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Mississippi River Cruise with American Cruise Line

Mississippi River Cruise with American Cruise Line

Seven-night Mississippi River Cruise with American Cruise Lines with two nights in New Orleans, hop on hop off tour, 23 meals, cocktails, & snacks

Lower Mississippi River Cruise with American Cruise Lines

 

Wednesday, May 10 – Friday, May 19, 2023

 

Enjoy a week aboard ACL’s newest ship, the American Symphony, a modern riverboat that will be launched the summer of 2022. The 175-passenger American Symphony rooms range from 250 to 650 square feet, and all of the staterooms offer full-size bathrooms, roomy closets, and all of the staterooms have private balconies where you can enjoy daily breakfast room service.

 

The ship has panoramic views throughout, including a four-story glass atrium, and features an on-board fitness center and many spacious lounges where you can relax after the day’s adventures. Your cruise includes the largest staterooms of any cruise line, three meals daily, afternoon tea, snacks, evening entertainment focusing on the music and history of the area, an onboard historian and naturalist, wine & beer with lunch, nightly cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy a great selection of complimentary and paid excursions in each port.

 

Embark on a unique riverboat adventure along the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee. Savor a week aboard the intimate and relaxed modern riverboat as we cruise the lower Mississippi River. From your private balcony, enjoy expansive river views, the rising bluffs of the historic river towns, and the tree-lined banks accented with blue herons and bald eagles. Delight in the diverse menu of delicious meals carefully crafted by the onboard culinary team to include samples of regional cuisine. Make new friends at every meal with the popular open table seating

 

Dynamic presentations by your onboard speakers connect you to the region’s culture and history. Local guides also share insights to illuminate your shore excursions. Memphis offers savory barbeque, rich music history, museums, Sun Studios, and the amazing tour of Elvis’ Graceland mansion. You can explore why the Mississippi River and the port of Vicksburg were so important during the Civil War as you explore the Vicksburg National Military Park. Enjoy beautiful architecture, antiques, and gardens at grand plantation homes as you learn southern stories from local guides. Take in the local shops and museums of quaint and cozy towns like St. Francisville and Natchez. Perhaps sip and savor a tasty mint julep while strolling under the canopy of the 300-year-old trees at Oak Alley Plantation or explore the lavishly restored mansion and the expansive, manicured grounds surrounding Houmas House Plantation. 

 

Back aboard your ship, relax with our daily cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a delicious meal, and an evening show as regional entertainers share the area’s renowned cultural flair. Stand on deck and revel in a magical Mississippi river sunset.

 

Each Mississippi River Cruise with American Cruise Lines includes a Complimentary Pre-Cruise one-night Hotel Stay. We have added an additional one-night stay so that you will have an entire day to explore New Orleans before our cruise.

 

Pre-cruise, Wed, May 10

 

Airfare will be arranged by Funtastic Getaways, and transfers from the Cape to Logan Airport and from New Orleans International Airport to the hotel will be included with your airfare.  We'll fly to New Orleans and transfer to the Intercontinental Hotel, where we will stay for two nights. Breakfast is included each morning. Air Schedule and pricing TBD.

 

Pre-cruise, Thu, May 11

 

Explore New Orleans at your leisure with a full-day hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus tour pass and a walking tour of the Garden District. In a single 1-hour 30-minute loop, experience a complete, narrated City Tour — three centuries of history, architecture, and culture! Hop off at any stop along the way and explore New Orleans most popular neighborhoods, attractions, and shopping districts. As you experience the most exciting and educational tour of the city, be sure to hop off and take a Guided Walking Tour of New Orleans most elegant neighborhood – The Garden District. Stroll along the tree-lined, historic streets that radiate grace and opulence. You’ll learn about Greek Revival, Italianate and other architectural styles of the area, and you may be surprised to learn which celebrity homes you’ll see along the way! This beautiful stroll is less than a mile, and takes roughly 45 minutes. Enjoy the day exploring the city before returning to the Intercontinental hotel for the night. (B)

