RING IN THE SEASON ON THE AMERICAN COUNTESS

(December 4-12, 2021)

Celebrate the holidays with a Cajun and Creole flair as you cruise from New Orleans to Memphis on the the newest steamboat sailing the Mississippi River, the all-inclusive American Countess. This special edition cruise is packed with exclusive holiday experiences, including the highlight of the trip – a gala evening at Nottoway Plantation. There will be live music, dancing, and great food followed by bonfires on the levee and a spectacular fireworks display!

 

American Queen Steamboat Company requires a COVID-19 vaccination and the use of one smart phone per cabin.

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(3% cash discount applied)
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$4,185 Cat. B - Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda
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$4,485 Cat. A - Outside Stateroom with Private Veranda

Optional travel protection plan:

  • $365 per person, Double

Payment due with deposit. To review full plan details online, go to: www.tripmate.com/wpF450D.

$500 deposit per person is required with your registration form in order to reserve your spot. $100 is non-refundable after July 20, 2021. Reservations made after this date are subject to availability.)

Final payment is due September 1, 2021

what’s included

  • Transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to ship, and ship to airport
  • Round-trip air to New Orleans and return from Memphis
    (price based on air estimate of $450)
  • 1 night’s accommodations on land
  • 7-night cruise in cabin category of choice
  • 1 meal on land and all onboard meals
  • Unlimited beverage package on board the ship
  • 6 shore excursions
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotel
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Star Destinations tour manager on board the ship
  • Exclusive holiday experiences
    • Nottoway gala – Our Nottoway day continues with an enchanting evening filled with live music, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres or desserts. We’ll witness the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee followed by an amazing fireworks display. A very special dinner awaits on board to cap off our day!
    • Holiday activities – Gingerbread decorating and ornament making will be fun ways to get a little creative this holiday season.
    • Drink specials – Sample the unique holiday drinks available at the onboard bar.
Not included in the price of this tour:

Local airport transfers, meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotel/ship, admission to attractions on included excursions, travel protection plan, current baggage fees at the airport as assessed by the airline, and any service not listed in the above inclusions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Relax on your flight from Cedar Rapids to New Orleans, LA, to begin your Mississippi River adventure. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your overnight accommodations and enjoy an evening at leisure to get acquainted with the city’s famous eateries, unique shops, and lively entertainment.

Day 2: Sunday, December 5, 2021

New Orleans’ Creole, Cajun, and other diverse residents blended to develop art, cuisine, music, and general culture unlike any other in the United States. Explore this one-of-a-kind place with a city tour, including a walking tour of the French Quarter. You’ll see antique shops, boutiques, and preservation halls as you listen to tales of the French, the voodoo, and the music that make up the city’s rich and compelling history. You will then transfer to the port terminal to meet your tour manager and board the newest steamboat on the Mississippi, the American Countess, for the next seven nights. The American Countess boasts fine dining, nightly entertainment, and well-appointed accommodations. Time will be available to settle into your cabins before we depart along the river. Over the next week, we’ll experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and get acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures!

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3: Monday, December 6, 2021

Nottoway Plantation 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, the “White Castle of the South” transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set against a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors, sixty-four bedrooms, and twenty-two white square columns. The home also has 365 openings—one for each day of the year! The most popular room is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold decor throughout. The rooms are trimmed in custom frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud that is all original to the house. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Nottoway followed by a walk through the lush grounds and gardens.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 4: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

St. Francisville was established in 1809, earning the distinction as the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. In the 1790s, a settlement called Bayou Sara was located just below where St. Francisville is now. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville and still remain to this day. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own. Visit the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, tour Grace Episcopal Church, and stroll down Royal Street.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 5: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Natchez is a charming river town founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi River. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history, which can be found on every corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes, all of which contribute to Natchez being one of “The 100 Best Towns in America,” according to author Hugh Bayless. Landmarks on the guided tour include a number of mansions, a tavern and distillery, the Museum of African-American history, and the William Johnson House Museum. Magnolia Hall is a Greek Revival Mansion that once had a cannon ball launched into the kitchen, and Stanton Hall is a fully furnished mansion that takes up an entire block! Delve into 300 years of African American history from the Colonial and Cotton Kingdom Natchez to the Civil Rights Movement. Learn the story of William Johnson, who was born a slave and gained his freedom and respect in society as the town barber, or tour King’s Tavern and Charboneau Distillery owned by a nationally renowned chef and her husband.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President 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 played a major role in the Civil War and still showcases much of that history today. Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, and visit the many museums. We’ll spend the day exploring the city with a guided tour that will take us to many local landmarks. View the wide variety of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the building where Coke was bottled for the first time in 1894 or browse the collection of artifacts tied to Vicksburg history at the Old Court House Museum. The Old Depot Museum is home to a fascinating 250-square-foot diorama of the Vicksburg Battlefield, plus various models of ships, railroads, and automobiles, and the Church of the Holy Trinity has an impressive collection of Tiffany stained-glass windows for you to admire!

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 7: Friday, December 10, 2021

Greenville, on the Mississippi Delta, is more than a geographical region. It is a way of life – a true cultural experience based on agriculture, music and history. These small river towns have been the inspiration of authors, musicians and artists for centuries, and we’ll soon see why as we get a unique glimpse into life in a port of the Mississippi Delta.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 8: Saturday, December 11, 2021

Simply relax today and watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner, and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 9: Sunday, December 12, 2021

In Memphis it is time to bid farewell to the American Countess and depart for home with great memories and the spirit of the Christmas season!

(Breakfast included)