SPECIAL EDITION THEMED CRUISE: Exploring Haunted History
The Lower Mississippi River is known for history, and even some of the famous, former inhabitants who still explore homes, taverns, grounds and other special places. Join us as we learn about legends and lore that still make history come alive.
Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay
Package Begins: 27 November 2022 - hotel in New Orleans, USA
Cruise Begins: 28 November 2022 - embark, New Orleans, USA
Cruise Ends: 5 December 2022 - disembark, Memphis, USA
Ship: American Queen
River: Lower Mississippi
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in New Orleans
• One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day
• 7 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Queen from New Orleans to Memphis
• 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 $199 per person
• Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person
This cruise has been discounted by between $300 to $750 USD per person on selected categories - just for Australian residents!
Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 31st of March 2021*.
All rates in USD per person
Twin Cat E Interior: Was $2535 - NOW $2235*
Twin Cat D Deluxe Stateroom with Bay Window: Was $3935 - NOW $3185*
Twin Cat C Stateroom with Open Veranda: Was $4135 - NOW $3385*
Twin Cat B Stateroom with Open Veranda: Was $4435 - NOW $3685*
Twin Cat A Deluxe with Private Veranda: Was $4535 - NOW $4035*
Twin Cat PS Paddlewheel stateroom with Window: Was $4635 - NOW $3885*
Twin Cat JS Junior Suite with Open Veranda: Was $4635 - NOW $3885*
Twin Cat DS Deluxe Suite with Open Veranda: Was $5135 - NOW $4635*
Twin Cat LS Luxury Suite with Private or Open Veranda: $7135 (no discount)
Twin Cat OS Owners Suite with Private Veranda: $8435 (no discount)
Single Cat SI Interior: $3035 (no discount)
Single Cat SD Deluxe Interior: Was $3635 - NOW $3335*
7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Queen. Hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans
Enjoy your complimentary stay in New Orleans. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the many treasures of New Orleans.
Day 2: New Orleans, LA
Departure 5:00 PM
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!
After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!
Day 3: Nottoway, 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! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, 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
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: Greenville, MS
The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.
Day 8: Leisurely River Cruising
Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!
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.
E - Inside Stateroom
SI - Single Inside Cabin
D - Deluxe Outside Stateroom With Bay Window
SD - Single Deluxe Staterooms
C - Outside Stateroom With Open Veranda
B - Outside Stateroom With Open Veranda
JS - Junior Suites With Open Veranda
A - Deluxe Outside Staterooms With Private Veranda
DS - Deluxe Suites With Open Veranda
PS - Paddlewheel Staterooms
LS - Luxury Suites With Private Or Open Veranda
OS - Owners Suites With Exclusive Veranda
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available promotional cruise fare at time of publication and including all discounts. Visitors to the United States must complete an online ESTA 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. Please note that cabin availability is not shown in real time - All enquiries will be checked for current availability at the time requested. Promotional fares shown here include discounts ranging from $300 to $750 per person USD and are not valid on cat SI, LS or OS. All discounts and offers are capacity controlled. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. All offers for Australian residents only. Transfer to hotel and post cruise are not included.