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New Orleans to Memphis - American Duchess Cruise

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New Orleans to Memphis (10 Nights/11 Days)          

  DEP DATES 2018
  24 Feb, 10, 24 Mar
  14 Apr, 19 May
  02, 16 Jun, 15 Sep
  29 Sep, 13, 27 Oct





New Orleans to Memphis - American Duchess Cruise
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Lower Mississippi River Cruise Package (10 Nights / 11 Days)

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Big Easy’ to the ‘Blue City’ … journey upstream through the southern states and experience the culture, the music, the food, America’s Civil War and antebellum history along with the true hospitality of the Deep South.
In New Orleans take in the ambience of the fine restaurants and cafes in the French Quarter, the Jazz Clubs in Bourbon Street and the strolling musicians in Jackson Square.
Music is the heart and soul of Memphis and is home to many artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Otis Redding and, of course, Elvis who has solidified it’s reputation as a musical Mecca – the association is close with Priscilla Presley being Godmother to the American Queen Steamboat! In between these glittering cities you will find traditional plantations, elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. This is the real soul of the Mississippi River..sit in a rocking chair and watch it unfold before you..

Steamboating the Lower Mississippi River, the American Duchess will take you to Louisiana favourites like Nottoway Plantation and St Francisville. In Mississippi, enjoy the historic towns of Vicksburg and Natchez.The historical town of Helena in Arkansas then leads to Memphis 'The Blues City'. Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the South, as well as its traditions, history and cooking. Each of the cruises has a general theme (as stated above) and the on board Riverlorian and guest speakers will give daily lectures around the history and culture surrounding the theme and the entertainment will also follow along the same lines.



Day 1 - Arrive New Orleans, USA

Fly from London to New Orleans, USA.
Private transfer to the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans for a two night stay.





Day 2 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Welcome to the Big Easy, a vibrant and energetic city sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi!  Indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavours of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

Day 3 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on the luxurious American Duchess to begin an unforgettable journey! Join us for an American Duchess Exclusive excursion as guests experience New Orleans' rich historic past, eclectic beauty and return to glory as ongoing efforts continue to bring this American gem back to her original lustre.

The morning Premium Excursion is a narrated driving tour where you will experience the city from an intimate first-person perspective. Relax in the comfort of our motorcoach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city including the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the Garden District, where elegant mansions stand as a testament to Greek revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorian styles.

After the excursion you will be taken to the American Duchess for embarkation.

After you are comfortably aboard the American Duchess, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi! 


Day 4 - Nottoway, Louisiana

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 5 - St. Francisville, 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 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 with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

Day 6 - 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 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 7 - 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 souvenier.


Day 8 - Greenville, Mississippi

SteamboatingGreenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!


Day 9 - Scenic River Cruising

SteamboatingRelax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our library. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Duchess's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel or take in a guided tour of the Pilot House where you can witness the latest high-tech electronics that help us navigate our innovative paddlewheeler up the changing currents of Old Man River in modern-day America. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!.


Day 10 - Disembark in Memphis, Tennessee

Tie up in Memphis and bid your steamboat adieu.

Private transfer to Memphis Airport for flight to London, UK or extend your stay by choosing the two night American Music City Stay - see details below.



Day 11 - Arrive London UK

Memphis - The American Music 2 Night City Stay Package

Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis.  Continue your American Duchess journey with our “American Music” City Stay and enjoy an additional two nights to explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle.  Our iconic Peabody Hotel is just a short trolley ride from Beale Street, home to such musical genres as Rock and Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues.  The exclusive attractions pass affords you the freedom to choose your own path with admission to numerous museums that you may visit at your leisure. 

  • The American Duchess exclusive Post Cruise King's Memphis with Graceland Premium Tour with transfer to the Peabody Mempis Hotel
  • Luggage Handling
  • Two nights at the Peabody Memphis Hotel
  • Two full American breakfasts
  • Admission to Sun Studio, Rock 'n' Soul Museum and The National Civil Rights Museum
  • A two-day Memphis trolley pass
  • Local American Queen Steamboat Company representative to answer questions
  • Private black car transportation from the Peabody Memphis Hotel to Memphis International Airport

New Orleans to Memphis - American Duchess Cruise Special Offer
Save up to 200 per person on selected dates in 2018. Please enquire for details.
Cruise Prices

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
  • Two nights pre-cruise stay at the Roosevelt Hotel including Full American Breakfast
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Duchess including all meals, drinks with dinner (wine and beer), complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout the voyage
  • On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians relevant to the themed cruise and history of the river
  • One American Duchess Premium Excursion and complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off'  coaches
  • Private transfers to and from airports and shared transfer from hotel to boat
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection
Additional Charges
  • Any additional Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities - $16.50 per person, per day in 2017 and $17.50 per person, per day in 2018
  • Bar drinks (soft drinks complimentary)
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)

Interior Suite (Category IS) Observation/Cabin Deck

From £4175 per person

Veranda Suite (Category VS) Observation/Cabin Deck

From £5775 per person

Memphis - American Music City Stay Package - Double Occupancy

From £565 per person