Listen to holiday music while browsing seasonal goods and the all-American southern artistry of local craftsmen.
|09/12/18||Memphis Tennessee, USA||Hotel|
|10/12/18||Memphis Tennessee, USA||Embark|
|11/12/18||Greenville, Mississippi, USA|
|12/12/18||Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA|
|13/12/18||Natchez, Mississippi, USA|
|14/12/18||St Francisville, Louisiana, USA|
|15/12/18||Nottoway, Louisiana, USA|
|16/12/18||Nottoway, Louisiana, USA|
|17/12/18||New Orleans, Louisiana, USA||Disembark|
- 1 night Boutique hotel stay in Memphis – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the vessel
- 7 night cruise Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen
- All main meals onboard, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
- 24 hour room service
- Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
- Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
- Lectures by the Riverlorian, the onboard historian
- Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
- Port taxes
HOT BONUS: Save up to $600 per person (included in price)^
(Flights are additional)
7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.
Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River on these river cruises. Once divided by these very waters, when cotton was king and the plantation lifestyle was at its zenith, the North and South were at war, each armed with conflicting visions of what was worth dying for. Look back as each battlefield and grave marker has a story to tell. Then celebrate the living, breathing places where southern culture continues to enjoy a modern-day renaissance.
Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN
Welcome to the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and exactly the place you want to be as we prepare to board the American Queen! Venture out into the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene. The day is in your own hands, while you are here, don’t forget to experience some of the city’s most historic attractions including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!
Day 2: Memphis, TN
Departure: 5:00 p.m.
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to board the opulent American Queen and embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.
It’s time to start your voyage! Board the American Queen and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!
Day 3: Greenville, MS
Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!
Day 4: Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.
Day 5: Natchez, MS
This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”
Day 6: St. Francisville, LA
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.
Day 7: Nottoway, LA
Magic is in the air at Nottoway Plantation as the early melodies of Christmas echo through the halls of the great mansion and carry across the lush grounds. Your evening at Nottoway Plantation is full of enchanted holiday traditions offering a glimpse into holidays past. This romantic evening is highlighted with the lighting of traditional bonfires along the levees.
Day 8: Nottoway, LA
Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.
Day 9: Disembark in New Orleans, LA
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future.
Terms and Conditions
Advertised promotional fare is in NZ dollars, per person, twin share based on sailing 09 Dec 18 category E and includes port taxes & all discounts. ^Discount savings varies depending on sailing date and is not applicable on categories OS, SO, IS. Fares are valid until 31 Dec 17 unless sold our prior. Fare are subject to availability at time of booking, is not combinable with other offers, are capacity controlled. Gratuities are additional. Prices correct as at 30 Oct 17, and subject to currency fluctuations. For new bookings only, cancellation penalties and conditions apply. Prices based on payment by cash or cheque only. Travel agent service fees not included. American Queen Steamboat Company reserve the right to change, correct errors, withdraw from sale any or all fares, itineraries, excursions & fees. For full terms & conditions visit www.aqsc.com. For more information contact your House of Travel Agent. HOT Code: CRS061117-AQ