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American Queen Steamboat Company announces Alaska expedition itineraries

American Queen Steamboat Company launches Alaska itineraries

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) has announced the inaugural itineraries for its 2021 season in Alaska on board the 200-passenger Ocean Victory.

Currently under construction, Victory Cruise Lines’ third vessel (AQSC acquired Victory I and sister ship Victory II, plus the Victory Cruise Lines brand, earlier this year) will allow passengers to explore the breath-taking scenery and wildlife of Alaska and British Columbia.

The expedition programme features immersive shore excursions paired with onboard enrichment and lecture programmes.

Beginning its maiden season in May 2021, Ocean Victory will feature the new Discover Beyond Alaska Expedition Adventure Cruise itineraries, with a 10-night sailing from Vancouver to Sitka, Alaska and an 11-night sailing on the reverse route.

Equipped with 20 zodiacs and dozens of kayaks, the vessel will provide guests with in-depth explorations of Alaska’s natural, historic and cultural treasures.

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To ensure the ship showcases the very best of expedition cruising in Alaska, the line is working with California Polytechnic State University to include marine biologists, scientists and naturalists among its expedition team of 19. These experts will lead excursions, provide education lectures and act as a resource for all guests.

“We are thrilled to continue to share details about our newest expedition vessel, Ocean Victory, as well as our Alaska itineraries,” commented American Queen Steamboat Company’s chairman and CEO, John Waggoner.

“We can’t wait for guests to experience the wild and unparalleled landscape of Alaska, an area best explored via our intimate ship, allowing for up-close nature and wildlife viewing.”

In other news from Victory Cruise Lines, the company revealed that it had transported nearly 5,500 guests on the 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II ships during its first season under AQSC’s management. This began in May and will run until the end of October, operating on the Great Lakes, as well as the North American and Canadian coasts.

Earlier this summer, AQSC opened sales for the 2020 season of its fourth vessel, the paddle-wheeler American Countess, said to be experiencing “record-breaking interest”. Still being refurbished, the ship will officially debut on 5 April next year, travelling from New Orleans to Memphis.

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