Rates & Dates:
Cruise Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Prices from: $4,195 pp/do*
Single Price: $5,580 pp
Sale: $500 Off Plus Free Shore Tours!!
Book by: 12/31/2013
2014 Dates: Mar 22, 29 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 7, 14, 21 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Ships: The Queen of the Mississippi
Notes: Port Charges $250.00 pp
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.
|New Orleans – Memphis
|Eight Day/Seven Night
|Departing from New Orleans, LA or Memphis, TN
Mississippi River Jazz Cruise – Enjoy special themed cruise on May 4th departure.
Celebrate the history of jazz music while cruising on the Mississippi River. Special onboard performances will delight and entertain everyone in your travel group. Furthermore, the history of this classic genre will be illuminated on unique guided tours at your port locales.
Day 1 – Memphis, TN
The largest city in Tennessee offers everything a curious tourist, hungry gourmet, or history buff could want to do and see at attractions that include music museums, art galleries, Mississippi riverboat tours, and the Memphis Zoo. Be sure to visit Graceland, and then visit the other side of Memphis at the W.C. Handy Museum; Shelby Farms, the largest urban park in the country; or the “twisted” Ornamental Metal Museum. In the heart of “Blues City,” you’ll find the Peabody Memphis, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Legendary, charming and elegant are adjectives that perfectly describe this grand hotel where it’s famous Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby.
Day 2 – Helena, AR
During your day in Helena, step back in time to experience the mythic power of the Mississippi Delta region. Listen carefully and you might hear the lingering sounds of steamboats chugging along the Mississippi. Perhaps you’ll hear the footsteps of Civil War soldiers as they marched through the town, or sense the solemn resolve of southeastern Indian tribes. Contemplate the history of this remarkable town at River Reach Park, learn about the 1863 Battle of Helena at local museums, or catch a glimpse of life in by-gone times at antebellum and Victorian homes.
Day 3 – Vicksburg, MS
In Vicksburg, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. It’s a city bursting at the seams with history at some of its most poignant turns, art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling! With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage along with its hallowed stories of Civil War battles.
Day 4 – Natchez, MS
Sitting high on the bluff above the mighty Mississippi River rests Natchez, a city 300 years in the making. At first glance, Natchez appears to be frozen in time, with perfectly preserved homes and buildings that remind us of days gone by. In fact, over 1,000 of its historic structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Upon closer inspection, you will soon discover that Natchez, while indeed a reflection of the past, is also alive in the here and now – filled with arts, music, culture, events, commerce and natural beauty.
Day 5 – St. Francisville, LA
This quaint southern town is filled with simple pleasures and unique treasures. Located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, St. Francisville has been called “one of the 200 most beautiful small towns in America.” A stroll through its historic center awakens an awareness of history with two centuries of architecture and lifestyles. Nearby plantations beckon you back to a time when coquettish southern belles and their chivalrous suitors sipped mint juleps on the shady porches of these grand estates.
Day 6 – Baton Rouge, LA
Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital city, one that is rich in culture and heritage. Known affectionately as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge is home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, fascinating plantation tours, and a variety of attractions and events. There is everything you would expect to find in a state capital, but with a down home flavor that is part of its seductive charm. Baton Rouge is a destination with true Southern hospitality. Let us give you the grand tour of one of the most historic, vibrant and unforgettable cities in the South.
Day 7 – Oak Alley, LA
Located on the Mississippi River, between the historic cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the Grande Dame of the Great River Road. A quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue that leads you to this classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. This imposing mansion has been restored to its 19th century glory, a noble tribute to those who left their indelible mark on this rich River Region.
Day 8 – New Orleans, LA
Nowhere is this city’s spirit more evident than in the famed French Quarter, with its architectural mix of Spanish, French, Creole, and American styles. Also known as Vieux Carré – or the “Quarter” to locals – it sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest grounds in New Orleans. Intimate and special, the city’s oldest neighborhood has exerted a spell over writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon. During your visit to New Orleans, you will begin to understand the city’s unique ability to integrate history, absorb new influences and fashion one-of-a-kind delights that continue to amaze not only much of the world, but also the inhabitants of New Orleans themselves.
Your onboard experience is as important as your onshore experience, so we take special care in providing the best in service, accommodations, entertainment, dining, all in an elegant yet comfortable environment. The all-American crew is there to see to all your needs, with the goal of providing you with the most memorable adventure possible.
Not only do we provide unique ports on our cruises, but unique entertainment as well. Activities are designed to highlight the areas in which we visit, including guest lecturers, local musicians, demonstrations, minor theatrical performances and games. From a performance by a fife and drum corps on Chesapeake Bay to a visit from a local lobsterman in Maine or a visit from costumed antebellum characters in the historic south, activities are as rich in history and culture as the ports themselves. Unlike the mega ships, you won’t find glitzy shows or casinos; instead we offer a refreshingly casual atmosphere, with an intimate ambience that is perfect for congenial camaraderie with fellow passengers and quiet relaxation. Open decks and glassed-in observation lounges allow for the watching of passing scenery and wildlife, while a well-stocked library provides reading material and videos focusing on the areas to be visited.
In order to enhance your cruise experience we invite carefully selected experts to join us on board. Through informal lectures, open discussions and activities, they bring local history, nature and culture alive with their knowledge and passion for American heritage. These enlighteners, naturalists and historians also lead shore excursions while in port, to give our guests behind the scenes tours of some of American’s best-kept secrets and favorite treasures. Not only will you find knowledge in these experts, but a friend as well. Onboard activities and entertainment are included in your cruise fare.
We make it a top priority to offer a first-class dining experience at every meal. Expect exceptional cuisine prepared by chefs who have extensive culinary credentials and training from some of the most prestigious culinary institutes. The all-American crew offers an outstanding level of service to make the most discerning passenger’s journey memorable and relaxing. Dining onboard is informal, dress is resort casual, and seating is unassigned and served in the glass-enclosed dining room, where every seat offers a panoramic view. Using only the freshest ingredients, menus are inspired by regional and local specialties. Each evening before dinner, passengers are invited to mingle and share their day’s adventures over complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.