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New Orleans to Memphis | 8 and 9-Day Voyages

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Trip Length: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Prices from: $1,799 pp/do*

Single Price: $2,699 pp

Sale: Save up to $1400 Off Per Stateroom on Select Departures!!
Book by: 10/31/2017

2017 Dates: Sept 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec 3, 10, 17, 22.

2018 Dates: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 25; Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; Apr 1, 2, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17, 24; Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 16, 23.

Ships: American Duchess
American Queen

Notes: Fares do not include port charges.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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The most popular route on the Mississippi – and therefore the one with the most departures – is the lower Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis, or reverse. When you think of river cruising, these two ports of call definitely stand out as highlights! Memphis is the home of blues and bbq. New Orleans has to be one of the top five funnest cities in America. And the depth of culture in the region – the amazing history and unique cuisine – is so apparent from the moment you step off the boat. Don’t be fooled by the amazing list of departure dates – they will sell out! Call today to book your cruise: (800) 578-1479.

2017 Departures

American Duchess: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 22*.

American Queen: September 3, 10, 17, 24; October 1; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17*.

2018 Departures

American Duchess: January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 2*, 15; May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17; September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; December 16.

American Queen: March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17, 24; September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18, 25; December 2, 9, 16, 23.

 

*Altered Itinerary.

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Theme Cruises

Antebellum South: The Old South is about traditions, nostalgia, and hospitality. You’ll experience all three on these American Queen cruises. On the lower Mississippi River, you’ll visit small river towns, big, bustling cities of music, and plantations with the best views of the river. Embark on the Great River Road!

 

Southern Literature: Ready to take your book club on the water? The South has been a draw and inspiration for authors for generations. Special guest authors and experts will show off the heritage of southern literature, and the ship will host many events throughout the week to trade ideas and discuss the amazing depth of work created here.

 

Southern Culinary Experience: Every American region has its own unique cuisine and culinary history. The South is a distinct mixture of spices from around the world, combining to create something tasty! On this cruise, interact with local chefs and enjoy new tastes with cooking demonstrations and the menu for this cruise has been planned and created just for this departure.

 

Springtime in the South: Discover the jewels of the region, from Natchez to Nottoway to Baton Rouge! Each port brings its own vision of historic and modern Southern charm. Celebrate the return of Spring as these ports begin to blossom.

 

Music of America: The paddlewheel has its own rhythm but so does the music of the rivers as we float through the myriad melodies of blues, gospel, folk, rockabilly, ragtime, Dixieland jazz and zydeco. Sway to the music of Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton and try your hand at that quintessential river instrument, the calliope. You’ll quickly discover that the river has a rhythm all its own.

 

Music Heritage: Become engulfed in the true south: from the fertile cotton fields and vast sugar cane plantations to the pillared mansions and bygone battlefields. Through it all echoes the musical history of the South – from the Blues to Gospel to the roots of Rock and Roll, the river is alive with music that has been played forever, and music that has yet to be written.

 

Civil War: There is no more defining moment in the history of the South than the Civil War. The Mississippi River was often at the forefront of the war, because of its strategic advantages for transportation. Learn about skirmishes and visit local sites that will bring you into the experience. Noted Civil War historians will invite you into a lost world of bloody battlefields, hallowed cemeteries and the ramparts.

 

Thanksgiving: Give thanks for not having to cook the turkey, do the dishes, or clean up the house for company! Whether you want a holiday to yourself, or you take the family on the boat with you, this is a Thanksgiving you’ll never forget! Relax during the day, and enjoy the holiday you’ve always been too busy to enjoy before. The crew will take care of everything, from cleaning, setting up, and cooking all the traditional treats! Count your blessings, starting with blessing #1 – you’re onboard the most opulent paddlewheel on the Mississippi River!

 

Holiday – Christmas Markets: Think of it: the most opulent riverboat in the world, cruising the Mississippi River, decorated for a Victorian Christmas! The American Queen will be transporting you from New Orleans to Memphis (or reverse), and you’ll experience Southern Charm and Christmas magic on your 9-day holiday! Sip egg nog while listening to carolers on the levees. Visit Christmas Markets along the river, with locally produced crafts and goods for you to enjoy or take home to use as presents. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to experience all the regular ports of call (but decorated for Christmas, and won’t that be magnificent?).

 

Creole Christmas: Celebrate Christmas onboard the American Duchess or American Queen! The Southern Christmas traditions will be on full display onboard, including regional Cajun and Creole cultural customs. Holiday treats will help you get in the mood to enjoy this magical time of year.

