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Southern Grandeur: American Music & Civil War History

Date: Apr 7-15, 2019
Starting Price: $2,599
Trip Length: 9 nights
Trip: Memphis to New Orleans
Cruise line: American Queen Steamboat Company | American Queen®

Sail along the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans and glimpse the tumultuous and haunting history of the south—an anguish that gave life to the heartfelt chords of blues, jazz, and rock and roll. The lower Mississippi delta region, considered the birthplace of the blues, compels music connoisseurs and fans alike to pay homage to the history and legends that shaped American music.

Before embarking on the American Queen, spend the night in Memphis, an energetic city with a rich musical heritage, and home to Sun Studio and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Then voyage to Vicksburg, the site of a dramatic siege that became a critical turning point to end the chasm of a once divided country. Now a vibrant center of Southern hospitality, Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new, displaying its heritage with tremendous pride.

Next travel to Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi, graced with stunning gardens and palatial mansions, and then to Baton Rouge. This capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing neo-Gothic Old State Capitol. Continue to St. Francisville, a town with unique shops and historic homes to discover. Before disembarking in New Orleans, journey to Nottoway and explore the impressive halls of the largest plantation house in the South.

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Features

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel or similar accommodations, with breakfast, coverage of taxes, porterage, and transfers to the American Queen
  • 7-day voyage aboard the American Queen, with all meals included 
  • $200 early booking savings per stateroom, if booked by 07/31/2018
  • Private Go Next reception including hot and cold canapés, wine, beer, and soft drinks
  • Services of an experienced on-site Go Next Program Manager
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off Shore Excursions aboard a dedicated fleet of luxury river coaches
  • Exquisite regional dishes prepared by an award-winning culinary team
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary specialty coffees, bottled water, and soft drinks
  • Gracious service from a friendly staff
  • Smart-casual attire throughout your voyage, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, your onboard history and culture expert
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment, dances nightly, and calliope concerts

Itinerary

  • April 7: Memphis, Tennessee
  • April 8: Memphis, Tennessee
  • April 9: River Cruising
  • April 10: Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • April 11: Natchez, Mississippi
  • April 12: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • April 13: St. Francisville, Louisiana
  • April 14: Nottoway Plantation
  • April 15: New Orleans, Louisiana

Pricing

All prices listed in USD.

Category

Deck(s)

Type

Price

E
3
Inside Stateroom
$2,699

Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering these cozy havens. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep your necessities out of the way but easily accessible.

Inside Stateroom Amenities

  • 132 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Shower or X-Large Shower
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Observation and Texas Decks

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

SI
4
Single Inside Stateroom
$3,599

Unaccompanied travelers should never have to sacrifice the comforts of home. Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering your cozy home away from home. We’ve spared no expense on the small details that make all the difference in the world.

Single Inside Stateroom Amenities

  • 80 sq. ft.
  • Single Bed
  • Shower
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Observation Deck

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

D
2
Deluxe Outside Stateroom
$4,499

An expansive bay window overlooking the ever-changing scenery of America’s heartland is the main draw of this spacious category. Curl up in front of the window with a new novel and savor a moment that belongs to only you.

Deluxe Outside Stateroom Amenities

  • 190 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bay Window
  • Cabin Deck
  • Interior Access

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

C
4,3,2
Outside Stateroom
$4,899

Relax in your sitting area, open the French doors to the deck, and greet the day as the banks of the river slip majestically by. Sit on the deck outside your stateroom and take in the expansive views or enjoy a leisurely morning in bed with room service.

Outside Stateroom Amenities

  • 140 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Shower or Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • French Doors Open to Deck
  • Observation, Cabin and Texas Decks
  • Exterior Access

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

B
4
Outside Stateroom
$5,099

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? There’s no need to dream any longer in these staterooms. Sit on the deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favorite book, or soak in a hot bath.

Outside Stateroom Amenities

  • 190 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • French Doors Open to Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Interior and/or Exterior Access

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

A
3
Deluxe Outside Stateroom
$5,399

With your own private veranda, these staterooms are so enjoyable you might decide to extend your journey. Sit in your cozy armchairs and prop your feet up on the ottoman as you read through the River Times, our daily program, and discover the delights that await you.

