American Queen Steamboat Company New Orleans to Memphis River Cruise
Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat
Cruise Type: River
Length of Stay: 7 Days
Departure From: New Orleans
Departure date: 12/16/2018
Return date: 12/23/2018
Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a festive spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the antebellum South during a magical time of year, and get acquainted with classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. This voyage is packed with holiday treats. Let your creative juices flow in decorating gingerbread, ornaments, and even your cabin door. Make a joyful noise with caroling and singalongs. Our exclusive Christmas markets at Rosalie Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi, and Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana are the perfect venues for listening to holiday music while browsing seasonal goods and appreciating the artistry of local craftspeople. Guest speaker Tim Hobbs will share stories of the Crescent City, and after an evening with expert Mark Twain tribute artist Lewis Hankins, you’ll feel as if you’ve been entertained by the legendary American author himself. At the center of our thoughtfully designed getaway is an enchanting experience at Nottoway Plantation for an exclusive holiday gala on the grounds, lavishly decorated for the occasion. Spend a magical night dancing to live music by the American Queen’s own Steamboat Syncopators and Ensemble in the extravagant Randolph’s Ballroom. Wrap up your evening with the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee, and a fireworks show. Make our home your home for the holidays.
Day 1 : Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. 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 2:00 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
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!
The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM located in the Pre-Cruise Hotel. During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange 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 and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin!
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 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. Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.
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 will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.
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 : 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 8 : Tunica Landing (Memphis, TN)
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. You may want to consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.