The Deep South
Itinerary & Prices

American Queen - American Duchess - American Countess

AMAZING OFFER! As seen in Saturday Telegraph & Sunday Times

Enjoy an extra 2 nights post-cruise hotel stay and Elvis Experience Tour PLUS receive a one category stateroom upgrade (selected departure dates only)

MUST BOOK BEFORE 30 JUNE 2022

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 downstream 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 special 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. Your journey will take you to Louisiana favourites Nottoway and St Francisville and in Mississippi, enjoy the historic towns of Vicksburg and Natchez. In between 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 on the American Queen’s Front Porch and watch it unfold before you.

Day 1 – Arrive Memphis, USA

Fly from London to Memphis, USA. Private transfer to your pre-cruise premium hotel for a two night stay.

Day 2 – Memphis, Tennessee

Welcome to the "Home of the Blues", the "Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll", and exactly the place you want to be as we prepare to board!

Venture out in to the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city's scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and lively entertainment scene. The day is in your hands, while you are her, don't forget to experience some of the city's most historic attractions including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!  

Day 3 – Memphis, Tennessee

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Enjoy a premium city highlights tour before being transferred to your vessel for an unforgettable journey along one of the largest and most historical rivers in the US.

Day 4 – Port of the Mississippi Delta / Terrene Landing, Mississippi

The Mississippi Delta is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life - a true cultural experience based around agriculture, music and history. 

These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta.

Day 5 – 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.

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 – 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. 

This historical quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi has over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops.

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 home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 9 – Nottoway, Louisiana

EXCLUSIVE PORT TO AMERICAN QUEEN VOYAGES: 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. Experience living history through romantic antebellum mansions of the Deep South.

Day 10 – Disembark in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tie up in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid your steamboat adieu. 

Why not add a city highlights premium excursion with transfer to New Orleans Airport for your flight to London, or extend your stay by choosing the two night Ultimate New Orleans Experience City Stay. Read more....

Day 11 - Arrive London, UK

Flight from New Orleans arrives London.

Inclusive Pricing - What's Included

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

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London
  • Two nights pre-cruise stay at a premium hotel including Full American Breakfast
  • Premium City Highlights tour on day of embarkation
  • Seven nights luxury cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks including house wine, beers, non-premium spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and filtered water
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians relevant to the themed cruise and history of the river 
  • Complimentary shore excursions in each port of call on the 'Hop On Hop Off' coaches
  • Private transfers to and from overseas airports and shared transfer from hotel to vessel
  • Gratuities
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Additional Premium shore excursions
  • City Stay packages
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

American Queen

2022


26 February21 May
12 March04 June
26 March18 June
09 April19 November
23 April03 December
07 May17 December
Cat E
Inside Stateroom
From £3395pp
Cat C Outside Stateroom
with Open Veranda
From £4645pp

2023


18 February10 June
04, 18 March02 September
01, 15 April21 October
29 April04 November
13 May25 November
27 May09 December
Cat D Deluxe Outside
Stateroom with Bay Window
From £4495pp
Cat JS Junior Suite
with Open Veranda
From £4995pp

American Duchess

2022


11 March17 June
25 March11 November
08 April25 November
22 April09 December



Cat IS
Interior Suite
From £3545pp
Cat DS Deluxe Suite
with Private Balcony
From £6595pp

2023


17 March
09 June
31 March03 November
14 April17 November
28 April01 December
12 May15 December
19 May30 December
26 May
Cat VS
Veranda Suite
From £5095pp
Cat LFS Loft Suite
with Private Balcony
From £7095pp

American Countess

2022


20 March06 November
03 April20 November


Cat E
Inside Stateroom
From £3295pp
Cat A Deluxe Outside
Stateroom with Private Veranda
From £4795pp

2023


26 March12 November
09 April26 November
24 September10 December
29 October
Cat B Outside Stateroom
with Open Veranda
From £4395pp

Other cabin categories are available. Above pricing is per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Pricing may be subject to change based on flight availability. All itineraries can be tailor-made to your specification with cruise only, additional hotel nights, flight upgrades and UK regional airport departures (subject to availability). Single cabin grades available on selected ships and cabins for sole occupancy are available (single supplement applies).

AQV Health and Safety Protocols

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We have implemented multiple processes to identify and combat the risk of Covid-19 on our vessels and are committed to refining and updating as needed.

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

 

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