Explore the birthplace of Blues on this Mississippi river cruise on board the American Queen Steamboat Company’s ship American Duchess, from £1,538pp*. Departing 11 June 2018, the 10-day fly-cruise sails from New Orleans to Memphis, with calls including Greenville, Oak Alley, St Francisville, Vicksburg and Natchez.
The paddlewheeler, whose sister ships include American Queen and American Empress, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues and high ceilings.
Unique to American Duchess are its spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.
Your embarkation port Memphis is one of the birthplaces of the blues and Beale Street was immortalised by the black composer W.C. Handy in one of his songs. The Reverend Martin Luther King was killed here in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel – his motel room is now the National Civil Rights Museum. Elvis Presley first recorded in Memphis, and since his death in 1977 Graceland, his city mansion and burial site, has become a shrine.
Situated along the Mississippi River, New Orleans is the cultural centre of Louisiana. This laid back city blends legendary jazz with ornate architecture and offers world renowned cuisine – Cajun to Creole. There also lots of museums including the Louisiana State Museum, featuring the 1850’s House displaying period furnishings, the Old U.S. Mint with Mardi Gras and jazz exhibits. Other highlights include Georgian-style Hermann-Grima House, the Wax Museum and the Aquarium of the Americas.
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*Prices correct at time of publication.