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September Travelers Enticed with Less Is More Offering

According to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), Americans will take 328 million leisure trips between June and August 2005 alone. Once the busy season cools down, RiverBarge is increasing incentives with special offerings on September trips. Guests booking an excursion from Sept. 7-14, Sept. 14-21 or Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2005, receive $50 "Barge Bucks" on board credit, per stateroom, good towards alcohol and gift shop purchases. Travelers booking the Sept. 14th excursion can also take advantage of a BargeMate Family Special for returning guests, offering up to $200 per person in savings.

The eight-day Expanding Frontiers excursion from Sept. 7-14 explores the scenic Cumberland and Ohio rivers. The journey begins in Nashville, Tenn., known as "Music City, USA," before a late evening departure with barging along the Cumberland River. The following day, the R/B River Explorer turns onto the Ohio River before arriving in Paducah, Ky., "America's River Town," for a visit to the Museum of the American Quilter's Society and the River Heritage Museum. The journey continues as the barge takes travelers to Henderson, Ky., for an overnight stay and a chance to visit the John James Audubon State Park and Museum. The vessel's next stop is Brandenburg, Ky., for an overnight stay and a tour of the General George S. Patton Museum.

The final destination is Louisville, Ky., for a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Falls of the Ohio to witness the largest naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. The next morning, travelers disembark to experience the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. The all-inclusive price is $2,380 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $2,580 for the Platinum Deck, featuring balconies.

From Sept. 14-21, RiverBarge takes travelers on an eight-day America's Junction journey. The River Explorer is docked overnight in Louisville, Ky., where guests can enjoy a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum before an early morning departure. Following a scenic afternoon of barging along the Ohio River, the barge arrives in Madison, Ind., for shopping in the city's specialty stores and antique shops. The vessel continues to Ripley, Ohio, where guests can visit the Rankin House, part of the Underground Railroad, or do some antique shopping. The following afternoon, sightseers can enjoy a relaxing day of barging along the Ohio River before arriving to Point Pleasant, W. Va., for a visit to the Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park and River Museum and the West Virginia State Farm Museum.

The next landing is Portsmouth, Ohio, where guests can view the colorful murals painted on the floodwall or take in the charming scenery downtown before barging towards Aurora, Ind. Here, travelers can take in the architecture of historic homes including Hillforest, a National Historic Landmark. A midday departure will take guests on the last leg of the Ohio River barging adventure before arriving in Louisville for a city tour and a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. The all-inclusive price is $2,380 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $2,580 for the Platinum Deck, featuring balconies.

This eight-day America's Junction excursion takes place Sept. 28 Oct. 5. While the vessel is docked in St. Louis, guests have the chance to enjoy a visit to the Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion. The excursion begins along the Upper Mississippi River before witnessing the amazing Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in the early evening.

The vessel then makes its way to Paducah, Ky., for a visit to the William Clark Market House Museum and the Museum of the American Quilter's Society before a late evening departure. The following two days are spent taking in the sights and sounds of the Ohio River before arriving in Louisville for visits to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum. The journey continues with a visit to Aurora, Ind., and the historic Hillforest home before the River Explorer's final destination, Cincinnati, Ohio. The all-inclusive price is $2,390 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $2,595 for the Platinum Deck, featuring balconies.
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Awarding Teachers Summa Cum Laude
Special Values for Consumers and Additional Savings for Teachers

RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Inc. is revving up for summer travel by offering special values on three trips: St. Louis to Cincinnati excursion from June 8-15; Nashville to Cincinnati from July 13-20; Cincinnati and St. Louis from July 20-27, 2005. All guests receive $50 "Barge Bucks" on board credit, per stateroom, good towards alcohol and gift shop purchases and educators can take advantage of RiverBarge's popular Scholarship for Teachers program, offering current and retired teachers a 50 percent savings when traveling with a full-fare companion.

Additionally, the company is offering a BargeMate Family Special for returning guests of up to $200 per person in savings on all three excursions.

St. Louis to Cincinnati

The eight-day America's Junction excursion from June 8-15 begins in St. Louis, Mo., where travelers can visit the gleaming Gateway Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion. The Arch towers over the river as a symbol of America's opening of the west to commerce and settlement. A late evening departure takes guests on the Upper Mississippi River, making its way to the intersection of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers the Confluence.

