofa, two chairs, and a coffee table. Open your French doors and step out onto your veranda to unwind on your amply furnished patio. Adorned with 11-foot vaulted ceilings, overhead lighting, and a cozy interior lounging area with a sofa-bed and cocktail tables, these expansive suites can accommodate up to three guests, and they epitomize luxurious river cruising. Relish the many exclusive benefits of our Commodore Services while being attended to by your personal River Butler.

Note that deposit is higher due to insurance cost.

$10974
Deposit: $1500

Available options

Decatur or Springfield departure
$50
E Category Single Supplementonly 3 left
$2250
$6150
Deposit: $1000

SD cat. Inside Single Deluxe

Itinerary

Day 1 Sunday 8/2/20
Champaign-Bloomington-Springfield-Decatur-Minneapolis

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

Enjoy your complimentary stay at Radisson Blu Mall of America. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the local attractions of Minneapolis. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 2:00-7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sightseeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Minneapolis.


Pictured: the Radisson Blu adjacent the Mall of America with a map of our Route

Your Organizer


SJ
Stevie Jay Travel LLC
40 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 46 years and lives in an olive grove. Mary Beth Kuraskek joined us in spring 2018. She has been a tour director for over 15 years. Our home page is at www.steviejaytravel.com.

Reviews

I had a wonderful day trip August 14th. The bus trip was great, Mary Beth organization was magnificent as usual, Chicago weather was spectacular, had a wonderful lunch, the play was wonderful and my Panera salad was good also. Please have more day trips. DP
By Donna Prahl for Come From Away Day Trip on Aug 22, 2019
Come From Away was amazing. Great seats. Very comfortable bus. Liked that we could pick a salad instead of a sandwich. Mary Beth was wonderful as always.
By Judy Swiger for Come From Away Day Trip on Aug 20, 2019
This show was a glorious day away , and Come from Away was a show that was , fun , poignant, and full of hope. Mary Beth was , as always , very organized and considerate of her travelers. How about a two day theatre adventure? An evening performance AND a matinee the next day! Barb
we had a great time !
By Robert Rohde for Golden Princess Alaska on Jul 11, 2019
Alaska is breathtaking. Our weather was perfect. Our group of 20 was very pleasant. I enjoyed every excursion. Our guides were excellent. We saw Denali, multiple times! So glad Mary Beth was with us. Only complaint - the bus to the airport was terrible.
By Judy Swiger for Golden Princess Alaska on Jul 03, 2019
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