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12-night River Voyage Aboard American Queen Steamboat With Historians Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Civil War

March 30, 2012

A 12-night Epic Civil War Journey aboard the American Queen sails the historically-rich waters of the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers, with a number of fascinating ports of call along the way allowing passengers the opportunity to explore the famed locations and battlegrounds that shaped the future of the United States of America, including Vicksburg, MS, with its famous Civil War battlefield © 2012 Karen Rubin/

Crown Cruise Vacations, preferred provider of PTV at Sea events, and Artful Travelers, producers of PTV at Sea, are presenting a celebration of the American Experience to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and premiere the highly-anticipated documentary “This Republic of Suffering.”

The Epic Civil War Journey sails the historically-rich waters of the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers, with a number of fascinating ports of call along the way allowing passengers the opportunity to explore the famed locations and battlegrounds that shaped the future of the United States of America.

This 12-night voyage begins on Aug. 9, 2012, with 2 days of steamboating and ports of call to include: New Orleans, LA, Vicksburg, MS, Helena, AK, Memphis, TN, Ashport Landing, TN, Paducah, KY, Savannah, TN, Decatur, AL and Chattanooga, TN

Passengers will sail aboard the newly-refurbished American Queen steamboat, which will premiere “This Republic of Suffering,” the latest production by American Experience, weeks ahead of its national debut on PBS stations across the country. Based on the best-selling book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by noted historian and Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, the highly-anticipated documentary examines how the unprecedented death toll of the Civil War challenged American cultural attitudes about death and changed federal government policies regarding soldiers.

Passengers join Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns and acclaimed producer Mark Samels as television’s longest-running and most-watched history series American Experience presents the Epic Civil War Journey. Burns, Samels and other special guests will share their vast knowledge, premiering and discussing the upcoming PBS production with passengers aboard. Combining learning, luxury and leisure, this sailing will truly be unlike any other.

Esteemed guests for this  American Experience voyage include…

Ric Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for nearly 20 years. He is best known for his epic series New York: A Documentary Film (1999-2003), which premiered nationally on PBS to wide public and critical acclaim as an eight-part, seventeen and a half hour film that chronicles the city’s rise from a tiny Dutch trading post down through its continuing preeminence as the undisputed economic and cultural capital of the world. The first episodes earned the prestigious Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University award for excellence in broadcast journalism, an Emmy for outstanding achievement in non-fiction editing, and two other Emmy nominations, for outstanding non-fiction special and achievement in cinematography.

In 2002, episode seven of the series was awarded the American Cinema Editors award for best edited documentary, as well the Cine Golden Eagle Award. The eighth and final episode received an Emmy and an Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award, among other awards.

Burns began his career collaborating on the celebrated PBS series The Civil War, (1990), which he produced with his brother Ken, and wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward. Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, he has directed some of the most distinguished programs in the award-winning public television series, American Experience, including Coney Island (1991), The Donner Party (1992), The Way West (1995), Ansel Adams (2002) and Eugene O’Neill (March 2006). Most recently he wrote, produced and directed Andy Warhol for the PBS series American Masters (September 2006). For his work on Andy Warhol, Burns was awarded a 2006 Peabody Award, and a 2006 Primetime Emmy Award. Burns is co-author, with James Sanders and Lisa Ades, of New York: An Illustrated History, the companion book to the New York series, as well as co-author, with Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, of the companion book to The Civil War. Both books are published by Alfred A. Knopf. Burns was educated at Columbia University and Cambridge University.

Mark Samels is executive producer of American Experience, PBS’s flagship history series. Produced by WGBH/Boston, American Experience is television’s most-watched and longest-running history series. Under Samels’ leadership, the series has been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, Oscar nominations, and Sundance Film Festival Audience and Grand Jury Awards.

Samels has overseen the production of more than 100 films for the series, focusing on stories from America’s past that are highly resonant in the world today. He has expanded both the breadth of subjects and the filmmaking style embraced by the series, allowing for more contemporary topics and more witness-driven storytelling. In addition to his public television work, Samels is a founding member of the International Documentary Association and has served on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Nonfiction Peer Group.

Also appearing…

  • Brian Still Wills, historian
  • James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., historian
  • Barry Meadows, tribute artist: General Ulysses S. Grant
  • Al Stone, tribute artist: General Robert E. Lee
  • Cathy Barton & Dave Para, Civil War era musicians
  • Bobby Horton, Civil War historian & musician

Crown Cruise Vacations and Artful Travelers are presenting this educational PTV at Sea adventure, celebrating PBS’ award-winning history series American Experience in luxury, aboard the newly refurbished American Queen.

