Plan a Southern Winter Escape Now on American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Duchess

American Duchess - American Queen Steamboat CompanyAmerican Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) invites guests to enjoy the magic of a winter getaway onboard its boutique-style paddlewheeler the American Duchess. Beginning in 2020, American Duchess guests will be delighted by additional regal inclusions that will now be offered on every voyage.

Fares will include an Unlimited Beverage Package and prepaid gratuities, in addition to the inclusions that guests have always enjoyed.

“Voyages on the American Duchess have something for everyone,” shares John Waggoner, founder and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “For guests that want to escape the winter blues, traveling on the Lower Mississippi will transport them not only to warmer days but also offer a rich Southern experience that they won’t forget.”

Along the Lower Mississippi River, guests onboard the American Duchess will explore the region’s history with plantation and battlefield tours amidst century-old oak trees and rolling acres of sugar cane plantations and cotton fields. Shore excursions include visits to New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, the South’s largest antebellum mansion, Nottoway Plantation; a stroll down Royal Street in St. Francisville and a visit to Graceland Mansion in Memphis.

Please see below for a selection of January through March 2020 voyages onboard the American Duchess:

Antebellum South – New Orleans to Memphis and in reverse (January 5-13, January 12-20, January 19-27, January 26-February 3, February 2-10, February 9-17, March 15-23, March 22-30, March 29-April 6):

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 the streets of Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland. Ports of call include: Nottoway Plantation, La. (AQSC exclusive port); St. Francisville, La.; Natchez, Ms.; Vicksburg, Ms.; Port of the Mississippi Delta and Memphis, Tn.

Southern Sampler – Roundtrip from New Orleans (March 8-16):

The grandeur of the South unfolds on this glorious and enlightening trip along the waters of the Lower Mississippi River. From the vivacious vibes of lively New Orleans to sprawling antebellum mansions steeped in history, guests experience the diverse culture, stories, songs and flavors of the region. Learn the lore of this hallowed route from lectures and chats with AQSC’s resident Riverlorian and catch a glimpse of life before the Civil War at the famed Nottoway Plantation. Each night, guests will enjoy the Broadway-caliber talents of the onboard entertainers. Ports of call include: New Orleans, La.; Francisville, La.; Natchez, Ms.; Vicksburg, Ms.; Baton Rouge, La. and Nottoway Plantation, La.

American Queen Steamboat Company offers the most inclusive river cruise experiences in North America. Fares on Lower Mississippi River begin at $2,099 per person. All sailings include a one-night, pre-voyage hotel stay, hop-on hop-off shore excursions in all ports, wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

Now is the time to lock in savings on your 2020 vacations. Call now, or contact a travel professional, to save up to $1,200 on select 2020 voyages.