PLANTATION CHRISTMAS MARKETS – Fly Cruise from Australia 2019

Cruise Line
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen
Package Departs
03 Dec 2019
Package Duration
15 Nights
Embark Ship
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Disembark Ship
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
E - Inside D - Oceanview A - Balcony LS - Suite
AU $8,345
per person
AU $9,475
per person
AU $10,525
per person
AU $14,125
per person

13 nights FLY, CRUISE, RAIL & STAY
Package departs Australia: 3rd Dec 2019
Cruise departs Memphis: 9th Dec 2019
Return to Australia by: 18th Dec 2019

– Enjoy a two night stays in Long Beach, San Francisco and Memphis
– Take the famous `Coast Starlight` train from Los Angeles to Oakland – widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes
– Visit the home of the `King`, Graceland in Memphis
– Enjoy a Memphis style barbeque at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street, Memphis
– Cruise on the mighty Mississippi River discovering the ways of the Old South
– Magical Christmas markets await along the banks of the mighty river
– Enjoy live music and dancing at Nottoway Plantation along with a fireworks display.


Prices per person in AUD from:
Twin Category E Interior stateroom from $8,345*pp
Twin Category D Deluxe river view with bay window twin from $9,475*pp
Twin Category A Deluxe with private veranda twin from $10,525*pp
Twin Category LS Luxury Suite twin from $14,125*pp
Single Category E Interior stateroom from $12,325*pp

Fly, River Cruise, Rail & Stay package prices include:
– Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Los Angeles and returning ex New Orleans on return inc tax
– One way transfer from Los Angeles airport to hotel in Long Beach
– 2 nights accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach (or similar)
– One way transfer from Los Angeles hotel to train station
– One way rail journey aboard the famous `Coast Starlight` train from Los Angeles to Oakland: The Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast and boasts some beautiful scenery.
– One way transfer from Oakland train station to San Francisco hotel
– 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel, San Francisco
– One way transfer from San Francisco hotel to airport
– One way economy class airfare from San Francisco to Memphis inc tax (luggage additional paid direct)
– One way transfer from Memphis airport to hotel
– 2 nights accommodation in Memphis with breakfast
– A 3-day Memphis trolley pass for transport in Memphis during your stay
– Admission to 3 popular attractions in Memphis. Choose from: Legendary Sun Studio | The Rock `N` Soul Museum | The National Civil Rights Museum
– An authentic Memphis-style BBQ meal at Blues City Café on Beale Street
– An escorted walking tour of Memphis including the Peabody Hotel
– Premium pre-cruise shore excursion – The Elvis Experience – a tour of Graceland Mansion with walking Beale Street tour which ends at the port for embarkation
– 7 night Holiday Plantation Markets 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
– One way transfer from New Orleans port to airport

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 (03Jul19). 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 once tickets are issued. 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 ends 30Sep19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Package prices converted in part from original USD rates and as such are subject to currency fluctuation until paid in full. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 03 Jul 2019 to 30 Sep 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

03 Dec 2019 Fly Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Los Angeles
03 Dec 2019 Arrive Los Angeles, transfer to hotel
04 Dec 2019 Los Angeles at leisure
05 Dec 2019 Transfer to Union Station. Join the Coast Starlight train
05 Dec 2019 Arrive Oakland station (pm) and transfer to San Francisco hotel
06 Dec 2019 San Francisco at leisure
07 Dec 2019 Transfer to airport, Fly San Francisco to Memphis, transfer to hotel
07 Dec 2019 Enjoy your Memphis sightseeing pass/trolley ticket
08 Dec 2019 Memphis walking tour, Evening BBQ at Blues City Cafe

Cruise Itinerary

08 Dec 2019
Memphis Tennessee, USA
Overnight Hotel
09 Dec 2019
Memphis Tennessee, USA
05:00 PM
10 Dec 2019
River Cruising
11 Dec 2019
Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
12 Dec 2019
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
13 Dec 2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
14 Dec 2019
St Francisville, Louisiana, USA
15 Dec 2019
Nottoway, Louisiana, USA
16 Dec 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
08:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

16 Dec 2019 Transfer to airport, Fly to Australia
18 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
E - Inside Stateroom
D - Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Bay Window
A - Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Private Veranda
LS - Luxury Suites with Private or Open Veranda

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

PLANTATION HOLIDAYS – 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. At the center of our thoughtfully designed Plantation Holidays voyage is an enchanted experience at Nottoway Plantation where you will enjoy live music and dancing, indulge in an assortment of hors d’oeuvres or decadent desserts and witness the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee followed by a special fireworks display. Make our home your home for the holidays…

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! 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!

And if you don’t know where to start – a quick stop to the Hospitality Desk can help! The desk will be located in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel and open for your convenience between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Here, an AQSC representative, with the help of a local Memphis representative, will happily provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions to help you make the best of your time in Memphis. While here, discover everything you need to know about your upcoming voyage. Our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions to reserving shore excursions.

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.
Included Shore Excursions

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.
Included Shore Excursions

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!
Included Shore Excursions

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.
Included Shore Excursions

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.
Included Shore Excursions

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.

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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