Cruise & Stay 7 nights aboard the magnificent American Duchess paddlewheeler round trip from New Orleans.
6 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans roundtrip aboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans. Uncover the treasures of Lower Mississippi River cities as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the region’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets or simply admire the beauty of the world around you. Beginning and ending in one of America’s iconic cities, a roundtrip New Orleans journey offers a sample of the South. Day by Day Itinerary: Day 1: Hotel Stay – New Orleans, LA 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: New Orleans, LA New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park. Day 3: Nottoway Plantation American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up. Day 4: St. Francisville, LA St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own. Day 5: Natchez, MS It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Day 6: Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir. Day 7: River Cruising Day 8: New Orleans, LA New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter or admire the beauty in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
SPECIAL EDITION THEMED CRUISE: Mississippi Holiday Markets Themed Cruise This Lower Mississippi River cruise offers special Holiday Markets in several ports that will feature local artisans and crafters. Enjoy a taste of local holiday culinary creations and take in the sounds of the holiday, bonfires on the levee, holiday decorations and a special onboard performance. SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 7 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 17 December 2022 – hotel in New Orleans, USA Cruise Begins: 18 December 2022 – embark, New Orleans, USA Cruise Ends: 24 December 2022 – disembark, New Orleans, USA Ship: American Duchess River: Mississippi River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in New Orleans • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 6 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess round trip from 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 $170 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $117 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by between $200 and $500 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 up to the 31st of December 2021*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat IS Interior Stateroom: Was $2286 – NOW $2086* Twin Cat VS Veranda Suite with Private Balcony: Was $4086 – NOW $3586* Twin Cat DS Deluxe Suite with Private Balcony: Was $5786 – NOW $5286* Twin Cat LFS Loft Suite with Private Balcony: from $6286* (no discount) Twin Cat OS Owners Suite: $7286 (no discount) Single sole use occupancy prices on request