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The Mighty Mississippi Cruise – 26 Sep 2022

Cruise and Stay 15 nights with American Countess departing 26th September 2022

* Valid until 24 September 2022 or sold out/withdrawn

Cruise Inclusions

SUMMARY:
Cruise Package Duration: 15 nights Cruise-Stay
Package Begins: 26 September 2022 – hotel in Minneapolis, USA
Cruise Begins: 27 September 2022 – embark, Red Wing (near Minneapolis) USA
Cruise Ends: 11 October 2022 – disembark, New Orleans, USA
Ship: American Countess
River: Mississippi River

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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 Countess from Red Wing (near Minneapolis) 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

Itinerary

*Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure.
  • Full itinerary
    16 days
  • Day
    1
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

    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
    Red Wing, Minnesota, USA
  • Red Wing, Minnesota, USA

    Red Wing was included on National Geographic Traveler’s list of the world’s most historic places. The city offers endless opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and pioneers who occupied the land before today, or admire the craftsmanship and creativity of local artisans of both the present and the past.

  • Day
    3
    Winona, Minnesota, USA
  • Winona, Minnesota, USA

    Explore one of the most beautiful places in the country. Nestled in the covered limestone river bluffs of the Mississippi River, Winona is full of culture and Americana. This historic city – filled with incredible museums, galleries and parks – is also where J.R. Watkins has produced its fine natural products for over 150 years. Take a trip to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and fall even more in love with the maritime lifestyle.

    Winona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    (Shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure).

    Explore Winona, Minnesota, one of the most beautiful places in the country. The city is referred to as the “Island City” by locals because of the large sand bar it was built upon. Evidence suggests that the land’s history reaches back as early as 9500 B.C., while present-day Winona was founded as the small village of Keoxa in 1851. Nestled between the covered limestone river bluffs of the Mississippi River, Winona is full of culture and small-town Americana. Enjoy stunning views of the rolling bluffs as they plummet to the mighty Mississippi below in this beautiful and historic city, filled with incredible museums, galleries and parks.

    Premium shore excursions may be available for this departure. Please enquire for more details.

  • Day
    4
    La Crosse, WI
  • La Crosse, WI

    This river town has a long-standing romance with the steamboat era, and as our paddlewheeler kisses its port, guests are welcomed by its eye-catching vistas and expansive waterfront park. Within its depths, La Crosse harbors a vibrant community; the cultural exchange among it and its six sister cities showcases a deep appreciation for enrichment through diversity. Influences from far-off destinations such as Bantry, Ireland, and Bavaria, Germany, woven into the history and charm of this scenic port, will certainly stir a traveler’s soul. 

  • Day
    5
    Dubuque, Iowa, USA
  • Dubuque, Iowa, USA

    Explore Dubuque, the roots from which Iowa sprouted. It’s brimming with opportunity for river travelers to experience an All-America City. Check off your outdoor bucket list in the perfect nature getaway for any adventure, and explore historic districts peppered with preserved history. From the architectural delight of Tiffany-designed windows in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to the exhibits of the Dubuque Museum of Art, this city captures artistry. Victorian meets bohemian in this ever-growing Mississippi River gem that’s sure to leave dazzling memories. 

    (Shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure).

    Dubuque Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    Located on the Mississippi River where Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin meet, Dubuque is an extremely popular tourist destination featuring riverfront amenities, numerous attractions and events, breathtaking natural scenery and unique architecture. From the America’s River Project in the Port of Dubuque that transformed the city’s riverfront, to the revitalization of its historic Main Street, to the ongoing evolution of the Historic Millwork District downtown, Dubuque is truly a vibrant community. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has named Dubuque the “Most Livable Small City” in the country and the National Civic League has named Dubuque an All-America City four times since 2007! Visitors will enjoy exploring this beautiful and unique city as they uncover its history and current offerings.

    Premium shore excursions may be available for this departure. Please enquire for more details.

