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American Duchess<br>8 Night Cruise<br>New Orleans to Memphis

American Duchess
8 Night Cruise
New Orleans to Memphis

Ship: American Duchess
Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
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Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: New Orleans, Nottoway, St Francisville - Louisiana, Natchez, Vicksburg, Tunica, Memphis
Airport gateway (Arrival) : New Orleans
Airport gateway (Departure) : Memphis

Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA

 

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the InterContinental New Orleans. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the many treasures of New Orleans. 

Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in New Orleans.

Day 2: New Orleans, LA

Departure 5:00 PM

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through history.

If you haven’t gotten your full dose of New Orleans yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During this time, our representatives will arrange for your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time. If you have any additional questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until the complimentary vessel transfers begin at 3:00 p.m.

Day 3: Nottoway Plantation, LA

 

Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of  true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

Day 4: St. Francisville, LA

 

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree.

Day 5: Natchez, MS

 

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. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS

 

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

Day 7: River Cruising

 

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of  serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.

Day 8: Tunica, MS

 

At the northern reaches of the Mississippi, Tunica is one of South's leading entertainment destinations. It is home to nine casino resorts and three championship-level golf courses. Tunica boasts more than just entertainment though, as it is a popular starting point for the Mississippi Blues Trail, a scenic highway that winds through Mississippi and takes you to historic blues markers and landmarks.

Day 9: Memphis, TN

Arrival 8:00 AM

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Memphis at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

 

Your Cruise Fare Includes:
Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
Complimentary hotel stay the night before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the vessel
All on-board meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
24-Hour Room Service
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway
Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches

 

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

Cabin Pricing

HUGE HOLIDAY SEASON SAVINGS WITH AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT COMPANY!

 

Book selected sailings departing in November and December 2018 to receive savings of up to US$800 per person off the standard cruise fares - ask us for details!

 

Offer is for new bookings only, in selected cabin categories. Offer is based on cabin availability and only applies while inventory in the specific category remains. Fares are converted to AUD at the cruise line's prevailing exchange rate for payment purposes.

 

* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in Australian Dollars and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable).
* All prices quoted are for the cruise departing on . Prices for alternative departure dates may vary.

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Book selected sailings departing in November and December 2018 to receive savings of up to US$800 per person off the standard cruise fares - ask us for details!

 

Offer is for new bookings only, in selected cabin categories. Offer is based on cabin availability and only applies while inventory in the specific category remains. Fares are converted to AUD at the cruise line's prevailing exchange rate for payment purposes.

 

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Ports

New Orleans

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico.
Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.

Nottoway

St Francisville - Louisiana

St. Francisville -Louisiana
Known for it's small town quiet life, the historic district with the numerous homes, churches, office buildings, shops, restaurants and courthouse on the national historic registry. The surrounding area within the parish of West Feliciana hax six plantation homes open to the public for guided tours. Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to the national bald-cypress tree which is the largest tree in North America east of the California Redwoods.

Natchez

The birthplace of Mississippi

Natchez, the birthplace of Mississippi, is known internationally as a quaint, Southern town with a rich culture and heritage shaped by people of African, French, British and Spanish descent.
It’s first inhabitants, however, were the Natchez Indians and it was French explorers who first came to the area and made it their home in peace with the tribe.

Vicksburg

Vicksburg is bursting at the seams with local culture, character and outdoor adventure.
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions.
Founded in 1811 and incorporated on January 29, 1825, Vicksburg has grown into a center for commerce and river traffic.
Vicksburg is best known for the part she played in the Civil War.

Tunica

Memphis

Whether you’re moving to Memphis or just visiting, there is plenty to see and do.
Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the home ofthe Blues.
It’s also home to the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, and Graceland, the second most visited residence in the United States.
Memphis was initially founded in 1819, but roughly 60 years later, suffered 10 years of yellow fever that decimated the population and eventually resulted in Memphis losing its city charter.
After it was re-chartered, Memphis prospered as a trade center for cotton and hardwood. It became the first city in the United States to have a sanitary sewer system, a fact attributed to fear over yellow fever and how it was spread.
Memphis became a music mecca in the 1950s and ’60s with Elvis Presley, Johnnie Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others, all recording at Sun Studios.
Across the city, Stax Records developed “the Memphis sound,” with artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
Memphis still has a vibrant music scene to this day, with live music each night on Beale Street and in most areas of the city.
But music is not Memphis’ only export; these days, most goods come through Memphis and its transportation and logistics infrastructure.
Not only is the airport the second busiest cargo airport in the world – a fact attributable to FedEx’s “Super Hub” – but Memphis sits at a crossroads of what we call the four R’s: Railroads, runways, roads, and the Mississippi River.
The city is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, including AutoZone, International Paper, and FedEx, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Whether you’re just coming to Memphis for a visit or you’re planning to stay a while, we know you’ll find a vibrant, welcoming city. Just don’t forget to try the barbecue.

 

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American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company

Awaiting you on board the Steamer American Queen are uncompromising elegance and hospitality, meticulous attention to detail and refined amenities that outshine the splendor of even the golden age of river travel. It's been far too long since genuine steamboats have graced the rivers of America. With the formation of the American Queen Steamboat Company, Steamboating is back and better than ever. As the only authentic overnight steamboat on American rivers, the Steamer American Queen affords you a voyage of enchantment. Incomparable luxury and modern comforts, unforgettable cuisine and entertainment, thoughtful, gracious service - all stem from the passion to set a new standard of excellence.

 

Ship info

American Duchess

 

The American Duchess will join the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet in August 2017!

 

The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious 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 accomodations 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 onboard is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavors and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The Grill, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace.
 
Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made River Cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.

American Queen Steamboat Company is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America's waterways clean.
 
 

DISTINCTIONS

• The first all-suite river cruise vessel on U.S. rivers

• Three Owner's Suites: 550 sq. ft.

• Four Loft Suites: 550 sq. ft.

• Outside Veranda Suites: 240 sq. ft.

• Open seating with two dining venues:: The Grand Dining Room and The Grill Room

• Included shore excursions in every port of call

• Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage - including breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Duchess

• Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage

• Complimentary wine and beer with dinner

Gracious service and warm hospitality from a friendly, all-American staff

• Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert

Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway - spectacular revues, cabaret, jazz and blues, and more

• Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches

• The Passenger Vessel Association recognizes American Queen Steamboat Company as a member of its Green WATERS Program for the vessel's dedication and commitment to a cleaner, greener marine environment. 

 

 
 
 

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