Guests will then barge along the Ohio, the most important river in the eastern United States, to Paducah, Ky., "America's River Town," for a visit to The Museum of the American Quilter's Society. The next day is spent barging on the Ohio River before arriving to Louisville, Ky., for an overnight stay. While here, guests can visit the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs and America's most famous bat the Louisville Slugger. The following day, the River Explorer arrives to Aurora, Ind., for a visit to the historic home, Hillforest, a National Historic Landmark, before arriving in the bustling "Queen City of the West," Cincinnati, Ohio, where guests can enjoy an overnight stay before culminating their journey.

The all-inclusive price is $2,390 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $2,595 for the Platinum Deck, featuring balconies.

Nashville to Cincinnati

The eight-day Nashville to Cincinnati Expanding Frontiers excursion explores the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers from July 13-20, beginning with an overnight stay in Nashville, "Music City, USA." The following day is spent traveling along the beautiful and scenic Cumberland River with a passage through Cheatham Lock. The barge then arrives in Clarksville, Tenn., where guests visit a local winery and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.

The next stop is Paducah, Ky., to see The Museum of the American Quilter's Society and River Heritage Museum, before traveling on to Aurora, Ind., to visit Hillforest, before arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio. While here, guests can enjoy downtown Cincinnati with sights such as Fountain Square, the heart of business and cultural activity in the city.

The all-inclusive price is $2,390 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $2,595 for the Platinum Deck, featuring balconies.

Cincinnati to St. Louis

This America's Junction eight-day excursion offers travelers the opportunity to see the Ohio and Upper Mississippi Rivers from July 20-27. The excursion begins in Cincinnati for a taste of the city's world-renowned "five-way chili" and shopping at Newport on the Levee. After barging along the Ohio, guests have the opportunity to do some antique shopping in Madison, Ind., "the most beautiful small town in the Midwest." The next stop is Louisville, Ky., for a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger Museum. The following day is a relaxing one spent barging the Ohio River passing through Cannelton, Newburg, Myers and Smithland Locks, before arriving in Paducah, Ky., to see The Museum of the American Quilter's Society and Market House Museum. That evening, the River Explorer makes its way to the Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

An early morning arrival to Cape Girardeau, Mo., offers guests a chance to tour the charming downtown area and visit to the Common Pleas Courthouse, Old St. Vincent's Church, the historic Glenn House and the Cape River Heritage Museum. The next morning is spent barging the Upper Mississippi to St. Louis, Mo., for a visit to the Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion.

The all-inclusive price is $2,390 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $2,595 for the Platinum Deck, featuring balconies.
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Experience the Old South in Full Bloom

This Spring, travelers have the chance to see the Old South decked in her Sunday's finest while meandering along the Lower Mississippi River with RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Inc. Two Delta South trips pay homage to Plantation Country, including a stop at Natchez, Mississippi, home of the country's largest concentration of antebellum mansions. To lure travelers to experience the region and all of its trimmings, RiverBarge is offering $50 "Barge Bucks" on board credit, per stateroom, good towards alcohol and gift shop purchases on its two trips: a New Orleans round-trip taking place April 27-May 2 and New Orleans to Memphis journey from May 21-28.

Additionally, the company is honoring its loyal patrons with a BargeMate Family Special for returning guests of up to $200 in savings as well as complimentary return motorcoach transportation back to New Orleans on its May 21st excursion.

The wide and mighty Lower Mississippi River is the largest in North America, utilized by gigantic ocean-going ships carrying cargo to and from the four corners of the earth. Antebellum homes peek over the levees along the river's east and west banks and giant industrial complexes light the evening skies, contrasting sharply with the antique southern architecture of bygone eras.

New Orleans Round-Trip
The six-day Delta South excursion from April 27-May 2 begins in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a visit to the Riverwalk Marketplace for shopping and entertainment, a streetcar ride down beautiful scenic St. Charles Avenue or Canal Street and a stroll through the bustling French Quarter. Those who arrive early enough have time to visit the National D-Day Museum, founded by renowned historian Dr. Stephen Ambrose. The following morning, the R/B River Explorer sets out on the Lower Mississippi River traveling along a region known as Plantation Country, featuring masterpieces of early southern architecture, art and antiques.

