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  • Overview

    highlights

    • Discover a unique river cruise experience on a paddlewheel steamboat
    • Journey along the famous Mississippi
    • Explore the southern cities of New Orleans and Memphis
    • Enjoy award winning night time entertainment

    This wonderful journey showcases the diversity of the Mississippi River as we explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. From New Orleans to Memphis, the river rolls slowly and expansively, whilst the woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes. Passing charming towns and palatial mansions, history is everywhere, from silent Civil War cemeteries to the soulful sounds of Memphis.

    Great for:

    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


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  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    American Queen

    • American Queen ship exterior

    The American Queen is the largest paddlewheel steamboat ever built. This gracious and elegant river ship boasts an opulent interior dating back to the American Victorian era, with glistening woodwork.

    There are a host of facilities to discover on-board, including a library, main lounge with bar, gym, pool, boutique, gentleman’s card room, ladies’ parlour, two restaurants and a two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, showcasing the on-board entertainment.

    All cabins feature modern facilities with a bath and/or shower and TV. Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomises the grace and grandeur that has made Steamboating a cherished American tradition.

    • Length: 127m
    • Width: 27m
    • Passenger Capacity: 436
    • Passenger decks: 6
    • Star rating: 4

    Cabins

    • American Queen Category D Outside Staterooms with Veranda

      • Private bathroom facilities including bathtub and/or shower
      • Flat screen TV
      • Large French doors
      • Private veranda
      • Fixed twin beds or one queen bed

      Discover magnificent views from these splendid cabins, offering sweeping riverscapes and marvellous facilities. These staterooms open onto a private balcony, so passengers can sit on their very own deck and admire the beautiful vistas as we travel. Whether you want to read your favourite book or simply take in the changing scenery, you’re sure to adore these excellent staterooms.

    • American Queen Category E Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Bay Window

      • Private bathroom facilities including bathtub and/or shower
      • Flat screen TV
      • Bay window
      • Seating area
      • Fixed twin beds or one queen bed

      Enjoy these spacious cabins, with a large bay window area allowing passengers to take in the ever-changing riverscapes. Relax in these excellent cabins as we sail through America’s heartland and make the most of the elegant seating area. Passengers will find two twin beds or a queen bed in their cabin, as well as a private bathroom.

    • American Queen Category F Inside Cabins

      • Private bathroom facilities including shower
      • Flat-screen TV
      • Fixed twin beds

      These cosy cabins are ideal for those after a relaxing place to return to after a great day of sailing, and with twin beds they are also perfect for those travelling together. These Inside Cabins can be found on the American Queen’s Observation and Promenade Decks and also come equipped with private bathroom facilities and a TV.

    • American Queen Category G Inside Cabins

      • Private bathroom facilities including shower
      • Flat-screen TV
      • Fixed twin beds

      Found on the Texas Deck on the American Queen, passengers are sure to enjoy their stay in these excellent cabins. Decorated with beautiful period details, but boasting the best in modern convenience, these cabins boast private bathrooms facilities and a TV, as well as having ample shelving for storing personal possessions. 

    • American Queen Category SI Single Inside Cabins

      • Private bathroom facilities including shower
      • Flat-screen TV
      • Fixed single bed

      Situated on the Observation Deck of the American Queen, these Single Inside Cabins are perfect for unaccompanied travellers. With all the comforts of home, these cabins feature wonderful period details and are also equipped with the latest facilities, including a private bathrooms and flat screen TV.

    • American Queen Category SO Single Outside Staterooms

      • Private bathroom facilities including bathtub and shower
      • Flat-screen TV
      • French doors opening onto the Texas Deck
      • Fixed queen bed

      Perfect for solo travellers, the American Queen’s Single Outside Staterooms offer a spacious environment in which to retire to after a great day of exploring. With French doors opening directly onto the Texas Deck, you’ll be ideally-placed for enjoying the ship’s best facilities, and these cabins are also equipped with a TV and private bathroom facilities.

     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Discover Natchez
    Enjoy our hop-on hop-off tour, beginning at the Rosalie Mansion. A Union Headquarters for Natchez during the Civil War built in 1823. This 1716 mansion was built by the French as a fort on the bluffs of Natchez. The Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution have since gained ownership and have been maintaining the house and grounds since 1938. On this guided tour, hear the history of the house and the artefacts from an expert tour guide dressed in period clothing. Guests can explore the extensive gardens, gift shop, library, or carriage house before they leave.

