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2018

SHORE EXCURSIONS LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

American Queen

NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS! www.reservemyexcursions.com or 1-888-966-0938


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Contents Shore Excursions Information............................... 6 Hop-on Hop-off Information.................................. 8 New River Coaches......................................................... 10 Pre-Cruise Ports of call Memphis..................................................................... 15 New Orleans........................................................... 21 Ports of call........................................................................ 26 Vicksburg................................................................. 28 Baton Rouge.......................................................... 32 Greenville............................................................... 36 Natchez.................................................................... 42 St. Francisville..................................................... 50 Nottoway Plantation..................................... 56 Post-Cruise Ports of call Memphis................................................................... 67 New Orleans........................................................ 73 Not all Ports of Call and American Select Premium Excursions are offered on every voyage. Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.


Shore Excursion Promise

HIGHEST QUALIT Y PR OMISE

American Queen Steamboat Company prides itself on the satisfaction of our guests.We constantly strive to surpass your expectations. We promise to always provide you with our best! If there is anything that did not meet your highest expectations, we will make it right!

B E S T VA L U E AVA I L A B L E

With all of the options and competition in today’s age, it is human nature to search for the best value. We understand you worked hard in your profession and are appreciative that you spend your time with us! We vow to provide you with our best selection, for the best value, every time!

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“Travel in America is well within our comfort zones, but it is still a frontier with much to be experienced.” Mankind has always been drawn to the river not only for sustenance, but as a landmark. ‘Down by the river’ was not just a necessity, it was a way of life. And for us who decide to experience river travel, it still is. These parts unknown were so malleable that they transformed rapidly into cultures of their own, so different even from the ideals and origins of their settlers. Regional traditions, like those of the Cajuns, were formed and still continue strongly with their own food, history and way of life. The Scandinavian influence is still prevalent on the Upper Mississippi. Steel workers and coal miners still tell stories of loading their goods onto barges on the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. Travel in America is well within our comfort zones, but it is still a frontier with much to be experienced. It’s time not just to vacation, it’s time to experience. As a country, America is still so very new. We will not see medieval castles around every river bend. Instead of centuries old gothic cathedrals, we will see 20th century white clapboard local parishes that are the center of communities. We may see the efforts of revitalization in a river city’s downtown as they struggle with the remnants of the 1950’s boom and the effect that suburbanization and shopping malls have had their on Main Streets.

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“Vacation is to escape. American river travel is to engage, educate and appreciate the diversity of this great country.� We will not hear many foreign languages, but rather dialects and accents of which we may not be familiar. We are not showing off a royal spectacle, we are immersed in real life. This is real. This is America. On board, please allow us to indulge and spoil you in what a vacation is all about. But as you dock onto shore, allow yourself to think differently and take in, even become part of, the communities we visit. We hope you chose to sail with us, not only to escape and vacate your everyday lives, but to appreciate seeing the country (the good, bad and challenged) from the perspective of the river and all there is to learn. Vacation is to escape. American river travel is to engage, educate and appreciate the diversity of this great country. Thank you,

Jim Palmeri Vice President of Product Development American Queen Steamboat Company

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S H O R E EXCU RS I O N H I G H LI G HTS P R E M I U M E XC U RS I O N S

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Op tional in-dep th e xperiences C ustomized to appe al to different interests c ultur ally enhancing itiner aries C apacit y contr olled Advanced re servations req uired

Premium Shore Excursion Reservations must be canceled 48 hours prior to the tour departure time in order to receive a full refund. If yo u wish to bo ok yo ur premium e xc ur sions ple ase visit o ur website www.re servemye xcur sions.com or C all 1-888 -966 -0938 G uests also have the op tion to wait to Reserve premium e xc ur sions until the y arrive onboard, bu t ple a se note that e xcur sions are c apacit y con trolled and are subjec t to avail abilit y.

Pre-Booked reservations for Shore Excursions will be available until 11:00 AM EST, the Wednesday prior to embarkation. I N C L U D E D E XC U RS I O N S

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Includes A dmission to Select at tr a ctions Completely at yo ur leisure Unlimited C apa cit y Freed om to cr af t yo ur own E xperience

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S H O R E EXCU RS I O N H I G H LI G HTS I M P O RTA N T I C O N S So uth b o u n d Voyag es

Embarking in Memphis Whenever you see this symbol it indicates that a port with an included excursion or a premium excursion is available to you if your voyage itinerary is Memphis to New Orleans. It will also indicate which premium excursion timing is offered for your cruise.

N o rth b o u n d Voyag es

Embarking in New Orleans Whenever you see this symbol it indicates that a port with an included excursion or a premium excursion is available to you if your voyage itinerary is New Orleans to Memphis. It will also indicate which premium excursion timing is offered for your cruise. Not all e xcur sions are offered f or e very vo yage. Ple ase be certain to check yo ur d o c uments for the included ports and the correct direction of yo ur cr uise.

Remember... To verify the direction of your voyage by checking your documents

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HOW TO"HOP-ON HOP-OFF" STEP 1 PRINT YOUR TICKET

Kiosk is located on the Main Deck on the side by the Purser’s desks. Departure tickets can be printed each night, beginning at 5:00 PM.

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Tap anywhere on the screen to remove the screen saver.

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Choose your desired included tour departure time.

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Catch passes as they fall from below the screen.

Select number of guests in your party by selecting + or -

STEP 2 BRING YOUR TICKET & HOP-ON! MEET OUTSIDE !

About 15 minutes before your chosen departure time, please gather by the River Coach near the dock! BOARD THE RIVER COACH

Hand your tickets to the Shore Excursion Specialist as you board the River Coach.

EXPLORE AT YOUR LEISURE !

“Hop-Off ” wherever you wish - and “Hop-On” again whenever you feel ready! The River Coach will depart approximately every 15-30 minutes.

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF MAPS DELI V ER ED TO YO UR S TATER O O M !

Each evening, the Hop-On Hop-Off map for the following day will be placed in your stateroom during turn-down ser vice. Use this helpful tool to get the most of your next day’s experience in port! Hop - On Hop - Off

Included Attractions A CLOSER LOOK

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INTRODUCING THE NEW

River Coaches

The American Queen Shore Excursions teamed together with the engineering departments of Van Hool Engineering Company, ABC Bus Companies, and Easton Coach Company to create innovative and completely customized River Coaches. Based on several years’ worth of customer feedback, which were gathered through guest satisfaction surveys and suggestions, our team has crafted a vehicle unlike any other in the world. We have begun adding these state-of-the-art River Coaches to our American Queen fleet for 2018, and will continue upgrading our entire vessel fleet over the next few years.

A C LO S ER LO O K Second door access features mid-coach entry with wider and deeper steps that provide a more convenient, more efficient, and safer entrance. Skylights spanning the length of the coach offer a panoramic view of all surroundings during a tour. Lower seat-backs allow guests to have clearer views, while also providing a more spacious feel. Restroom is located in the rear, rather than in the stairwell, so that unlike other mid-entry coaches, guests will have better, safer access to the facilities. Handicapped lifts in the rear of the coach, which allows the American Queen Shore Excursions fleet to remain 100% accessible! GPS and mobile cameras allow our staff to track River Coach arrival times in live-time. Three rows of specially embroidered and upholstered seats to better designate special seating for guests with mobility challenges. Specially designed overhead racks are contoured in a way to allow for more visibility from the side windows, as well as, the above skylights. Onboard Wifi, so guests can stay connected at all times.

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HOW TO "HOP-ON HOP-OFF" YO U R N E W R I V E R C O A C H Guests utilizing wheelchairs or scooters, please speak to a Shore Excursion Specialist or a driver, who will help you onboard with our motorized River Coach Lift. Mobility Impaired guests should make their way to the front of the River Coach, rather than the back, and reside in specially reserved seats, so our staff can assist if needed.

TO BOARD: We kindly ask guests to board the River Coach in the center entrance. This entrance will be opened on a delay after guests exit via the front door.

TO EXIT: To exit the River Coach, we ask guests to make their way to the front exit, in an orderly manner, aisle by aisle. For safety, no guest should exit the center door.

Mobility Impaired Guests:

When departing the river coaches, we kindly request that you remain safely seated until all of the guests have exited so that we can assist you off the coach. Disclaimer: We are not responsible for personal belongings left on the River Coach. All of our River Coaches are equipped with a lift for ADA accessibility. For your own safety, we highly encourage guests with scooters to transfer to a River Coach seat.

