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American Queen<br>8 Night 'Holiday Christmas Markets'<br>New Orleans to Memphis

American Queen
8 Night 'Holiday Christmas Markets'
New Orleans to Memphis

Ship: American Queen
Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
Departures:  16 December 2018
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: New Orleans, Nottoway, St Francisville - Louisiana, Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville, Memphis
Airport gateway (Arrival) : New Orleans
Airport gateway (Departure) : Memphis

 

HOLIDAY JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI - Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. Sip a glass of eggnog as you listen to the sweet sound of local choirs and bands serenade the American Queen upon departure from the enchanting ports of Vicksburg and Natchez. Receive a warm welcome from strolling carolers upon arrival to charming St. Francisville. Our exclusive lineup of Christmas markets offers a little something for everyone including music, seasonal goods and locally produced crafts for you to enjoy.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans
Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
Not sure where to start?  Visit the American Queen Hospitality Desk in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel at any point if you need any suggestions or questions answered, we will be more than happy to help you make the best of your time here! The desk will be available between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM today, where an American Queen Steamboat Company representative, with the help of local New Orleans representative, can assist with everything from questions regarding the American Queen and reserving shore excursions to general questions regarding the city of New Orleans.
 
 

Day 2: New Orleans, LA

Departure 5:00 PM

Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on the luxurious American Queen to begin an unforgettable journey!
The official American Queen Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM located in the Pre-Cruise Hotel. 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!
We would like to invite all guests to join us on a Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion at 10:00 AM as we begin an exclusive adventure through New Orleans before continuing to the American Queen Dock at 3:30 PM. Reservations are required, so stop in at the Hospitality Desk for more information.  
After you are comfortably aboard the American Queen, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi! 
 
 

Day 3: Nottoway, LA
Magic is in the air at Nottoway Plantation as the 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 including festive Christmas Markets offering a glimpse into holidays past. Christmas Markets are reminiscent of celebrations of yesteryear offering a wonderful opportunity to hunt for the perfect treasure.  
Enter the white walls of the great plantation for an elegant celebration with live music, carolers, festive dancing and a holiday feast complete with libations and yule tide merriment. This romantic evening is capped off with the lighting of traditional bonfires along the levees. As your evening at Nottoway comes to a close, return to the American Queen for a grand Holiday Ball.
 
 

Day 4: St. Francisville, LA
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Today, St. Francisville retains its historical, small-town charm and their festive holiday celebrations are no exception. Stroll through the streets of St. Francisville, adorned for the season as jolly carolers stroll along the bustling sidewalks. The streets come alive with holiday charm as yuletide music fills the air. Stop in at the St. Francisville visitor’s center and discover the friendly faces of the American Queen Syncopators performing live holiday music for a musical welcome to this southern gem. 
 
 

Day 5: Natchez, MS
The spirit of the Holidays spreads through this charming southern town and resonates throughout its streets with traditional holiday decorations adorning the town’s most historic homes. Natchez takes pride in decking their halls as they welcome American Queen guests into the town for a truly southern holiday celebration. Browse the shops throughout Natchez for that perfect gift and stroll through the halls of her historic homes and buildings. As the American Queen departs, the sweet melodies of holiday tunes bid us adieu with traditional Christmas music from the levee. 
 
 

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg, Mississippi 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 celebrates the Christmas holiday with a traditional flair. Meander through the shops adorned with holiday garb and experience the historical significance of this southern town. As the grand American Queen departs Vicksburg this evening, guests will be delighted with a stirring holiday performance by the local musicians as they present a lively performance of holiday tunes. 
 

Day 7: Greenville, MS
Greenville, Mississippi is at the very heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta and opens its arms to welcome American Queen guests for a festive Christmas Market celebration. Local crafters including potters, jewelers, artists and other various vendors gather in Greenville’s Stein Mart Square for a traditional Christmas Market that harkens memories of Christmases past. Stroll the aisles with carolers and local entertainers dressed in holiday garb and browse the festooned markets for an old-fashioned holiday experience complete with hot cocoa or tea. With a vast selection of holiday and local treats, crafted beer and regional wines guests are certain to uncover the perfect last-minute Christmas gift to complete the bounty under your tree.
 
 

Day 8: Scenic 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 9: Memphis, TN

Arrival 8:00 AM

Disembark in Memphis and begin your journey home or consider extending your stay with our three day, two night American Music City Stay package.
 
 

 

 

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Ports

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.

Nottoway

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.

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.

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.

Greenville

The land of cotton and the Delta Blues, where the stories are bigger than catfish and as powerful as the waters of Ole Man River.
We have been shelled, invaded, burned, flooded and plagued. And still we capture imaginations and treat our visitors warmly like long-lost friends.
On the banks of this colossal river is Greenville, a wellspring of music, literature, adventure, imagination, history and plain old fun.
Greenville has inspired greatness from Native Americans to cotton barons, Pulitzer-Prize winners, Civil Rights leaders, Bluesmen, poets and inventors.
Greenville has a rich artistic heritage. In the 20th century, more than 100 published writers, including Shelby Foote, Hodding Carter, and Walker Percy, called Greenville home-more than any town of its size in the country.
Muppet creator Jim Henson was born here and raised nearby. World-famous Delta blues musicians are honored on the Greenville Blues Walk, and venues on historic Walnut Street offer live music that continues that tradition

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.

 

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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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