Epic Civil War Journey Voyage Fares special promotion fare ranges from $2,895 to $8,495, depending on the cabin category and number of guests. To participate in all exclusive Epic Civil War Journey events and activities, reservations must be made directly with Crown Cruise Vacations by calling toll free 855-788-7880. Fares include a complimentary one-night luxury hotel stay both before and after sailing, complimentary shore adventures, complimentary multiple dining options, complimentary beverages, including wine, beer and spirits and much more.

Contact Crown Cruise Vacations, exclusive provider in partnership with Artful Travelers, promoters of PTV at Sea cruises. Reservations can be made directly with Crown Cruise Vacations by calling toll-free 855-788-7880 (USA/Canada) or emailing

Meet Public Broadcasting Personalities on Crown Cruise Vacations’ PTV at Sea Barcelona-to-Lisbon Cruise aboard Regent Seven Seas Mariner

February 2, 2012

Crown Cruise Vacations and Artful Travelers, producers of PTV at Sea, offer inquisitive and knowledgeable minds great opportunities to meet and interact with top PBS personalities on an August 2012 PTV at Sea Regent Seven Seas Barcelona-to-Lisbon cruise.

Some of the foremost PBS personalities and their featured guests will feature panel discussions and presentations in the areas of politics, culture and the arts, personal finance, health and wellness and more. Cruisers will be invited to private dinners and cocktail receptions that allow for one-on-one conversations with the guest hosts during the unforgettable voyage.

The 10-night Mediterranean voyage on the Seven Seas Mariner departs Barcelona on Aug. 13, 2012, and arrives in Lisbon on Aug. 23, 2012, with stops in Spain at Cartagena, Malaga (Granada), Seville (Cadiz) and LasPalmas; stops also include Casablanca and Portugal ports of Funchal, Madeira, Cascais and Lisbon, plus relaxing and rejuvenating days at sea.

The all-inclusive six-star Regent Seven Seas Mariner is a luxury vessel, designed for guests numbering in the hundreds rather than the thousands. The ambiance on board is personal, individual and accommodating. Regent Seven Seas Cruises provides discerning guests with the most inclusive luxury cruise experience by offering an incomparable array of complimentary features and services.

Crown Cruise Vacations and Artful Travelers offer this exciting and educational PTV at Sea adventure, allowing passengers exclusive access to world-renowned and extremely enthralling people.

Guest on this sailing are:

Robert Siegel (Senior Host of All Things Considered, NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine, broadcast daily. With 40 years of experience in radio news, Siegel hosts the country’s most-listened-to news radio program and reports on stories and happenings all over the globe. )

Charlie Cook (Publisher The Cook Political Report and political analyst for National Journal Group and NBC News, among other writings and publications. The New York Times has labeled him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and The Wall Street Journal called him “the Picasso of election analysis.”)

David Fanning (Executive Producer of FRONTLINE, America’s longest-running investigative documentary series on television. Frontline tackles national and global issues at the forefront of the news, such as healthcare reform, the economic crisis, the U.S. deficit, international relations, sex slavery and biographies.)§

Michael Childers (Acclaimed photographer of over 200 magazine covers, including GQ, Esquire, Life, and both English and Italian Vogue and the only American invited to photograph productions at the National Theatre in London; his work is in the national Portrait Gallery in London, the Las Vegas Art Museum, and the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.)

PTV at Sea enriches, inspires and entertains with informative programming, presented by some of public broadcasting’s most acclaimed personalities. Travelers can pose questions of specific interest at in-depth question-and-answer sessions and then mix and mingle with the esteemed guests at private dinners and cocktail receptions and during memorable shore excursions. Artful Travelers is a unique travel organization that combines culture and current events to present celebrations in art, education, and travel, intended for those who value extraordinary life experiences.

Fares start at $7,799 per person, double occupancy (plus government taxes and fees of $170), and include:

• Free roundtrip airfare with free upgrade to Business Class air in penthouse suites and higher
• Free unlimited shore excursions
• Free luxury hotel package
• Free beverages, including fine wines and premium spirits
• Free prepaid gratuities
• Free ground transfers
• Free in-suite mini-bar, replenished daily
• Free 24-hour room service, and much more.
• Free travel insurance on all reservations booked directly with Crown Cruise Vacations.

Reservations can be made directly with Crown Cruise Vacations by calling toll-free 1-855-788-7880 or email

Crown Cruise Vacations was recently named North America’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent 2011 by the World Travel Awards. Crown Cruise Vacations is the preferred provider of PTV at Sea cruises, which enrich, inspire and entertain with informative programming presented by some of public broadcasting’s

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