Cruise & Stay 15 nights aboard the iconic paddlewheeler, American Duchess on a journey from Minneapolis to Memphis.
14 Night Cruise sailing from Red Wing to New Orleans aboard American Duchess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Minneapolis. American Duchess was the first all-suite paddle wheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland. The paddle wheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the loveliest river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises. Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft.. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space. Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining on board is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavours and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The River Club and Terrace, which can host over 80 guests who wish 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: 16 September 2023 – hotel in Minneapolis, USA Cruise Begins: 17 September 2023 – embark, Red Wing, USA Cruise Ends: 1 October 2023 – disembark, Memphis, USA Ship: American Duchess 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 Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess from Red Wing to Memphis • 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: The fares shown here are full brochure fare. This cruise may also have discounts applicable for Australian residents. Please contact us for your best offer. All rates in USD – U.S Dollars.