Cruise & Stay 15 nights with American Countess on a paddlewheelin` discovery of America`s big ol` Mississippi.
14 Night Cruise sailing from Red Wing to New Orleans aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Minneapolis. The latest addition to the American Queen Steamboat Company’s fleet of authentic paddle wheelers, the American Countess, offers many of the same exciting heartland and deep South itineraries as her sisters the American Queen and American Duchess. Built from an existing hull, the American Countess underwent significant reconstruction, including lengthening the boat by 60 feet. Guests will enjoy the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Steamboat Company the most award-winning river cruise line in America. With four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 comfortable, inviting staterooms in four categories, this lovely paddlewheeler will become a home away from home on six- to 15-day itineraries, including her own epic Mighty Mississippi cruise. Cabins feature a sleek and modern design that will provide guests with the perfect place to relax after enjoying an included shore excursion or an evening Broadway-calibre performance presented in The Theater onboard. As an award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes, the gracious staff charms guests with friendly, courteous attention to their needs in the Grand Dining Room. A more casual atmosphere is offered in the River Grill, which allows guests to dine at their own pace. Highlights of this cruise: Red Wing Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, on the Mississippi River. Red Wing is connected to Wisconsin by Red Wing Bridge, it carries U.S. Route 63 over the Mississippi River and its backwaters. It is known for its wooded bluffs and neighborhoods that nestle into the valleys between the bluffs. Most prominent of the bluffs is Barn Bluff, which rises steeply above downtown and the river. Sorin’s bluff offers commanding views of the town and the river. The Red Wing area offers a vast variety of recreational activities, shopping, arts, museums, theatre and sight seeing. La Crosse La Crosse is a city in and the county seat of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. The city lies alongside the Mississippi River. La Crosse offers visitors plenty of activities to do and sights to see, without the overwhelming hustle and bustle of bigger cities. In recent years, La Crosse has rejuvenated its downtown, which features a collection of bars, restaurants, high-end hotels and shops presented with an old-town feel. There is also the La Crosse Center, a large civic center with ongoing events almost daily. Another attraction in La Crosse is Riverside Park, an expansive walkway and park which straddles the river with excellent views of the Cass Street Bridge, Pettibone Park, and Minnesota. Behind the city are the Bluffs, which offer numerous trails of varying difficulty levels with magnificent views at the top. St Louis St Louis is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, is a major midwestern metropolis made up of 79 neighborhoods. It is an attractive city with 105 parks, many museums, several notable churches and many other attractions. Dominating the St. Louis skyline is the spectacular Gateway Arch, in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which was built in 1965. St. Louis features a range of popular tourist attractions, including Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the World Aquarium (at City Museum), Missouri Botanical Gardens and St. Louis’ Forest Park. Memphis Memphis is a city in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers. The city’s claims to fame include Graceland, the mansion Elvis Presley lived in during his later years. Maybe more importantly, Memphis is the considered by many to be the home of blues music. In addition to Graceland, Memphis has many extremely popular tourist attractions, including Libertyland – a popular family amusement park featuring around many rides and attractions; Memphis Zoo – including two giant pandas and regular animal shows; and Sun Studio – known as ‘the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll’, being the studio where Elvis Presley first recorded. Natchez Natchez is a city near the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Mississippi. This historic town is perched on a high bluff above the Mississippi River 100 miles upriver from New Orleans. It was an important, wealthy city before the Civil War. That history gave it the South’s grandest collection of antebellum homes. New Orleans New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. It is tis a top tourist destination, despite being hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The city is known for its historical roots, jazz music, Creole food and year round Mardi Gras atmosphere. The city of New Orleans has many world-class tourist attractions, including the Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, Bourbon Street – the city’s world-famous strip of lively bars and jazz clubs, the French Market and Jackson Square – forming the center of the lively French Quarter. Other popular attractions in New Orleans include Audubon Park, the Café Du Monde, City Park, Lafayette Cemetery, the Old Ursuline Convent – Louisiana’s oldest building, boasting a wealth of local history; and the Old US Mint.
SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 15 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 28 August 2021 – hotel in Minneapolis, USA Cruise Begins: 29 August 2021 – embark, Red Wing, USA Cruise Ends: 12 September 2021 – disembark, New Orleans, USA Ship: American Countess River: Mississippi River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Minneapolis • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 14 night Mighty Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from Red Wing 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 onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $399 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $273 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by between $400 and $1500 USD per person on selected categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Interior Stateroom: Was $5471 – NOW $5071* Twin Cat B Open Veranda: Was $9471 – NOW $7971* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $10071 – NOW $8571* Single Cat SO Open Veranda Single Bed: $9271* (no discount)