2017 American Duchess Departures from New Orleans to Memphis:

Antebellum South
September 24; October 8, 22; November 5, 19.
Fares from $2999 pp/do

 

2018 American Duchess Departures from New Orleans to Memphis:

Springtime in the South
February 25; March 25. | Fares from $2699 pp/do
March 11. | Fares from $2799 pp/do
April 15. | Fares from $2999 pp/do

 

Antebellum South
January 7, 21. | Fares from $1999 pp/do
February 4. | Fares from $2199 pp/do
May 20; June 3, 17; September 16, 30; October 14, 28. | Fares from $2999 pp/do

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Boutique Hotel Stay in New Orleans, LA

Day 2: Embark in New Orleans, LA

Day 3: Nottoway, LA

Explore the largest remaining antebellum deep south mansion in this included tour of Nottoway Plantation. This mansion is three floors, 64-bedrooms, and has 22 white square columns, contributing to its nickname, ‘The White Castle of Louisiana”.

Day 4: St. Francisville, LA

The original settlement of Bayou Sara was destroyed by flooding and fires. Many of the structures were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville, where they still stand. The southern charm is evident as soon as you walk past the Spanish moss-covered trees between touring their historic homes, beautiful churches and taking pictures with your friends in their breathtaking parks.

Day 5: Natchez, MS

Natchez Indians and the first French explorers shared this beautiful piece of the river for many years. Officially founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Wherever you go, you’ll experience another piece of history, including unique shops, restaurants, museums and the historic homes of Natchez.

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS

Civil War history is alive in Vicksburg, Lincoln’s ‘Key to the South.’ This vital river port city has since become a rich historical visit for tourists who want to learn about the battles of Vicksburg, as well as visit their museums.

Day 7: Greenville, MS

Deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, on the banks of Lake Fergusson, just a short drive from the home of the blues, Greenville’s waters grow writers. The creative energy of Greenville has produced writers, singers, gardeners, and more. Learn about Greenville’s contributions at the Greenville History Museum, as well as other cultural centers and historical stops in Greenville.

Day 8: Scenic River Cruising

Take advantage of today by exploring all the onboard amenities! What treasures will you find onboard the American Duchess?

Day 9: Disembark in Memphis, TN

2017 American Duchess Departures from Memphis to New Orleans:

Antebellum South
September 17; October 1, 15, 29; November 12.
Fares from $2999 pp/do

 

2018 American Duchess Departures from Memphis to New Orleans:

Springtime in the South
March 4, 18; April 2. | Fares from $2799 pp/do

 

Antebellum South

January 14. | Fares from $1999 pp/do
January 28; February 11. | Fares from $2199 pp/do.
May 13, 27; June 10; September 23; October 7, 21. | Fares from $2999 pp/do

 

American Music
December 16.
Fares from $2699 pp/do

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Deluxe Hotel Stay in Memphis, TN

Day 2: Embark in Memphis, TN

Day 3: Helena, AR

In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge sits the town that time forgot. Helena stands for simplicity and history. Boutiques and local stores thrive – there are no strip malls or large chain stores here. Visit Freedom Park, part of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Explore artifacts of Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, the Civil War and more in the Helena Museum. Learn about the Blues at the Delta Cultural Center. And Helena has so much more to offer – we’re proud to visit aboard the American Duchess!

Day 4: Vicksburg, MS

Civil War history is alive in Vicksburg, Lincoln’s ‘Key to the South.’ This vital river port city has since become a rich historical visit for tourists who want to learn about the battles of Vicksburg, as well as visit their museums.

Day 5: Natchez, MS

Natchez Indians and the first French explorers shared this beautiful piece of the river for many years. Officially founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Wherever you go, you’ll experience another piece of history, including unique shops, restaurants, museums and the historic homes of Natchez.

Day 6: Baton Rouge, LA

The Capital of Louisiana offers a unique look at the history and flavor of the state. If you’re looking forward to practicing your French skills, beware: the locals speak a specific version of French only found here.

Day 7: St. Francisville, LA

The original settlement of Bayou Sara was destroyed by flooding and fires. Many of the structures were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville, where they still stand. The southern charm is evident as soon as you walk past the Spanish moss-covered trees between touring their historic homes, beautiful churches and taking pictures with your friends in their breathtaking parks.

Day 8: Nottoway, LA

Explore the largest remaining antebellum deep south mansion in this included tour of Nottoway Plantation. This mansion is three floors, 64-bedrooms, and has 22 white square columns, contributing to its nickname, ‘The White Castle of Louisiana”.