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SU PPO RTI N G LOCAL BUSI N ESSES

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S H O R E EXC U RS I O N G U I D ES

The American Duchess Shore Excursions staff strives to capture the true essence of each port we visit, to give you the most authentic immersion into the region. Our independent, local guides will join both our Hop-On Hop-Off Tours and Premium Excursions, they will share their knowledge of the port’s history and weave in their own personal stories and personalities. Because these local guides are hired independently, and are not employees of American Duchess Shore Excursions, they will not be included in your voyage gratuities. If you believe your guide did a superb job, please feel free to extend a token of your gratitude. LO C A L GUI DE S & GR AT UI TI E S

AQSC works with many local historians, civic leaders, and tourism professionals to create the most rewarding premium experiences on America’s Rivers. Often times, our staff is asked for guidelines in regards to rewarding (tipping) of local Premium Tour guides. These local guides are not included in your daily gratuity charges. INDUSTRY GRATUITY GUIDELINE: $1.00 / person - Half Day Excursions $2.00 / person - Full Day Excursions Please note that gratuities are never expected, yet are greatly appreciated, and shall never be solicited by our par tners. Generosity is solely at your own discretion.

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SOUTHBOUND PRE-CRUISE PORT OF CALL

Memphis, Tennessee Pages 15 - 19

Not all Ports of Call and American Select Premium Excursions are offered on every voyage. Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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Memphis, Tennessee Pre-Cruise Am erican Select P r em i u m Exc u rs i o n s Memphis’ first settlers were Native Americans, who were drawn to the area’s bluffs overlooking the river. By building their settlements on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff, it protected them from flooding, and the mighty river allowed them easy transportation access. When the explorer Hernando DeSoto and his army arrived in Memphis in 1541, they set up camp and the city of Memphis exchanged hands with the Spanish, French and English eventually being sold to the U.S Government. Today, Memphis is nationally recognized for its contributions to our country’s music influences. Dubbed the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll,” this iconic city offers a vibrant culture and history is intertwined through every street.

Docking Dates S o u t h b o u n d V oyag e s o n ly

Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

October 1st, 2018 October 15th, 2018 October 29th, 2018

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November 12th, 2018 November 26th, 2018


Pre-Cruise tour

Am erican Select

The Elvis Experience Pre-Cruise Tour Begin your journey along the Mississippi River with a king’s treatment as we depart the hotel and weave our way through the streets of Memphis towards the home of the King himself - Graceland Mansion! Custom crafted and state-of-the art iPads will help guide your way through each room, providing thoughtful narration by actor and Elvis enthusiast, John Stamos as well as personal commentary by Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. This Elvis experience will include all the most sought-after exhibits! Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many Elvis themed eateries! The journey continues with Graceland in our rear-view and Memphis’s heart and soul Beale Street ahead. Here, a charismatic and spirited local guide will become our personal walking chauffeur before concluding at the dock of the vessel.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE

for the most accurate and up-to-date information about your American Select premium excursions! www.reservemyexcursions.com

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The Elvis Experience Pre-Cruise Tour A r r i va l t o G r ac e la n d

Before entering the mansion you will see a short intro film on the Graceland Complex.

To u r G r ac el a n d M a n s i o n

Enter through “The King’s” front door where the presence of Elvis can still be felt within the walls as you walk through the same rooms as he did after a long day’s performance. Custom crafted and state-of-the-art iPads will help guide your way through each room, providing thoughtful narration.

G r ac ela n d Elv i s Ex p er i en c e T o u r & F r e e t i m e f o r L u n c h After touring Graceland enjoy the rest of the exhibits including Elvis’s Airplanes, The Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, and full access to the Visitors Entertainment Complex at your leisure! Stop for a bite to eat at one of the many Elvis themed eateries!

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Here, a charismatic and spirited local guide with his enthusiasm and love for this southern city becomes infectious as he narrates stories of his favorite attractions as we walk past. A stroll along Beale Street is littered with music, history, culture and the sweet smell of smokey barbecue wafting through the alleys.

Memphis City Tour

Before arriving at the dock of the American Queen, a driving tour of Memphis includes sights of iconic landmarks such as Sun Studio, The Peabody Hotel, the National Civil Rights Museum (The Lorraine Motel), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and more!

D epa rt fo r t h e A m er i ca n Q u e e n We will make our way to the American Queen for embarkation. Available on Voyages beginning in Memphis, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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Pre-Cruise tour

Am erican Select

Soundtrack of Memphis Pre-Cruise Tour The Blues Hall of Fame, Elvis’s first paying gig, and the church where Johnny Cash got his start --all this and more on today’s music tour of Memphis, Tennessee! The “Birthplace of Rock and Roll” is a crossroads of modern culture and historical appeal, and we’ll step into its artistic heritage on a driving tour of the city while being treated to musical performances every step of the way.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE for the most accurate and up-to-date information about your American Select premium excursions! www.reservemyexcursions.com

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Soundtrack of Memphis Pre-Cruise Tour O v e rt o n Pa r k S h el l

Activities begin in the early afternoon with a relaxing driving tour of Midtown Memphis’s 342-acre Overton Park, where our first stop is the iconic Levitt Shell amphitheater. Here, we’ll be treated to a musical performance by our tour guide on the stage where Elvis Presley put on his first paid concert in 1954.

D r i v i n g t o u r o f M em p h i s

Our driving tour continues through Overton Square, a cultural hotspot of the 1970s that has since been revitalized into a thriving, modern entertainment district. We’ll pass Galloway House, and the Methodist church where Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two put on their first performance. Other sites include Priscilla Presley’s high school, Church Park, and the W.C. Handy House Museum, the turn-of-the-century log shack that was home to the “father of the blues” himself.

T en n e s s ee W el c o m e C en t e r

As a brief intermission from our driving tour, we’ll stop off at the Tennessee Welcome Center.

D r i v i n g t o u r C o n t i n u ed

We’ll then, continue past sites that include Court Square, historic Beale Street, and the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the infamous Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated in 1968. And no visit to Memphis, “Blues City,” would be complete without seeing the Blues Hall of Fame.

D e pa rt fo r t h e A m er i ca n Qu e e n We will make our way to the American Queen for embarkation.

Available on Voyages beginning in Memphis, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 6 9 p e r g u e st D e pa rt s : 1: 0 0 P M

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NORTHBOUND PRE-CRUISE PORT OF CALL

New Orleans, Louisiana Pages 21 - 25

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New Orleans, Louisiana Pre-Cruise Am erican Select P r em i u m Exc u rs i o n s Home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music, New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historicallyrich destinations. Head on over to the French Quarter to experience some street performers and the finest galleries in the City. Looking for some history, head on over to Treme the oldest African-American Neighborhood with colorful creole cottages and shotgun homes. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle New Orleans offers that too in their Lakeview neighborhood with Waterfront Views and quaint dining. New Orleans is sure to please!

Docking Dates N O RT H B O U N D V I S I T S o n ly

October 8th, 2018 October 22nd, 2018 Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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November 5th, 2018 November 19th, 2018


Pre-Cruise tour

Am erican Select

New Orleans Highlights Pre-Cruise City Tour Embark on an adventure through a city radiating an eccentric and authentic atmosphere and filled to the brim with history and culture close to the heart of America. On an exclusive New Orleans narrated driving tour, experience the city from an intimate firstperson perspective. Relax in the comfort of our River Coach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city! Enjoy a stop to St. Louis Cemetery #3 known better as the “The City of the Dead.” Then we’ll head to City Park where you will be served Morning Call coffee and beignets before concluding the day in the Lake Pontchartrain Area.

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NEW ORLEANS Highlights Pre-Cruise City Tour D e pa rt s : 1 0 : 0 0 A M

R e t u r n s: 3 : 3 0 P M

N a r r at e d j o u r n ey t h r o u g h t h e " B i g E asy " Including key sights throughout the city such as the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the Garden District.

Fr en c h M a r k et A r ea Enjoy a stop in the French Market Area for lunch on your own at one of the many eateries or you can explore the area!

A r r i v e at S t. L o u i s C em et ery # 3 After your guided tour of the “Big Easy” take in the scenery that surrounds you at St. Louis Cemetery #3.

G u i d e d t o u r o f S t. L o u i s C e m e t e ry # 3 Known as the “City of the Dead,” enjoy a guided walk-through of the cemetery where you will learn about these peaceful above-ground cemeteries.

