Lower Mississippi and New Orleans November 2018 | Craig Travel

Lower Mississippi and New Orleans November 2018

Lower Mississippi and New Orleans
A Taste of the True South
ss American Queen
November 9, 2018 to November 21, 2018
13 Days
Escorted By:
CT Rating 2 Moderately Easy
2 Moderately Easy

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Memories flow deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as we 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 us back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. Our journey will begin with overnights in Nashville and Memphis, discovering the most important music centres in the US. Finally we will have two nights in New Orleans, the Big Easy, a city which is itself a legend, known for its music, its character and its cuisine. This cruise fills quickly - reserve your places early for best rates and cabin choices.

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Alternate Departures

CT Rating 2 Moderately Easy
2 Moderately Easy

The basic trip is suitable for most travellers but guests need to be prepared for the sightseeing and shore visits, most of which will involve coaching and walking excursions. These excursions allow guests to visit a number of different sites and to walk as much as they want. There will also be walking excursions on the land portion and free time for people to enjoy the time ashore at their leisure. The riverboat is exceptionally comfortable as are the hotels.

Inclusive Features
  • 7 night cruise on the ss American Queen, based on sharing a twin bedded stateroom in the category selected
  • 5 nights superior hotels - Nashville (2), Memphis (1) and New Orleans (2) as indicated or similar
  • Baggage handling shipside
  • Guided and/or Hop-On Hop-Off excursions in every port as indicated
  • On board entertainment and lectures by local experts
  • 26 meals (B-10 breakfasts, L- 6 lunches, D-10 dinners)
  • All current taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges
  • Gratuities for all included shipboard and land services
  • Services of our escorts and/or cruise director and local representatives and guides
  • Air inclusive rates also include: transfers between airports and hotels, roundtrip economy airfare from Canada on Air Canada including all taxes/fees (shown as add-ons), airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value
ss American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately riverboats that preceded her and so inspired her designers.  While on board, you can select a volume from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat’s library. Or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge, and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.

· The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America

· The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau

· The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge

· Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage

· Complimentary wines and beers at dinner

· Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff

· The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion

· Carries up to just 432 passengers


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
$955 (air only cost)
Ottawa / Montreal
$995 (air only cost)
$1,095 (air only cost)
Regina / Saskatoon / Winnipeg
$1,295 (air only cost)
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver / Victoria
$1,295 (air only cost)

Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Fares from Western Canada are based on overnight flights via Toronto. Travellers from Western Canada may prefer to fly to Nashville with an overnight there the day prior - call for details. Air fares and carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to inclusive features for details. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members, on rates, taxes and fees effective August 2017 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.


To Upgrade to:
Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)SingleDouble
E Inside Twin (Texas, Observation)
$ 4,695 [Full Cruise Cost]
D Outside Twin (Cabin)
$ 7,165 [Full Cruise Cost]
C* Outside Twin (Texas, Observation, Cabin)
$ 7,555 [Full Cruise Cost]
B* Outside Twin (Observation)
$ 7,945 [Full Cruise Cost]
A** Deluxe Outside Twin (Texas)
$ 8,195 [Full Cruise Cost]
AA* Superior Outside Twin (Promenade, Observation)
$ 8,855 [Full Cruise Cost]
SI Single Inside
$6,935 [Full Cruise Cost]
SO Single Outside
$10,835 [Full Cruise Cost]

*Cabins have an open Veranda. **Cabins have a private Veranda. Other stateroom categories are available. Rates are per person sharing the category shown. See Deck Plan for full details. Single rates are available on request.

Pricing Details

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $280 to $417 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $186 to $385 pp plus applicable taxes. Clients 86 years and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario - please contact our staff for procedures. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking.


Shore Excursions: At most ports, members will be provided with a Hop-On Hop-Off coach excursion that will provide a full commentary on the local sights and the freedom to visit as many of those sights as possible. In addition, optional premium excursions will be offered in several ports which will be available at an additional cost - these may be purchased in advance (details will be sent when available) or during the cruise.

Deposit Amount:
Final Payment Date:
Thursday, August 2, 2018