    It's then on to the Natchez Visitor Center. Learn about the river in this beautiful southern town, visit exhibits, or shop at the gift shop! Enjoy a short, 20-minute video in the Visitor’s Center Theater and hear about the history of Natchez upon arrival. Then, explore the building at your leisure. At the entrance a scaled display model of the city is showcased. Stop in the office for some general information and questions about the town and its history, including town highlights and points of interest.

    Following this, we visit the William Johnson House. An incredible, historical three-story brick house constructed after the 1840 Natchez tornado. William Johnson was known as the “Barber of Natchez”; he began as a slave and gained his freedom at age eleven. After his freedom, he began to work his way up in society, eventually becoming almost fully accepted within society. As the town barber, William Johnson was able to hear the stories and gossip of many of the residents, which he documented in his diary for over 16 years.

    We then admire the fully restored Magnolia Hall mansion, which was owned by a wealthy cotton broker and merchant and was built in 1858. This Greek Revival Mansion was built in 1858. The house was built before the breakout of the Civil War in town but did suffer some damage – a cannon ball was actually launched into their kitchen! It is now fully restored – the main floor offers a showcase of many antiques and furnishings and the upper floors offer a costume collection located in the Historic Clothing Museum. Tour the house and then stop in the gift shop for some souvenirs.

    Continuing our tour, we make our way to Stanton Hall, a magnificent, Antebellum Classical Revival Mansion built on an entire city block of Natchez. Irish Immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton built this Palatial Greek Revival mansion in 1857. It was appraised at $83,000 during that period, even before it was furnished. Take a 30-minute tour of the house – which takes up the entire block and is fully furnished. Afterwards you can stop for lunch in the Carriage House Restaurant, known for their fine southern cuisine.

    Step off the American Queen Motorcoach and step through the front gate of the King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery, leading to the second floor porch of this 1769 building – the oldest structure in the city of Natchez. Join us for an American Queen exclusive tour of the King’s Tavern – a newly opened restaurant and bar, owned by Regina Charboneau, a nationally recognized chef, and her husband Doug. Here you will begin a guided tour of the bar with a custom drink on the house, followed by an exclusive tour of the distillery located just next-door. Don’t miss out!

    Our final trip takes us to the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum. View photographs and artifacts or hear the history of African-American heritage in Natchez and Adams County. Here, learn the history and culture of the African Americans in Natchez over time. Guests can hear the stories or explore the many exhibits that portray the hardships that African Americans suffered and those that prevailed in a time period which allowed for minimal success to the entire race. Add another dimension of Natchez history by stopping at this museum.
    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Oak Alley Tour
    Disembark our ship and walk across the street to enjoy the beauty of Oak Alley’s rich past. Located on the Mississippi River between the historical Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the 'Grande Dame of the Great River Road'. Nowhere else in the South will you find such a spectacular setting!  

    The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Oak Alley’s setting will remind you of the movie 'Gone with the Wind' and makes you feel like you are on a Hollywood movie set.  

    During this tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Big House and explore the magnificent grounds while sipping a Mint Julep, a quintessential Southern staple. 
    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Tour of Helena
    Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour of Helena, visiting the Delta Cultural Center to learn the history of the Delta and its Blues as you visit two tour locations: the Depot and the Visitors Center. Experience the history of Helena through two interactive museums – The Depot and the Visitor’s Center. The Depot features the exhibit 'A Heritage of Determination' which depicts the history of the Delta from its earliest inhabitants through the settlement and Mississippi River Floods. Upstairs there is an exhibit called 'Civil War in the Delta' which explains the Battle of Helena.

    We'll also visit St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Helena. This church was designed by Charles Earnes and built in 1935. It features extravagant brick work, interior design, and a breath-taking steeple that stay true to Middle European traditions. Built in 1934 and designed by architect Charles Eames. This was his first large commission – Eames was known instead for his modern furniture designs. In that time, people were used to Renaissance-style churches. This church is medieval-esque, designed to resemble the world—half in light and half in dark.

