Day 1: New Orleans, LA
Departure 5:00 PM
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!
The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM located in the Pre-Cruise Hotel. 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 New Orleans before continuing to the vessel Dock at 3:30 PM. Reservations are required, so stop in at the Hospitality Desk for more information.
After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!
Day 2: Oak Alley, LA
Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.
Included Shore Excursions
Disembark from the American Duchess and walk across the street to enjoy the beauty of Oak Alley’s rich past. Located on the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road.” Nowhere else in the South will you find such a spectacular setting! The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Oak Alley’s setting will remind you of the movie “Gone with the Wind” and makes you feel like you are on a Hollywood movie set. During this included tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Big House and explore the magnificent grounds.
Day 3: Scenic River Cruising
Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our 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 our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!
Day 4: 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.
Included Shore Excursions
Enjoy an included tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation. The mansion flaunts three-floors, 64-bedrooms, and displays an incredible 22 white square columns which contribute to its’ nickname—“The White Castle of Louisiana.” The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white and displays elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings—one for each day of the year. Enjoy a guided walking tour of an American Castle as we explore within the pristine walls of Nottoway followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens.
Day 5: New Orleans, LA
Arrival 8:00 AM
Tie up in New Orleans near historic Jackson Square and bid your steamboat adieu. But give in to the temptation to hang around and explore with our three day, two night Big Easy City Stay package.
NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION - For those looking for a brief encounter with the historic South and a splendid New Year's celebration, this is the perfect journey for you. Resolve to have more fun and greet the New Year aboard the new American Duchess. The celebration carries throughout your voyage, but a special New Year's Eve gala will surround you in elegant decor, confetti, champagne, newfound friends and the uplifting refrains of "Auld Lang Syne." Be one of the select few who can claim to have celebrated New Year's Eve on the Mississippi River aboard America's most luxurious riverboat.
Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
24-Hour Room Service
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard historian
Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
American Queen Steamboat Company's own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
Post-Cruise: New Orleans - The Big Easy
$749 per guest - Triple Occupancy | $799 per guest - Double Occupancy | $1,099 per guest - Single Occupancy
Our Big Easy City Stay package enriches the overall value of your river cruise experience by giving you an opportunity to explore the diverse culture of New Orleans after your voyage. Immerse yourself in Southern Culture as you enjoy an additional three days and two nights in New Orleans. Disembark the American Queen and begin the next leg of your journey with our exclusive, 4-hour New Orleans Highlights city tour. Unwind in the 4-star New Orleans Intercontinental Hotel located in the fabulous French Quarter which has everything you need to make your stay as enjoyable as your voyage on the American Queen. Imagine, located just a short stroll from your door is everything that makes this city famous; The French Quarter, Jackson Square, Harrah’s Casino, The Central Business District and New Orleans’ legendary Bourbon Street.
Your City Stay Includes:
Three-day/Two-night premium hotel stay at the 4-star New Orleans InterContinental Hotel
Disembarkation Day Premium Shore Excursion: New Orleans Highlights
Two full American breakfasts at the hotel
3-day Jazzy Pass (public transit streetcar) for transportation around downtown New Orleans
New Orleans traditional dining experience at Brennan's Restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter
American Queen Exclusive Attraction Pass
Private Black Car Service from the New Orleans Intercontinental Hotel to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Internatinal Airport on day of departure
Local American Queen City Stay representative at the hotel to answer questions and assist with planning your stay in New Orleans
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.