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The American Duchess River Cruising

8 nights

Brand new, this upscale, all-suite paddlewheeler launches in late 2017.  A boutique river cruises experience like no other, the American Duchess has been created from a 1995 hull to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in America.

River Cruising is a unique blend of American beauty and history, acclaimed cuisine, lively showboat-style entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain’s riverside America. You’ll discover a side of USA that few ever see, from the indescribable perspective of the river. So step on board and experience America in style as the American Duchess takes you on a journey that you will not forget for a long time.

 

The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

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Day 1

New Orleans

Your first night will be spent at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans and is included in...

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Day 2

New Orleans

Departure is at 5:00 PM. The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM w...

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Day 3

Nottoway

Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich his...

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Day 4

St. Francisville

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St....

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Day 5

Natchez

This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared t...

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Day 6

Vicksburg

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. De...

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Day 7

Greenville

Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergu...

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Day 8

Leisurely River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to e...

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Day 9

Memphis

You will arrive at Memphis at 0900 which will be the end of your cruise but we hope not the end o...

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Day 1

New Orleans

Your first night will be spent at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans and is included in the cost of your cruise.  If, as we would strongly recommend, you would like to spend more time in this wonderful city, please ask your Frontier America travel consultant.

 

The American Duchess Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience and open between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. to offer advice and answer any last minute questions

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Day 2

New Orleans

Departure is at 5:00 PM. The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM when your transfer to the vessel will be organised. There will be a Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion at 10:00 AM for an exclusive adventure through New Orleans before continuing to the vessel Dock at 3:30 PM. 

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Day 3

Nottoway

Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

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Day 4

St. Francisville

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artefacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breath-taking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which adds a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

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Day 5

Natchez

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. You will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

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Day 6

Vicksburg

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir. 

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Day 7

Greenville

Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! 

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Day 8

Leisurely River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to the Gallery adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cosy corner and relish every moment of serenity. The fitness centre, business centre, cinema and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river if you want to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, relax and enjoy!

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Day 9

Memphis

You will arrive at Memphis at 0900 which will be the end of your cruise but we hope not the end of your holiday.  Frontier America would be delighted to make arrangements for you to stay in Memphis for a few days before returning home.

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We are here to make sure we tailor-make your holiday to suit your specific requirements and our friendly, knowledgeable staff are all ready to help.

 

Booking your holiday with us doesn't end when we send your confirmation out to you, either. Talk to us about adding excursions or room upgrades or even restaurant recommendations; we are here to offer advice all the way up to your departure date. Even when you have left the UK, we are still here to help. For example if your flight that we have booked is delayed or cancelled due to ash cloud, strike, etc, it is down to us to re-arrange your travel. We will do everything we can to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. And better still, we are fully bonded with ATOL and ABTA, so your money is completely protected.


The American Duchess

The American Duchess sails between Memphis and New Orleans on her Antebellum South voyage from June until early July when she heads north for the cooler weather.  She gets back to the South in mid-September where she remains for the rest of the year.  Here is a typical voyage itinerary.  All the standard excursions are included in the cost of your fare but there are also Premium Excursions which you can buy if you wish.

 

Food will be one of the many pleasures of your voyage aboard the American Duchess as she sails along the Mississippi.  Both the Grill Room and the Grand Dining Room will be offering farm fresh food inspired by the region you pass through accompanied by complimentary wine and beer.

 

Suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., some of the largest cabins on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful sitting room furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area has a semi-private bedroom and a full bathroom.

 

Owners and Loft suites will qualify for the extra services of the American Duchess’ Commodore Service.

 

 

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