    Then on to Freedom Park, designated as an important part of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Here you can admire monuments of the African-American Experience in the Civil War era. This Civil War Interpretive site includes 5 major exhibits that explore the African American experience in Helena. The exhibits follow the journey of the African Americans from fugitive slave to freedom, and even enlistment in the Union Army for others. The park is the first site in Arkansas to be designated for inclusion on the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

    We also see Fort Curtis. A replacement to the original Fort Curtis built in 1862; the New Fort Curtis gives visitors the chance to hear the history of the original and its reconstruction as they see an earthen fort first-hand. This reproduction of the Union’s Civil War Fort was named after the Union General in command – Samuel R. Curtis. The fort was one of 5 positions which allowed for Union soldiers to form a Confederate attack on July 4th, 1863 to recapture the city and relieve the siege at Vicksburg.

    Then, visit the architecturally beautiful Moore-Hornor House, built by Arthur Thompson in 1859. It offers an impressive example of both Greek revival and Italianate architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

    Afterwards, we admire the Pillow-Thompson House, built by Jerome B. Pillow in 1896. Today it is fully restored back to its original beauty so that guests have the chance to visit a fine example of Queen Anne Architecture. Built in 1896 by Jerome B. Pillow and designed by architect George Barber. It is a prime example of Queen Anne architecture in the south and is the only home Victorian home in Arkansas with full-wood construction. Many of the original furnishings remain on display.

    Our final visit will take in Helena Museum. Guests will be amazed to hear the history of Helena and its ancestors as they tour this museum. Explore artefacts of Native American Indians, the Civil War, Thomas Edison, and Mark Twain, among many more incredible pieces. This museum started out as the Hook and Ladder in 1874, which was a volunteer fire company that started lending out books and newspapers. The department slowly began acquiring donations of historical artefacts eventually leading to an expansion in the 1920s to accommodate the new additions. These artefacts are now on display for guests to view at their leisure.
    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Tour of St Francisville
    Our hop-on hop-off tour today takes us to Royal Street, where guests can hop off and walk over to The Republic of West Florida Historical Site. Or choose to stroll into Grandmother’s Buttons, a very unique southern boutique. Take a stroll down Royal Street at any of the shops or just to admire the beautiful trees and homes. Or stop into Grandmother’s Buttons – a unique boutique that offers jewelry made out of 100 year old buttons. Inside the store, you can visit the button museum to learn the history of the business and the inspirations of the art. The store is located inside of a former historic bank lobby with 16-foot ceilings and a bank vault, even if jewelry is not in your plans – the architecture is beautiful!

    From here, we make our way to the Old Market Hall. Become steeped in southern charm and local artistry. Stop at Harrington Gallery to experience one-of-a-kind paintings and beautiful pieces by local artists. Visit the Shanty Too, a quaint boutique featuring artisan jewelry and gifts. The structure was built in 1819 and has a beautiful open layout. Now, the building is used as a market center for the town to host their small businesses. Every day is different, you may see anything from jewelry and makeup, scarves and dresses, or snacks and produce!  

    We then continue to the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. Learn about St. Francisville and Louisiana’s history and culture. Also, feel free to stop at the West Feliciana Parish Library and relax with a good book or newspaper. This museum is dedicated to the history, people, and architectures of West Feliciana Parish. Built inside a former hardware store built in 1896, the Historical Society Museum displays many artifacts, photos, costumes, and articles all portraying the history of St. Francisville. Just across the street, you can stop in any of the fine boutiques and shops! 

    Our last calling point will be the Grace Episcopal Church. Originally built in 1827, this restored Gothic structure is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Louisiana. Learn about its significance during the Civil War and its’ historical Civil War cemetery. Built in 1860 and rebuilt in 1893 after the Union caused heavy damage in 1863, Grace Episcopal Church stands tall in St. Francisville. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the church and the grounds and make sure to check out the organ located inside – it dates all the way back to 1860! This church is one of the state’s oldest Protestant churches that still stand today.
    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Discover Natchez
    Enjoy our hop-on hop-off tour, beginning at the Rosalie Mansion. A Union Headquarters for Natchez during the Civil War built in 1823. This 1716 mansion was built by the French as a fort on the bluffs of Natchez. The Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution have since gained ownership and have been maintaining the house and grounds since 1938. On this guided tour, hear the history of the house and the artefacts from an expert tour guide dressed in period clothing. Guests can explore the extensive gardens, gift shop, library, or carriage house before they leave.

