`FRISCO LIVING & `SIPPI THANKSGIVING – Fly, River Cruise & Stay 2019

Cruise Line
American Queen Steamboat Company
Ship
American Queen
Package Departs
21 Nov 2019
Package Duration
15 Nights
Embark Ship
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Disembark Ship
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite
AU $7,995
per person
AU $9,995
per person
AU $10,660
per person
AU $14,515
per person

13 NIGHTS FLY CRUISE & STAY
Package departs: 21st November 2019
Cruise departs: 25th November 2019
Home in Australia by the: 6th of December 2019

THANKSGIVING – Enjoy an American favourite holiday tradition – Thanksgiving! Including a special meal, the big parade and football, as you count your many blessings on this special holiday voyage. 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, barbeque, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.

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Prices per person in AUD from:
Category E Interior stateroom twin was $8425 – NOW from $7,995*pp
Category D Deluxe river view with bay window twin was $10,425 – NOW from $9,995*pp
Category A Deluxe with private veranda twin was $11,630 – NOW from $10,660*pp
Category LS Luxury Suite twin was $15,485 – NOW from $14,515*pp

Single E Interior stateroom sole use was $13,945 – NOW from $13,285*
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‘FRISCO LIVING & ‘SIPPI THANKSGIVING – Fly-Cruise-Stay package prices include:
– Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Memphis (via San Francisco enroute) and ex New Orleans on return inc tax
– Return airport – hotel – airport transfers, San Francisco
– 3 nights accommodation in San Francisco at a 4 star hotel
– FREE! San Francisco city sightseeing pass with Alcatraz: A ticket valid for 72 hours on Downtown Loop, Golden Gate & Sausalito Loop, Park Loop and Night Loop Double-Decker tours. Your Alcatraz Island tickets include the ferry service from centrally located Pier 33 in the heart of San Francisco.
– One way transfer from airport to hotel, Memphis
– 1 nights accommodation in Memphis with breakfast
– One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day
– 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Queen 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 motor coaches
– Port charges of USD $189 per person
– Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $130 per person
– Return port – hotel – airport transfers, New Orleans
– 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel, New Orleans

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (29Mar19). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees 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. Prices are in AUD converted in part, from original USD fares and are therefore subject to currency fluctuation until paid in full. Offer ends 31Jul19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 29 Mar 2019 to 31 Jul 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
21 Nov 2019 Fly Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to San Francisco
21 Nov 2019 Arrive San Fransisco, Transfer to hotel
22 Nov 2019 Enjoy your free San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus pass
23 Nov 2019 Enjoy your free San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus pass
24 Nov 2019 Transfer to airport, Fly San Francisco to Memphis, transfer to hotel

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
24 Nov 2019
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Hotel
25 Nov 2019
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Embark
26 Nov 2019
River Cruising
27 Nov 2019
Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
28 Nov 2019
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
29 Nov 2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
30 Nov 2019
St Francisville, Louisiana, USA
01 Dec 2019
Nottoway, Louisiana, USA
02 Dec 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Disembark

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
02 Dec 2019 Transfer to hotel, New Orleans at leisure
03 Dec 2019 New Orleans at leisure
04 Dec 2019 Transfer to airport, Fly to Australia
06 Dec 2019 Arrive Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne

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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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Interior
   
Oceanview
   
Balcony
   
Suite
   

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen. 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: 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: 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 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: Disembark in New Orleans, LA
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
Tie up in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid your steamboat adieu. But give in to the temptation to hang around and explore.

As one of the largest steamboats ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her staterooms display are reminiscent of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately riverboats that preceded her and so inspired her designers.

While on board, you can select a volume from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat’s library. Or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge, and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.
Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made River Cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.

American Queen Steamboat Company is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America’s waterways cleaner.

Each American Queen cruise includes:
• All meals
• Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions by a fleet of dedicated deluxe motorcoaches
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay
• Complimentary wine & beer with dinner on board
• 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

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 418 feet
  • Tonnage: 3707 tonnes
  • Maiden Voyage: 1995
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 417
  • Crew Nationality: American
  • Officer Nationality: American
  • Dining Staff Nationality: American
  • Ship Registration: USA

Ship Amenities

  • Private Bath and Shower
  • Flat-screen TV

Ship Facilities

  • Library
  • Grand Saloon
  • J.M. White Dining Saloon
  • Engine Room Bar
  • Main Deck Lounge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • River Grill & Bar
  • Front Porch Cafe
  • Theatre
  • Gentlemen’s Card Room
  • Ladies Parlor
  • Mark Twain Gallery
  • Boutique
  • Library
  • Grand Saloon
  • J.M.White Dining Saloon
  • Engine Room Bar
  • Main Deck Lounge
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • River Grill & Bar
  • Front Porch Cafe
  • Theatre
  • Ladies Parlour
  • Gentlemen’s Card Room
  • Mark Twain Gallery
  • Boutique

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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