Uniquely American River Cruises

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Valid for sales to: 31 Jul 2018
Travel Period: 6 Jan - 1 Dec 19


Uniquely American River Cruises



American Queen® Steamboat Company

The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, the American Queen® Steamboat Company re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement and inspiration with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard three of the largest and most elegant riverboats in the world, the American Queen, American Empress and the American Duchess. Travelling in the wake of legends, guests are transported to an era of leisurely and romantic travel.


American Queen

6 decks high and at 27 metres wide, she is 2 and a half times wider than the riverboats in Europe. She is the largest and only active steam powered paddle wheeler still operating and can carry 414 passengers. There are 2 restaurants, gym, small pool, public spaces including lounges, bars and extensive veranda equipped with swings and rocking chairs just to sit and enjoy the river. Staterooms range from interior to suites.


American Empress

4 decks high and 29 metres wide and proudly serves as the largest overnight paddlewheeler riverboat west of the Mississippi River. She carries 223 passengers, has an impressive collection of historical artefacts and artwork, 2 dining venues, dynamic public spaces and stunning décor. Staterooms range from outside to suites.


American Duchess

The first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland. The paddlewheeler features single-seating main dining in the Grand Dining Room, a more casual dining experience at The Rivers Grill, entertainment venues and soaring ceilings. Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to the spacious 550 sq. ft Loft Suites which are unique to the American Duchess.


Points of Distinction


  • The largest, most opulent riverboats in the world
  • Included shore excursions in every port
  • Included deluxe hotel stay before embarkation – includes breakfast, taxes, portage & transfers
  • Complimentary wine & beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water, soft drinks, popcorn, ice cream & more throughout the voyage
  • Complimentary internet
  • Uniquely American themed voyages such as: Jazz & Blues, Bourbon, Mark Twain, Antebellum Plantation Homes, Civil War, Elvis & more
  • Country club casual ambiance, no formal wear required
  • Acclaimed musical revues & cabaret
  • Regionally inspired, epicurean cuisine tailored from the finest local ingredients
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, the onboard History & Cultures expert
  • Own dedicated fleet of luxury coaches
  • First all-suite U.S paddlewheeler (Exclusive to American Duchess)
  • Private Veranda Suites to Owner’s Suites (Exclusive to American Duchess)


Fine Dining

Inspired by America’s heartland, southern heritage and the Pacific Northwest, the menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of America. The award-winning culinary teams take full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes and the gracious staff charm you with friendly, attentive service.


Each grand vessel boasts a magnificent main dining room, as well as a more casual alternative venue in which you can choose to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each day of your river cruise presents culinary enlightenment and exquisite fare so delicious that you will yearn for the next meal. All vessels feature 24-hour room service for your comfort and convenience.


Entertainment

You will be enthralled with the distinctive blend of live music, stellar Broadway-style shows, big screen movie events and distinguished historical dialogue. Whether it is a themed voyage special event steeped in the sounds of Nashville’s legendary country music scene, the invigorating jazz of New Orleans, a rousing medley of Silver Screen movie hit songs, a culinary demonstration that traces the regional significance of featured dishes or an enlightening lecture conveyed by one of the esteemed Riverlorians, you are treated to world-class riverboat entertainment in an atmosphere of sheer warmth and elegance.


Cultural Enrichment & Experiences

Each vessel boasts an inclusive range of fine amenities, educational enrichment and hospitable services to deliver a uniquely American experience for a truly rich river cruising holiday. Shore excursions, both included and premium, are thoughtfully designed to optimise the guest experience by providing plenty of activity and endless enjoyment. Comprehensive guided shore excursions in each port of call, deluxe motorcoach transportation, self-guided art tours onboard, pilot house tours, engine room tours and bicycles and helmets for use while in port are all included in your cruise fare.


THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

The lower stretch of the Mississippi, from carefree New Orleans to vibrant Memphis, is the river of legends – the river of centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations, cobblestone streets and Victorian mansions.

Highlights:

  • Cotton and sugarcane plantations
  • Creole and Cajun cuisine
  • Memphis blues and barbecue
  • Southern culture
  • Mississippi Delta Heritage
  • Majestic mansions
  • Antebellum architecture

Save up to $550pp*

A Taste of the True South

Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields.

Highlights: Cruise from New Orleans to Nottoway, St Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Tunica & ending in Memphis

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in New Orleans
  • 7 night river cruise onboard American Duchess
8 nights from Interior
Stateroom (IS)
Private Veranda
Suite (VS)
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (C1) Loft Suite with
Private Balcony
(LFS)
Cruise departs: 06, 20 Jan; 03 Feb; 24 Mar; 07, 21 Apr; 05, 19 May; 02, 16, 30 Jun 2019 $3009 $5209 $8229 $8779
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD, based on 20 Jan 2019 departure

Save up to $550pp*

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 Memphis to New Orleans, 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 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.

