American Queen - New Orleans to Memphis

  • 10 Days

  • Southern USA

Sail the mighty Mississippi River and explore the South aboard the American Queen: the grandest river steamboat afloat. Discover the roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Memphis and stand on the Vicksburg Civil War battlefield.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 04th March 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Sail the mighty Mississippi River and explore the South aboard the American Queen: the grandest river steamboat afloat. Discover the roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Memphis and stand on the Vicksburg Civil War battlefield. 

At a glance

  • New Orleans Visit the birthplace of jazz.
  • Nottoway Discover the Nottoway Plantation
  • St Francisville Explore the historic sites of this quaint river town.
  • Natchez Admire this charming river town
  • Vicksburg Explore the forts, trenches and cannons of this important Civil War battle site.
  • Greenville Find the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta
  • Memphis Explore the iconic Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.



Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Memphis

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - New Orleans

Fly to New Orleans where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night. A local representative of American Queen will be able to help you with any questions.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

New Orleans

Morning at leisure. Later this afternoon, board your cruise ship, American Queen and set sail on the mighty Mississippi.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Nottoway

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

St Francisville

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 with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Natchez

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.”

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Vicksburg

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. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Greenville

Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Scenic Mississippi 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. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake or take the time to mingle with fellow guests.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Memphis - UK

Arrive in Memphis and disembark after breakfast to transfer to the airport. Alternatively, extend your stay in Memphis for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • New Orleans: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Notes

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

The cruise itinerary may vary slightly by departure date.

Your ship

American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity.

Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately riverboats that preceded her and so inspired her designers.

While on board, you can select a volume from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat’s library. Or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge, and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.

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.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Class: Steamboat
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 170
  • Number of cabins: 222
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 9
  • Capacity: 436 passengers
  • Main language on board: en-US
  • Currency on board: USD
  • Number of decks: 6
  • Gross tonnage: 3707
  • Length (m): 127
  • Width (m): 28
  • Speed in knots: 7
  • Launch year: 1995
  • Refit year: 2011
Available cabins on this cruise
Luxury Suite (LS)

Located on the Promenade and Texas Decks these Luxury Suites are spacious and elegantly furnished featuring French Doors opening onto the deck treating you to a sweeping river view.

The cabin also features a queen size bed dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower. A cozy and intimate sitting area with sofa-bed and cocktail tables with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 338-353 square feet

AAA Suites

Located on the Promenade Deck these Luxury Suites are spacious and elegantly furnished featuring French Doors opening onto the deck treating you to a sweeping river view.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower. A cozy and intimate sitting area with sofa-bed and cocktail tables with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 230 square feet

AA Superior Outside Staterooms

Located on the Texas Deck the Superior Outside Staterooms feature an open 40 square foot private veranda.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower.  Sit in your cozy armchair and prop your feet up on the ottoman as you read through the River Times and discover the delights that await you. with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 190 square feet

Deluxe Outside Stateroom (A)

Settle back on the couch in your sitting area, open the French doors to the deck, and greet the day as the banks of the river slip majestically by. Some staterooms in this Category offer a view of the paddlewheel, while others offer expansive views of America’s Heartland from 5 decks above the river on the Promenade and Observation Decks.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower. A cozy and intimate sitting area with couch and cocktail tables with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 210 square feet

Single Outside Stateroom (SO)

A single traveler will not find a better value than this. In these spacious staterooms with French doors opening onto the Texas Deck, you will find all of the luxury and charm of a double-occupancy stateroom, but a more amenable fare for a single traveler.

The cabin features a queen size bed dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious, extra large shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 1
  • 140 square feet

Outside Stateroom (B)

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? In these staterooms, there’s no need to dream any longer. Sit on the Observation Deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favourite book, or soak in a hot bath.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 190-205 square feet

Outside Stateroom (C)

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? In these staterooms, there’s no need to dream any longer. Sit on the Observation Deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favourite book, or soak in a hot bath.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious, extra large shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 160 square feet

Single Inside Cabins (SI)

Unaccompanied travellers should never have to sacrifice the comforts of home. Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering your cozy home away from home. No expense has been spared on the small details that make all the difference in the world.

The cabins are located on the Observation Deck and feature single beds dressed with fine linens and each boast an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 1
  • 80 square feet

Outside Stateroom (D)

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? In these staterooms, there’s no need to dream any longer. Sit on the Cabin or Texas Deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favourite book, or soak in a hot bath.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious, extra large shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 140 square feet

Outside Stateroom (E)

An expansive bay window overlooking the ever-changing scenery of America’s Heartland is the main draw of this category. Curl up in front of the window with a new novel and savour a moment that belongs to only you. 

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 190 square feet

Inside Cabin (F)

Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering these cozy havens. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep your necessities out of the way but easily accessible.

The cabins are located on the Observation and Promenade Decks and feature twin beds dressed with fine linens and each boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 140 square feet

Inside Cabin (G)

Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering these cozy havens. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep your necessities out of the way but easily accessible.

The cabins are located on the Texas Deck and feature twin beds dressed with fine linens and each boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Details

  • Sleeps 2
  • 132 square feet

Life onboard

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity.

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