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  • Writer's pictureDean Nelson, (he/him) CTC, LLD

American River Golf Classic

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Join us for an American River Golf Classic cruise that will provide play at four of the most prestigious courses along the Lower Mississippi River, with an optional opportunity to play at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans aboard the American Countess.

The AMERICAN COUNTESS® is the newest gem of the American Queen Steamboat paddle-wheel riverboat fleet. The American Countess welcomes 245 guests along the Mississippi river. 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.

American River Golf Classic Sailing May 8, 2021 from Memphis to New Orleans
Memphis to New Orleans on the American Countess™ May 8, 2021 9-Day Voyage Fares from: US$4,299 per person*

Savor fresh, regional cuisine in the Grand Dining Room with its custom Italian fabrics and rich walnut accents, the floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the shoreline morning, noon and night. Work out in the contemporary gym with its brand new equipment and a dramatic river backdrop. Relax or watch your flat-screen TV in the inviting surroundings of your stateroom with premium linens and plush bedding. Or make your way to the Card Room, Library or Theater for a friendly game, a new best-seller or live award-winning entertainment.

Category B Deluxe Outside stateroom with open veranda
Save USD$500 now just USD$4,299/person

Be one of the first to experience her elegant décor as she makes her way down the mighty Mississippi from the Big Easy to the Home of the Blues.

Your optional Rounds on the River package (USD$1,499 per-person) includes lunches, special giveaways, a special guest appearance from a recognized golf expert and professional, all equipment transportation and club cleaning prior to play.

Four unFOREgettable courses:

Memphis, TN - Colonial Country Club

Zachary, LA - Copper Mill Golf Club

Delhi, LA - Black Bear Golf Club

St. Francisville, LA - The Bluffs Golf & Sports Resort

Save up to $1,000 per stateroom* on the American River Golf Classic cruise in 2021.

*Offer expires 8/31/20. Offer is valid only on new, paid-in-full bookings. Full payment at the time of booking is required to redeem this offer. Offer is based on cabin availability, and only while inventory lasts. Not valid on existing group bookings or existing reservations; cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity-controlled, may vary by sailing and may be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice. Itineraries are subject to change. Cruise fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include government taxes and fees, port charges, airfare, insurance, personal expenditures or transportation costs incurred while traveling to and from embarkation ports. Gratuities not included in cruise fares. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for details and mention Offer Code 2021 EBD1.

Interested in this Golf getaway? - click here to learn more.

BC Reg. 2806 - Personal Travel Management, an Ensemble Travel agency.

AQSC Care - Enhanced Health and Safety protocols aboard American Queen Steamboat Company


Communication with our guests begins before they have committed or booked their experience on our vessels. Health and safety information will be communicated to our guests and a pre-cruise screening process has been instituted to determine the health eligibility of those who wish to cruise with us. The following outlines the new procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of our guests and crew:

  • In accordance with industry standards, we will conduct pre-voyage screenings for the protection of all our guests, staff and crew at the designated check-in hotel. Before boarding the vessel, all guests will be required to complete a health and safety questionnaire.

  • At guest check-in a medical professional will perform health screenings and answer any guest or crew questions. The medical professional will have the authority to deny boarding to anyone that may pose a health risk.

  • All guests and crew will complete a medical travel screening survey and have their temperatures taken. All forms will be reviewed by our medical representative and a member of our shipboard staff.

  • Because of changes in check-in and boarding processes, no guests or crew will be allowed to check-in directly on the vessel. Only those who have completed and passed the medical screening will be allowed to board the vessel.

  • Information will be provided to all guests and crew regarding onboard sanitization and safety procedures.

Gangway Screening 

American Queen Steamboat Company representatives will greet each visitor at the vessel access point. The following procedures will be enforced and will be managed by the Master and a medical representative.

  • One controlled access point will be maintained on the vessel.

  • We will require a 24-hour notice for anyone that needs access to the vessel and has not been pre-screened during hotel screening. This includes all guests, crew, visitors and contractors.

  • A representative will be used to conduct screening, complete the health and safety survey and provide reports to the Master and each Hotel Director.

  • Thermal cameras will take the temperature of each guest and crew member boarding the vessel in addition to the manual temperature checks completed in the pre-cruise screening.

Screening and Monitoring During Your Cruise

Monitoring both guests and crew during the cruise for symptoms and ensuring compliance with written policies and procedures is vital to maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Screening during the cruise will be handled through the following methods.

  • Trained staff will maintain protocols and observe passengers and crew for symptoms. The Master and medical representative will respond to medical calls, keep records, practice quarantine procedures and utilize shoreside medical facilities for passenger and crew follow-up.

  • The vessel access point will be monitored when in port, and controlled access to the vessel will be maintained. All passengers and crew will be passively monitored by thermal imaging when returning to the vessel.

  • American Queen Steamboat Company vessels will support random manual screening at the primary vessel access point in addition to passive thermal screening. In the event of a confirmed positive case, the vessel will manually screen 100% of all individuals coming and going from the vessel.

  • If a guest or crewmember has an elevated temperature, he or she will be evaluated by a medical representative before being allowed to board the vessel.

  • Any guest who has an elevated temperature, shows signs or symptoms of illness or that vessel management feels needs to be further assessed will be sent directly to a local medical care partner for evaluation and testing. Any guest or crew that tests positive for any contagious condition will not be allowed to rejoin the vessel.

Cleaning Procedures

We have instituted new training procedures for all housekeeping and sanitation staff. Increased sanitation of all contact surfaces such as handrails, tables, chairs, desks, work surfaces, door handles, telephones and elevator controls in both front and back of house will be conducted hourly with higher concentrated solutions.

Sanitation will occur at scheduled times and as further required with emphasis on high touch points.

Additional Medical Resources

Each of our vessels carries a certified onboard medical representative to respond to and assist guests with urgent medical care and coordinating shoreside medical assistance as needed.

Telehealth resources will now be available on board. Guests who wish to speak with a medical representative will now have the opportunity to chat with an Ochsner professional without leaving the boat.

Given the nature of our river itineraries, we have the ability to reach shore-based medical facilities very quickly. We have established a relationship with Ochsner Health along our Mississippi River vessel routes. While in port most days, our guests and crew have priority access to shoreside medical evaluation and treatment if needed on any cruise.

Quarantine procedures are in place for short term separation of potentially ill guests or crew until our next port of call, at which advanced medical care can be accessed. Upon a positive test or elevated response, the American Queen Steamboat Company response team will determine what additional company resources are required.

In an emergency, we have the ability to quickly transfer passengers and crew to emergency medical services ashore by coordinating pick-up at municipal landings and docking facilities.

Ground Transportation

We will feature new protocols for all motor coach sanitation and safety. A reduced number of guests being transported on each motor coach (targeting 52% of capacity) will allow adequate space between individuals. For a full list of cleaning procedures, click here.

Interested in this sailing? - click here to learn more.

BC Reg. 2806 - Personal Travel Management, an Ensemble Travel agency.


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