CHARMS OF THE SOUTH MEMPHIS-NEW ORLEANS
2021 – Aug 15* | Sep 5, 12* | Oct 24, 31* | Nov 7, 28*
2022 – Mar 19*, 26 | Apr 2*, 9, 16*, 23, 30* Jun 18, 25* | Oct 8* | Nov 12 | Dec 31*
2023 – Mar 11*, 18, 25* |Apr 1, 8*, 15, 22*, 29 May 6*, 13, 20*, 27 | Jun 3*, 10, 17* | Sep 30* Oct 7 | Nov 11*, 18, 25* | Dec 2, 9*, 16, 23*
DURATION: 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
DISEMBARK: NEW ORLEANS
SHIP: AMERICAN DUCHESS
FROM: $2,299 + $199 Port Charges
Notes of uniquely American music styles play overture to the sweet smell of magnolia trees as we introduce you to the American South. From New Orleans to Memphis, traditions, architecture and heritage are living testaments to the region’s historic and cultural significance. Each pocket of the Lower Mississippi River’s Southern sanctuary introduces our guests to its own distinct personality.
- Luxury accommodations
- Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Room service
- Daily maid service
- House beverages
- Daily news papers
- Selected shore excursions
- Beverages beyond house beverages
- Gratuities to crew and Cruise Director
- Items of personal nature, gift shop purchases
- Pre and post cruise extensions and hotels
- Travel and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
- Premium Shore Excrusions
- Port Charges – $199 per person
HOTEL STAY IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (EMBARK)
Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.
PORT OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Catch a unique glimpse into the Port of the Mississippi Delta, and discover a muse of many.
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir
It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.”
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA
St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, 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.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge grants a strikingly different experience from those of the small-town stops through- out the journey. In this energetic port, history-facing museums and landmarks fraternize with for- ward-looking art and industry to offer a personalized encounter to each visitor. Allow the flowing, carefree words of denizens to dance through the eardrums during a meander through the city streets. Choose to hop on one of our deluxe motor- coaches and explore the diversity this city has to offer, or take a walk down the river path alongside the boat.
American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Notto- way is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in South- ern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (DISEMBARK)
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer.
Spacious luxury awaits aboard the floating masterpiece that is the American Duchess. This boutique-style riverboat offers exquisite dining, beautiful decks and exceptional amenities. Her suites range from 180 to 550 square feet, allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her Loft Suites, which feature two stories enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a comfortable dining area, a beautiful lounge with a queen sofa-bed, a private balcony and an upstairs bedroom.
Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady epitomizes the grace and grandeur that have made cruising on the Mississippi River a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries.
Inspired by America’s heartland and our Southern heritage, our menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of our nation. In the elegant J.M. White dining room, any meal will keep you savoring the memory of the flavors and sharing your excitement for our excellent service – even after you leave the boat. If you are looking for a more casual atmosphere, the Front Porch Café is for you. Meals there feature favorite main dishes, such as roast prime rib alongside irresistible sides – roasted new potatoes, classic mac-and-cheese and fresh salads.
Entertainment on the American Duchess is one-of-a-kind. Make plans to spend your evenings with nightly river cruise entertainment. Live entertainers will bring down the house in The Show Lounge. Catch world-class entertainment, relive a historical moment or hear a famous river tale originally told by Mark Twain. And be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes to the Lincoln Library to enjoy a late-night live set by our talented musicians.
Learn more about the region in which you are traveling with a number of enrichment programs we offer. See for yourself the highlights of each port that we visit on one of our guided Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions, or elect to take part in one of our expertly designed premium experiences. And our onboard historians – we like to call them Riverlorians – provide interesting lectures on the history and culture that surrounds you as you roll down the river.
The rhythm of the river is slow as a southern drawl that invites us all to take a deep breath and enjoy the simple moments. The Lincoln library is more than just a space to gather for morning coffee and your favorite book. And the Art Walk, a passageway alongside The Show Lounge, features a series of paintings by Claude Monet. It’s the perfect place to soak up some beauty or simply curl up with a book in one of its window seats.