    It's then on to the Natchez Visitor Center. Learn about the river in this beautiful southern town, visit exhibits, or shop at the gift shop! Enjoy a short, 20-minute video in the Visitor’s Center Theater and hear about the history of Natchez upon arrival. Then, explore the building at your leisure. At the entrance a scaled display model of the city is showcased. Stop in the office for some general information and questions about the town and its history, including town highlights and points of interest.

    Following this, we visit the William Johnson House. An incredible, historical three-story brick house constructed after the 1840 Natchez tornado. William Johnson was known as the “Barber of Natchez”; he began as a slave and gained his freedom at age eleven. After his freedom, he began to work his way up in society, eventually becoming almost fully accepted within society. As the town barber, William Johnson was able to hear the stories and gossip of many of the residents, which he documented in his diary for over 16 years.

    We then admire the fully restored Magnolia Hall mansion, which was owned by a wealthy cotton broker and merchant and was built in 1858. This Greek Revival Mansion was built in 1858. The house was built before the breakout of the Civil War in town but did suffer some damage – a cannon ball was actually launched into their kitchen! It is now fully restored – the main floor offers a showcase of many antiques and furnishings and the upper floors offer a costume collection located in the Historic Clothing Museum. Tour the house and then stop in the gift shop for some souvenirs.

    Continuing our tour, we make our way to Stanton Hall, a magnificent, Antebellum Classical Revival Mansion built on an entire city block of Natchez. Irish Immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton built this Palatial Greek Revival mansion in 1857. It was appraised at $83,000 during that period, even before it was furnished. Take a 30-minute tour of the house – which takes up the entire block and is fully furnished. Afterwards you can stop for lunch in the Carriage House Restaurant, known for their fine southern cuisine.

    Step off the American Queen Motorcoach and step through the front gate of the King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery, leading to the second floor porch of this 1769 building – the oldest structure in the city of Natchez. Join us for an American Queen exclusive tour of the King’s Tavern – a newly opened restaurant and bar, owned by Regina Charboneau, a nationally recognized chef, and her husband Doug. Here you will begin a guided tour of the bar with a custom drink on the house, followed by an exclusive tour of the distillery located just next-door. Don’t miss out!

    Our final trip takes us to the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum. View photographs and artifacts or hear the history of African-American heritage in Natchez and Adams County. Here, learn the history and culture of the African Americans in Natchez over time. Guests can hear the stories or explore the many exhibits that portray the hardships that African Americans suffered and those that prevailed in a time period which allowed for minimal success to the entire race. Add another dimension of Natchez history by stopping at this museum.
    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Oak Alley Tour
    Disembark our ship and walk across the street to enjoy the beauty of Oak Alley’s rich past. Located on the Mississippi River between the historical Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the 'Grande Dame of the Great River Road'. Nowhere else in the South will you find such a spectacular setting!  

    The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Oak Alley’s setting will remind you of the movie 'Gone with the Wind' and makes you feel like you are on a Hollywood movie set.  

    During this tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Big House and explore the magnificent grounds while sipping a Mint Julep, a quintessential Southern staple. 
    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Tour of Helena
    Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour of Helena, visiting the Delta Cultural Center to learn the history of the Delta and its Blues as you visit two tour locations: the Depot and the Visitors Center. Experience the history of Helena through two interactive museums – The Depot and the Visitor’s Center. The Depot features the exhibit 'A Heritage of Determination' which depicts the history of the Delta from its earliest inhabitants through the settlement and Mississippi River Floods. Upstairs there is an exhibit called 'Civil War in the Delta' which explains the Battle of Helena.

    We'll also visit St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Helena. This church was designed by Charles Earnes and built in 1935. It features extravagant brick work, interior design, and a breath-taking steeple that stay true to Middle European traditions. Built in 1934 and designed by architect Charles Eames. This was his first large commission – Eames was known instead for his modern furniture designs. In that time, people were used to Renaissance-style churches. This church is medieval-esque, designed to resemble the world—half in light and half in dark.

