The American Countess visited Maysville on Friday, bringing in guests from a number of states.
The boat docked on the Limestone Touchdown at 8 a.m. on Friday and departed at 1 p.m.
Passengers have been capable of depart the boat after it docked and had two choices for excursions: a hop on/hop off tour or a premium tour that took them to a number of areas round Maysville.
Whereas passengers have been visiting the city, American Countess Captain Richard Bryant provided a handful of individuals a tour of the boat.
The American Countess contains all the things a visitor may really feel like they want for per week on the water. There’s a health heart, eating corridor, sleeping quarters, a medical facility, theater, bar and a present store.
Bryant allowed the guests to see the captain’s space, the place the crew works to ensure the boat stays on the right track.
“You comply with the present and generally it’s like getting in blind,” he mentioned.
Based on Bryant, the boat will usually dock in areas which might be close to an airport, friends will fly into the place the boat is docked and board there. Tuesdays are the turnover days for excursions.
“On Tuesdays, it’s turnover, so individuals can fly in,” he mentioned. “Usually, friends will flip over. We’ve had some friends return to again, however that could be a small proportion.”
Bryant mentioned he at all times enjoys visiting Maysville with the American Countess.
“I really like all of the little cities we cease in,” he mentioned. “There’s something particular about every one in every of them. This city is in my prime 5, for positive. It’s quaint, clear and has a small-town really feel. If I might depart Galveston and transfer, I might transfer to a small city like this.”
Based on American Countess Shore Excursions Director Judy LaMance, the boat began the journey in Louisville and can finish the journey in Pittsburgh, Penn.
“It’s seven days in between,” she mentioned. “We’ve sooner or later the place we’re river cruising, however apart from that, there’s a port on a regular basis. Once we depart right here, we’re heading to Level Nice.”
LaMance mentioned she has been to Maysville on the boat 12 occasions and at all times enjoys visiting.
“We love Maysville,” she mentioned. “The friends are at all times in love with Maysville. I like it right here. It’s such a heat, welcoming city and our friends at all times love stopping right here.”
A number of metropolis and county officers have been on the Limestone Touchdown to greet passengers as they stepped off the boat.
Maysville-Mason County Tourism Director Katelyn Bailey mentioned she was excited to have the boat visiting.
“We’re tremendous excited to have the American Queen Voyages right here with the American Countess,” she mentioned. “The American Heritage and American Cruise Line firms might be right here subsequent yr for as much as 48 hours a number of occasions in the course of the summer season. We’re hoping, as we speak, to make such an excellent impression that American Queen Voyages will lengthen their keep sooner or later.”
Maysville Metropolis Commissioner Ann Brammer mentioned she was additionally comfortable to see the American Countess visiting the town.
“I’m excited to see the American Countess right here,” she mentioned. “It brings lots of tourism to Maysville. It showcases what Maysville has to supply and they’re at all times welcome right here.”