American Duchess – JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI – 17th Nov 2019

Cruise Line
American Queen Steamboat Company
Ship
American Duchess
Package Departs
17 Nov 2019
Package Duration
8 Nights
Embark Ship
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Disembark Ship
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Interior Balcony
US $3,318
per person
US $5,318
per person

JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI – Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.

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Prices per person in USD from:
Category IS Interior twin from USD $3,318*pp
Category VS Veranda suite with private balcony twin from USD $5,318*pp
Category DS Deluxe suite with private balcony twin from USD $7,818*pp
Category LFS Loft suite with private balcony twin from USD $7,818*pp
Category OS Owners suite with private balcony twin from USD $9,818*pp

Single IS Interior sole use of a twin cabin from USD $6,317*

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Cruise-Stay package prices include:
– 1 night hotel accommodation pre-cruise with breakfast and taxes
– One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day
– 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess from Memphis to New Orleans
– All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
– Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
– All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
– 24-Hour Room Service onboard cruise
– Complimentary wine and beer with dinner onboard
– Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage
– This cruise line operates their own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
– Port charges of USD $189 per person
– Prepaid ships gratuites of USD $130 per person

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (29Jan19). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Visitors to the United States must complete an online ESTA application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 01 Apr 2019 to 17 Nov 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
17 Nov 2019
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Hotel
18 Nov 2019
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Embark 05.00 PM
19 Nov 2019
Helena, Arkansas, USA
20 Nov 2019
Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
21 Nov 2019
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
22 Nov 2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
23 Nov 2019
St Francisville, Louisiana, USA
24 Nov 2019
Nottoway, Louisiana, USA
25 Nov 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
08.00 AM

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.

JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI – Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Boutique Hotel – Memphis, TN
Enjoy your included, one-night stay at the iconic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city’s famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.

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.

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 Memphis’ highlights before continuing to the vessel Dock at 3:30 PM. Reservations are required, so stop in at the Hospitality Desk for more information. 

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: Helena, AR
In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the small town of Helena, Arkansas.  Helena dates back to 1833, and was once a bustling, thriving southern city.  Today, Helena would seem to some as a town that time forgot.  While the rest of the country was building shopping centers and interstate systems, Helena struggled to stay afloat amidst all of the progress.  Big changes drew small businesses away from Main Street U.S.A. and into strip malls.  Convenience took over, where simplicity once stood.  Today, Helena is in the throes of a revival. With quirky boutiques, unique stores and a historic musical past, Helena remains proud of the life they continue to successfully sprout from the ruins of the past. For in through the dust and rubble, new life for this determined Southern town is emerging.  Helena welcomes American Queen guests to play a large part in their re-birth.

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: 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, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

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: 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.

American Duchess was the first all-suite paddle wheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland. The paddle wheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the loveliest river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises.
Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft.. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.
Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining on board is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavours and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The River Club and Terrace, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace.
American Queen Steamboat Company is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America`s waterways clean.
Each American Duchess cruise includes:
• All meals
• Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions by a fleet of dedicated deluxe motorcoaches
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay
• Beer and Wine with Dinner onbaord (2019 cruises)
• Open bar with unlimited beverages on board (2020 cruises onwards)
• Free on board internet
• 24 hour room service
• Complimentary cappuccino, expresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
• The attentive service of an all-American staff
• Daily lectures by American Queen’s `Riverlorian` – a history and culture expert
• Evening entertainment with jazz, blues and a six-piece orchestra
• Prepaid ship’s gratuities (2020 cruises onwards)

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 320 feet
  • Maiden Voyage: 1995
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 166
  • Crew Nationality: American
  • Officer Nationality: American
  • Dining Staff Nationality: American
  • Ship Registration: USA

Ship Amenities

  • Keurig® Coffee Maker
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • Writing Desk with chair
  • In Room Safe

Ship Facilities

  • The Grand Dining Room
  • The Grill Room
  • Baristas
  • Fitness Centre
  • Grand Lobby & Bar
  • Auditorium
  • Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service
  • The Grand Dining Room
  • The Show Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • The River Club & Terrace
  • Perks Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Grand Lobby & Bar

Experience the historic authenticity of the Mississippi River aboard the celebrated American Queen, American Duchess, American Countess or American Empress and discover America from the indescribable perspective of the river with American Queen Steamboat’s variety of Mississippi River cruises ranging from 5 to 22 nights.

American Queen Steamboat Company offers the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America with pre-cruise hotel stays, wine and beer with dinner, shore excursions in each port and tantalizing, regionally-inspired cuisine. The lower region of the Mississippi exposes you to centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations and Civil War memorials – it`s like taking a step back in time. The upper region of the Mississippi reveals the inspiration behind Mark Twain`s famed literary classics while acquainting you with storybook American towns, vibrant cities and indigenous wildlife.

Climb aboard an iconic paddlewheeler and explore a slice of American history on a Mississippi River cruise. A Mississippi river cruise is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and history buffs alike.

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* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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