[Rosedown Plantation, St. Francisville, La.]

On the first stop, guests can tour a restored antebellum plantation and its grounds before continuing on to St. Francisville, Louisiana, a historic river town set in the rugged Tunica Hills that inspired famed artist-naturalist John James Audubon to stay and paint nearly one-third of his Birds of America series. While here, travelers can explore its extensive Historic District of 19th-century structures restored to present-day vitality and browse its distinctive boutiques, art galleries and a general store.

The barge next pulls into Natchez, Mississippi, the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River, where guests can witness striking examples of pre-Civil War southern architecture as well as beautiful landscaping gracing the grounds of these homes. The excursion ends with an overnight stay in New Orleans.

The all-inclusive price is $1,725 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $1,830 for the Platinum Deck, which includes balconies.

New Orleans to Memphis
Like twin sisters separated at birth, New Orleans and Memphis share the Delta South legacy from their Mississippi River connection. The eight-day Delta South excursion from May 21-28 begins with an overnight stay in New Orleans, followed by a visit to Baton Rouge for a trip to the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial, the Louisiana Maritime Museum, the beautifully restored Old State Capitol and quaint shops and art galleries.

The barge next pulls into Natchez, where remembrances of the Old South are still alive and well. The River Explorer makes its way to Vicksburg, Mississippi, "The Red Carpet City of the South," for a visit to The National Park Service's Vicksburg National Military Park. Memphis is the final destination, where guests can experience Beale Street, barbecue and Mud Island's Mississippi River Museum.

The all-inclusive price is $2,390 per person, based on double occupancy, for the Royal Deck and $2,595 for the Platinum Deck, which includes balconies.
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Riverbarge Excursions Adds the Illinois River to Its Repertoire

The Illinois River has had its fair share of ups and downs. In the 19th and 20th centuries, residents along its towns were economically dependent upon its bountiful supply of fish, waterfowl and mussels. Later, it became the recipient of Chicago's waste flow. By the 1970s, environmental practices set in and continue to this day. As a result, the Illinois River is an angler's dream with banks revealing the picturesque farmlands and fertile grounds of the American Midwest.

Due to an astonishing sell-out of the first America's Junction St. Louis round trip exploring the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, RiverBarge is introducing a second, identical eight-day excursion that will take place August 3-10, 2005.

2005 is the first year that the barge has extensively explored the Illinois River, formed at the junction of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers approximately 50 miles southwest of Chicago, Ill. It runs 273 miles west southwest and then south to enter the Mississippi River.

Adventure at Every Bend: Archeological Dig, Fish Hatchery and Antique Hunting
Guests board the 198-guest River Explorer in St. Louis with time to enjoy the Gateway Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion. The following morning, the barge departs, traveling past the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers before reaching the Illinois River and the quaint American river town of Grafton, Ill. From here, guests can explore historic Alton, featuring natural harbor bluffs and a hilly terrain, that was once a major stop on the Underground Railroad and home to the world's tallest man Robert Pershing Wadlow who has a statue resurrected in his honor.

The next stop is Havana, Ill., for a visit to Dickson Mounds State Museum, a National Historic Site that is one of the major on-site archeological museums in the country, offering an awe-inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience. Guests can also visit The Jack Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery, the largest fish hatchery in Illinois, raising 16 different species of fish and reintroducing millions of them to Illinois lakes and waterways annually. There will also be time for antiquing that afternoon.

An entire day of barging the scenic Illinois River follows, passing through Peoria Lake and turning near Peru and LaSalle, Ill., for the descent. The River Explorer then visits Peoria, Ill., once the "Whiskey Capital of America," and world headquarters of Caterpillar, the diesel engine and heavy equipment manufacturer. Here, guests can tour both the historic city and the Caterpillar facility. They can also see Grand View Drive, described as "the grandest view in the world!" by Teddy Roosevelt. The trip ends in St. Louis, Mo.

The all-inclusive prices are $2,280 per person on the Royal Deck and $2,580 per person on the Platinum Deck (with balconies).
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