Pre-Cruise Complimentary Package
Tuesday, November 16 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.
Wednesday, November 17 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Welcome to New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy. This vibrant city is the perfect destination to begin your Mississippi River voyage. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. With thoughtfully planned excursions encompassing the biggest attractions and cultural highlights of New Orleans, as well as complimentary transportation to the ship, we make sure your tour is as worry-free as possible.
Thursday, November 18 - HOUMAS HOUSE, LOUISIANA - Complimentary Excursion
The stately grandeur of Houmas House is complemented by the flair of our guide, Ms. Judy Davis, who has a personality as magnificent as the mansion itself. As we arrive, we will be greeted on the riverbank to begin our private tour through the gardens to the 16-room plantation home. Once inside, the velvet ropes are removed and permission is granted to use the home's furniture for a truly authentic experience. During the tour, she brings stories of the home's many inhabitants to life through the unique collection of Louisiana art. After the tour, you have time to wind through the gardens on your own. Later, Ms. Davis joins us on board for an entertaining evening of humor and songs of the South.
Friday, November 19 - BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge features all the history and wonders you would expect in a state capital, but with an added down-home flavor that makes it truly unique. Our expert local guides will take you on a tour of the cities' most famous attractions including the Old and New State Capitols and the interactive Louisiana State Museum.
Saturday, November 20 - OAK ALLEY PLANTATION - Complimentary Excursion
The famous ancient oaks bordering your path to the mansion are your first sight upon stepping ashore. The perfectly aligned 300-year-old trees form a canopy which set a particularly grand entrance for our arrival. Southern belles enjoying the shade of the leafy canopy greet us on arrival and are our guides for the day. In small groups, we bring you through the antebellum plantation's many stately rooms and show you why it has earned the name "Grande Dame of The Great River Road." After the tour, join us for a special gathering with mint juleps on the west lawn before a visit to their popular gift shop which is known for its world-famous pralines.
Sunday, November 21 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
New Orleans is a city full of history, intrigue, and colorful characters. Begin your journey through the "Big Easy" with a private tour guide, who will give you a local's look at the area's most famous attractions. Explore the most popular areas including the French Quarter, the colorful garden district, and the famous stately mansions which still remain in period form. There will be plenty of time for you to enjoy the local flavors, like chicory coffee, sweet beignets, and famous New Orleans Jazz music.