AQV-American Queen Voyages released its 2024 season, marking the furthest in advance a cruise season has opened for reservations in the 10-year history of the company.
Delivering unique experiences via 3 new brands/divisions (River, Lakes & Ocean, Expedition) on its 8-ship fleet, AQV's 2024 program release followed the achievement of several milestones in 2021, including the company's rebranding (AQSC-American Queen Steamboat Company and VCL-Victory Cruise Lines into "American Queen Voyages"), the American Countess' inaugural season, the company's 10th anniversary, the opening of the new office in Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and record-breaking booking days throughout the year.
AQV's itineraries for season 2024 provide a diverse collection of experiences with an emphasis on "encounter-driven travel" along the waterways of North America.
American Queen Voyages River experiences are expected to commence the 2024 season with the Lower Mississippi route between New Orleans (Port NOLA, Louisiana) and Memphis TN (Tennessee) on the paddle-wheelers American Countess, American Duchess, and American Queen.
The paddle-wheelers will also cruise through America’s heartland, showcasing the Cumberland and Ohio rivers through cultural experiences. The Mighty Mississippi journeys return to offer a deeper exploration of the river and its tributaries.
New in 2024, passengers can traverse an urban exploration Niagara Falls(from Port Colborne ON) and Chicago or enjoy a late spring/early summer Canada-New England sailing with stops in the northeastern port cities like Bar Harbor, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard.
The 2024 cruise season will mark the line’s 3rd season in the market and its 2nd season with 2 ships operating in Alaska, Ocean Discoverer and Ocean Victory. The newly built 186-guest ships will sail immersive voyages through the less-traveled regions of the Inside Passage led by an expedition team, introducing guests to the wildlife and landscape of Alaska.