Cruise & Stay 8 nights aboard the iconic paddlewheeler, The American Queen, on a journey through the heart of America.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to Alton aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis. Day by Day Itinerary: Day 1: Hotel Stay – Memphis, TN Enjoy your complimentary stay at a Downtown Hotel. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city’s famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment. Day 2: Memphis, TN Departure 5:00 PM Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river. It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime! Day 3: Leisurely River Cruising Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies’ Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen’s Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen’s Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river! Day 4: New Madrid, MO New Madrid was founded in 1776 by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodríguez Miró who welcomed Anglo-Saxon settlers but required them to become citizens of Spain and live under the guidance of his appointed impresario, Revolutionary War veteran, Colonel William Morgan of New Jersey. Some 2,000 settled in the region. In 1800, Spain traded the territory to France in the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, and France promptly sold it to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The city is remembered as being the nearby location for the Mississippi River military engagement, the Battle of Island Number Ten, during the Civil War. The city is famous for being the site of a series of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 1811-1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Today, explore this quaint river town that will appeal to all guests. Day 5: Paducah, KY Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent! Day 6: Cape Girardeau, MO Nestled along the western banks of the mighty Mississippi River lays the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It’s a community rich in history and heritage. For more than 250 years, people have been drawn to Cape Girardeau and the river on which it lies. Stroll along the riverfront, where the passion that led Mark Twain to write so eloquently about Cape Girardeau in Life on the Mississippi, the inspiration that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used to lead with firm conviction as he took command of the Union Army in the historic downtown, and the warmth and hospitality that community founder Louis Lorimier extended to Lewis and Clark while on the journey of a lifetime as they set forth on their Corps of Discovery to explore the Louisiana Purchase will be prominent. Day 7: Chester, IL Known as the “Home of Popeye”, Chester, Illinois is a city rich in history and pop culture. Because creator and writer of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, was born here, the famous characters starred in the show will be seen showcased frequently throughout the town. Stop at the Popeye Character Trail to view granite statues of the characters overlooking the Mississippi or check out America’s only Popeye museum and gift shop to take home a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Chester! Spend the day exploring the unique history as you walk through luxurious homes, historical buildings, and museums! Day 8: St. Louis, MO St. Louis, Missouri, famously referred to as the “Gateway City,” is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultures and traditions each one brings forth. The iconic city was founded in 1764 by French explorers who settled on the east side of the Mississippi, claiming the land as their fur trading post. In 1803, the city’s name began to spread as the beginning point for the famous Louis and Clark Expedition. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands proud on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States. Day 9: Alton, IL This adventurist’s oasis is always welcoming to our guests – as dewdrops of watercraft greet them from the shorelines. Founded in 1837, Alton has preserved its small-town aesthetic, but mated it with the modern industry and art that birthed its contemporary ambiance. Cafés overlook limestone bluffs draped in greenery as breezes and birds alike whistle through the trees. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor treasures that showcase the enchantment that this river town has to offer.
SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 17 September 2023 – hotel in Memphis, USA Cruise Begins: 18 September 2023 – embark, Memphis, USA Cruise Ends: 25 September 2023 – disembark, Alton, USA Ship: American Queen River: Mississippi 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 Queen from Memphis to Alton (near St Louis) • 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 $300 and $750 USD per person in selected categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 31st of December 2021*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Interior: Was $3035 – NOW $2735* Twin Cat D Deluxe Stateroom with Bay Window: Was $4835 – NOW $4085* Twin Cat C Stateroom with Open Veranda: Was $5135 – NOW $4385* Twin Cat B Stateroom with Open Veranda: Was $5435 – NOW $4685* Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $5635 – NOW $5135* Twin Cat PS Paddlewheel stateroom with Window: Was $5735 – NOW $4985* Twin Cat JS Junior Suite with Open Veranda: Was $5735 – NOW $4985* Twin Cat DS Deluxe Suite with Open Veranda: Was $6335 – NOW $5835* Twin Cat LS Luxury Suite with Private or Open Veranda: $8835 (no discount) Twin Cat OS Owners Suite with Private Veranda: $10535 (no discount) Single Cat SI Interior: $3735 (no discount) Single Cat SD Deluxe Interior: Was $4435 – NOW $4135*