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American Queen <br> 15 Night Mighty Mississippi <br> Red Wing (Minneapolis) to New Orleans

American Queen
15 Night Mighty Mississippi
Red Wing (Minneapolis) to New Orleans

Ship: American Queen
Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
Departures:  11 August 2019
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Red Wing, Dubuque, Bettendorf, Burlington, Hannibal, St Louis, Memphis, Helena, Vicksburg, Natchez, St Francisville - Louisiana, Nottoway, New Orleans
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Minneapolis
Airport gateway (Departure) : New Orleans

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - Minneapolis, MN

Enjoy your complimentary stay at Radisson Blu Mall of America. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the local attractions of Minneapolis. 

Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Minneapolis.

Day 2: Red Wing, MN

Departure 5:00 PM

Explore nearby Minneapolis at your leisure or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Queen.

Day 3: River Cruising

Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river! 

Day 4: Dubuque, IA

One of the few large cities in Iowa with hills, Dubuque is an extremely popular tourist destination, featuring unique architecture and desirable river location. From the America’s River Project in the Port of Dubuque that transformed the riverfront, to the revitalization of the historic Main Street, the ongoing evolution of the Historic Millwork District downtown, and the impressive and expansive westward growth, Dubuque remains a remarkable city along the Mississippi. Intelligent Community Forum named Dubuque as one of just five U.S. cities as a “Smart21 Community” in 2015 and the National Civic League has named Dubuque as a top All-American City three times in just six years! Guests will surely enjoy exploring this beautiful and unique city as they uncover the history and advancements held within.

Day 5: Bettendorf, IA (Quad Cities)

Bettendorf, Iowa, is the starting point of historic exploration where you will set off to uncover the intriguing evolution of five individual, yet unified, communities known as the Quad Cities. During the Civil War, the nearby river towns of Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island, Illinois. and Moline, Illinois, thoughtful planning and strong leaders helped them to flourish while other settlements began to fail. It was during this same time period that the three towns began to refer to themselves as the “Tri-Cities.” Today, despite the name “Quad Cities,” the area is comprised of five towns in total with the addition of East Moline, Illinois, and Bettendorf, Iowa. Enjoy the diverse culture of this “melting-pot” city and uncover the stories of Quad Cities’ past in the many museums, boutiques, and eateries!

Day 6: Burlington, IA

Explored in 1673 by Pere Jaques Marquette and Louis Joliet, the land that is now Des Moines County changed hands from France to Spain, back to France and finally to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. After Lt. Zebulon Pike’s expedition landed at what is now Crapo Park in 1805, it was part of several territories – Louisiana, Indiana, Missouri, and Michigan. In 1834, residents named the land “Burlington” after trader John Gray’s Vermont hometown. When Iowa was named a territory in 1838, Burlington remained the capital. Today, visitors enjoy the sights and attractions of the town as the hills and valleys, prairies, and the Mississippi River create the perfect scenic backdrop.

Day 7: Hannibal, MO

Hannibal, Missouri has a rich history, diverse industrial economy, and truly remarkable arts. The city was founded in 1819 by Moses D. Bates and became a popular stop along the river for many steamboats traveling up the Mississippi River. Hannibal offers more parks per citizens than most towns in the Midwest and was included in the famous “50 Miles of Art.” Today, the most popular draw of this quirky town is Hannibal’s very own Samuel Langhorne Clemens, recognized world-wide as Mark Twain. Many of the popular characters featured in Twain’s novels were based on people Clemens had known while growing up in Hannibal. Many of the characters and influences of this American icon are weaved into the streets, shops, restaurants, and museums of Hannibal waiting to be uncovered.

Day 8: St. Louis, MO

 

Day 9: River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, or take the time to mingle with fellow guests. 

Day 10: Memphis, TN

 

Day 11: Helena, AR

Founded in 1833 as an industrious port city, Helena is now experiencing a rebirth with a blend of thriving entrepreneurship and Southern hospitality. Helena’s successful marriage of old world culture and urban revival can be attributed in part to the many young professionals that now call Helena home. In the 1940s and 1950s, blues music became extremely popular and Helena was the center of it all. King Biscuit Time is the longest running blues radio show in the entire country and it has served as an inspiration for many famous musicians. The show started in 1941 and was the only radio show in the entire country to feature African American musicians. The year it began, a group of African American blues musicians were given one hour on the radio on the condition that they sign a sponsor, which King Biscuit Flour agreed to do.

Day 12: 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 13: 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 will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.

Day 14: 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, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

Day 15: Nottoway Plantation, 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 16: New Orleans, LA

Arrival 8:00 AM

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

 

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Ports

Red Wing

Find out why the National Trust for Historic Preservation noted picturesque Red Wing as a distinctive destination for its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment." And don't leave town without a pair of its eponymous shoes.

Dubuque

Build up your knowledge of early river commerce much as the lumber barons built countless landmarks at this confluence of three states. Ride the Fenelon Place Elevator Co., a historic funicular that affords an unmatched view from atop the bluffs.