Day 9: Disembark in New Orleans, LA

American Duchess 8-Day Cruises from Memphis to New Orleans:

Creole Christmas
December 22, 2017
Fares start at $2299 pp/do

 

Springtime in the South
April 2, 2018
Fares start at $2799 pp/do

 

2017 DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Boutique Hotel Stay in Memphis, TN

Day 2: Embark in Memphis, TN

Day 3: Helena, AR

In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge sits the town that time forgot. Helena stands for simplicity and history. Boutiques and local stores thrive – there are no strip malls or large chain stores here. Visit Freedom Park, part of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Explore artifacts of Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, the Civil War and more in the Helena Museum. Learn about the Blues at the Delta Cultural Center. And Helena has so much more to offer – we’re proud to visit aboard the American Queen!

Day 4: Scenic River Cruising

Take advantage of today by exploring all the onboard amenities! What treasures will you find onboard the American Duchess?

Day 5: Vicksburg, MS

Civil War history is alive in Vicksburg, Lincoln’s ‘Key to the South.’ This vital river port city has since become a rich historical visit for tourists who want to learn about the battles of Vicksburg, as well as visit their museums.

Day 6: St. Francisville, LA

The original settlement of Bayou Sara was destroyed by flooding and fires. Many of the structures were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville, where they still stand. The southern charm is evident as soon as you walk past the Spanish moss-covered trees between touring their historic homes, beautiful churches and taking pictures with your friends in their breathtaking parks.

Day 7: Nottoway, LA

Explore the largest remaining antebellum deep south mansion in this included tour of Nottoway Plantation. This mansion is three floors, 64-bedrooms, and has 22 white square columns, contributing to its nickname, ‘The White Castle of Louisiana”.

Day 8: Disembark in New Orleans, LA

 

2018 DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark in Memphis, TN

Day 2: Scenic River Cruising

Take advantage of today by exploring all the onboard amenities! What treasures will you find onboard the American Duchess?

Day 3: Vicksburg, MS

Civil War history is alive in Vicksburg, Lincoln’s ‘Key to the South.’ This vital river port city has since become a rich historical visit for tourists who want to learn about the battles of Vicksburg, as well as visit their museums.

Day 4: Natchez, MS

Natchez Indians and the first French explorers shared this beautiful piece of the river for many years. Officially founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Wherever you go, you’ll experience another piece of history, including unique shops, restaurants, museums and the historic homes of Natchez.

Day 5: Baton Rouge, LA

The Capital of Louisiana offers a unique look at the history and flavor of the state. If you’re looking forward to practicing your French skills, beware: the locals speak a specific version of French only found here.

Day 6: St. Francisville, LA

The original settlement of Bayou Sara was destroyed by flooding and fires. Many of the structures were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville, where they still stand. The southern charm is evident as soon as you walk past the Spanish moss-covered trees between touring their historic homes, beautiful churches and taking pictures with your friends in their breathtaking parks.

Day 7: Nottoway, LA

Explore the largest remaining antebellum deep south mansion in this included tour of Nottoway Plantation. This mansion is three floors, 64-bedrooms, and has 22 white square columns, contributing to its nickname, ‘The White Castle of Louisiana”.

Day 8: Disembark in New Orleans, LA

2017 American Queen Departures from New Orleans to Memphis:

Music of America

March 19.

Fares Start at $1899 pp/do ($2999 Single)

 

Antebellum South

April 2, 16, 30; May 14, 28; June 11, 25; September 3, 17; October 1; November 12.

Fares start at $1899 pp/do ($2999 Single)

 

Musical Heritage of the Delta

November 26.

Fares start at $1799 pp/do ($2699 Single)

 

Holiday- Christmas Markets

December 10.

Fares start at $1799 pp/do ($2699 Single)

 

2018 American Queen Departures from New Orleans to Memphis:

Antebellum South

March 4, 18 | Fares start at $1999 pp/do ($2799 single)

April 15, 29; May 13, 27; June 10; October 7, 21; November 4. | Fares start at $1999 pp/so ($2999 single)

 

Southern Culinary Experience

April 1. | Fares start at $1999 pp/do ($2699 single)

 

Civil War

June 24 | Fares start at $1999 pp/do ($2999 single)

 

Holiday – Christmas Markets

Altered Itinerary: Visits Nottoway instead of Oak Alley; Greenville instead of Helena.

December 2, 16. | Fares start at $1999 pp/do ($2499 single)

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Deluxe Hotel in New Orleans, LA

Day 2: Embark in New Orleans, LA

Board the American Queen this morning before our 5pm departure.

