The American Queen See the Deep South

8 nights

Step aboard to see the Deep South as it was meant to be seen; from the deck of a sternwheeler. The American Queen is not only the largest steamboat ever built but she is also possibly the most opulent. A great melange between the Victorian era ambiance and modern amenities, she epitomises all the grace and grandeur that made river cruising so popular.

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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.

Day 1


Your cruise fare includes one night in Memphis, Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll; if you would like more your Frontier America consultant would be happy to arrange it.


Enjoy the city’s scrumptious eateries, unique boutiques and shops, and the lively entertainment scene. The day is in your own hands, while you are here; don’t forget to experience some of the city’s most historic attractions including Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studio!

There will be an American Queen Hospitality Desk in the hotel who can provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions to help you make the best of your time in Memphis and answer any last minute questions about your cruise.

Day 2


Departure 5:00 PM


The official Voyage Check-In will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at your hotel.  During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel which will take place at 3pm.

Day 3


Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of LakeFergusson, 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, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! 

Day 4


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 for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir. 

Day 5


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 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.”

Day 6

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 breathtaking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

Day 7

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. 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 a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture, to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 8


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 “WhiteCastle” 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.

Day 9

New Orleans

Arrival 8:00 AM


Whilst your cruise ends with disembarkation from the American Queen, your holiday can continue with a few days in New Orleans or anywhere else that you would like to go. 

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The View

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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 Queen


On board you will find everything you need for a week’s holiday, spa, fitness centre, a well-equipped library and more besides. Join a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge or watch a show in the palatial Grand Saloon:  each night there is a musical revue and high energy cabaret followed by dancing to live bands in the Engine Room Bar.  On a quieter note, listen to one of the guest historians bringing what you are seeing to life. A true showboat in the lands of Mark Twain.


All meals are included in your fare; you have the choice of dining in the J.M. White Dining room or for lighter fare, you can choose the Front Porch Café.


All the ‘Hop On Hop Off’ excursions are included in your cruise fare however there are some Premium excursions available for an extra charge. You will be given more details of all the excursions when you enquire about your sailing as they vary from date to date.


The American Queen offers Commodore service for all suite bookings. This includes private voyage check-in at your pre-voyage hotel, a fruit basket with a bottle of wine in your suite as well as preferred dining arrangements and balcony seating in the Grand Saloon theatre. If you book an Owner’s or Luxury Suite, you will also have the services of a River Butler.



The American Queen sails the Lower Mississippi most of the year but in the hotter months of July and August she goes into the Upper Mississippi.  Please ask Frontier America for more details. 

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