PRICE BASED EX SYDNEY OR MELBOURNE
AIR ADD-ONS AVAILABLE:
Departing from Brisbane + $75 per person
BONUS US$50 ONBOARD CREDIT PER PERSON^
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT^^
Book before 31 March 2019 and receive an early booking discount per person off cruise fare (included in advertised price)!
PLANTATION HOLIDAY MARKETS Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
- Return economy class airfare with a full service carrier from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Memphis, return from New Orleans
- Transfer from Airport to Hotel
- 2 nights 4-star pre-cruise accommodation package in Memphis including:
** Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion: The Elvis Experience including self-guided iPad tour through Graceland Mansion, Graceland VIP Extension Tour, Walking Beale Street Tour & Tour concludes at the dock of the American Queen
** Two full American breakfasts at the hotel
** An authentic Memphis-style BBQ meal at Blues City Café on Beale Street
** Escorted walking tour on day 2 - includes the famous Peabody Duck Parade at the Historic Peabody Hotel
** Three-day Trolley pass for transportation throughout Downtown Memphis
** American Queen Exclusive Attraction Pass - Admission to three of the highest rated attractions in Memphis: Legendary Sun Studio - Visit the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and discover the history behind one of the world's most famous music studios, The Rock 'N' Soul Museum & The National Civil Rights Museum
- 7 night Plantation Holidays cruise onboard American Queen from Memphis to New Orleans
- All meals onboard including both fine dining & casual cuisine
- Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
- 24 Hour Room Service
- Complimentary selected wine or beer with dinner onboard
- Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
- Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
- Broadway style entertainment
- River history by our Riverlorian
- 3 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in New Orleans
- Air taxes, Port charges and Government fees
- Onboard gratuities
7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.
PLANTATION HOLIDAYS - Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum south during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. At the center of our thoughtfully designed Plantation Holidays voyage is an enchanted experience at Nottoway Plantation where you will enjoy live music and dancing, indulge in an assortment of hors d'oeuvres or decadent desserts and witness the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee followed by a special fireworks display. Make our home your home for the holidays...
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN
Welcome to the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and exactly the place you want to be! Venture out into the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene. The day is in your own hands, while you are here, don’t forget to experience some of the city’s most historic attractions including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!
And if you don’t know where to start – a quick stop to the Hospitality Desk can help! The desk will be located in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel and open for your convenience between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Here, an AQSC representative, with the help of a local Memphis representative, will happily provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions to help you make the best of your time in Memphis. While here, discover everything you need to know about your upcoming voyage. Our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions to reserving shore excursions.
Day 2: Memphis, TN, Departure 5:00 PM
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.
If you haven’t gotten your full dose of Memphis yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk (Open at 8:30 AM!) for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 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.
It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!
Day 3: River Cruising
There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, or take the time to mingle with fellow guests.
Day 4: 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.
Included Shore Excursions
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.
Included Shore Excursions
Day 6: Baton Rouge, LA
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
Day 7: 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 with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.
Included Shore Excursions
Day 8: 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.
Included Shore Excursions
Day 9: New Orleans, LA, Arrival 8:00 AM
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future.
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