New Year’s on the American Queen

Celebrate on the Mighty Mississippi from New Orleans

  • Date

    December 27, 2020-January 4, 2021 | Sun / Mon – 9 Days

  • Location

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

Overview

Ring in the New Year cruising the mighty Mississippi River aboard an iconic steamboat! Begin with an overnight stay in New Orleans; explore the essence of the French Quarter, listen to live jazz, and dine on Creole and Cajun classics. Then board the American Queen, elegantly adorned for the holidays and displaying all the magnificence of the American Victorian era. As you travel along, soak in the romantic spirit of the antebellum era from the perspective of the river. Visit St. Francisville and Natchez, offering an atmosphere of Southern comfort and an impressive preservation of history. Opulent pillared mansions and Civil War battlefields will transport you back in time, and the soul of this region’s rhythm and blues culture can be found around every bend. The centerpiece of this journey is a New Year’s Eve gala, with a toast to new beginnings among newfound friends, and the melodic lines of “Auld Lang Syne.”

The Steamer American Queen offers one of the greatest values in all-American vacations. Meals aboard are included, as are wine and beer at dinner, bottled water and soft drinks, professional showboat-style entertainment, enthralling calliope concerts, and complimentary shore excursions. Onboard cuisine features selections by the famed American chef Regina Charboneau. Enjoy multiple specialty dining options at no extra charge. 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 onshore, you can be explorer, adventurer, history buff, antique or art enthusiast, or bird-watcher.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

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

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on the American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Queen
  • 1 night hotel accommodation
  • All meals on ship
  • 1 breakfast on land
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Transfers
  • Taxes, and port charges

NOTE:

Additional costs apply for optional excursions.

Sun, Dec 27: Fly to New Orleans, Louisiana and check in to your hotel for one night. Spend the remainder of the day exploring 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, Dec 28: A pre-cruise shore excursion will be offered in the morning, or you may choose to spend the morning as you wish. In the afternoon, transfer to the American Queen Steamboat. Kick off the start of your cruise with a Welcome Aboard Dinner as you set sail on the Mississippi River. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Tue, Dec 29: 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. Additional tour offered (fees apply): Life in the Bayou: Cajun Swamp Tour. (B,L,D)

Wed, Dec 30: Stop in St. Francisville, established in 1809. Below where the town is located currently, there was once 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. In fact, this quaint town has more than 140 buildings on the National Register, including plantation homes. The included hop-on/hop-off tour will take you around town to the gift shops, antiques dealers and galleries along Ferdinand Street, as well as the treasures of Old Market Hall. Visit the new Grace Episcopal Church and the West Florida Republic Park, a park commemorating the wresting of Louisiana’s Florida Parishes from Spanish control in 1810, ending Spanish rule in the area. Additional tour offered (fees apply): Redemption & Rehabilitation at Angola Penitentiary. (B,L,D)

Thu, Dec 31: Step into the lifestyle of the antebellum South in Natchez, Mississippi. There’s no shortage of excitement in this small town. Today’s hop-on/hop-off tour stops at Rosalie Mansion, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall  — widely regarded as the grandest of the Natchez mansions, and the William Johnson House Museum, former home of the man known as the “Barber of Natchez” who documented all the town gossip in his diary. Add another important dimension of Natchez history by stopping by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture. Explore the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, visit historic Jefferson College, or just amble down the Natchez Trace. Tonight, enjoy a special New Year’s Eve celebration on board. Additional tours offered (fees apply): The Story of Cotton at Frogmore & Longwood plantations; Biscuits & Brunch with Chef Regina Charboneau; A Jeweled Christmas in Natchez. (B,L,D)

Fri, Jan 1: Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from the ship’s revered Mark Twain Gallery. Enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies’ Tea Parlor, or recruit your travel companions for an exciting board game in the Gentlemen’s Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen’s Engine Room to explore the inner workings of this classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!

Sat, Jan 2: Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg. Take in the diversity from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station. Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well, and awaiting your arrival! A hop-on/hop-off tour of Vicksburg will introduce you to a city bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment, and outdoor adventure. You’ll first visit Vicksburg’s shopping district, then the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. The next stops are Pemberton’s Headquarters and the Old Courthouse Museum, which showcases thousands of artifacts from pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements. Finally, visit Washington Street for more shopping, or discover some of the other museums of Vicksburg on your own, including the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum, the Old Depot Museum, and the Lower Mississippi River Museum. Additional tours offered (fees apply): On the Front Lines of the Civil War-Vicksburg National Military Park. (B,L,D)

Sun, Jan 3: Spend another day cruising along the river. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen’s spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, or take part in onboard activities.

Mon, Jan 4: Disembark in New Orleans and return to Indianapolis. (B)

American Queen Antebellum South Cruise

American Queen Steamboat. 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 • 2 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).

PRICING

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P
  • Single
  • Cat D
    Deluxe Outside
  • $3,749
  • $6,449
  • Cat C
    Open Veranda
  • $3,949
  • $6,849
  • Cat A
    Private Veranda
  • $4,349
  • $7,649

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

**Single occupancy only staterooms may be available for a lower fare, please contact the Cruise Desk for more information.

Documents Required: Valid U.S. government issued REAL I.D.

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