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Memphis to New Orleans Mississippi Cruise

At a glance

Duration: 9 Days

Coverage: Memphis to New Orleans

From: $1,999

Season: January - June, September, October, December

Activities: Culture, History, Nature

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Great American Steamboat Company

Jewels of the Lower Mississippi

Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From New Orleans to Memphis, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere - in silent Civil War cemeteries, in the soulful gospel blues of Helena and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN

Welcome to the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and exactly the place you want to be! Venture out into the streets of Memphis at your leisure to enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene. The day is in your own hands, while you are here, don’t forget to experience some of the city’s most historic attractions including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!

And if you don’t know where to start – a quick stop to the Hospitality Desk can help! The desk will be located in the official Pre-Cruise Hotel and open for your convenience between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Here, an AQSC representative, with the help of a local Memphis representative, will happily provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions to help you make the best of your time in Memphis. While here, discover everything you need to know about your upcoming voyage. Our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions to reserving shore excursions.

Day 2 - Memphis, TN

Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.

If you haven’t gotten your full dose of Memphis yet, visit the AQSC Hospitality Desk (Open at 8:30 AM!) for ideas about how to spend your day. The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time, and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin!

We would like to invite all guests to join us on a Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion at 10:00 AM as we begin an exclusive adventure through Memphis’ highlights before continuing to the vessel Dock at 3:30 PM. Reservations are required, so stop in at the Hospitality Desk for more information.

It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious voyage down the Mississippi River, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime!

Day 3 - Helena, AR

In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the small town of Helena, Arkansas. Helena dates back to 1833, and was once a bustling, thriving southern city. Today, Helena would seem to some as a town that time forgot. While the rest of the country was building shopping centers and interstate systems, Helena struggled to stay afloat amidst all of the progress. Big changes drew small businesses away from Main Street U.S.A. and into strip malls. Convenience took over, where simplicity once stood. Today, Helena is in the throes of a revival. With quirky boutiques, unique stores and a historic musical past, Helena remains proud of the life they continue to successfully sprout from the ruins of the past. For in through the dust and rubble, new life for this determined Southern town is emerging.

Day 4 - Vicksburg, MS

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 5 - 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.”

Day 6 - Baton Rouge, LA

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 the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 7 - 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 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.

Day 8 - Nottoway, LA

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.

Day 9 - New Orleans, LA

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

Dates & Rates

Dates IS VS DS LFS OS
Jan 14, 2018 $1,999 $2,999 $3,999 $4,499 $5,999
Jan 28, 2018 $2,199 $3,599 $5,199 $5,499 $6,799
Feb 11, 2018 $2,199 $3,599 $5,199 $5,499 $6,799
Mar 4, 2018 $2,799 $4,699 $6,599 $7,099 $8,999
Mar 18, 2018 $2,799 $4,699 $6,599 $7,099 $8,999
Apr 2, 2018 $2,799 $4,699 $6,599 $7,099 $8,999
May 13, 2018 $2,999 $4,999 $6,999 $7,499 $9,499
May 27, 2018 $2,999 $4,999 $6,999 $7,499 $9,499
Jun 10, 2018 $2,999 $4,999 $6,999 $7,499 $9,499
Sep 23, 2018 $2,999 $4,999 $6,999 $7,499 $9,499
Oct 7, 2018 $2,999 $4,999 $6,999 $7,499 $9,499
Oct 21, 2018 $2,999 $4,999 $6,999 $7,499 $9,499
Dec 16, 2018 $2,699 $4,499 $6,299 $6,699 $8,499

Fares are per guest, double occupancy. Fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include air or land transportation. Port Charges of $179 per person are additional and not included in the fare. All fares, itineraries, entertainment, shore excursions and other voyage attributes are subject to change and we are not responsible for errors or omissions therein.

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