 

DAY 1, Fri, May 12

 

Transfers to the ship from your hotel are included in your cruise package. Your luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship. Settle into your stateroom on the American Symphony, then set sail on the Mississippi. Get together with your fellow travelers for dinner, cocktails and an overview of our cruise. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 2, Sat, May 13

 

Our first port is in Houmas House, LA, and we will explore one of the antebellum plantations that line the famous River RoadLouisiana's fabled Great Mississippi River Road consists of a corridor approximately 70 miles in length located on each side of the river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Although other states have their own River Roads, perhaps none is more evocative or famous than Louisiana's. Here, the very name inspires a vision of white pillared houses standing amid lush gardens and trees dripping with Spanish moss. Mark Twain journeyed down the river to revisit some of his old haunts and comments that "From Baton Rouge to New Orleans, the great sugar plantations border both sides of the river all the way, . . . Plenty of dwellings . . . standing so close together, for long distances, that the broad river lying between two rows, becomes a sort of spacious street. A most home-like and happy-looking region." The regions revival began in the 1920's with the restoration of Oak Alley Estate, and today much of the past still remains intact. (B,L,D)

 

There are two complimentary excursions to choose from: 

1. The perfectly aligned 300-year-old trees at Oak Alley Estate form a canopy which set a particularly grand entrance for our arrival. In small groups, explore the antebellum plantation’s many stately rooms and after the tour, we'll gather on the west lawn to sip mint juleps, before a visit to their popular gift shop which is known for its world-famous pralines.

2. Visit Houmas House & Gardens to admire the southern splendor of “The Sugar Palace” as you step into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Explore the plantation and enjoy lush acres of gardens, ponds, and a majestic live oak alley.

 

DAY 3, Sun, May 14

 

Explore Baton Rouge, LA this morning,the state capital with a down-home flavor that makes it truely unique.Then, enjoy lunch onboard while we cruise to St Francisville, said to be "one of the 200 most beautiful small towns in America." This Southern town will charm you as you stroll through its' 200 year old historic center and enjoy a visit to a restored antebellum mansion. St. Francisville boasts some of the most beautiful estates in the South. Immerse yourself in southern culture and hospitality while visiting one of these magnificent properties. (B,L,D)

 

There are a choice of 3 complimentary excursions in Baton Rouge to choose from:

1. A walk through the Capital City to admire iconic and historical landmarks and explore many well-known downtown neighborhoods on foot. 

2. Visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River

3. The narrated Baton Rouge Shuttle to explore the city and visit LSU Museum of Art.

 

There is a choice of two Complimentary excursions in St Francisville

1. Greenwood Estate was built in 1830 and accented with 28 columns, Greenwood Estate is considered the South’s finest example of Greek-revival architecture.

2. At Rosedown & Gardens, local guides will regale you with stories of the families who lived there and give insight into the culture of the South. Then, explore Rosedown Garden, one of the largest privately-maintained formal gardens of the 19th century.

 

Optional excursions in Baton Rouge (additional fee): 

1. A narrated Cajun Pride Swamp boat ride

2. The USS Kidd destroyer visit to take a step back in time on a self-guided exploration as you view artifacts and aircraft from World War II

3. Visit a local brewery and distillery for a tour and tasting on the Baton Rouge Spirits Experience & Tasting

4. Learn about the Battle of Baton Rouge by exploring locations that were critical to the Battle, seeing Civil War artifacts, viewing a film, and witnessing a live firing of an original Civil War cannon.

 

DAY 4, Mon, May 15

 

Settled in 1716, Natchez, MS is rich in history and southern hospitality. Take a guided exploration of this fascinating city which has maintained its' Antebellum charm since its surrender during the Civil War.

 

There is a choice of three complimentary excursions to choose from.

