Cruise & Stay 8 nights from Memphis to Ottawa Illinois aboard the American Countess paddlewheeler.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to Ottawa aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis. The best of Mississippi and Illinois River small-town charm blends with metropolitan sensibilities on a cruise rich in diverse encounters. Home to climbing bluffs and verdant prairies, the span of the heartland on this route gave rise to legends. Learn their stories on this unique journey, slightly off the beaten path. Day 1: Hotel Stay – Memphis, TN Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. Day 2: Memphis, TN Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience. Day 3: River Cruising Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers. Day 4: Columbus, KY Columbus, Kentucky, located in Hickman County, is the oldest town in Jackson Purchase. First established on the Mississippi floodplain in 1804, the town was initially known as “Iron Banks.” This naming convention was due to the site’s name in French: les rivages de fer. The great Mississippi Flood of 1927 rampaged the town and caused its residents to move its location to the present-day site further inland. The town received its current name from the infamous Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus. Day 5: Chester, IL Let the us transport you back to the good ol’ days – an era of cereal and Saturday morning cartoons. Before he sailed the Seven Seas, Popeye the Sailor Man was but a twinkle in the eye of Elzie Segar, a Chester native. This is your opportunity to seize nostalgia in the birthplace of one tough gazookus. Chester not only groomed Segar’s creative talent, but also acted as a muse, providing character inspiration in the form of its own residents. So, enjoy the origin of this childhood classic and keep good behavior – that’s your one life-saver with Popeye the Sailor Man – toot-toot. Day 6: Alton, IL Grafton is the oldest city in Jersey County, and its history is openly depicted in every rustic home, its residents’ undeniable hospitality and the architecture that lines the streets. Discover museums that highlight the town’s history, explore unique shops and eateries downtown or sip robust wines from one of the many wineries across the county. Day 7: River Cruising Day 8: Preoria, IL The largest city on the Illinois River, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois. Named after the Peoria Native American Tribe, the city was settled in 1680 by French explorers. With a good blend of government and official buildings as the county seat – Peoria also offers a bustling art and culture scene and offers a robust historical story to entertain guests from around the world. Day 9: Ottawa, IL Ottawa is a city of intricacy: butterfly gardens and gardens mingle alongside its city streets. Elegant boutique shops and modern eateries satisfy the urban explorer. Explore treasures old and new in this delightful city.
SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 18 September 2021 – hotel in Memphis, USA Cruise Begins: 19 September 2021 – embark, Memphis, USA Cruise Ends: 26 September 2021 – disembark, Ottawa, USA Ship: American Countess River: Mississippi River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Memphis • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Countess from Memphis to Ottawa Illinois • 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 $199 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by between $200 and $700 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 $2635 – NOW $2435* Twin Cat B Open Veranda: Was $4435 – NOW $3735* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $4735 – NOW $4035* Single Cat SO Open Veranda Single Bed: $4335* (no discount)