A r r i v e at C i t y Pa r k From St. Louis Cemetery #3 you will arrive at City Park where you can enjoy beignets and cafe au lait from the Morning Call.

A r r i v e La k e Po n tc h a rt r a i n

Enjoy the views of stunning, historical Lake Pontchartrain which provides the essential habitat for countless species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants.

D epa rt fo r t h e A m er i ca n Q u e e n We will make our way to the American Queen for embarkation. Available on Voyages beginning in New Orleans, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 6 9 p er g u est

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Pre-Cruise tour

Am erican Select

Antebellum Plantation Lunch & Tour with Bayou Swamp Experience On today’s full day southern adventure, we will explore the beautiful and unique elements of the region. Our first stop will be to the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” Houmas House, where we will discover the home’s rich history, exquisite artwork, antique artifacts, and immaculate gardens and grounds. Then, we will indulge in the culinary traditions of the region with a delicious southern lunch buffet. Afterward, we will make our way to Manchac Swamp for an unforgettable experience, as we journey through the moss draped cypress trees and listen to the narrations from our knowledgeable captain about this lush ecosystem, and the creatures who call it home.

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Antebellum Plantation Lunch & Tour with Bayou Swamp Experience D e pa rt s : 8: 3 0 A M

R e t u r n s: 4 : 0 0 P M

A r r i v e at t h e H o u m as H o u s e

On today’s full adventure, we begin at Houmas House also known as, “The Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road.” This mansion reflects the best parts of each period in its rich history alongside the big bend in the Mississippi River. We will uncover the history of the land grant that was given to the indigenous Houmas Indians who were the first owners of this gorgeous plantation.

H o u m as H o u s e To u r & L u n c h

We will see the home’s unique artwork, antique artifacts, and immaculate gardens and grounds before enjoying the culinary traditions of the region with a delicious southern lunch buffet. When your appetite has been satisfied, feel free to explore the home one last time at your leisure.

A r r i v e at Ca j u n P r i d e After exploring Houmas House we will make our way to Cajun Pride to take a tour of Manchac Swamp.

Guided tour of Manchac Swa m p Upon arrival, prepare to spend the next hour and a half journeying into swamp, through whimsical moss draped cypress trees, as our knowledgeable captain shares information on the lush, exotic vegetation that cover the wetlands, and the creatures who call it home.

D epa rt fo r t h e A m er i ca n Qu e e n We will make our way back to the American Queen for embarkation. Available on Voyages beginning in New Orleans, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 1 2 9 p er g u e st

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PORTS OF CALL

Vicksburg, Mississippi Pages 28 - 31

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Pages 32 - 35

Greenville, Mississippi Pages 36 - 39

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PORTS OF CALL

Natchez, Mississippi Pages 40 - 47

St. Francisville, Louisiana Pages 48 - 53

Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana Pages 54 - 63

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INCLUDED TOUR

Vicksburg, Mississippi

For months Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee were trying to overtake Vicksburg, Mississippi – “ The Key to the South” as described by Abraham Lincoln. In late May 1863, Grant undertook a new campaign to gain access to this vital river city. After many attempts, Vicksburg still fought back and caused the Union Army to fall back. Grant chose to attack again full force at Champion Hill and Big Black Bridge, weakening John C. Pemberton’s Army causing it to retreat. Both Confederates and Union soldiers suffered drastically, but finally on July 4, 1863, Pemberton surrendered to Grant, leaving the Mississippi River in Union hands.

Docking Dates N O RT H B O U N D V I S I TS October 12th, 2018 October 26th, 2018

November 9th, 2018 November 23rd, 2018

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October 3rd, 2018 October 17th, 2018 October 31st, 2018

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November 14th, 2018 November 28th, 2018


Included Vicksburg Hop-On Hop-Off C h u rc h o f t h e H o ly T r i n i t y

This incredible church spans over 125 feet long, 52 feet wide, and reaches 61 feet high to the apex of the roof. The church was constructed in Romanesque Revival style, finished in red brick, though it showcases zigzag tracery, which was highly unique to the style at the time. The stained glass windows may be the main draw – there are 26. They were given as memorials and six of them were created by Tiffany Studios in New York under the supervision of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Approximate time: 15 45 Minutes

O ld C o u rt H o u s e M u s eu m

Now a National Historic Landmark, construction for this colossal courthouse began in 1858 and was completed in just two years in 1860 for $100,000. It survived Union shelling, a direct hit from a tornado in 1953, and is now home to the largest collection of Vicksburg’s history. The museum is filled with countless artifacts, including confederate flags, portraits, the trophy antlers won by steamboat Robert E. Lee in an 1870 race, an original Teddy Bear given by Theodore Roosevelt, and many more! Approximate time: 30 Minutes - 1.5 Hours

A n c h u ca M a n s i o n

The word Anchuca derives from an Indian word meaning, “happy home,” which is the exact vibe this home gives off. Built in 1830 by politician J.W. Mauldin, Anchuca is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the war, the house was used as a shelter for those who had suffered. Tour the home and its beautiful furnishings. Approximate time: 15 - 45 Minutes

B i ed e n h a r n C o ca- C oTM l aTM M u s e u m

At the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, enjoy the wide variety of Coca-ColaTM memorabilia in an authentic candy store and soda fountain setting. This building is where Coca-ColaTM was bottled for the first time anywhere in the world in 1894. Approximate time: 30 Minutes

Lo w er M i s s i ss i p p i R i v er M u s e u m This museum’s mission is to show the federal government’s role in the Mississippi’s past, as well as future efforts to maintain a healthy river. Explore showcases of the history of Vicksburg and the region or exhibits about the 1927 flood and how it affected Vicksburg and the Mississippi River. Learn about the fish of the river up close in the museum’s 1,515-gallon aquarium or choose your own adventure on the river with the Mississippi Approximate time: 30 Minutes - 1 Hour

O l d D epo t M u s eu m

This museum has a 250-sq ft diorama of the Vicksburg Battlefield. It also houses 250 ship models, model railroads with railroading artifacts, 150 model cars cover the development of the automobile, an architectural display with models depicting the different styles of architecture in Vicksburg, and more than 40 original paintings of war on the river and Civil War artifacts. Approximate time: 30 Minutes - 1.5 Hours F E AT U R E D S H O P P I N G O P PO RT U N I T I ES: Paper Plus Cinnamon Tree Gift Shop Peterson’s Shop Washington Street Shopping The Attic Gallery Willingham’s Gift Shop

C o m p l e t e L o o p D r i v i n g T i m e: 4 5 M i n u t e s

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Am erican Select

On the Front Lines of the Civil War Experience the site of the Civil War battle that would become one of the most pivotal moments in America’s history. Aptly described by President Lincoln as “the key to victory,” the Siege and Battle at Vicksburg is a landmark in time that shaped our country and how wars would forever be fought. Join us for an exclusive tour including the USS Cairo and Museum (the Iron Clad River Boat), 27 state monuments, the National Cemetery and the Battlefield’s Visitor’s Center, as well as an exclusive showing of the film, Here Brothers Fought.

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on the front lines of the civil war D e pa rt s : 1 2 : 0 0 P M R et u r n s: 4 : 3 0 P M E xc u r s i o n b e g i n s i n G r a n d S a l o o n Join us in the Grand Saloon for a private viewing of Here Brothers Fought, an inspirational tribute video that will set the stage for your excursion to the Battlefield. V i c ks b u r g C i t y T o u r After the presentation in the Grand Saloon, board the River Coach and set off on a guided adventure through Vicksburg as we make our way to the battlefields! t h e B at t l e f i e l d v i s i t o r c e n t e r & G i f t S h o p Explore the Vicksburg Battlefield Visitor Center where an informative fiber-optic display depicts the progression of the siege or make a stop in the gift shop!

N a r r at e d B at t l e f i e l d T o u r Enjoy a driving tour through the fields where you will travel the front lines of one the most important battlefields in the country. Cross into enemy territory and hear the stories of hardships suffered by soldiers and discover what makes Vicksburg such an important city in American history. Explore the Monuments Stop at some key points throughout Vicksburg, including the Illinois State Monument, which is the largest of the 27 state monuments.

