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American Queen <br> 8 Night Cruise <br> Memphis to New Orleans

American Queen
8 Night Cruise
Memphis to New Orleans

Ship: American Queen
Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
Departures: 
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, Baton Rouge, St Francisville - Louisiana, Nottoway, New Orleans
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Memphis
Airport gateway (Departure) : New Orleans

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN

 

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city's famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.

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 Memphis.

Day 2: Memphis, TN

Departure 5:00 PM

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.

If you haven’t gotten your full dose of Memphis yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk (Open at 8:30 AM!) for ideas about how to spend your day.  The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time, and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin. 

It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!

Day 3: 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 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 will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.

Day 6: Baton Rouge, LA

 

Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture, to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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.

 

Your Cruise Fare Includes:

·         Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call

·         Complimentary hotel stay the night before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the vessel

·         All onboard meals, 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

·         Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff

·         Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway

·         Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

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Ports

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.

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.

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is rapidly moving forward, becoming America's next great city.
Through the years, Baton Rouge has been and continues to be shaped by a variety of cultural and environmental influences.
Travel down south and experience our cultural traditions seen in our unique attractions, imbedded in the lyrics of  our Zydeco, Blues and Cajun music, and tasted in our blend of Creole, African-American, French and Spanish cuisine.
This city, Louisiana's capital city, is truly the center of Louisiana's cultural excitement.

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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