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American Duchess

Mississippi River Cruises, USA

Departure Dates

20182019
15 December12, 26 January

9 February

30 March

13, 27 April

11, 25 May

8, 22 June

21 September

5, 19 October
2, 16 November
21 December

Jewels of the Lower Mississippi

Memphis to New Orleans (10 nights / 11 days)

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Blues City’  to the ‘Big Easy’ … journey down 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. 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 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. Inbetween 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.

Starting in Memphis, 'The Blues City' then steamboating the Lower Mississippi River, the American Duchess will take you to the historical Mississippi towns of Vicksburg and Natchez and Louisiana favourites St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Nottoway Plantation. 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 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.

Departure Dates


The Music of the Mississippi with Clare Teal

Memphis to New Orleans (12 nights / 13 days)

Discover the birthplace of jazz, rock and roll and the Delta Blues on this incomparable voyage through the Deep South featuring two days with the acclaimed jazz singer Clare Teal and pianist Jason Rebello. Sailing aboard the five-star American Duchess paddle steamer, you will journey through the heart of the southern states and experience the culture, cuisine and hospitality of theMississippi. Beginning in the musical mecca that is Memphis, visit the local haunts of artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Otis Redding and Elvis, whose legend you will explore on an in-depth tour of Graceland, before venturing on to the Big Easy, New Orleans, to take in the ambience of the French Quarter, the jazz clubs of Bourbon Street and the strolling musicians in Jackson Square. In between these glittering cities you will discover a land of traditional plantations,elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. You will also enjoy a private Q&A, cocktail reception and an exclusive performance by award-winning jazz singer Clare Teal and pianist Jason Rebello. With in-depth visits to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Nottoway Plantation, this 13-day voyage is an incomparable tour-de-force into the real soul of the South.

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Clare Teal

Acclaimed jazz singer and broadcaster Clare Teal’s first album ‘Don’t Talk’ topped the jazz charts, garnering extraordinary plaudits and several awards. Alongside her weekly radio show on BBC Radio 2, Clare has gone on to release nine more successful albums and has worked with artists including Sir Van Morrison and Liza Minelli. Three-times British Jazz Singer of the year and BBC Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006, in August 2017 Clare will produce and present her third full scale concert for the Proms Season at the Royal Albert Hall.

“The music and culture of the Mississippi, birthplace of jazz, has long been an inspiration for me. I’m delighted to be able to share this wonderful destination with you and to be able to perform some of my favourite songs during a very special performance aboard the American Duchess.” Clare Teal

Jason Rebello

Grammy award winning British jazz pianist Jason Rebello performs regularly alongside Clare Teal. With nine acclaimed albums to his name, he has worked with numerous world-renowned artists including Jocelyn Brown, Phil Colllins and Sting.

Starting in Memphis, 'The Blues City' then steamboating the Lower Mississippi River, the American Duchess will take you to the historical Mississippi towns of Helena, Vicksburg and Natchez and Louisiana favourites St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Nottoway Plantation. Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the South, as well as its traditions, history and cooking. The on board Riverlorian and guest speakers will give daily lectures around the history and culture of the area and the entertainment will also follow along the same lines.

Departure Dates

2019
5, 19 January
2 February
23 March
6, 20 April
4, 18 May
1, 15, 29 June
14, 28 September
12, 26 October

9, 23 November

A Taste of the Deep South

New Orleans to Memphis (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 and Greenville then leads us 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.

Departure Dates

20182019
10 December
15 December

A Music Filled Journey

Nashville to Memphis (8 nights / 9 days)

Discover the sights and sounds of America's rivers and the roots from which sprung a variety of musical genres. Enjoy special onboard entertainment and focused lectures highlighting the music of the regions through which you are traveling. Whether it's the sounds of New Orleans Jazz, the strains of the uniquely American musical art form the Delta Blues, the Rock and Soul of Memphis, or the homegrown Country Music melodies from Nashville, it all harmonizes with the rhythms of the river.

Starting in the heart of Nashville and steamboating the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the American Duchess will take you to many of Tenessee's favourites including Clarksville, Dover, Paducah before joining the Mississippi at Cape Girardeau. Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the area 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.

Departure Dates

2019
18 August

The Mighty Mississippi

New Orleans to Red Wing (24 nights / 25 days)

Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers?  Travelling on the Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the elegant American Duchess, you will be transported back in time to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. Storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities combine with the sweeping panoramas and deep blue lakes which inspired the works of Mark Twain. Authentic America is out there just waiting to be explored and after
three fabulous weeks cruising amidst the Antebellum charms and gracious style of the American Duchess, you will forever be changed.

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from New Orleans to Red Wing journey 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. 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 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. 

In between these magnificent cities you will find quaint American towns, traditional plantations, elegant antebellum homes, magnificent gardens and oak trees taking you back to an era of hoop skirts and cotton fields. You will experience the real soul of the Mississippi River..sit in a rocking chair on the American Duchess outside the Grill Room and watch it unfold before you.

Departure Dates

America's Heartland

Ottawa to St Louis (9 nights / 10 days)

Set off on an amazing journey from the backdrop of Chicago's soaring skyline to the famed Gateway Arch in bustling St. Louis.As you cruise along the Illinois River from the artistic and architectural splendours of Chicago, hidden gems around each bend fuel your sense of discovery as the very best of America's heartland unfolds before you.  You will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery while visiting amazing port towns steeped in American history.

St Louis was the hub for riverboats travelling along the Mississippi and the jumping off point for exploration and settlement of the West.  Today, that heritage is reflected in the shining stainless steel Gateway Arch that curves above the skyline and in the Jefferson National Expansion Museum that lies beneath.

Departure Dates

2019
23 November

The Big Easy to The Music City

New Orleans to Nashville (17 nights / 18 days)

This tailor-made itinerary takes you on a magical voyage from the ‘Big Easy’ to the ‘Music 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.  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..

Discover the sights and sounds of America's rivers and the roots from which sprung a variety of musical genres. Enjoy special onboard entertainment and focused lectures highlighting the music of the regions through which you are traveling. Whether it's the sounds of New Orleans Jazz, the strains of the uniquely American musical art form the Delta Blues, the Rock and Soul of Memphis, or the homegrown Country Music melodies from Nashville, it all harmonizes with the rhythms of the river.

For more information call: 01223 568904 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

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