SAVE up to $600 – American Duchess – AMERICAN CHRISTMAS CRUISE – 22nd Dec 2019

Cruise Line
American Queen Steamboat Company
Ship
American Duchess
Package Departs
22 Dec 2019
Package Duration
8 Nights
Embark Ship
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Disembark Ship
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
IS - Inside VS - Balcony DS - Suite LFS - Suite
US $2,118
per person
US $3,718
per person
US $5,918
per person
US $6,018
per person

AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS – Make our home your home for the holiday and fall upon the timeless traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures as you journey amidst a glittering wonderland of holiday décor both onboard and ashore. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls smoothly and expansively carrying you to gracious towns brimming with Christmas cheer and palatial mansions draped in holiday finery. During the holiday season, you will discover that we offer an abundance of enriching onboard activities to truly make you feel at home. Gather with family and newfound friends to design your own unique ornament, decorate freshly baked cookies together and simply enjoy the slow pace of life on the river.

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2019 SAVINGS OFFER:
** Save up to $600 USD per person when you make a new booking on this cruise by the 31st of May 2019! **

Prices per person in USD from:
Category IS Interior twin was USD $2,718* – NOW from US $2,118*pp
Category VS Veranda suite with private balcony twin was USD $4,318* – NOW from $3,718*pp
Category DS Deluxe suite with private balcony twin was USD $6,518* – NOW from $5,918*pp
Category LFS Loft suite with private balcony twin was USD $6,518* – NOW from $6,018*pp
Category OS Owners suite with private balcony twin was USD $8,318 – NOW from $7,818*pp

Single IS Interior sole use of a twin cabin was USD $5,117* – NOW from $4,117*

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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 round trip from 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 (29Mar19). 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. 2019 Savings terms and conditions: Offer expires May 31, 2019, or when no valid cabins remain. Valid on new bookings made by May 31, 2019. Singles booked in double-occupancy cabins will receive double the discount. Offer not valid on American Empress cabin category CS or American Queen cabin categories SO & SI. Not valid on group bookings or existing reservations. Cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity-controlled, may vary by sailing and may be withdrawn without notice. Cruise fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include insurance, personal expenditures or transportation costs incurred while traveling to and from embarkation ports. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Mention Offer Code 2019 SAVINGS

Special Validity Dates

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

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
22 Dec 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Overnight Hotel
23 Dec 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
05:00 PM
24 Dec 2019
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana, USA
25 Dec 2019
St Francisville, Louisiana, USA
26 Dec 2019
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
27 Dec 2019
Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
28 Dec 2019
River Cruising
29 Dec 2019
Nottoway, Louisiana, USA
30 Dec 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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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Interior Suites
   
Veranda Suites
   
Deluxe Suites
   
Loft Suites
   
Owners Suites
   

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7 Night cruise departing from Memphis to New Orleans onboard American Duchess. 1 Night pre cruise hotel stay in Memphis.

AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS – Make our home your home for the holiday and fall upon the timeless traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures as you journey amidst a glittering wonderland of holiday décor both onboard and ashore. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls smoothly and expansively carrying you to gracious towns brimming with Christmas cheer and palatial mansions draped in holiday finery. During the holiday season, you will discover that we offer an abundance of enriching onboard activities to truly make you feel at home. Gather with family and newfound friends to design your own unique ornament, decorate freshly baked cookies together and simply enjoy the slow pace of life on the river.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Hotel Stay – New Orleans
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the InterContinental New Orleans. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the many treasures of New Orleans.

Day 2: New Orleans, LA Departure 5:00 PM
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through history.

If you haven’t gotten your full dose of New Orleans yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During this time, our representatives will arrange for 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. If you have any additional questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until the complimentary vessel transfers begin at 3:00 p.m.

Day 3: Oak Alley, LA
Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.

Day 4: 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. Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

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: 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 7: 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. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

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!

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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