Highlights: Cruise from Memphis to Vicksburg, Natchez, Baton Rouge, St Francisville, Nottoway & ending in New Orleans

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Memphis
  • 7 night river cruise onboard American Queen
8 nights from Interior
Stateroom (E)
Deluxe Outside
Stateroom (D)
Outside
Stateroom
with Open
Veranda (C)
Deluxe Outside
Stateroom with
Private Veranda
(A)
Cruise departs: 24 Feb; 10, 24 Mar; 07, 21 Apr; 05, 19 May; 02, 16 Jun; 01, 15, 29 Sep; 13 Oct; 10, 24 Nov 2019 $2599 $4249 $4659 $5209
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD, based on 24 Feb 2019 departure
 

THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

The upper reaches of the Mississippi River, from dynamic St Louis to beautiful Red Wing and St Paul, are rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife. As you cruise through history, hidden gems around each bend fuel your sense of discovery as the very best of America’s heartland unfolds before you.

Highlights:

  • Scenic river views and towering bluffs
  • American bald eagles and indigenous wildlife
  • Small town America
  • Mark Twain’s hometown and literary inspiration
  • More than 24 locks and dams
  • Local farmer’s markets

Save up to $410pp*

Mark Twain’s Mississippi

On this magnificent journey along the Upper Mississippi River, you will discover the beauty of the region from the unique perspective of the river. Included Hop-on Hop-off tours allow you to explore Twain’s childhood hometown of Hannibal, Missouri; the town from where much of the inspiration for his beloved classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is derived.

Highlights: Cruise from Red Wing (overnight onboard) to La Crosse, Dubuque, Bettendorf (Quad Cities), Burlington, Hannibal & ending in Alton

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Minneapolis
  • 7 night river cruise onboard American Queen
8 nights from Interior
Stateroom (E)
Deluxe Outside
Stateroom (D)
Outside
Stateroom
with Open
Veranda (C)
Deluxe Outside
Stateroom with
Private Veranda
(A)
Cruise departs: 14 & 28 Jul 2019 $3009 $4659 $5069 $5619
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD

Save up to $550pp*

Heartland Heritage

This is a timeless voyage that allows passengers to experience the heartland of America travelling the Upper Mississippi River on a roundtrip voyage from beautiful St. Paul - an area rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife.

Highlights: Cruise roundtrip from St Paul to Clinton, Dubuque, La Crosse, Winona & Red Wing

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Minneapolis
  • 7 night river cruise onboard American Duchess
8 nights from Interior
Stateroom (IS)
Private Veranda
Suite (VS)
Deluxe Suite
with Private
Balcony (DS)
Loft Suite with
Private Balcony
(LFS)
Cruise departs: : 11 Aug 2019 $3009 $5209 $8229 $8779
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD
 

THE OHIO, TENNESSEE & CUMBERLAND RIVERS

Discover America’s cultural quilt in the cities and towns of the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. From Civil War battlefields, forts and homesteads to quaint main streets and friendly smiles, this region will welcome you with open arms and enrich you with its storied history and legends of famous frontiersmen.

Highlights:

  • Historic Civil War sites
  • Scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains
  • Legends and lore of famous frontiersmen
  • Underground Railroad history
  • Iconic American attractions such as Churchill Downs and home of the Grand Old Opry®

Save up to $825pp*

Racing on the River

Embark on a cruise imbued with the heritage of small town America and the nostalgia of America’s vibrant steamboating history. As you discover the charming attractions of quaint ports that have long been guest favourites, you will have the opportunity to take part in themed racing events such as a 5k run in Augusta, and experience the thrill of horse racing at the famed track at Churchill Downs in Louisville. But racing on the river just wouldn’t seem right without the excitement of riverboat racing, so join us onboard as we challenge riverboats, such as the Belle of Louisville, for a good old-fashioned race on the river!

Highlights: Cruise from Memphis to Paducah, Henderson, Owensboro, Louisville, Madison, Cincinnati, Augusta, Maysville, Point Pleasant, Marietta & ending in Pittsburgh

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Memphis
  • 14 night river cruise onboard American Duchess
15 nights from Interior
Stateroom (IS)
Private Veranda
Suite (VS)
Deluxe Suite
with Private
Balcony (DS)
Loft Suite with
Private Balcony
(LFS)
Cruise departs: 07 Jul 2019 $6295 $10,689 $16,189 $17,009
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD

Save up to $410pp*

The Enduring Legacy of the Civil War

The Mississippi River and its tributaries, was of great strategic value as both a transportation and communication route during the Civil War. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and explore the legacy of the Civil War both onboard and in ports of call. Distinguished guest speakers will be onboard to captivate you with astounding Civil War presentations.