Ex plo r e th e Uss Ca i ro Discover this massive ironclad gunboat, which is one of seven in the United States. It was named after the towns along the Upper Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

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$ 6 9 p er g u est D e pa rt s : 1 2 : 0 0 P M

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INCLUDED TOUR

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Named by French explorer Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak versions of French in their everyday language specific to Baton Rouge; for instance, the “o” sound at the end of words will be replaced with “eaux”. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building, which is the tallest in the United States, and Louisiana State University – home to the nation’s only live tiger mascot, Mike the Tiger. Baton Rouge is sure to accommodate anyone with its southern hospitality, delicious CajunCreole style food, and unique architecture!

Docking Dates S O U T H B O U N D V I S I TS

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October 5th, 2018 October 19th, 2018

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November 2nd, 2018 November 16th, 2018


Included Baton Rouge Hop-On Hop-Off U s s K i d d D D-61

Just a short walk from the dock, guests can explore a Fletcher-Class Destroyer that fought in many battles in U.S. history. Named after Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of his flagship during Pearl Harbor, the USS Kidd has received eight battle stars for WWII service and four battle stars for Korean War service. This 2,050-ton, 376-foot-long vessel has since been converted into a museum, with exhibits of extensive collections of war artifacts, ship models, memorial hall, real fighter planes and bombers, and memorials. Approximate time: 1 - 2 Hours

Ca p i t o l Pa r k M u s e u m This impressive museum showcases collections of visual arts, jazz, costumes, textiles, and artifacts from Louisiana history. It was founded in 1906 and holds over 450,000 artifacts and works of arts. Permanent exhibits include: “Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America,” and “Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana”. Rotating exhibits change frequently and can cover a range of different historical events. Approximate time: 1.5 Hours

Lo u i s i a n a's Stat e Ca p i t o l This prime example of Art Deco Architecture was extremely popular in the 1930’s and stands 450 feet tall. The building holds 34 floors making it the tallest state capitol in the United States. Guests can admire the uniquely constructed rooms throughout the building or take a ride up to the 34th floor to the observation deck where an impressive panoramic view of the city can be found. Approximate time: 1 - 2 Hours

LS U M u s e u m o f A rt Immerse yourself in the history of Louisiana and its culture through art at the LSU Museum of Art. Located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, the museum hosts a variety of historic and contemporary art exhibits as well as a vast permanent collection spanning the 1700s to present day with over 6,500 artworks on display year round. Paired with a variety of programming and an education space for families to explore, a visit to LSU Museum Of Art is perfect for all ages and interests. Approximate time: 45 Minutes - 2 Hours

LS U Ru r a l Li fe M u s eu m Dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of materials from the cultures of 18th and 19th century rural Louisianans the LSU Rural Life Museum sends guests back in time to experience the lifestyles and life-ways of these remarkable people. Explore the largest collection of artifacts and architecture from the period, all in a safe, outdoor rural landscape. Approximate time: 1 - 2 Hours F E AT U R E D S H O P P I N G O P PO RT U N I T I ES: Bates & Thigpen Strands Cafe & Shop Prescriptions to Geaux Matherne’s Market Spanish Town Market Downtown Grocery

C o m p l e t e L o o p D r i v i n g T i m e: 1 H o u r

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Am erican Select

The Ultimate Cajun Adventure On today’s Ultimate Cajun Adventure, we’ll explore the charm and enchantment of southern Louisiana. From airboating through the beautiful wilderness of the bayou to sampling local cuisine, and stepping back in time to the historic, small-town life of early Cajuns, the unique and storied Mississippi Delta region has never been more up close and personal.

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Ultimate Cajun Adventure A r r i v e at At c h a fa l aya B a s i n We arrive in the morning at Atchafalaya Basin Landing and Marina for an airboat tour through the swamp with a local, born-on-thebayou guide manning the helm. A i r B o at T o u r o f t h e S wa m p Our Cajun captain will share some history of the area from the deep swamplands where he was raised. You will never feel as up-close-andpersonal with the exotic wetland wildlife as when our captain beckons gators up alongside our boat using French Creole. A r r i v e at P o n t B r e a u x C a j u n R e s t u r a n t Following our airboat tour, we will indulge in some down-home cuisine at Pont Breaux’s Cajun Restaurant, one of the top Cajun restaurants in southern Louisiana.

E n j oy a B u f f e t & P e r f o r m a n c e The lunch buffet includes such local culinary favorites as fried chicken, fried catfish, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra, and of course, the official state cuisine of Louisiana, gumbo! After lunch, you can join in the traditional Cajun dances or just kick back, digest, and enjoy the charming atmosphere.

A r r i v e at V e r m i l i o n v i l l e Vermilionville Historic Village is a living history museum where visitors are invited to experience the authentic eighteenth-century day-to-day lifestyle. In addition to Native Americans and people of African descent, Vermilionville also celebrates the ethnic group that came to be known as the Cajuns—French colonists from eastern Canada who immigrated to Louisiana after the Seven Years’ War in the mid-1700s.

D e pa r t V e r m i l i o n v i l l e Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Available on Southbound Voyages only, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 1 2 9 p e r g u est D e pa rt s : 8: 0 0 A M

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Greenville, Mississippi INCLUDED TOUR

“The Heart of the Delta�

America stands for hard work, for honest livings, and for humble beginnings. No region better demonstrates these fundamental American characteristics than the Mississippi Delta. The backbone of our country, the roots of our agricultural trades, and the true birthplace of blues music in the wake of national turmoil. Much like the fertile lands they live on, the people of the Delta region are shaped by the Mississippi River and have become as hearty as the crops they cultivate. What the region may lack in the glamour, glitz, and lush environment of other Southern tourist sites, it makes up in raw, unfiltered character and culture, unafraid to flaunt its deep and rich history as it tries to flourish as abundantly as its harvests.

Docking Dates N O RT H B O U N D V I S I TS October 13th, 2018 October 27th, 2018

November 10th, 2018 November 24th, 2018

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October 2nd, 2018 October 16th, 2018 October 30th, 2018

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November 13th, 2018 November 27th, 2018


Walking Tour

Through Greenville G r e e n v i l l e H i s t o ry M u s e u m

Here, guests can learn about Greenville and all the important events and people she has to offer. The museum is home to many artifacts, photos, memorabilia, and souvenirs dating back to the early 1800s. See personal objects of local past citizens, businesses, or well-known historical present-day celebrities! Greenville History Museum has plenty of information about the Greenville Flood of 1927, including many pictures and stories.

Hebrew Union Temple

This guided, extensive museum about Hebrew history was built in 1906. Located in front of the temple is an original carriage stone - used for passengers as they climbed in and out of horse-drawn carriages in the 19th and early- 20th centuries. The temple showcases original stained glass and an original working organ both from 1906 and extensive artifacts and memorabilia from WWII.

S t . J o s e p h ' s C at h o l i c C h u r c h

This fine Gothic Revival Church, erected in 1907, is the second building of this parish. It was designed and financed by Father P.J. Korstenbroek, who served at the church for 33 years and was memorialized in William Alexander Percy’s “Lanterns on the Levee”. Many of the stained-glass windows came from the Munich studios of Emi Frei.

1927 Flood Museum

Located in the oldest structure in Downtown Greenville, the Flood Museum depicts the history of one of the worst natural disasters the county has ever seen. View the flood artifacts and photos illustrating the flood’s impact during the long four months Greenville was flooded. Watch a short documentary illustrating the cause and effects of the Great Flood and the struggle of man against nature.

G r een v i lle's W r i t ers Ex h i b i t

Located on the second floor of the William Alexander Percy Memorial Library, the exhibit highlights a number of writers from Greenville. Many of those featured helped to create an extraordinary literary atmosphere in Greenville. Writers who have called the city home have won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and O. Henry Award. Writers influenced by the creative ambiance here include William Alexander Percy (for whom the library is named) Shelby Foote, Walker Percy, Hodding Carter, Jr., Charles Bell, Beverly Lowery, Ellen Douglas, Bern Keating, Julia Reed and David L. Cohn. F E AT U R E D S H O P P I N G O P PO RT U N I T I ES: Sipi Gal Fashion Boutique Downtown Butcher & Mercantile

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INCLUDED TOUR

The Delta Research and Extension Center

The Delta Research and Extension Center was initiated in the 1940s to bring awareness to the short and long term concerns of the crop producers in the Delta Region. This fascinating, and eye-opening facility opens their gates for the AQSC guests to get a glimpse of one of America’s top income sources. For hundreds of years, farmers struggled to effectively and consistently produce resilient and hearty crops and have been left without answers. The incredibly intelligent and innovative scientists and researchers at the DREC work hard to bring those answers to farmers across the nation, and even to those in their own backyard – the Delta. Farmers of cotton, rice, soybean, corn, catfish, and more rely on facilities like this one to identify the underlying issue of their crop, test possible solutions to cure the issue, and of course, to treat the issue and prevent future ones. Their facilities including laboratories, greenhouses, offices, engineering warehouses, and its own comprehensive library, which cover an impressive 4,700 acres. Test row crops are grown on about 1,800 of these acres, and include many different types of soil that range from very fine sand to heavy clays, to help provide accurate variations in their assessments. They have also reserved 294 acres of land to conduct catfish research in heavily monitored test ponds. The solutions the DREC is bringing to the Delta has been helping the region revolutionize a trade centuries old.

