7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans roundtrip aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans.
Lower Mississippi Cruises:
Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Once divided by these very waters, when cotton was king and the plantation lifestyle was at its zenith, the North and South were at war, each armed with conflicting visions of what was worth dying for. Look back as each battlefield and grave marker has a story to tell. Then celebrate the living, breathing places where southern culture continues to enjoy a modern-day renaissance.
Big Band Swing
Get “in the mood” for our sensational Big Band Vacations, when special onboard guest orchestras play the tunes you know so well, all in the original arrangements that made them legendary. If you are a fan of the big bands, this is a sentimental journey you won’t want to miss.
Departures: 20 Feb 2015
Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the South, as well as its traditions, history and cooking. Our Southern Culture Vacations carry you deep into the worlds of William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams and Harper Lee. You’ll visit the towns that inspired literary and musical greatness. Along the way, you’ll experience the sounds of the Delta blues and sample plenty of Southern cooking.
Departures: 27 Feb 2015, 6 Mar 2015,
Old Fashioned Holidays
Step aboard the American Queen all decked out in its holiday finery, sip a glass of eggnog, join in carols and watch the riverbanks for Cajun bonfires lit to guide Papa Noel on his way. Amid the glitter and elegance is the camaraderie of new friends, the joy of family and knowing this journey is unlike any other.
Departures: 12 Dec 2014, 19 Dec 2014
New Year’s Celebration
Resolve to have more fun and greet the New Year on the American Queen. The celebration carries throughout the week, but a special New Year’s Eve gala in the marvelous Grand Saloon will surround you in elegant decor, confetti, champagne, newfound friends and the uplifting refrains of “Auld Lang Syne.” Be one of the select few who can claim to have celebrated New Year’s Eve aboard the world’s grandest and most majestic riverboat.
Departures: 26 Dec 2014, 26 Dec 2015
Good Old Summertime
Departures: 19 June 2015
Day 1: Hotel Stay – New Orleans
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in New Orleans. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.
Day 2: New Orleans, LA
Departure: 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage. Kick off the festivities with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.
Day 3: Oak Alley, LA
Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.
Day 4: St. Francisville, LA
This quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, you’ll find plenty to keep you on the go in St. Francisville.
Day 5: Natchez, MS
Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Visit historic Jefferson College, or just amble down the Natchez Trace.
Day 6: Vicksburg, MS
Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Take in the diversity from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station. Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival.
Day 7: Baton Rouge, LA
The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the center of all the great things the state has to offer-visitors delight in the seamless blend of past and present experiencing authentic Louisiana at every turn. With its semi-tropical climate, the outdoors is tempting and the attractions abound. No wonder this is one of the south’s fastest growing cities.
Day 8: Plantation Road, LA
Experience living history through romantic antebellum mansions of the deep south.
Day 9: Disembark in New Orleans, LA
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
Tie up in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid your steamboat adieu. But give in to the temptation to hang around and explore.