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Mississippi River

Memphis to New Orleans
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Mississippi River Paddle Boat

Memphis to New Orleans American Queen Paddle Wheel Steamboat 12 day cruise/tour - November 25, 2023

 

American Queen
American Queen – Largest paddleboat steamship on the Mississippi

River Cruise Description

A Mississippi paddle boat cruise is exciting, fun, and relaxing. You will love old New Orleans, the airboat ride through the swamps, the many old plantation homes, the Civil War sites, and most of all; you will love experiencing what it was like 100 years ago sailing the Mississippi River on a replica of a luxury paddle boat. Our educator will be there to enhance your experience by bringing the history of the area to life. We have combined the American Queen Paddle Steamboat package with 1 additional night in Memphis and 2 additional nights in New Orleans after the cruise. Our tour in New Orleans will include the World War II Museum, the Mardi Gras World (where they are in the middle of building next year’s floats), and Bourbon Street. Our tour in Memphis will include the Civil Rights Museum, the home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Sun Studio, where the jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash (Million Dollar Quartet) took place. You do not want to be touring or sailing the Mississippi in the heat of 90-plus degrees and 90 to 100% humidity. We have picked the perfect time of year – the end of November has the best temperatures in the South. At the time of our sailing, the average temperature is 70 degrees in New Orleans, and for the vast majority of our stops, the average temperatures range from 65 to 70. There are fewer crowds, along with perfect touring and walking temperatures. Another reason this is the perfect time of year is that New Orleans lights up for Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend. We will see the pageantry and beauty of Christmas in New Orleans and other cities as we travel the Mississippi without the cold temperatures of Christmas.

Package Price Includes:

American Queen Package Price Includes

  • 7 nights sailing on the American Queen Steamboat.
  • $199 in ship taxes and fees
  • Category E inside stateroom.
  • 2-nights deluxe hotel in Memphis before the cruise.
  • 2-nights deluxe hotel in New Orleans after the cruise.
  • All tours, buses, guides, and entrance fees in Memphis that includes:
    • Elvis Presley’s Graceland
    • The Civil Rights Museum
    • Sun Studio
  • All Tours, buses, guides, and entrance fees in New Orleans that includes:
    • the impressive World War II Museum
    • Swamp airboat ride looking for alligators
    • A visit to the Mardi Gras World Studio, where they build the floats.
  • All transfers, if you booked our group airfare or your flight arrives on or before and departs after our Fun For Less group flights.
  • Shore Excursions: They have Hop on Hop off buses at their ports of call. They are free and are included. They work perfectly for most ports of call. THE EXCEPTIONS: The free buses do not do the
  • Civil War site of Vicksburg, and the ship does not include any touring in Memphis or New Orleans. We have added to our package the Civil War site of Vicksburg, along with touring in Memphis and New Orleans.
  • Guest Educator for cruise portion: Diane Prince.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff throughout the tour and cruise.
  • Use of our quality headset receivers.

 

Package Price: $3,995*

*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare, tips or optional extension package.
Airfare Prices will be announced soon.

Day 1: November 25: Memphis
We depart our home and travel to Memphis. Upon arrival, we will transfer to the hotel where we will overnight.  The transfer is included if you have arranged your flight around the group transfer.
Day 2: November 26: Memphis
We will be doing a city tour of Memphis,  St. Judes Hospital, and the famous Peabody Ducks. We also plan to visit the #1 visited tourist attraction in Memphis the Civil Rights Museum, built around the Lorraine Motel where the assassination of Martin Luther King took place. We will visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland. We will have a chance to see his famous house and all the exhibits associated with his costumes cars and entertainment career!  We then transfer to our hotel where we overnight.
Day 3: November 27: Memphis
This morning we will finish our touring in Memphis and we will then transfer to the American Queen and board our vessel.
Day 4: November 28: Cleveland (Terrene  Landing), MS
Enjoy your included “Hop On-Hop Off” Tour of this small town.
Day 5: November 29: Vicksburg, MS
Today we will enjoy our included premium tour to Vicksburg National Military Battle Field. Vicksburg was the key to controlling the Mississippi River for the Northern army in the Civil War. By defeating the Confederates protecting Vicksburg the Northern Army now controlled trade and movement up and down the Mississippi.
Day 6: November 30: 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 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.” Enjoy your included “Hop On-Hop Off” Tour.
Day 7: December 1: 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 1790s. 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. Enjoy your included “Hop on-Hop off” Tour.
Day 8: December 2: Baton Rouge, LA
Enjoy your included “Hop On-Hop Off” Tour of this wonderful area.
Day 9: December 3: Nottoway, LA
Enjoy your included “Hop On-Hop Off” Tour of this wonderful area.
Day 10: December 4: New Orleans
Today we say goodbye to the American Queen Ship as we disembark off.  Today we will make a stop at the #1 tourist attraction now in New Orleans- the fabulous World War II Museum. We will spend several hours here. Then on to the Mardi Gras World to visit the Warehouse where the famous Mardi Gras floats are assembled. We will then transfer to our hotel where we overnight.
Day 11: December 5: New Orleans
Today we finish any missed touring around the New Orleans area.  We then transfer back to our hotel where we overnight.
Day 12: December 6: Fly Home
This morning we transfer back to the New Orleans airport for our flight home.  (Transfers are included if you are flying with the group or are able to go to the airport at the time we take the group.  Otherwise, transfers are on your own.) 

Cabin Categories

Category E

Inside Staterooms (E)

Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering these cozy havens. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep your necessities out of the way but easily accessible.

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  • 132-140 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Shower or X-Large Shower
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Observation and Texas Decks

Category D

Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Bay Window (D) 

An expansive bay window overlooking the ever-changing scenery of America’s Heartland is the main draw of this spacious category. Curl up in front of the window with a new novel and savor a moment that belongs to only you.

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  • 190 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bay Window
  • Cabin Deck
  • Interior Access

Category C

Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda (C) 

Relax in your sitting area, open the French doors to the deck, and greet the day as the banks of the river slip majestically by. Sit on the deck outside your stateroom and take in the expansive views or enjoy a leisurely morning in bed with room service.

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  • 140-160 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Shower or Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • French Doors Open onto Deck
  • Observation, Cabin, and Texas Decks
  • Exterior Access

Category B

Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda (B) 

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? There’s no need to dream any longer in these staterooms. Sit on the deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favorite book, or soak in a hot bath.

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  • 190-205 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • French Doors Open onto Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Interior and/or Exterior Access

Category A

Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Private Veranda (A) 

With your own private veranda, these staterooms are so enjoyable you might decide to extend your journey. Sit in your cozy armchairs and prop your feet up on the ottoman as you read through the River Times, our daily program, and discover the delights that await you.

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  • 190 sq. ft. with 40 sq.ft. Veranda
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • French Doors Open onto Veranda
  • Texas Deck
  • Interior Access

Category Junior Suite

Superior Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda (JS) 

Settle in your sitting area, open the French doors to the deck, and greet the day as the banks of the river slip majestically by. Some staterooms in this category offer a view of the paddlewheel, while others offer expansive views of America’s heartland.

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  • 210 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Sitting Area
  • Vanity Mirror and Desk
  • French Doors Open onto Deck
  • Promenade and Observation Decks