Brooks Aehron Music at Sea”

Mississippi River Cruise

8-nights New Orleans to Memphis

April 24 to May 2, 2015

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Think of Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer and sailing through history at 7 miles per hour.  Your historic adventure and chance to experience Southern Culture starts with one night in New Orleans with time to explore, enjoy New Orleans jazz and taste the famous beignets.  The next day you will board American Queen, an authentic American  steamboat paddlewheeler, for a 7-night Mississippi River cruise.   You will see Oak Alley with its 300 year old trees, antebellum homes in Natchez, plus explore Vicksburg, St. Francisville, and Helena.  All this plus concerts from Brooks performed for you in the stunningly elegant Grand Saloon theater (pictured above).

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amadagioGalaxSea Cruises has put together an exclusive 8-night package for Music at Sea guests on the famous American Queen steamboat

 

 

Our Package includes: 

 

Our 8-night package price per person double* occupancy in US$                            

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Cat. F     Inside – 140 SF                           $4,608

Cat. E     Bay Window – 190 SF               $4,808           

Cat. D     Balcony – 141 SF                       $5,008           

Cat. C     Balcony – 160 SF                       $5,208                       

Cat. B     Balcony – 190+SF                     $5,308

Cat. A     Balcony – 210SF                        $7,108           

Cat. AA  Private Balc.-190SF                   $7,208

Cat. AAA   Balcony - 230SF                     $7,408

Cat. LS Suite Private Balcony-350+SF $8,908                             SF =  Square Feet

 

PLEASE NOTE: prices incldue shore excursions and are good only while space lasts. River cruises sell out quickly and far in advance because of the very limited space. Please reserve you cabin as soon as possible.

·        A deposit of $800 per person is required to reserve your space  

·        Price does not include airfare, transfers, or gratuities. 

·       There are a limited number of 140 SF single occupancy balcony cabins for $6208.   Call for other single options and prices.

DAILY ITINERARY (preliminary)

neworleans_itinerary_day_thumbnail.pngDay 1: April 24, 2015  Hotel Stay - New Orleans

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in New Orleans. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.

 

New OrleansDay 2: April 25, 2015  New Orleans, LA

Departure: 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage. Kick off the festivities with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - New Orleans Highlights & Katrina Rebuilding Tour - Embarkation Day

 

Oak AlleyDay 3: April 26, 2015  Oak Alley, LA

Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.

Included Tour (No Hop-On, Hop-Off Option):
Disembark from the American Queen and walk across the street to enjoy the beauty of Oak Alley’s rich past. Located on the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road".  Nowhere else in the south will you find such a spectacular setting!  The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Oak Alley’s setting will remind you of the movie “Gone with the Wind” and makes you feel like you are on a Hollywood movie set.  During this included tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Big House and explore the magnificent grounds while sipping a Mint Julep, a quintessential southern staple.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Laura: A Creole Plantation - Oak Alley

Premium Choice Tour #2 - Life in the Bayou Cajun Swamp Tour

 

St. FrancisvilleDay 4: April 27, 2015  St. Francisville, LA

This quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, you’ll find plenty to keep you on the go in St. Francisville.

Included Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 
Hop on our deluxe motorcoach, and begin your tour at Royal Street where you can hop off at our first stop; The Republic of West Florida Site. Choose to enjoy the park or stroll into Grandmother’s Buttons, a unique southern boutique. Next, we can visit the Old Market Hall and explore the art, jewelry, handmade items and music of the region. When we reach Commerce Street, hop off for lunch, snacks, spirits, coffee or ice cream from one of the many cafés and restaurants they have to offer. After that, hop back on the bus to the Spring Creek Shopping Center. Finally, we will visit the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum on Ferdinand Street and the Grace Episcopal Church.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Redemption & Rehabilitation at Angola Prison

 

NatchezDay 5: April 28, 2015  Natchez, MS

Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Visit historic Jefferson College, or just amble down the Natchez Trace.