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Montage Marketplace INCLUDED TOUR The American Queen Steamboat Company enjoys providing our guests with authentic American experiences featuring local, hardworking small business owners. The Montage Marketplace established in 2010, is a prime example of this. This market has quickly become a local favorite and has helped to provide an outlet for the local craftsmen, artisans, and small business owners. It features an eclectic mix of antiques, art, candles, clothes, upcycled furniture, and food that all represent and showcase what the Delta Region has to offer. Get a better understanding of the Delta and its people as you browse the unique items from over 30 different local vendors in a 30,000 square foot shopping area. While perusing the shops, be certain to stop for a glass of wine or indulge in some scrumptious cheesecake! With a wide arrange of items to choose from Montage Marketplace has something for everyone!

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Am erican Select

Small Towns, Big Legends: The Story of B.B. King Join us on a journey to Indianola, Mississippi, the hometown of legendary Blues artist, B.B. King. Built to tell the story of B.B. King and how the Delta Region shaped his legacy, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center captures the story of the Delta blues. Enjoy a live performance as you enter, followed by a guided tour of the museum. Finish the day off with a visit to Club Ebony, an iconic night club built at the end of WWII and featured entertainers such as Ray Charles, Bobby Bland, Albert King, and of course – B.B. King.

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Small Towns Big Legends: The Story of B.B. King D e pa rt s : 1 2 : 0 0 P M

R e t u r n s: 4 : 4 5 P M

D e pa rt f o r B .B . K i n g M u s e u m Enjoy a scenic and historic ride through the Mississippi Delta region including cotton fields and the birthplace of Kermit the Frog.

A r r i v e at B .B . K i n g M u s e u m Enjoy beautiful gospel music as you enter the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.

S e lf - G u i d e d t o u r o f t h e B.B. King Museum Spend your time exploring the history of the blues in the Mississippi Delta as well as the life of King himself. The exhibits include thousands of rare artifacts, awardwinning films, computer interactives, and a story that will give your emotions a workout.

D e pa rt B.B. K i n g M u s eu m As you depart the B.B. King Museum your local guide will take you to Club Ebony!

A r r i v e at B .B . K i n g's C l u b E b o n y Experience the raw authenticity of the blues as you sit back and soak in raspy voices filled with heart and soul in a live performance. Dive into some true southern snacks and look around at the photo-covered walls of this iconic juke joint!

d e pa rt C l u b Eb o n y Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 9 9 p er g u e st D e pa rt s : 1 2 : 0 0 P M

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INCLUDED TOUR

Natchez, Mississippi

This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.

Docking Dates N O RT H B O U N D V I S I TS October 11th, 2018 October 25th, 2018

November 8th, 2018 November 22nd, 2018

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October 4th, 2018 October 18th, 2018 November 1st, 2018

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November 15th, 2018 November 29th, 2018


Included Natchez Hop-On Hop-Off Ro sa li e M a n s i o n

In 1823, a mansion was built by a wealthy cotton planter on land north of the fort. The Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution have since gained ownership and have been maintaining the house and grounds since 1938. On this self-guided tour, discover the history of the house and the artifacts found throughout. Period-dressed docents can be found throughout the home to answer questions and to provide more information! Guests can explore the extensive gardens, gift shop, library, and carriage as well. Approximate time: 30 - 45 Minutes

N at c h ez V i s i t o r C en t er

Enjoy a short, 20-minute video in the Visitor Center Theater and hear about the history of Natchez. Then, explore the building at your leisure. At the entrance, a scaled display model of the city is showcased. Stop in the office for some general information and questions about the town and its history, including town highlights and points of interest. Approximate time: 15 - 30 Minutes

W i lli a m J o h n s o n H o u s e M u s e u m

William Johnson was known as the “Barber of Natchez”; he began as a slave and gained his freedom at age eleven. After his freedom, he began to work his way up in society, eventually becoming almost fully accepted within society. His 3-story brick home was built in 1840 and showcases many original furnishings. Approximate time: 30 - 45 Minutes

M a g n o li a H a ll

This Greek Revival Mansion was built in 1858. The house was built before the breakout of the Civil War in town but did suffer some damage – a cannon ball was launched into their kitchen! It is now fully restored – the main floor offers a showcase of many antiques and furnishings and the upper floors offer a costume collection located in the Historic Clothing Museum. Tour the house and then stop in the gift shop for some souvenirs. Approximate time: 30 - 45 Minutes

S ta n to n H a ll

Irish Immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton built this Palatial Greek Revival mansion in 1857. It was appraised at $83,000 during that period, even before it was furnished. Take a 30-minute tour of the house – which takes up the entire block and is fully furnished. Afterwards you can stop for lunch in the Carriage House Restaurant, known for their fine southern cuisine. Approximate time: 30 - 45 Minutes

K i n g ' s Tav er n a n d C H a r b o n eau D i st i llery

Step off the River Coach and walk through the front gate leading to the second-floor porch of this 1789 building – the oldest structure in the city of Natchez. Join us for an American Queen exclusive tour of the King’s Tavern – a newly opened restaurant and bar, owned by Regina Charbonneau, a nationally known chef, and her husband Doug. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the distillery, followed by a guided tour of the bar, located just next door, with a custom drink on the house. Approximate time: 15 - 30 Minutes

M u s eu m o f A fr i ca n A m er i ca n H i st o ry Here, learn the history and culture of the African Americans over time. The museum will delve into the 300-year-old African American history, spanning four lifetimes from Colonial and Cotton Kingdom Natchez, to the Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movements. As you explore this creative portrayal of the true African American story, you will unfold history to reveal Natchez in a light that is shown nowhere else around. Approximate time: 15 - 45 Minutes F E AT U R E D S H O P P I N G O P PO RT U N I T I ES: Old South Trading Post One of a Kind Silver Street Gifts Turning Pages Books & More As You Like it Silver Shop Mrs. Holders Antiques

C o m p l e t e L o o p D r i v i n g T i m e: 4 5 M i n u t e s

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The Story of Cotton in the Antebellum South Take a step back into history when cotton was king and plantations dotted the southern back roads of America. Experience a look back into the 1800s and the daily trials of life on a plantation for a slave as we tour a present-day cotton plantation. Frogmore Plantation remains today as a living monument to this truly American textile. Here, experience an inspirational musical performance, beautifully illustrating life on a plantation.

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The Story of Cotton In the Antebellum South D e pa rt s : 1: 0 0 P M

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A r r i v e at Fo r ks o f t h e R o a d

A visit to Forks of the Road will begin the “Story of Cotton,” with a glimpse into the realities of slavery.

A r r i va l t o Fr o g m o r e P l a n tat i o n

Cross the river to Louisiana and visit historic Frogmore Plantation, designated a “Must See Site” by Rand McNally. Frogmore is the only historic & modern, 1800-acre working cotton plantation in the South.

To u r F ro g m o r e P l a n tat i o n Take a seat on an original pew in an 1800s African-American plantation church, as the mistress of Frogmore takes the audience back in time. Listen as music fills the air with the “secret songs” performed by local musicians. Then, continue the experience exploring authentic slave cabins and cotton fields.

Fro g m o r e G i n B u i l d i n g a n d G i f t S H o p Enjoy some free time exploring the old Gin Building where you can see the process of cotton being de-seeded. Or, visit the gift shop to find a perfect souvenir!

d epa rt Fr o g m o r e P l a n tat i o n Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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Inside Regina’s Kitchen with Celebrity Chef Regina Charboneau Join us as we make a short trip to a local southern-style mansion, named Twin Oaks, personal home of award-winning chef, Regina Charboneau. Regina’s claim to fame is her much-coveted recipe for picture perfect, buttery biscuits and today, she’ll share the recipe with you. And if the biscuit wasn’t enough, she’ll demonstrate how to put a new spin on the recipe, by placing it on top of the warm, comforting chicken pot-pie. As it bakes in the oven, filling Regina’s personal kitchen with an incredible aroma, it’s your turn to play chef, as you try to recreate her dish! The day will end around Regina’s family table, as you enjoy your creations and some laughs!