Highlights: Cruise from Memphis to New Madrid, Paducah, Savannah, Florence & ending in Chattanooga

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Memphis
  • 7 night river cruise onboard American Queen
8 nights from Interior
Stateroom (E)
Deluxe Outside
Stateroom (D)
Outside
Stateroom
with Open
Veranda (C)
Deluxe Outside
Stateroom with
Private Veranda
(A)
Cruise departs: 27 Oct 2019 $3009 $5209 $5619 $6309
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD

Save up to $550pp*

American Music Holiday

You are sure to create lifelong memories on this incredible voyage featuring America’s beloved “Music City.” Discover the sights and sounds of America’s rivers and the roots from which sprung a variety of musical genres. Whether it’s the sounds of New Orleans Jazz, the strains of the uniquely American musical art form the Delta Blues, the Rock and Soul of Memphis, or the homegrown Country Music melodies from Nashville, you will find that it all harmonises with the rhythms of the river.

Highlights: Cruise from Memphis to Paducah, Grand Rivers, Clarksville & ending in Nashville (2 nights onboard)

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Memphis
  • 7 night river cruise onboard American Duchess
8 nights from Interior
Stateroom (IS)
Private Veranda
Suite (VS)
Deluxe Suite
with Private
Balcony (DS)
Loft Suite with
Private Balcony
(LFS)
Cruise departs: 01 Dec 2019 $3009 $5209 $8229 $8779
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD
 

COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS

Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than here in the pristine Pacific Northwest, a captivating corner of America which displays an abundance of inspiring natural beauty. Voyages are specifically tailored to maximise daytime river cruising for optimal viewing of spectacular scenery and iconic highlights such as the Columbia River Gorge.

Highlights:

  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Abundant locks and dams
  • Follow the steps of Lewis and Clark
  • Dramatic waterfalls
  • Pacific Northwest wine country
  • Mount St Helens
  • Museums and Interpretive Centres
  • Fresh Pacific seafood and regional delights

Save up to $410pp*

Pacific Northwest Splendour

“Ocian in view! O! The joy!” These are the original words, and spelling of “ocean,” William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston.

Highlights: Cruise from Vancouver to Astoria, Stevenson, The Dalles, Richland & ending in Clarkston (overnight onboard)

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver
  • 7 night river cruise onboard American Empress
8 nights from Veranda
Stateroom (E)
Outside
Stateroom (D)
Deluxe Veranda
Stateroom (C)
Suite with
Veranda (A)
Cruise departs: : Every 2nd Sunday 31 Mar – 27 Oct 2019 $3419 $3559 $3699 $5619
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD, based on 31 Mar 2019 departure
 

THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI

Have you ever wondered what this country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? Travelling on the Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the grand American Duchess, you will be transported back in time to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. Storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities provide a bit of excitement between peaceful fields of gold, majestic panoramas and high bluffs. Authentic America is out there just waiting to be explored and after three fabulous weeks cruising amidst the Antebellum charms and gracious style of the American Duchess, you will forever be changed.

Highlights:

  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Abundant locks and dams
  • Follow the steps of Lewis and Clark
  • Dramatic waterfalls
  • Pacific Northwest wine country
  • Mount St Helens
  • Museums and Interpretive Centres
  • Fresh Pacific seafood and regional delights

Save up to $1235pp*

Pacific Northwest Splendour

“Ocian in view! O! The joy!” These are the original words, and spelling of “ocean,” William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston.

Highlights: Cruise from St Paul to Red Wing, La Crosse, Dubuque, Bettendorf (Quad Cities), Burlington, Hannibal, Alton, St Louis, Chester, Cape Girardeau, Paducah, New Madrid, Memphis, Helena, Vicksburg, Natchez, Baton Rouge, St Francisville, Nottoway & ending in New Orleans

Includes:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Minneapolis
  • 21 night river cruise onboard American Duchess
22 nights from Interior Stateroom
(IS)
Private Veranda
Suite (VS)
Deluxe Suite with
Private Balcony (DS)
Loft Suite with
Private Balcony
(LFS)
Cruise departs: 18 Aug 2019 $9169 $16,035 $24,279 $25,519
*Prices are per person, twin share, in NZD

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