Day 3: Oak Alley, LA

The always popular and often-photographed Oak Alley in Saint James Parish will leave you in wonder of the 300 year-old oak trees that line the path to the gorgeous white house. Learn about the history and culture of the region, while dreamily walking in the trees. Sip a Mint Julep during your guided tour of the Big House, and suddenly you’ll be living in a different time.

Day 4: St. Francisville, MS

The original settlement of Bayou Sara was destroyed by flooding and fires. Many of the structures were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville, where they still stand. The southern charm is evident as soon as you walk past the Spanish moss-covered trees between touring their historic homes, beautiful churches and taking pictures with your friends in their breathtaking parks.

Day 5: Natchez, MS

Natchez Indians and the first French explorers shared this beautiful piece of the river for many years. Officially founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Wherever you go, you’ll experience another piece of history, including unique shops, restaurants, museums and the historic homes of Natchez.

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS

Civil War history is alive in Vicksburg, Lincoln’s ‘Key to the South.’ This vital river port city has since become a rich historical visit for tourists who want to learn about the battles of Vicksburg, as well as visit their museums.

Day 7: River Cruising

Enjoy the mighty Mississippi! Take a dip in the pool, visit with friends over drinks, or learn about life on the river from the Riverlorian!

Day 8: Helena, AR

In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge sits the town that time forgot. Helena stands for simplicity and history. Boutiques and local stores thrive – there are no strip malls or large chain stores here. Visit Freedom Park, part of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Explore artifacts of Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, the Civil War and more in the Helena Museum. Learn about the Blues at the Delta Cultural Center. And Helena has so much more to offer – we’re proud to visit aboard the American Queen!

Day 9: Disembark in Memphis, TN

2017 American Queen Departures from Memphis to New Orleans:

Antebellum South

March 26; April 9, 23; May 7, 21; June 4, 18; September 10, 24; November 5.

Fares from $1899 pp/do ($2699 single)

 

Thanksgiving Festival

November 19.

Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2999 single)

 

Holiday- Christmas Markets

December 3, 17*.

Fares from $1799 pp/do ($2699 single)

*Altered Itinerary: 10 days.

 

 

2018 American Queen Departures from Memphis to New Orleans:

Southern Literature

March 11 | Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2799 single)

 

Music of America

March 25; November 25* | Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2699 single)

 

Antebellum South

April 8, 22; May 6, 20; June 3, 17; September 30*; October 14, 28; November 11

Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2999 single)

 

Holiday – Christmas Markets

December 9* | Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2499 single)

 

Creole Christmas

December 23* | Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2499 single)

 

*Altered Itinerary.

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Deluxe Hotel in Memphis, TN

Day 2: Embark in Memphis, TN

Board the American Queen this afternoon before our steamboat departs Memphis at 5pm.

Day 3: Greenville, MS

Deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, on the banks of Lake Fergusson, just a short drive from the home of the blues, Greenville’s waters grow writers. The creative energy of Greenville has produced writers, singers, gardeners, and more. Learn about Greenville’s contributions at the Greenville History Museum, as well as other cultural centers and historical stops in Greenville.

Day 4: Vicksburg, MS

Civil War history is alive in Vicksburg, Lincoln’s ‘Key to the South.’ This vital river port city has since become a rich historical visit for tourists who want to learn about the battles of Vicksburg, as well as visit their museums.

Day 5: Natchez, MS

Natchez Indians and the first French explorers shared this beautiful piece of the river for many years. Officially founded in 1716, Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Wherever you go, you’ll experience another piece of history, including unique shops, restaurants, museums and the historic homes of Natchez.

Day 6: St. Francisville, LA

The original settlement of Bayou Sara was destroyed by flooding and fires. Many of the structures were hauled up the bluff to St. Francisville, where they still stand. The southern charm is evident as soon as you walk past the Spanish moss-covered trees between touring their historic homes, beautiful churches and taking pictures with your friends in their breathtaking parks.

Day 7: Baton Rouge, LA

The Capital of Louisiana offers a unique look at the history and flavor of the state. If you’re looking forward to practicing your French skills, beware: the locals speak a specific version of French only found here.

Day 8: Nottoway, LA

Explore the largest remaining antebellum deep south mansion in this included tour of Nottoway Plantation. This mansion is three floors, 64-bedrooms, and has 22 white square columns, contributing to its nickname, ‘The White Castle of Louisiana”.

Day 9: Disembark in New Orleans, LA

Photo Credit: American Queen Steamboat Company