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Inside Regina’s Kitchen with Celebrity Chef Regina Charboneau D e pa rt s : 1 0: 0 0 A M

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A r r i v e at Tw i n Oa ks

Step off the River Coach in front of the historic Twin Oaks that was built in 1832. Marvel at this relic of the Antebellum South and home to Regina Charboneau.

To u r T w i n Oa ks Upon arrival, you’ll get a taste of true, down-home hospitality as you’re served up delicious southern libations to get nice and cozy before Chef Regina gives a tour of her home, all the while weaving in personal stories of her family and frequent visitors --friends, business colleagues, and celebrities who simply can’t get enough of her cooking.

H a n d s- o n B i s c u i t m a k i n g Regina then invites you into her personal kitchen to get hands-on. You will work with your own dough right alongside her, following this expert’s step-by-step instructions to recreate her mouthwatering masterpiece. But it’s not all comfort food; you’ll get a glimpse into some of Chef Regina’s other dishes while at Twin Oaks.

E n j oy yo u r c r e at i o n s Our group of new friends will share some drinks, some pot pie, some laughs --and perhaps even a few surprises --around Regina’s dining room table. Not only will you learn Chef Charboneau’s inside secrets, but you won’t leave her house emptyhanded. Regina provides an American Queen Steamboat Company exclusive signed cookbook.

d e pa rt T w i n Oa ks Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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Home Hosted Visit with Ginger andJames Experience true Southern hospitality as we make our way to The Towers, one of Mississippi’s most elegant privately owned antebellum homes. Here, we will be welcomed like old friends by owners Ginger and James Hyland and guided through their personal home. Marvel at the extensive collections of silks, lace sheers, and antiques throughout The Towers, and hear the stories of their history. Then, Ginger will share stories of her star-studded past as the daughter of Lawrence A. Hyland, president of Hughes Aircraft Company and one of the men credited with the invention of radar. Our tour ends in the sunny, enclosed back gallery, where will enjoy a delightful taste of southern comfort food and meet Rene Adams - local chef and close friend of the Hylands. 

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Home Hosted Visit with Ginger and james D e pa rt s : 9: 1 5 A M

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A r r i v e at T h e T o w e rs

Step off the River Coach and in to the lavish parlors of “The Towers” as Owners James and Ginger Hyland offers a warm southern welcome.

To u r T h e T ow ers

Silks, antique lace sheers, and magnificent draperies adorn the walls of The Towers, but unlike most historical homes, there are no roped-off rooms here. This is a one-of-a-kind experience where we’ll be free to explore the home as if we were members of the Hyland family.

R elax o n t h e Ba c k Po r c h

As we sip on refreshing mint-infused champagne and soaking in the beauty of the perfectly maintained Statued garden, Ginger will share stories of her starstudded past. Ginger—the daughter of Lawrence A. Hyland, president of Hughes Aircraft Company and one of the men credited with the invention of radar—will share impressive tales of her past growing up in California, including accompanying her parents to Hollywood parties.

E nj oy S O u t h er n C o m fo rt F o o d

Our tour ends in the sunny, enclosed back gallery, where will enjoy a delightful taste of southern comfort food during a casual, private visit hosted by the Hylands. We’ll get an exclusive taste of Southern flare as we indulge in scrumptious snacks, as we are introduced to Ginger and James’s dear friend Rene Adams (who also happens to be a renowned local chef ). Chef Rene will entertain us with stories of the history of food in the Natchez area, including culinary secrets and authentic recipes.

d e pa rt T h e Tow ers Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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INCLUDED TOUR

St. Francisville, Louisiana

It is no secret that the South is known for their food – some areas specializing in Cajun, others in Creole, and some just plain fried and glorious. But, St. Francisville has a style of their own. Because of the rich history and culture within this river town, the food reflects notes of many different regions’ traditional cuisines, but with a completely original spin. Many meals have hints of Creole, Cajun, Italian, German, Spanish, Native American, and African qualities. It is very common to find dishes with sweet potatoes, berries, catfish, oysters, blood oranges, pralines, and figs just to name a few.

Docking Dates N O RT H B O U N D V I S I TS October 10th, 2018 October 24th, 2018

November 7th, 2018 November 21st, 2018

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October 6th, 2018 October 20th, 2018 November 3rd, 2018

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Included St. Francisville Hop-On Hop-Off R oya l S t r e e t

Take a stroll down Royal Street at any of the shops or just to admire the beautiful trees and homes. Or stop into Grandmother’s Buttons – a unique boutique that offers jewelry made of 100-year-old buttons. Inside the store, you can visit the button museum to learn the history of the business and the inspirations of the art. The store is located inside of a former historic bank lobby with 16-foot ceilings and a bank vault, even if jewelry is not in your plans – the architecture is beautiful! This street has the most historic antebellum homes in America! Approximate time: 30 - 45 Minutes

Old Market Hall

The structure was built in 1819 and has a beautiful open layout. Now, the building is used as a market center for the towns’ local artisans and craftsmen to showcase their products and host their small businesses. Every day is different, you may see anything from jewelry and makeup, scarves and dresses, or snacks and produce! Approximate time: 30 - 45 Minutes

W est Feli ci a n a H i sto r i ca l Society Museum This museum is dedicated to the history, people, and architectures of West Feliciana Parish. Inside a former hardware store, built in 1896, the Historical Society Museum displays many artifacts, photos, costumes, and articles all portraying the history of St. Francisville. Just across the street, you can stop in one of the fine boutiques and shops! Approximate time: 30 Minutes - 1 Hour

G r a c e E p i s c o pa l C h u r c h Built in 1860 and rebuilt in 1893 after the Union caused heavy damage in 1863, Grace Episcopal Church stands tall in St. Francisville. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the church and the grounds and make sure to check out the organ located inside – it dates all the way back to 1860! The church is one of the state’s oldest Protestant churches that still stand today. Approximate time: 15 - 45 Minutes F E AT U R E D S H O P P I N G O P PO RT U N I T I ES: Grandmother’s Buttons Patrick’s Jewlery Sage Hill Shop Audubon Market La Vie Boutique Mia Sophia Florist The Shanty Too Antiques

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Redemption & Rehabilitation at Angola Prison Join us for an exclusive look inside the gates of one of America’s most infamous prisons as we embark on a tour of second chances, rehabilitation and redemption. Experience the struggles of life-term inmates inside Angola Prison—Formerly America’s most dangerous penitentiary. Today, Angola is known as a model facility and takes great pride in the faith-based rehabilitation of its inmates, most of whom will never regain their freedom. We’ll take you inside the barbed wire fences for an up-close look that may change what you thought you knew about life inside.

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Redemption and Rehabilitation at Angola Prison D e pa rt s : 8: 0 0 A M

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A r r i v e at A n g o l a M a x i m u m s e c u r i t y P e n i t e n t i a ry Prepare to explore this maximum-security prison, focused on spiritual reform. This truly eye-opening and enlightening experience is sure to leave an impact!

To u r A d e at h r o w c e l l b l o c k Step off the River Coach for an exclusive tour of Angola’s first and most famous cell block, the Red Hat Cell Block. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the penitentiary’s first cell block was home to the escape artist Charlie Frazer and was the site of eleven executions by electric chair. Hear stories of the prison’s dark past before its unbelievable transformation.

E x p lo r e t h e fa r m l a n d s As we ride through the facility, see the crop fields, which are prisonermaintained and are harvested to feed the inmates.

C o n v e rsat i o n w i t h p r i s o n i n m at e Arriving in one of the prison’s chapels, take a seat in a pew as one of the prison’s most trusted inmates shares his story. As you ask questions about his past learn what brought him into the gates of Angola, and how this facility keeps helping him become a better man.

Fr e e t i m e i n A n g o l a M u s e u m After the inmate presentation enjoy some free time on your own in the museum or gift shop!

d e pa rt a n g o l a p en i t en t i a ry Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen.