Included Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 
Natchez is the center of the Antebellum South. From Spring Pilgrimage to Christmas, there's no shortage of excitement in this small town as we tour the antebellum mansions of this quiet river town.  First, we will stop at the Natchez Visitors Center for their gift shop, bookstore and exhibits including a film about this historic port.  Or, if you’d rather, relax and simply enjoy the spectacular views of the Mississippi River. A narrated tour of the city includes admission to the antebellum mansions: Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall, Rosalie Mansion and the William Johnson House.  While in route through the historical town, we’ll pass by Twin Oaks, home of the American Queen’s Culinary Director; Regina Charboneau.  As we head back to the boat, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Downtown Natchez and stop for some shopping opportunities at the Eola Hotel as well as visit the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum, admission included.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Entertaining Southern Style with Regina Charboneau

Premium Choice Tour #2 - The Story of Cotton in the Antebellum South

 

VicksburgDay 6: April 29, 2015  Vicksburg, MS

Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Take in the diversity from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station. Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival.

Included Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 
Vicksburg, Mississippi is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure.  With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Board the deluxe Hop-On Hop-Off motorcoach as it heads towards its first stop at the Vicksburg’s shopping district. Next, stop at The Church of Holy Trinity; a place of spiritual refreshment to Vicksburg for over 125 years, followed by a stop at Anchuca Mansion, named from the Choctaw word meaning “happy home.”  Anchuca is an impressive Greek Revival antebellum home and one of the most significant homes in Vicksburg.  As we come back into the downtown area, we will continue to the Old Court House Museum, which showcases thousands of artifacts from pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements. Then we will stop at Washington Street for some more shopping as well as an included admission to Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum and the Yesterday’s Child Doll and Toy Museum. Next stop is the Lower Mississippi River Museum, where we can find out how different communities, farming families, and the US Army Corps of Engineers have all utilized the river.  Finally, The Old Depot Museum, a preservation museum run by the Vicksburg Battlefield Museum which focuses on the famous Civil War Siege of Vicksburg.  

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - On the Front Lines of the Civil War

 

http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/static/images/itinerary_day.jpgDay 7: April 30, 2015  Scenic River Cruising

Enjoy the sights and sounds of river cruising as the you spend a leisurely day onboard.

 

HelenaDay 8: May 1, 2015  Helena, AR

Let gospel voices lift your heart, hear soulful Delta blues, and sample King biscuits and sausage during an eventful day.

Included Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 
Our tour of this historic city begins with a drive through Cherry Street Historic District, an area so picturesque it was used in several scenes of “Walk the Line”, a 2005 Johnny Cash biopic. Along the way you’ll find more treasures from the same film, including the The Malco Theater as well as several boutiques; The Delta Gypsy Caravan and the Cotton and Kudzu Mall. We’ll have the opportunity to shop The Handworks Boutique, featured on “ABC World News Tonight.” Also, Gist Music Company whose rare collectibles will transport you back in time.

Then, discover museums that beautifully represent the heritage of the 27-county region of eastern Arkansas at the Delta Cultural Center. Stop at the Moore-Hornor House and the nearly full-sized replica of the Union’s Fort Curtis, rebuilt just a short distance from where it originally stood. Our next stop highlights some of the most beautiful historic architecture in the region at the Pillow-Thompson House. This late 19th century mansion has been beautifully restored and is a fine example of Queen Anne Architecture. Our last stop is the Helena Museum and its eclectic collection of artifacts from prehistoric times through the Civil War and on to the present.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - Mississippi Delta Gospel and the Birthplace of the Blues

Premium Choice Tour #2 - Mississippi ECO Nature Adventure by Canoe

 

MemphisDay 9: May 2, 2015  Memphis, TN

Arrival: 8:00 a.m.

Disembark this morning for your flight home.

Premium Tour Options:

Premium Choice Tour #1 - The King's Memphis with Graceland - Disembarkation Day

 

 

Premium Tour Options are optional extra cost options that focus on one subject.

 

 

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American Queen was built in1995 and refurbished in 2013.   She holds 432 guests.  Most staterooms have either two twins or one queen bed. 

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