1. Visit Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, an early 19th-century antebellum mansion, reflecting all that is charming about the South. Expect gracious hospitality, historic tours of the house, and a lovingly restored garden. Enjoy a southern cocktail in the courtyard while you take in the beauty and history of Natchez. 

2. Visit historic Longwood, just one of the many elegant historic houses that grace the historic district of Natchez. This octagonal house epitomizes the rise and fall of the South. As the Civil War began, the workmen stopped construction and the house was never completed. You'll view the finished first floor with original family furnishings and the upper five stories.

3. The Natchez Shuttle will allow you to explore downtown Natchez on your own. Take time for shopping and strolling through town. The shuttle will make regularly scheduled stops at Rosalie House, the Natchez Visitors Center, and the downtown shopping district. (B,L,D)

 

Optional excursions(additional fee): 

1. Tombs and Tales, which explores the Historic Natchez Cemetery

2. The Great River Outdoor Adventure at the Double C Ranch is perfect for nature-lovers and wildlife-enthusiasts

3. Natchez Brews & Views, a visit to the Natchez Brewing Company

4. Enjoy the JN Stone house tour & concert to explore his eclectic collection of period-specific artwork and one-of-a-kind antiques. The afternoon concludes in the music hall with refreshments as Mr. Stone performs an exclusive classical piano concert.

5. Visit Frogmore Plantation & Gins to meet the owners and explore a cotton plantation. You'll learn about plantation life, including the housing, music, and relationships between the owners and workers. You will have the opportunity to pick cotton directly from the field, participate in a live gospel performance, and witness the progress in cotton technology.  

 

DAY 5, Tue, May 16

 

The city of Vicksburg was a pivotal turning point during the American Civil War. On our complimentary Vicksburg National Military Park excursion, expert historian guides will take us through the Battlefields, the USS Cairo gunboat, and the most significant historic places. (B,L,D)

 

Optional excursions (additional fee): 

1. On the Antebellum Vicksburg Experience excursion, you'll experience what life was like in the 19th century on this adventure into Vicksburg’s oldest neighborhood. Visit Christ Episcopal Church and view its beautiful Tiffany windows amidst the Gothic revival architecture, then take a short walk to Duff Green Mansion to meet the owner, Harley Caldwell and imagine that you are part of a dinner party hosted by Duff Green and his wife, Mary, back in the 1800’s as you listen to Harley discuss what was happening in Vicksburg at this time.

2. The Historic Vicksburg comes to Life is a walking exploration of Vicksburg that brings to life the history of this river city from 1820 to the present.  

 

DAY 6, – Wed, May 17

 

Enjoy a day of River Cruising as we cruise from Vicksburg to Memphis. There are many onboard activities – destination speakers, art classes, cooking Demonstrations, Mixology, Trivia, Game shows and more. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 7, Thu, May 18

 

Welcome to Memphis! Home to the Blues, BBQ, Rock & Roll, and of course the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley. Memphis is located on Mississippi Delta where the Blues was born, with a history linked to cotton and music. (B,L,D)

 

When we arrive in Memphis, enjoy the complimentary  Memphis City Exploration excursion. You'll view Mud Island, a Mississippi River Educational Park; Cotton Row; the National Civil Rights Museum, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated; and The Pinch District, Memphis' first neighborhood which was a melting pot of immigrants.

 

Optional excursions (additional fee): 

1. The VIP Graceland Experience will take you from Elvis’ humble beginnings through his rise to super stardom. Visit Graceland and the many onsite museums where you can view Elvis' many jumpsuits and gold records, as well his collection of automobiles and custom jets.

2. On the Rock’n’Soul Museum & Memphis Music Hall of Fame excursion, your hear the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create music that would influence American culture and the world. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will introduce you to some of the greatest musicians of all time, each who contributed the city’s musical legacy.

3. On the Sun Studio Experience, you'll explore Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and location where superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless others started their recording careers.

