American Queen, the largest steamboat in the world, is inspired by the grand riverboats of the past. Combining the design and charm of America's Victorian Era with modern facilities and exciting on-board entertainment; American Queen offers an unforgettable experience for lovers of nature and history. Sample some of the best in American cuisine with a delicious range of sweet and savoury treats available throughout the day. The award-winning entertainment on American Queen offers a mesmerising insight into the culture and heritage of the Deep South. With exciting shore excursions, expertly-designed accommodation, and enchanting Mark Twain tales as you sail, you'll truly feel like you're travelling through time.
Experience traditional American dining on board American Queen. The spacious and traditional J M White Dining Room is the centrepiece of the ship serving tasty breakfasts, varied lunch menus, and five-course dinners. Front Porch Cafe is a more relaxed setting serving classic American dishes and traditional favourites, alongside a menu of tasty ice creams and American cookies. Complimentary in-room dining service is available 24 hours a day - so you can eat whenever you wish in the comfort of your cabin.
The American Queen offers complimentary cappuccinos, espressos, bottled waters, and soft drinks throughout your stay on board. Enjoy complimentary wine, sourced from the Pacific Northwest, and local beers to accompany your dinner.
The ship's very own Riverlorian is on board each voyage to provide you with important history and exciting insights; while a diverse selection of guest historians transport you through the culture and heritage of America's Heartland and the Deep South. The fitness centre offers a range of facilities to help you maintain your exercise routine. Unwind after a busy day at AQ Spa by Pevonia and make the most of the extensive menu of treatments. The American Queen's impressive Grand Saloon spans two decks and is the setting for the spectacular evening entertainment; comprising a variety of acts, cabaret performances, musical revues, and unique College on the Mississippi shows. After the show, head to the Engine Room Bar and dance the night away to jazz, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country, and rock'n'roll music. Alternatively, visit the Main Deck Lounge and join a lively piano sing-a-long.
Day 1: UK to Memphis, Tennessee
Fly from selected UK airports to Memphis and be privately transferred to the four-star Sheraton Memphis Downtown for your three-night stay.
Day 2 - 3: Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is set on the Mississippi river and combines history and a host of attractions for visitors to uncover. The city is well-known for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll that originated there, so it's worth paying a visit to B.B. King's Blues Club for a taste of Tennessee nightlife. Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is also a top spot for an insight into the real name of rock 'n' roll; here you can find the roots of the rhythms that move us to this day, from the funky sounds of soul to the irresistible beat of rock. History lovers can pay a visit to Cotton Row and relive the days of cotton traders and discover how their empires were created and how cotton changed the nation. Explore the Victorian Village for a look at 18th century Victorian-style homes that were once filled with riverboat tycoons and cotton magnates, and have now been carefully restored and are available for visitors to tour.
Day 4: Memphis, Tennessee (Embarkation Day)
In the morning, you’ll be collected and transferred by a representative from American Steamboat Company where you will board steamboat, American Queen for your journey down the Mississippi River.
Day 5: Mississippi River (At Sea)
Day 6: Vicksburg, Mississippi
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.
Included Shore Excursions:
+ Church of the Holy Trinity
+ Anchuca Mansion
+ Old Court House Museum
+ Biedenharn Coca-Cola™ Museum
+ Lower Mississippi River Museum
+ Old Depot Museum
Day 7: Natchez, Mississippi
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.
Included Shore Excursions:
+ Rosalie Mansion
+ Natchez Visitor’s Center
+ William Johnson House Museum
+ Magnolia Hall
+ Stanton Hall
+ King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery
+ Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum
Day 8: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture, to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!
Included Shore Excursions:
+ USS Kidd DD-61
+ Capitol Park Museum
+ Louisiana’s State Capitol
+ LSU Museum of Art
+ Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
+ Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Day 9: St Francesville, Louisiana
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 artefacts 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 breath-taking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.
Included Shore Excursions:
+ Royal Street
+ Old Market Hall
+ West Feliciana Historical Society Museum
+ Grace Episcopal Church
Day 10: Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana
Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. Located 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.
Includes Shore Excursions
+ Nottoway Plantation
Day 11: New Orleans, Louisiana
Today your cruise comes to an end. After disembarkation, you’ll be privately transferred to the four-star Hotel Monteleone New Orleans for your three-night stay.
Day 12 - 13: New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans — known as the 'Crescent City' and the 'Big Easy' — sits on the Mississippi River and is home to world-class restaurants, lush green landscapes and a vibrant music and night-time scene. Wander the streets of the French Quarter and visit restaurants serving traditional Creole fare and listen to street musicians playing lively Jazz. Take a steamboat cruise along the river, visit historic Jackson Square or experience the carnival atmosphere of Mardi Gras World.
Day 14: New Orleans, Louisiana to UK
Your holiday comes to an end. Be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.