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Plantations of the Back Roads Today’s experience goes beyond the expectations of a “traditional” southern plantation and offers guided tours of two plantations with a more personal touch – Rosedown Plantation and Catalpa Plantation. Experience two southern plantations that are owned and operated by the descendants of the original families – the same family! Pay close attention to each home during the guided tour – see if the family portrait displayed in both plantations can be found!

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Plantations of the Back Roads A r r i va l t o R o s ed ow n P l a n tat i o n As you exit the River Coach you will see Rosedown Plantation which was originally comprised of approximately 3,455 acres, the majority of which was planted in cotton.

To u r RO s eD ow n P l a n tat i o n Enjoy a guided tour of the great house and gardens where you will see many original pieces of furnishing in the home. Pay close attention to see if you can find the family portrait that is displayed in both Catalpa and Rosedown!

A r r i v e at Cata l pa P l a n tat i o n Catalpa Plantation is one of numerous late Victorian cottages found across Louisiana, significant for the beautiful gardens that surround it. The oak trees lining the grounds were planted in 1814, and Catalpa’s oak alley is thought to be the only one in Louisiana which has an elliptical shape.

To u r Cata l pa P l a n tat i o n On your guided tour of Catalpa, an American Queen Steamboat Compnay exclusive, you will learn that it was primarily a cotton plantation in the antebellum period, and it’s grounds were devastated during the Civil War, and the plantation house burned. Mr. Fort, the owner, died during the Civil War. In 1885, his son, William J. Fort, rebuilt Catalpa and it is this house that still stands.

d e pa rt Cata l pa P l a n tat i o n Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Available on Southbound Voyages only, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 6 9 p e r g u e st

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INCLUDED TOUR

Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana

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.

Docking Dates N O RT H B O U N D V I S I TS October 9th, 2018 October 23rd, 2018

November 6th, 2018 November 20th, 2018

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October 7th, 2018 October 21st, 2018 November 4th, 2018

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Life in the Bayou Cajun Swamp Tour Explore a true Cajun Experience as we travel into plantation country, our local guide will enlighten us on the affluent southern Louisiana lifestyle during the era when cotton was king. After our 45-minute narrated tour of the river, we will arrive in La Place, Louisiana; home to the 250-acre ecosphere called Manchac Swamp. For the next hour and a half, we will be guided through the Manchac Swamps by our knowledgeable Cajun Captain.

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Life in the Bayou Cajun Swamp Tour To u r N ot t oway P l a n tat i o n At your leisure prior to depature!

A r r i v e at Ca j u n P r i d e Swa m p T o u rs Where we will board a personal swamp boat with a Cajun captain to explore the Manchac swamp and view its wildlife!

T o u r t h e M a n c h ac Swa m p As your boat drifts through the waterways, you will learn about the Louisiana Wetlands, the inhabitants of the swamp, particularly the life and habits of the American Alligator, as well as the unique history of the Cajun town of Frenier within the Manchac Swamp.

S e e w i ld li fe! Swamp creatures, seeing our boats daily, recognize them as part of their normal environment. Unafraid and responsive to their boat captain’s call, they peak out from underbrush and between moss-draped trees and shrubs, frequently coming directly to the boat. In the safety and comfort of the boat, you can actually come within a few feet of alligators. Free Time After our swamp tour you will have free time on your own to visit the gift shop and take home something uniquely Cajun!

d epa rt M a n c h a c Swa m p

Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Available on Southbound Voyages only, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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Grand Southern Plantation Experience Our adventure begins at the Houmas House, originally owned by indigenous Houmas Indians before being established as a sugar plantation in 1803.After a guided tour, enjoy a truly southern-style lunch buffet before continuing to our next stop. Then, we set off for Oak Alley Plantation, the “Grand Dame of the Great River Road,� where 300-year-old oak trees line the pathway that welcome guests to the grand entrance.

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Grand Southern Plantation Experience To u r N ot toway P l a n tat i o n Before departing, take advantage of morning tours of Nottoway Plantation.

A r r i v e at H o u m as H o u s e Experience the life of a wealthy sugar baron at the Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road.

To u r o f H o u m as H o u s e

Enjoy a guided tour of Houmas House with its many antique furnishings and works of art!

Lunch & Free time Once you finish your tour of Houmas House, get ready to enjoy a delicious included lunch. Afterwards, feel free to explore the grounds on your own, as Houmas House is known for its gorgeous gardens and impressive greenery surrounding the historic home. You can also make a stop in the gift shop!

A r r i v e at Oa k A l l ey P l a n tat i o n Stand in awe of the 300-year-old oak trees that span from the levees of the Mississippi River to the entrance of the Big House.

E nj oy a g u i d ed to u r o f O a k A lle y P l a n tat i o n Learn the history of Jacques and Celina Roman, explore the grounds, including slave cabins, gardens, and a blacksmith’s shop, or grab a refreshing mint julep and soak in the scenery that is both breathtaking and aweinspiring.

d epa rt Oa k A l l ey P l a n tat i o n Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen. Available on Southbound Voyages only, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 1 2 9 p e r g u est D e pa rt s : 1 0: 0 0 A M R et u r n s: 4 : 3 0 P M

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Laura...A Creole Plantation Our day begins as we make our way to Nottoway Plantation – a sugar plantation where will we enjoy a guided tour! Then we head to Laura Plantation, where we will enter the fascinating world of true Louisiana Creoles who, at this historic site, lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years. Explore this unique, woman-run and owned Creole sugar plantation and uncover the compelling history of the family who occupied the home before heading back to the American Queen!

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Laura...a Creole Plantation D e pa rt s : 1 1: 4 5 A M

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To u r N ot t oway P l a n tat i o n Walk across the levee and tour Nottoway Plantation also known as the “White Castle of Louisiana.” Authentic period dressed guides will meet us upon the front steps, welcoming us to the pristine mansion. Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation, weaving through each room and uncovering the history that awaits inside, including a glimpse at the famous White Ballroom!

A r r i va l t o L a u r a P l a n tat i o n Welcome to the heart of the Southern Louisiana plantation country. Our adventure begins at the historic Creole Plantation, named Laura after one of the plantation’s mistresses.

Guided Tour of Laura P l a n tat i o n Surrounded by fields of sugarcane and featuring 12 buildings on the National Register, your guided visit takes you through the newly restored Big House, the grounds, the formal French Parterre, the vegetable & fruit gardens, the Banana Land grove and the 170-year-old slave cabins.

Fr ee t i m e After our guided tour of Laura Plantation enjoy some free time in the gift shop!

d epa rt Lau r a P l a n tat i o n

Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen.

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$ 6 9 p e r g u e st

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Oak Alley Plantation Tour Disembark the American Queen, heading through the sugarcane fields, making our way to one of the south’s most prestigious and iconic plantations, Oak Alley Plantation. The breathtaking GreekRevival home got its name from the most distinguishing feature, a quarter-mile walkway lined in 300-year-old live oak trees spanning from the levees of the Mississippi River to the entrance of the home.

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Oak Alley Plantation Tour D e pa rt s : 1 2 : 0 0 P M

R et u r n s: 3 : 3 0 P M

A r r i va l t o Oa k A l l ey This breathtaking Greek-Revival home invites us in through its 300-year-old live Oak trees.

G u i d e d T o u r o f Oa k A lle y Our guide will help us discover the history of Jacques and Celina Roman, the plantation owners, whose rich and lavish lifestyle drastically changed over the years they resided in the mansion.

Fr ee t i m e After our guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation enjoy some free time to explore the grounds and the gift shop.

d epa rt Oa k A l l ey P l a n tat i o n Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen.

To u r N ot t oway P l a n tat i o n at yo u r l e i s u r e Walk across the levee and tour Nottoway Plantation also known as the “White Castle of Louisiana.� Authentic period dressed guides will meet us upon the front steps, welcoming us to the pristine mansion. Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation, weaving through each room and uncovering the history that awaits inside, including a glimpse at the famous White Ballroom! Available on Northbound Voyages only, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 6 9 p e r g u e st

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NORTHBOUND POST-CRUISE PORT OF CALL

Memphis, Tenneesee Pages 67-71

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Memphis, Tennessee Post-Cruise Am erican Select P r em i u m Exc u rs i o n s Memphis’ first settlers were Native Americans, who were drawn to the area’s bluffs overlooking the river. By building their settlements on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff, it protected them from flooding, and the mighty river allowed them easy transportation access. When the explorer Hernando DeSoto and his army arrived in Memphis in 1541, they set up camp and the city of Memphis exchanged hands with the Spanish, French and English eventually being sold to the U.S Government. Today, Memphis is nationally recognized for its contributions to our country’s music influences. Dubbed the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll,” this iconic city offers a vibrant culture and history is intertwined through every street.

