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Roundtrip New Orleans | 9-Day Voyages

Rates & Dates:

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: Dec 25.

2018 Dates: Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; Apr 8; Dec 23.

Ships: American Duchess
American Queen

Notes: Port fees $179 Per Person.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Allow the charms of the Deep South to come alive as you experience the history and luxury of the region onboard your opulent paddlewheels and in the small river towns along the way. Whether you choose the largest riverboat in the world, the American Queen, or the new American Duchess with all suites onboard, you’ll enjoy the decadent tastes, smooth sounds, and spectacular views of the South!

2017 Departures

American Queen: December 25.

2018 Departures

American Duchess: February 4, 11, 18. April 8. December 23*.

American Queen: February 25.

 

*8 Day cruise. Altered Itinerary.

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Theme Cruises

Big Band: Big Band Swing has been one of the most popular themes on the American Queen every year for one very special reason: the nostalgia of the swing era (1920s-30s) with live band performances in the Grand Saloon onboard the most opulent riverboat in the world! The guest orchestras will have you dancing to the old familiar tunes. If you are in a Luxury Suite or AAA Suite, be sure to reserve your box seat for a performance with commodore services. But what fun to sit closer to the action and enjoy a live performance by the orchestra. Maybe you’ll even convince your friend or partner to take a turn with you on the floor!

 

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 Sampler: This cruise has a little bit of everything – perfect for those who haven’t experienced the South and don’t want to be defined by a themed cruise! Listen to jazz in New Orleans. Explore the battlefields of Vicksburg. Tour the famous Nottoway plantation.

 

Christmas: You could spend Christmas in a suite onboard the American Duchess! 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.

 

New Year’s Celebration: For your new year’s resolution, you’re going to travel. And to start the year off right, ring in the new year onboard the American Queen! You’ll celebrate the entire week, but everyone will gather in the Grand Saloon for the special New Year’s Eve gala! With all your new friends, or the old friends you brought with you, enjoy champagne, sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, and celebrate in style.

2018 American Duchess Departures

Southern Sampler:

February 4, 11, 18 | Fares from $2699 pp/do

April 8 | Fares from $2999 pp/do

Christmas:

December 23* | Fares from $2699 pp/do

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Boutique Hotel in New Orleans, LA

Day 2: Embark in New Orleans, LA

We’ll board the beautiful American Duchess this afternoon, departing New Orleans at 5pm.

Day 3: River Cruising

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

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: Grand Gulf, MS

Grand Gulf was a vibrant river town for the first half of the 19th century. The town grew quickly as a center for cotton shipping. In a typical week, 20+ steamboats would stop here. In 1852, a steamboat’s boilers exploded, destroying much of the docks. The next year, a large part of town was destroyed by tornado, and the Mississippi River began to change course. Despite the damage done to town, it was the center of two Civil War battles. The 400-acre Grand Gulf Military Park is all that’s left of the once bustling town of Grand Gulf. There is a museum, historic buildings that have been preserved, a cemetery and more.

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

 

*8 Day cruise. Itinerary variation: visits Baton Rouge instead of Vicksburg and Grand Gulf.

2017 American Queen Departures

Big Band Swing:

Feb 26th, Mar 5th | Fares from $1799 pp/do ($2699 Single)

Antebellum South:

March 12th | Fares from $1799 pp/do ($2699 Single)

New Year’s Celebration:

December 25th | Fares from $1799 pp/do ($2699 Single)

 

2018 American Queen Departures

Big Band:

February 25th | Fares from $1999 pp/do ($2699 Single)

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Deluxe Hotel in New Orleans, LA

Day 2: Embark in New Orleans, LA

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

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, 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: 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