Bettendorf

Burlington

Hannibal

Pay tribute to Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, at his Boyhood Home and Museum in this welcoming town. Reenact Tom and Huck's exploits if you're feeling mischievous, as Hannibal provided the setting for their quintessentially American adventures.

St Louis

Memphis

Whether you’re moving to Memphis or just visiting, there is plenty to see and do.
Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home ofthe Blues.
It’s also home to the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, and Graceland, the second most visited residence in the United States.
Memphis was initially founded in 1819, but roughly 60 years later, suffered 10 years of yellow fever that decimated the population and eventually resulted in Memphis losing its city charter.
After it was re-chartered, Memphis prospered as a trade center for cotton and hardwood. It became the first city in the United States to have a sanitary sewer system, a fact attributed to fear over yellow fever and how it was spread.
Memphis became a music mecca in the 1950s and ’60s with Elvis Presley, Johnnie Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others, all recording at Sun Studios.
Across the city, Stax Records developed “the Memphis sound,” with artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
Memphis still has a vibrant music scene to this day, with live music each night on Beale Street and in most areas of the city.
But music is not Memphis’ only export; these days, most goods come through Memphis and its transportation and logistics infrastructure.
Not only is the airport the second busiest cargo airport in the world – a fact attributable to FedEx’s “Super Hub” – but Memphis sits at a crossroads of what we call the four R’s: Railroads, runways, roads, and the Mississippi River.
The city is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, including AutoZone, International Paper, and FedEx, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Whether you’re just coming to Memphis for a visit or you’re planning to stay a while, we know you’ll find a vibrant, welcoming city. Just don’t forget to try the barbecue.

Helena

You're sure to agree with Mark Twain's assessment that Helena "occupies one of the prettiest situations on the Mississippi," but there's more than just looks to this hub of blues music, which features the lovingly reconstructed Civil War-era Fort Curtis.

Vicksburg

Vicksburg is bursting at the seams with local culture, character and outdoor adventure.
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions.
Founded in 1811 and incorporated on January 29, 1825, Vicksburg has grown into a center for commerce and river traffic.
Vicksburg is best known for the part she played in the Civil War.

Natchez

The birthplace of Mississippi

Natchez, the birthplace of Mississippi, is known internationally as a quaint, Southern town with a rich culture and heritage shaped by people of African, French, British and Spanish descent.
It’s first inhabitants, however, were the Natchez Indians and it was French explorers who first came to the area and made it their home in peace with the tribe.

St Francisville - Louisiana

St. Francisville -Louisiana
Known for it's small town quiet life, the historic district with the numerous homes, churches, office buildings, shops, restaurants and courthouse on the national historic registry. The surrounding area within the parish of West Feliciana hax six plantation homes open to the public for guided tours. Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to the national bald-cypress tree which is the largest tree in North America east of the California Redwoods.

Nottoway

New Orleans

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico.
Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.

 

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American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company

Awaiting you on board the Steamer American Queen are uncompromising elegance and hospitality, meticulous attention to detail and refined amenities that outshine the splendor of even the golden age of river travel. It's been far too long since genuine steamboats have graced the rivers of America. With the formation of the American Queen Steamboat Company, Steamboating is back and better than ever. As the only authentic overnight steamboat on American rivers, the Steamer American Queen affords you a voyage of enchantment. Incomparable luxury and modern comforts, unforgettable cuisine and entertainment, thoughtful, gracious service - all stem from the passion to set a new standard of excellence.

 

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American Queen

She is the largest steamboat ever built - a triumph of modern American ingenuity, combined with 19th century machinery and marked by the delicate beauty of an elaborate wedding cake. Richly appointed and offering the contemporary amenities of a luxurious boutique hotel, her atmosphere is one of American Victorian opulence. You are warmed by polished mahogany and pristine antiques, charmed by fresh flowers and festivites. From the lacy filigree of her exterior to the spaciousness of her staterooms, she impresses. On board, you easily find the perfect setting to fit your mood. Steal away for lattes and intimate conversation with your special one, or make new friends over cocktails and canapes. Curl up with a book from the vast collection in the Mark Twain gallery. Take a few laps around the deck or a dip in the pool. Share in the celebration of a sing-along in the lounge. Then, sit back and enjoy the show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, a stunning replica of the famous Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. Combining the best of yesteryear with the comfort and convenience of today, the Steamer American Queen is your escape from the rush and fuss of every day. One voyage and you will understand why Steamboating is a beloved American tradition.

 

• The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America
• The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau
• The only steamboat with multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge
• Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks
• Complimentary wine and beer at dinner
• All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee
• Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff
• Elegant casual attire throughout your voyage; no formal wear required
• Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian
• Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
• Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!
• Complimentary shorer excursions
• Our own dedicated fleet of "Steamcoaches"
• All inclusive package includes your overnight stay in a select luxury hotel in the city in 
  which your voyage originates, plus breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the 
  American Queen 

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