Travel deals: Cruise to the Kentucky Derby on the American Countess

Cruise to one of the world's most famous horse races in 2022 – the Kentucky Derby on a new river cruise package that includes VIP tickets to the races.

An exciting paddlewheeler journey along one of America's great rivers and the thrill of the world-famous Kentucky Derby will be paired in a special cruise through America's heartland in May, 2022.

American Queen Steamboat Company's latest paddlewheeler, the newly launched, 245-guest American Countess, will take racegoers for a seven-night cruise along the legend-steeped Ohio River and even become a contestant in one of the Kentucky Derby's colourful events itself – the 14-mile Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race, with guests able to be 'jockeys' aboard the ship as it races other steamboats for the prized Silver Antlers trophy.

Starting on May 2, 2022, the journey begins with a hotel stay in Cincinnati, Ohio, before guests board the American Countess for a round-trip, seven-night cruise taking in river towns such as Madison, Indiana and Brandenburg, Augusta and Louisville in Kentucky.

During the river cruise, guests can enjoy gourmet, locally-inspired cuisine, complimentary, unlimited beverages onboard, complimentary hop-on, hop-off shore excursions, live jazz and blues music as well as a panoramic lounge, fitness centre and free onboard internet.

Including the VIP race package, one-night hotel stay, onboard beverages and shore excursions, the eight-night Kentucky Derby cruise is available from $US5734 ($A7400) per person, twin share..

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