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2018

SHORE EXCURSIONS MEMPHIS - NEW ORLEANS December 24th - December 31st Voyage

American Queen

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Contents Shore Excursions Information............................... 6 Hop-on Hop-off Information.................................. 8 Pre-Cruise Ports of call Memphis..................................................................... 13 Ports of call River Cruising....................................................... 20 Vicksburg................................................................. 22 Natchez..................................................................... 26 St. Francisville..................................................... 34 Nottoway Plantation..................................... 40 Post-Cruise Ports of call New Orleans........................................................ 47

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.


Setting

Expectations 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.

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. 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.

This is real. This is America. Thank you,

James Palmeri Vice President of Product Development American Queen Steamboat Company

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Shore Excursion Promise

HIGHEST QUALIT Y & B E S T VA L U E P R O M I S E

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! 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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Pre-Booking

Premium Shore Excursions 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

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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 a nd are subjec t to avail abilit y.

Please note: Pre-Booked reservations for Shore Excursions will be available until 11:00 AM EST, the Wednesday prior to embarkation. 5


Shore Excursion Highlights

Our Shore Excur sions are hand-crafted and completely unique; they offer the freedom to make your vacation as interactive as you want it to be. Included excur sions offer just a taste of the area, in the most simple and leisurely way possible.

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I N C L U D E D E XC U RS I O N S . . . Offered at e very port Includes A dmission to Select at tr actions 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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Shore Excursion Highlights

Our company has traveled to all cor ner s of Amer ica to develop one-of-a-kind exclusive exper iences. Rather than the “cookie cutter� tour ist traps that are so frequently featured we go to the extra mile too uncover the tr ue essence of Amer ica.

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P R E M I U M E XC U RS I O N S . . . Op tional in-dep th e xperiences C ustomized to appe al to different interests c ultur ally enhancing itiner aries C apa cit y contr olled Adva nced re servations req uired

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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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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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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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PRE-CRUISE PORT OF CALL

Memphis, Tennessee Pages 13 - 17

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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 D at e o f V i s i t December 24th, 2018 Be certain to check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

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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! After our tour of the Mansion, experience the rest of the Graceland complex as this platinum 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.

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The Elvis Experience Pre-Cruise Tour D e pa rt s : 9: 3 0 A M

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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. Be certain to check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

$ 1 2 9 p e r g u est

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Pre-Cruise tour

Am erican Select

Soundtrack of Memphis Pre-Cruise City 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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Soundtrack of Memphis Pre-Cruise City Tour D epa rt s : 1: 0 0 P M

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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 to 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 to 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.

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PORTS OF CALL

River Cruising Pages 20 - 21

Vicksburg, Mississippi Pages 22 - 25

Natchez, Mississippi Pages 26 - 33

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PORTS OF CALL

St. Francisville, Louisiana Pages 34 - 39

Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana Pages 40 - 45

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river cruising

River Cruising

Take advantage of this relaxing day along the Mississippi River on the American Queen Steamboat! Be certain to take in the beautiful scenery or enjoy the activities available onboard! Stop by the Shore Excursions Desk at your leisure on this River Cruising Day. Our knowledgeable Shore Excursions Specialist will be able to help you plan the remainder of your vacation by laying out the available Premium Excursions, making recommendations for stops during the Included Excursions, and further explaining the disembarkation process - and if you have no questions, you can always just stop by to say hello!

River CruisingDates

D at e o f R i v er c ru i s i n g December 25th, 2018 Be certain to check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

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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 Dat e o f V i s i t December 26th, 2018 Be certain to check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

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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

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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

Complete Loop Driving Time: 30 Minutes

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P r em i u m exc u rs i o n

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

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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

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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.

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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! 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. 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

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

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!

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 end the “Story of Cotton,” with a glimpse into the realities of slavery.

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 check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

$ 7 9 p e r g u est

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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, you’ll 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

R e t u r n s: 1 2 : 3 0 P M

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 check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

$ 1 2 9 p er g u e st

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A Jeweled Christmas in Natchez Join us for a lavish Christmas experience in one of America’s most beautiful historic homes. This experience includes a tour of The Towers, a beautifully restored antebellum mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. Situated on almost five lush and manicured acres, this Italianate style home was built in 1858 and once served as the headquarters for the Union Army during the Civil War. This tour includes a complete tour of the home, festively decorated in a dazzling display of antique jewelry, exquisite garlands and 100 decorated Christmas Trees.

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Home Hosted Visit with Ginger and James D e pa rt s : 1: 3 0 P M

R et u r n s: 4 : 3 0 P M

A r r i v e at T h e Tow ers

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 Enjoy a complete tour of the home, festively decorated in a dazzling display of antique jewelry, exquisite garlands and 100 decorated Christmas Trees. Immerse yourself in a festive wonderland as you walk through the mansion and into the stately dining room where refreshments will be offered.

E n j oy D e l i g h t f u l C h r i s t m as D ess erts & A S i n g A lo n g

Enjoy some decadent desserts and a glass of champagne as a local pianist will offer merry music for a jolly holiday sing-along.

d e pa rt T h e Tow ers Reboard the River Coach as we make our way back to the American Queen.

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$ 7 9 p er g u e st

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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 Dat e s o f V i s i t December 28th, 2018 Be certain to check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

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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

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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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

R e t u r n s: 1 2 : 0 0 P M

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.

I n D e pt h C o n v ersat i o n w i t h p r i s o n i n m at e Arrive at the penitentiary’s largest chapel where you will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear enlightening stories from current inmates. Learn about their journey and transformation into the inspirational and wellrounded people they are today.

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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$ 7 9 p e r g u est

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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 D e pa rt s : 1 2 : 3 0 P M

R et u r n s: 4 : 3 0 P M

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

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$ 6 9 p e r g u e st

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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 Dat e o f v i s i t December 30th, 2018 Be certain to check online for the most upto-date information for your voyage.

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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 drive 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 D e pa rt s : 1 2 : 4 5 P M

R et u r n s: 4 : 3 0 P M

To u r N ot t oway P l a n tat i o n At your leisure prior to departure!

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. Be certain to check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage. While Louisiana’s Manchac Swamp is uniquely beautiful year-round, it is possible that alligators and other native wildlife may not be as active throughout these colder months.

$ 6 9 p e r g u e st

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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 D e pa rt s : 1 0: 0 0 A M

R e t u r n s: 4 : 3 0 P M

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.

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$ 1 2 9 p e r g u est

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POST-CRUISE PORT OF CALL

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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 D at e o f v i s i t December 31st, 2018 Be certain to check online for the most up-to-date information for your voyage.

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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 D e pa rt s : 8: 3 0 A M

R e t u r n s: 1 2 : 3 0 P M

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.

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$ 6 9 p e r g u e st

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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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