Deluxe Outside Stateroom Amenities

  • 190 sq. ft. with 40 sq.ft. Private Veranda
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • French Doors Open to Private Veranda
  • Texas Deck
  • Interior Access

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

AA
5,4
Superior Outside Stateroom
$5,499

Settle in your sitting area, open the French doors to the deck, and greet the day as the banks of the river slip majestically by. Some staterooms in this category offer a view of the paddlewheel, while others offer expansive views of America’s heartland.

Superior Outside Stateroom Amenities

  • 210 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Sitting Area
  • Vanity Mirror and Desk
  • French Doors Open to Deck
  • Promenade and Observation Decks

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

AAA
5
AAA Suite
$5,899

Our suites give you the feeling of a fine Southern estate home, complete with authentic Antebellum décor and antiques. Indulge in a soothing soak in your tub and then retire to your cozy armchair, prop your feet up on the ottoman and read through the River Times, our daily program, to discover the delights that await you. As a guest of this fine suite, you will also receive the benefits of exclusive suite-level Commodore Services.

Commodore Services®

This elite-level of service includes a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred dining arrangements, reserved balcony seating in the Grand Saloon theater and a private reception with Senior Officers of the American Queen.

AAA Suite Amenities

  • 230 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Sitting Area with Sofa-bed
  • Vanity Mirror and Desk
  • Flat-screen TV
  • French Doors Open to Deck
  • Promenade Deck
  • Commodore Services (excludes butler)

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

SO
3
Single Outside Stateroom
$6,599

The independent traveler will not find a better value than this. In these spacious staterooms with French doors opening onto the Texas Deck, you will find all of the luxury and charm of a double-occupancy stateroom. Sit on the deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers or enjoy a leisurely morning in bed with room service and your favorite book.

Single Outside Stateroom Amenities

  • 140 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed
  • X-Large Shower
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Texas Deck

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

LS
5,3
Luxury Suite
$8,199

Our spacious, elegant suites are furnished with authentic Antebellum décor and fabulous antiques providing the warm ambiance of a fine Southern estate home. Open your French doors and delight in sweeping river views as you sip a beverage and share conversation in your cozy sitting area. With two configurations to choose from, either one large room suite with private veranda or two adjoining rooms with open veranda, these intimate suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together. As a guest of our luxury suite, you will also be treated to exclusive suite-level Commodore Services, as well as a personal butler service.

It is important to note that our Luxury Suites located on the Texas deck are in close proximity to the paddlewheel. While many guests love the allure of the traditional paddlewheel experience, others may find it to be slightly noisier than they would like at times.

Commodore Services®

This elite-level of service includes pre-boarding privileges, a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred dining arrangements, reserved balcony seating in the Grand Saloon theater and a private reception with Senior Officers of the American Queen.

As a special guest of our luxury suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly butler. Butler service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private veranda (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved balcony seating in the Grand Saloon theater.

Luxury Suite Amenities

  • 353 sq. ft.
  • Queen Bed or Two Single Beds
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Sitting Area with Sofa-bed
  • Vanity Mirror and Desk
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker & Personal Refrigerator
  • French Doors Open to Deck or Veranda
  • Promenade and Texas Decks
  • Interior and/or Exterior Access
  • Commodore Services including butler

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

OS
5
Owner's Suite
$9,599

Perched atop the American Queen in the best location with sprawling views of the river, you will feel like Thomas P. Leathers, one of the wealthiest and most successful steamboat owners of the nineteenth century. Open your French doors and step out onto your veranda to unwind on your amply furnished patio. Adorned with 11 ft. vaulted ceilings, overhead lighting, a cozy interior lounging area with sofa-bed and cocktail tables, these expansive suites can accommodate up to three guests and epitomize luxurious river cruising. Boasting every essential amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of our Commodore Services while being well attended to by your personal butler.

Commodore Services®

This elite-level of service includes pre-boarding privileges, a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred dining arrangements, reserved balcony seating in the Grand Saloon theater and a private reception with Senior Officers of the American Queen.

As a special guest of our owner’s suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly butler. Butler service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private veranda (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved balcony seating in the Grand Saloon theater.