Docking Dates N O RT H B O U N D V i s i t s o n ly

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November 11th, 2018 November 26th, 2018


Post-Cruise tour

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The Elvis Experience Post-Cruise Tour Continue your journey along the Mississippi River with a king’s treatment as we depart the vessel and weave our way through the streets of Memphis towards its heart and soul – Beale Street. Here, a charismatic and spirited local guide will become our personal walking chauffeur. The journey continues with Beale Street in our rearview and the home of The King himself ahead – Graceland Mansion! Custom crafted and state-of-the art iPads will help guide your way through each room, providing thoughtful narration by actor and Elvis enthusiast, John Stamos as well as personal commentary by Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. This platinum experience will include all the most sought-after exhibits!

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The Elvis Experience Post-Cruise Tour D e pa rt s : 7 : 3 0 A M

R e t u r n s: 1 2 : 4 5 P M

A r r i v e at E lv i s S tat u e o n Beale Street

Here, a charismatic and spirited local guide welcomes us to the city he calls home. As our personal and exclusive guide, his enthusiasm and love for this southern city becomes infectious as he narrates stories of his favorite attractions as we walk past. A stroll along Beale Street is littered with music, history, culture and the sweet smell of barbeque.

A r r i va l t o G r a c e l a n d

Get excited as you step off the River Coach and into Graceland! Before entering the mansion you will see a short film on the Graceland Complex.

Tour Graceland Mansion

Enter through “The King’s” front door where the presence of Elvis can still be felt within the walls as you walk through the same rooms as he did after a long day’s performance. Custom crafted and state-of-the-art iPads will help guide your way through each room, providing thoughtful narration.

E lv i s E x p e r i e n c e T o u r

After touring Graceland, enjoy the rest of the exhibits including Elvis’s Airplanes, The Elvis Presley Automobile museum, and full access to the Visitors Entertainment Complex at your leisure!

D e pa r t f o r t h e A i r p o r t & P o s t - C r u i s e H o t e l We will make our way to the Memphis International Airport and the American Queen Post-Cruise Hotel. Available on Voyages ending in Memphis, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 1 2 9 p e r g u est

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Post-Cruise tour

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Soundtrack of Memphis Post-Cruise Tour The Blues Hall of Fame, Elvis’s first paying gig, and the church where Johnny Cash got his start --all this and more on today’s music tour of Memphis, Tennessee! The “Birthplace of Rock and Roll” is a crossroads of modern culture and historical appeal, and we’ll step into its artistic heritage on a driving tour of the city while being treated to musical performances every step of the way.

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O v e rt o n Pa r k S h e ll Activities begin in the early afternoon with a relaxing driving tour of Midtown Memphis’s 342-acre Overton Park, where our first stop is the iconic Levitt Shell amphitheater. Here, we’ll be treated to a musical performance by our tour guide on the stage where Elvis Presley put on his first paid concert in 1954.

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Our driving tour continues through Overton Square, a cultural hotspot of the 1970s that has since been revitalized into a thriving, modern entertainment district. We’ll pass Galloway House, and the Methodist church where Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two put on their first performance. Other sites include Priscilla Presley’s high school, Church Park, and the W.C. Handy House Museum, the turn-of-the-century log shack that was home to the “father of the blues” himself. T en n ess ee W elc o m e C en t e r As a brief intermission from our driving tour, we’ll stop off at the Tennessee Welcome Center.

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We’ll then, continue past sites that include Court Square, historic Beale Street, and the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the infamous Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated in 1968. And no visit to Memphis, “Blues City,” would be complete without seeing the Blues Hall of Fame.

D epa rt f o r t h e A i r po rt a n d P o st - C r u i s e H o t el We will make our way to the Memphis International Airport and the American Queen Post-Cruise Hotel. Available on Voyages ending in Memphis, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

$ 6 9 p e r g u e st

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SOUTHBOUND POST-CRUISE PORT OF CALL

New Orleans, Louisiana Pages 73-75

Not all Ports of Call and American Select Premium Excursions are offered on every voyage. Be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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New Orleans, Louisiana Post-Cruise Am erican Select P r em i u m Exc u rs i o n s Home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music, New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historicallyrich destinations. Head on over to the French Quarter to experience some street performers and the finest galleries in the City. Looking for some history, head on over to Treme the oldest African-American Neighborhood with colorful creole cottages and shotgun homes. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle New Orleans offers that too in their Lakeview neighborhood with Waterfront Views and Quaint Dining. New Orleans is sure to please!

Docking Dates S o u t h b o u n d V I S I T S o n ly

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October 8th, 2018 October 22nd, 2018 November 5th, 2018

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Am erican Select

Post-Cruise tour

New Orleans Highlights Post-Cruise City Tour Embark on an adventure through a city radiating an eccentric and authentic atmosphere and filled to the brim with history and culture close to the heart of America. On an exclusive New Orleans narrated driving tour, experience the city from an intimate firstperson perspective. Relax in the comfort of our River Coach as we glide past some of the most iconic attractions in the city! Enjoy a stop to St. Louis Cemetery #3 known better as the “The City of the Dead.” Then we’ll head to City Park where you will be served Morning Call coffee and beignets before concluding the day in the Lake Pontchartrain Area.

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NEW ORLEANS HIGHLIGHTS POST-CRUISE CITY TOUR N a r r at e d j o u r n e y t h r o u g h t h e " B i g E a sy " Including key sights throughout the city such as the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the Garden District.

French Market Area Enjoy a stop in the French Market Area, where you can capture the perfect photo of this iconic city!

A r r i v e at S t . L o u i s C e m e t e ry # 3 After your guided tour of the “Big Easy” take in the scenery that surrounds you at St. Louis Cemetery #3.

G u i d e d t o u r o f S t . L o u i s C e m e t e ry # 3 Known as the “City of the Dead,” enjoy a guided walk-through of the cemetery where you will learn about these peaceful above-ground cemeteries.

A r r i v e at C i t y Pa r k From St. Louis Cemetery #3 you will arrive at City Park where you can enjoy beignets and cafe au lait from the Morning Call.

A r r i v e at L a k e P o n t c h a r t r a i n

Enjoy the views of stunning, historical Lake Pontchartrain which provides the essential habitat for countless species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants.

D e pa r t f o r t h e A i r p o r t & P o s t - C r u i s e H o t e l We will make our way to the New Orleans International Airport and the American Queen Post-Cruise Hotel. Available on Voyages ending in New Orleans, be certain to verify the direction of your voyage by confirming the date on your voyage documents.

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Uniquely American River Cruises

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Reservation Agents are available Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST Disclaimer American QueenÂŽ included shore excursions are available to all American Queen guests and are capacity controlled and subject to availability. All included and premium shore excursions are subject to availability and may not be available at time of booking. All tours are subject to maximum and minimum capacities and tours may be canceled in the event that minimum capacities are not met. Total passenger counts for each tour are required for logistical reasons. Cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure are not refundable.Tour departure times, inclusions, prices and activity level are subject to change; please reference your ticket, the departure kiosk and the daily TV presentation for more information on your specific tour. In most cases, tours will operate in all weather conditions and refunds will not be offered for inclement weather. During local and national holidays or weekends some attractions and facilities may be operating under modified hours of operations or may not be open to the public. In such instances, American Queen shore excursions will make every effort to minimize negative impact on guests and will offer an alternative when applicable or if available. Early pre-booking is strongly encouraged. Tours are generally available 6 months prior to cruise departure and not all premium excursions are available for pre-booking online. Check with your Shore Excursion Specialist when onboard for any additional tours or changes to pre-booked tours. American Queen shore excursions has made every effort to notify guests with mobility issues of handicapped accessibility at the stops and attractions along the Hop-on Hop-off route as well as premium excursions. Because of the historic and general nature of some of the attractions, handicapped accessibility may be limited to the first floor or outside grounds only. In some instances there is no handicapped accessibility to the attractions. Complete or partial refunds will not be issued for portions of tours or attractions with accessibility limitations. Post-Cruise tours may include more than one final destination. In some instances guests will experience up to three stops to allow guests to exit the River Coaches at a second hotel or airport.

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