Package duration: 18 nights Fly, Double River Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 27th November 2021 from Australia
1st Cruise starts: 29th November 2021 from New Orleans
2nd Cruise ends: 13th December 2021 in Clarksville (Nashville)
Package ends: 15th December 2021 in Nashville
Home in Oz by: 17th December 2021
All rates in Australian Dollars*
Twin Interior guarantee was $10,875 - your exclusive price $6,995*pp
Twin Veranda guarantee was $16,875 - your exclusive price $12,995*pp
Twin Suite^ guarantee was $22,120 - your exclusive price $18,240*pp
Single Interior guarantee was $15,725 - your exclusive price $13,785*
GRAND SOUNDS OF AMERICA Fly, Double River Cruise & Stay package prices include:
- FREE* return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to New Orleans (via Los Angeles on way over) and ex Nashville on return inc. tax
- 1 nights accommodation at LAX international airport with complimentary hotel operated shuttle transfers included to/from airport
- One way transfer from New Orleans airport to hotel
- 1 nights accommodation pre-cruise in New Orleans with breakfast and taxes
- One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day in New Orleans
- 14 night Mississippi River cruise aboard the American Duchess from New Orleans to Clarksville (Nashville) (made up of two back to back cruises - cabin change may be required in Memphis mid cruise)
- All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
- Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call
- 24-hour room service onboard cruise
- Complimentary beer & wine with dinner onboard
- Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage
- A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches for use by cruise line guests
- Port charges of USD $398 per person
- Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $274 per person
- 2 night post cruise Nashville city stay including: • 3 Days/2 Nights hotel stay at the 4-Star Gaylord Opryland Resort • Ticketed admission to the iconic Grand Ole Opry Show • A guided Backstage Opry Tour • Music City USA Premium Post-Cruise Excursion including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum • Two full American Breakfasts at the hotel • Airport transportation on your day of departure via hotel shuttle • A local American Duchess Concierge to help assist in planning your time in Nashville
14 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Clarksville aboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans.
From New Orleans to Memphis, traditions, architecture and heritage are living testaments to the region’s historic and cultural significance. Each pocket of the lower Mississippi River’s Southern sanctuary introduces our guests to its own distinct personality. Notes of uniquely American music styles play overture to the sweet smell of magnolia trees as we introduce you to the American South.
Earth sprouts to life in a multitude of greens as we begin our journey in the Home of the Blues. Stand on deck and witness the beauty of the transformation, breathing in that distinctive scent of spring. Birdsong graces each morning on a river-bound rebirth celebration filled with fellowship.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Day 2: New Orleans, LA
New Orleans’s Creole, Cajun and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Uncover the treasures of the city as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors 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 in the stunning Garden District or City Park.
Day 3: Nottoway Plantation
American Queen Steamboat Company features an exclusive port at Nottoway Plantation. While the boat is docked, visit the sugarcane estate – the largest standing antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an intricate building with impressive detail. Original furnishings mingle with era-appropriate antiques to create an atmosphere that does justice to the home’s original ambiance. It is fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality – an experience that you will not want to pass up.
Day 4: New Roads, LA
New Roads is our alternate dock for St. Francisville. St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own.
Day 5: Natchez, MS
It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It’s known for its elegance, hospitality and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historic homes, all of which inspired Hugh Bayless to include Natchez in his book “The 100 Best Towns in America.”
Day 6: Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. As a major battle site during the Civil War, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other. Learn about the historic conflicts of the city, taste its cuisine, visit the many museums and pick out the perfect souvenir.
Day 7: River Cruising
Day 8: Tunica, MS
There’s no shortage of fun in this Mississippi town. Tunica offers casinos, history, great food and fun – all within its quant boarders. The tour starts with a stop at the Tunica RiverPark. Located on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the Tunica RiverPark is a magnificent combination of modern architecture and nature’s splendor. Step up to the observation deck to enjoy spectacular river views, enjoy the interactive history displays at the Mississippi River Museum, or take a walk through the eco trail, winding through nearly two miles of beautiful wetland forest. Experience the unspoiled timber, native creatures and Mississippi plant life, as you unwind and become one with nature.
Day 9: Memphis, TN
Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini. As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.
Day 10: Ashport Landing, TN
The cornstalks that stretch to wave guests into port are certainly not the highlight of Ashport Landing; strategically placed above our docking area on the Chickasaw Bluffs is Fort Pillow, where rest the silenced voices of the Civil War. The smoke has cleared to shed light on the pogrom that transpired at this decisive point. It is there that the Fort Pillow Massacre took the lives of 221 Confederate mercenaries. Experienced historians resurrect stories misplaced in the tumult of war. Let our troop of deluxe motorcoaches escort you through the agricultural South to experience this history buffs’ hideaway.
Day 11: New Madrid, MO
New Madrid is known for being near the military engagement the Battle of Island Number Ten during the Civil War. The city is also famous for being the site of a series of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Explore the history of earthquakes, documented with seismographic recordings, in addition to Native American artifacts, Civil War artifacts and family life in New Madrid during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Day 12 and 13: Paducah, KY
In the hands of artists, modern Paducah was thrown into form. Fingertips muddied with passion and eased by the vision of river water glided along the surface to pull up the community and create the National Quilt Museum. Residents backstitch past into present, then bind appreciation for culture – ensuring that the seams of history will not soon come undone. The people of Paducah have taken great care to orchestrate every crevice of its community into a symphony of craft and color. Life is a work of art, and the town of Paducah certainly is alive and well. Feast in this foodies’ fantasy. Uncover mastership. Catch a glimpse of Paducah.
Day 14: Dover, TN
A resting dock meets guests in Dover, a town that reveals the value of serenity in river living, where peace and quiet are interrupted only by cricket chirps and birdsong. Adventure through Fort Donelson – Dover’s touchpoint during the Civil War – which has been resurrected into a nexus of history and natural riches. Here, hilltops harbor somber stories, country roads lose themselves in golden horizons and historic treasures are kept secret behind the tree lines. Capture the romance of this little river town’s past, and experience the everyday phenomenon of its future.
Day 15: Clarksville, TN
Grand steeples puncture the city skyline, and groomed streets disperse into sounds of serenity at the Riverwalk, where American Queen guests arrive at Clarksville. Take a stroll down the promenade, soak in serenity at the riverside, then head downtown to experience this empire that sprouted from a dream.
Day 16: Clarksville, TN
Clarksville distills small-batch handcrafted notes into big-city living. Its range of breweries, wineries and distilleries have visitors both shaken and stirred, while the city’s historic sites preserve the ingenuity of the human spirit. Let the Cumberland River guide you to the triumph of commerce as it wriggles through this blooming city.
*All prices shown are per person twin share in $AUD. This package is made up of two back to back cruises - cabin change may be required in Memphis mid cruise. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. WiFi speeds may vary. Offer not valid on category OS. All prices are based on a ship`s guarantee, cabins will be allocated prior to or upon embarkation at the ships discretion. ^Suite guarantee maybe either a Deluxe or Loft Suite, allocated at ships discretion. Offer ends 31Dec20 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. All prices are for Australian guests only. Free airfare routing and carrier is at the discretion of this agency and will be advised approx 10 months prior to departure. Packages have varying cancellation and change conditions to cruise only bookings. Please note that airfares once issued may incur change fees and/or cancellation fees which are additional deductions from refunds. All prices based on current USD to AUD exchange rate as at 03Sep20 and may fluctuate until paid in full at which time exchange rate is set. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. For full terms and conditions see our website.