    Then on to Freedom Park, designated as an important part of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Here you can admire monuments of the African-American Experience in the Civil War era. This Civil War Interpretive site includes 5 major exhibits that explore the African American experience in Helena. The exhibits follow the journey of the African Americans from fugitive slave to freedom, and even enlistment in the Union Army for others. The park is the first site in Arkansas to be designated for inclusion on the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

    We also see Fort Curtis. A replacement to the original Fort Curtis built in 1862; the New Fort Curtis gives visitors the chance to hear the history of the original and its reconstruction as they see an earthen fort first-hand. This reproduction of the Union’s Civil War Fort was named after the Union General in command – Samuel R. Curtis. The fort was one of 5 positions which allowed for Union soldiers to form a Confederate attack on July 4th, 1863 to recapture the city and relieve the siege at Vicksburg.

    Then, visit the architecturally beautiful Moore-Hornor House, built by Arthur Thompson in 1859. It offers an impressive example of both Greek revival and Italianate architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

    Afterwards, we admire the Pillow-Thompson House, built by Jerome B. Pillow in 1896. Today it is fully restored back to its original beauty so that guests have the chance to visit a fine example of Queen Anne Architecture. Built in 1896 by Jerome B. Pillow and designed by architect George Barber. It is a prime example of Queen Anne architecture in the south and is the only home Victorian home in Arkansas with full-wood construction. Many of the original furnishings remain on display.

    Our final visit will take in Helena Museum. Guests will be amazed to hear the history of Helena and its ancestors as they tour this museum. Explore artefacts of Native American Indians, the Civil War, Thomas Edison, and Mark Twain, among many more incredible pieces. This museum started out as the Hook and Ladder in 1874, which was a volunteer fire company that started lending out books and newspapers. The department slowly began acquiring donations of historical artefacts eventually leading to an expansion in the 1920s to accommodate the new additions. These artefacts are now on display for guests to view at their leisure.
    American Queen ship near Cincy
    Tour of St Francisville
    Our hop-on hop-off tour today takes us to Royal Street, where guests can hop off and walk over to The Republic of West Florida Historical Site. Or choose to stroll into Grandmother’s Buttons, a very unique southern boutique. Take a stroll down Royal Street at any of the shops or just to admire the beautiful trees and homes. Or stop into Grandmother’s Buttons – a unique boutique that offers jewelry made out of 100 year old buttons. Inside the store, you can visit the button museum to learn the history of the business and the inspirations of the art. The store is located inside of a former historic bank lobby with 16-foot ceilings and a bank vault, even if jewelry is not in your plans – the architecture is beautiful!

    From here, we make our way to the Old Market Hall. Become steeped in southern charm and local artistry. Stop at Harrington Gallery to experience one-of-a-kind paintings and beautiful pieces by local artists. Visit the Shanty Too, a quaint boutique featuring artisan jewelry and gifts. The structure was built in 1819 and has a beautiful open layout. Now, the building is used as a market center for the town to host their small businesses. Every day is different, you may see anything from jewelry and makeup, scarves and dresses, or snacks and produce!  

    We then continue to the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. Learn about St. Francisville and Louisiana’s history and culture. Also, feel free to stop at the West Feliciana Parish Library and relax with a good book or newspaper. This museum is dedicated to the history, people, and architectures of West Feliciana Parish. Built inside a former hardware store built in 1896, the Historical Society Museum displays many artifacts, photos, costumes, and articles all portraying the history of St. Francisville. Just across the street, you can stop in any of the fine boutiques and shops! 

    Our last calling point will be the Grace Episcopal Church. Originally built in 1827, this restored Gothic structure is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Louisiana. Learn about its significance during the Civil War and its’ historical Civil War cemetery. Built in 1860 and rebuilt in 1893 after the Union caused heavy damage in 1863, Grace Episcopal Church stands tall in St. Francisville. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the church and the grounds and make sure to check out the organ located inside – it dates all the way back to 1860! This church is one of the state’s oldest Protestant churches that still stand today.

 


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What's included

  • One night bed & breakfast pre-cruise
  • Seven nights full board cruise
  • Return flights & transfers
  • Four included excursions
American Queen ship exterior

American Queen

The American Queen is the largest paddlewheel steamboat ever built. This gracious and elegant river ship boasts an opulent interior dating back to the American Victorian era, with glistening woodwork.

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