Antebellum South Cruise on the American Queen

Memphis to New Orleans

  • Date

    November 17-25, 2019 | Sun / Mon – 9 Days

  • Location

    New Orleans | Nottoway Plantation | St. Francisville | Natchez | Vicksburg | Greenville | Memphis


Roll with the rhythm of the mighty Mississippi River as you cruise from New Orleans to Memphis on the American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Experience a taste of the true South and authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the antebellum era.

Spend one night in a luxury hotel in New Orleans before boarding your boat to set sail on the Mississippi, deep into the heart of Dixie. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. Discover a side of our country that few ever see – from the indescribable perspective of the river.

The American Queen offers an inclusive river cruise experience with a pre-cruise hotel stay, shore excursions included in each port, wine and beer with dinner, and bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. Enjoy regionally-inspired cuisine and professional showboat-style entertainment. From beignets at breakfast to savory grits with Gulf shrimp, you’ll savor the tastes of the South. The steamboat is richly appointed and offers the contemporary amenities of a luxurious boutique hotel.

Daily lectures by the “Riverlorian,” an onboard river historian, increase your understanding of the Mississippi River and its settlements. From the deck and on shore, you can be explorer, adventurer, history buff, antique or art enthusiast and bird-watcher.


  • Daily included excursions to fascinating river towns and cities
  • Plantation tours
  • Overnight in New Orleans
  • Vicksburg National Military Park
  • Daily lectures by the “Riverlorian,” an onboard history and culture expert
  • Acclaimed entertainment from musical revues and high-energy cabaret to jazz, blues, and a six-piece orchestra
  • Captain’s Champagne Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water, and soft drinks
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner


  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to New Orleans, Louisiana and from Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1 night hotel accommodation
  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on the American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Queen
  • 1 breakfast on land, all meals on ship
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Transfers, taxes, and port charges

Ship’s Registry: United States


Tours of historic homes may require stairs to enter and are not handicapped accessible. Climbing stairs, walking, and standing for periods of time may be required to tour the homes and/or grounds.


Sun, Nov 17: Fly to New Orleans, Louisiana and check in to your hotel for one night. Spend the remainder of the day exploring New Orleans at your leisure. Visit the French Quarter or the Garden District, dine on Creole and Cajun classics, listen to jazz, and let the good times roll in the Crescent City!

Mon, Nov 18: Spend the day exploring New Orleans on your own, and in the afternoon transfer to the American Queen. Or, choose a Premium Shore Excursion of a New Orleans Highlights tour ending at the riverboat. Get settled in your stateroom as you set sail up the Mississippi River. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Tue, Nov 19: Today visit Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. With 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. Enjoy a guided walking tour as you explore within the pristine walls of the plantation, followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens. (B,L,D)

Wed, Nov 20: Visit St. Francisville, located on highland bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. This quaint town has more than 140 buildings on the National Register, including plantation homes. Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, bringing a beautiful Southern comfort to the atmosphere. Included in your hop-on/hop-off bus tour are visits to the Old Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, handmade items, and music; the new Grace Episcopal Church; and the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. (B,L,D)

Thu, Nov 21: The charming river town of Natchez, Mississippi 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. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, The 100 Best Towns in America. Highlights of the included hop-on/hop-off bus tour include narrated tours of three mansions: Rosalie Mansion, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall — widely regarded as the grandest of the Natchez mansions. (B,L,D)

Fri, Nov 22: 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 site in the Civil War, and today it is a popular spot to learn about the battles of the city. You might opt for the Premium Shore Excursion “On the Front Lines of the Civil War,” which includes the battlegrounds at Vicksburg National Military Park and other stops for a more in-depth exploration highlighting how Vicksburg was so critical in Civil War history. (B,L,D)

Sat, Nov 23: Greenville is at the very heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers. So naturally, Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers! The town is also known for its gardening, and was recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation, and for its museums of which the town has one for practically everything. This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its Southern charm and soul. (B,L,D)

Sun, Nov 24: Spend a leisurely day river cruising. There is always plenty to do on the river, and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen’s spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, enjoy the scenery from a rocking chair on deck, or take the time to mingle with fellow guests. (B,L,D)

Mon, Nov 25: Disembark in Memphis, Tennessee and fly to Indianapolis. (B)


Steamboat American Queen
The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Highlights: cozy staterooms to opulent suites • two restaurants • complimentary 24-hour room service • complimentary wine and beer at dinner • Mark Twain Gallery (library) • entertainment in the two-deck tall Grand Saloon • spa • fitness center • complimentary shore excursions • optional shore excursions (fees apply).


Hotel information coming soon!


  • Category E
  • Double P/P – $2,699
  • Single – $4,299
  • Category C
    Outside Open Verandah
  • Double P/P – $4,049
  • Single – $5,899
  • Category A
    Deluxe Outside Private Verandah
  • Double P/P – $4,549
  • Single – $7,999

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