  • Day
    6
    Bettendorf (Quad Cities), IA, USA
  • Bettendorf (Quad Cities), IA, USA

    Bettendorf is but the beginning of this quest to the Quad Cities. Our deluxe motorcoaches bridge the gap between the distinctively different urban areas that, without friction, blend into the melting pot that the region celebrates. Whimsical architecture in Rock Island complements the eccentric gardens of the Quad City Botanical Center. The varied heritages and customs of the area come to life through the multiform dexterity of local artisans. A collection of riverfront vistas and metropolitan communities meet Midwestern neighborliness at the mighty Mississippi in this multifaceted port.

  • Day
    7
    Burlington, Iowa, USA
  • Burlington, Iowa, USA

    Charm indwells this city. Swaggering trails showcase flourishing vegetation, neighborhood hangouts offer upscale dining options and steepled churches rich in architecture abound. Pleasure awaits each visitor in this city of contrasts. Quiet strolls through courtly streets in historic districts are juxtaposed by boisterous thespian artistry inside Capitol Theater; the drumming heart of the city is soothed by the scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River. Lover of all seasons, connoisseur of culture, friend to foodies: Welcome to Burlington. 

  • Day
    8
    Hannibal, Missouri, USA
  • Hannibal, Missouri, USA

    Hannibal could be described as ordinary, but the father of American literature would beg to differ. The town, with style and dignity, comes to life in the writings of Mark Twain. People, entities and livelihoods of Hannibal’s past endure within the pages of masterpieces such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Life on the Mississippi,” and the town’s preservation efforts allow our quests to step right onto the page where Twain left off. Today, the river stretches north toward country that’s almost as wild and beautiful as it must have been then, and, still enlivened by the coming and going of rivercraft, this exuberant port marks the start of adventure for all who visit. 

  • Day
    9
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
  • St Louis, Missouri, USA

    St. Louis, famously referred to as the Gateway City, is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultural traditions each one brings forth. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States.

  • Day
    10
    River Cruising
  • 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
    11
    Memphis Tennessee, USA
  • Memphis Tennessee, USA

    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
    12
    Terrene Landing, Mississippi, USA
  • Terrene Landing, Mississippi, USA

    Terrene Landing is located in Bolivar County.

  • Day
    13
    Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

    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. 

    INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSION

    (Shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure).

    Vicksburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    For months Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee were trying to overtake Vicksburg, Mississippi – ” The Key to the South” as described by Abraham Lincoln. In late May 1863, Grant undertook a new campaign to gain access to this vital river city. After many attempts, Vicksburg still fought back and caused the Union Army to fall back. Grant chose to attack again full force at Champion Hill and Big Black Bridge, weakening John C. Pemberton’s Army causing it to retreat. Both Confederates and Union soldiers suffered drastically, but finally on July 4, 1863, Pemberton surrendered to Grant leaving the Mississippi River in Union hands.

    Premium shore excursions may be available for this departure. Please enquire for more details.

  • Day
    14
    Natchez, Mississippi, USA
  • Natchez, Mississippi, USA

    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.” 

    Natchez Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    (Shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure).

    This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Natchez is known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history, which can be found on every street corner throughout the town. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and antebellum houses as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.

    Premium shore excursions may be available for this departure. Please enquire for more details.

  • Day
    15
    White Castle, Louisiana, USA
  • White Castle, Louisiana, USA

    White Castle is a town in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, United States.

  • Day
    16
    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    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. 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

Pricing and Cabins

Please select your preferred category and cabin configuration/price. Then select Continue to provide your contact details and preferences. Our cruise specialists will check availability and respond to you as soon as possible.
Category Twin/pp Single/pp
Cat E - Inside Stateroom
Cat B - Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda
Cat A - Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Private Veranda
Cat SO - Single Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on full brochure cruise fare at time of publication and does not include any discounts. Visitors to the United States/Canada must complete an online ESTA/CANESTA application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. All guests must be fully vaccinated by a US approved vaccine prior to departure on any American Queen Voyages cruise. Please note that cabin availability is not shown in real time – All inquiries will be checked for current availability at the time requested. Transfer to hotel on day one and post cruise are not included. Discounts may be available – please contact our office for the best offers applicable.

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