Owner’s Suite Amenities

  • 348 sq. ft with 690 sq. ft. Veranda
  • Queen Bed
  • Tub/Shower Combination
  • Lounging Area with Sofa-bed
  • Dressing Area with Granite Vanity, Mirror, and Desk
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker & Personal Refrigerator
  • French Doors Open to Exclusive Veranda
  • Furnished Patio with Sofa, Two Chairs, and Coffee Table
  • Promenade Deck
  • Commodore Services including butler

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

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Deck Plans

Go Next Pre- & Post-Cruise Programs

Discover the highlights of Memphis and New Orleans that you might otherwise miss. These carefully crafted programs include ideally located hotels, specially arranged sightseeing tours featuring cultural and historical sites, professional guides, and exceptional concierge support from on-location Go Next Program Managers.

Memphis Pre-Cruise Program
APR 6–8 • $449 per person, double occupancy; $649, single

  • 1 additional night at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel or similar accommodations, with breakfast
  • Full-day Shiloh National Military Park excursion with lunch, featuring:
    – Visit Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
    – Motorcoach tour through Shiloh battlefield
  • APR 10 – Included Vicksburg Premium Excursion: On the Front Lines
    – Motorcoach tour through Vicksburg battlefield
    – Tour of USS Cairo and Museum 
    – Visit Illinois State Monument & National Cemetery

New Orleans Post-Cruise Program
APR 15–16 • $399 per person, double occupancy; $599, single

  • 1 night at the Hotel Monteleone or similar accommodations, with breakfast
  • Half-day Big Easy tour of New Orleans, featuring:
    – The French Quarter’s famous landmarks: St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square
    – St. Charles Avenue and the country’s oldest streetcar line
    – Stately mansions of St. Charles Avenue
    – An insider’s view of Mardi Gras

Guest Lecturers

DR. JAMES I. (BUD) ROBERTSON, JR.
Author, Lecturer, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Virginia Tech

One of the most distinguished and in-demand speakers in his field, Dr. Robertson served as Executive Director of the US Civil War Centennial Commission in the 1960s and worked with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He then taught 44 years at Virginia Tech, where his upper-division course on the Civil War era attracted 300 or more students per semester and made it the largest class of its kind in the nation. He received every teaching award given by Virginia Tech. At his retirement in 2011, the University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History.

MR. ROBERT G. SPROUL
Enrichment Music Expert, UC Berkeley

Robert Gordon Sproul III graduated from UC Berkeley in 1969. He has worked with several music publications, including No Depression  and  Black Music and Jazz Review,  a British R&B magazine, and occasionally at the roots radio show  on KKCY. Joining Robert in a joint lecture will be musicologist and Sun Records authority, John Siamas (Boalt ’70). John’s father, the former owner of Keen Records, recorded hits for Sam Cooke, gospel albums for Lou Rawls and a variety of rhythm and blues, and doo-wop and rockabilly tunes. Robert has recently retired as the Director of Stewardship and Alumni Scholarships in the Development department of the Cal Alumni Association.

 

Visa Requirements

Not applicable

Cancellation Policy

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS: If you change your plans or cancel, your rights to a refund are limited. Submit a written cancellation to cancel@gonext.com. Upon receipt of a written cancellation from you, the following fees will apply (as indicated in days prior to initial flight departure).
Cancellation Fees:
170 days or more = $500 per person
169-125 days = 25% per person
124-95 days = 50% of total fare
94-60 days = 75% of total fare
59-0 days = 100% of total fare
Any requests for cancellation must be communicated to Go Next in writing. Applicable refunds, if any, will be made within 14 days after the cancellation. (Subject to change; refer to your brochure for current rates.)

ADDITIONAL REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS FOR GN PROGRAMS
GN Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Program Cancellation Fees:
170 days or more = $100 per person, per program
169-75 days = $200 per person, per program
75-0 days = 100% of total fare
Any requests for cancellation must be communicated to Go Next in writing. Applicable refunds, if any, will be made within 14 days after the cancellation. (Subject to change; refer to your brochure for current rates.)

Available To Book

Southern Grandeur: American Music & Civil War History

Date: Apr 7-15, 2019
Starting Price: $2,599
Trip Length: 9 nights
Trip: Memphis to New Orleans
Cruise line: American Queen Steamboat Company | American Queen®
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