4. The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Explore interactive exhibits and historic collections, and learn how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom today.

5. Visit the Edge Motors Museum to discover the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic cars. Each automobile in the museum is selected based on its historical and cultural significance. You'll learn about the cultural, economic, political, and technological trends prevalent when they were made, as well as how these cars reflect the eras in which they were designed, built, sold, and driven.

 

DAY 8, Fri, May 19

 

Airport Transfers in Memphis are included with your cruise package. Transfers to the Cape are included, and will be scheduled to arrive & return to Logan Airport according to Funtastic Getaways airfare schedule. Airfare is not yet available to book for 2023, price and schedule TBD. (B)

 

Package Includes:

Two nights in New Orleans with breakfast each morning, seven-night cruise, three meals daily while cruising, beer & wine with lunch & dinner, daily cocktails, appetizers, evening entertainment, a choice of complimentary excursions in each port, ship to airport transfer in Memphis, round-trip transfers from the Cape to Logan airport, transfer from New Orleans International Airport to the hotel, full day hop on hop off New Orleans bus tour, Garden District walking tour, all Port charges & fees.

 

Per Person Double Occupancy

     Category AAR with private Balcony - $ 5,810

     Category AAC with private Balcony - $ 6,570

     Category AAM with Private Balcony - $ 7,110

     Category Veranda Suite                - $ 7,870

 

Single Occupancy Rooms    

     Category Single occupancy room    - $ 7,320 (limited availability)

 

 

Category Descriptions:

    

Single Private Balcony

Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 250 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.

 

AAR Private Balcony

AAR staterooms on the main deck offer complete comfort with approximately 275 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy a full-size bathroom, large picture window, and door leading out to a furnished private balcony. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, ideal for getting together with friends. 

 

AAC Private Balcony

AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the second deck and offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. At 316 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk and full-size bathrooms.

 

AAM Private Balcony

Located on the third deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing river landscapes. At 350 sq. ft., there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views from every angle.

 

Veranda Suite Private Balcony

With a generous 405 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

 

Airfare schedule and pricing TBD, current airfare is around $ 300 per person, round-trip from Boston

 

Trip Insurance is available for this Cruise tour, please call for pricing once airfare is booked.

 

Package Includes:

 

  • Two nights in New Orleans with breakfast each morning

  • Seven-night cruise

  • Three meals daily while cruising

  • Beer & wine with lunch & dinner

  • Daily cocktails

  • Appetizers

  • Evening entertainment

  • Your choice of complimentary excursions in each port

  • Ship to airport transfer in Memphis

  • Round-trip transfers from the Cape to Logan airport

  • Transfer from New Orleans International Airport to the hotel

  • Full day hop on hop off New Orleans bus tour

  • Garden District walking tour

  • All Port charges & fees

 

Per Person, Double Occupancy

     Category AAR with private Balcony   $ 5,810  

     Category AAC with private Balcony   $ 6,570

     Category AAM with Private Balcony   $ 7,110

     Category Veranda Suite                  $ 7,870

 

A Limited number of Single Occupancy Rooms are available:  

    Single with Private Balcony - $ 7,320

 

Airfare schedule and pricing TBD, currently airfare is around $ 300 per person, round-trip from Boston

 

Trip Insurance is available for this Cruise tour, please call for pricing once the airfare is booked.

 

Deposits:

 

$ 500 deposit is required to book your space, $ 250 of this deposit is non-refundable (see cancellation schedule)

Final Payment is due 120 days prior to cruise - Jan 12, 2023

 

Cancellation information:

 

All Cancellations must be made in writing and sent or emailed to Funtastic Getaways

 

Refunds will be made based on the cancellation date:

 

Cancellations made 120 days or more prior to cruise will receive a 100% refund less $ 250 per person cancellation charge

Cancellations made 119 - 90 days prior to cruise will receive a 50% refund less $ 250 per person cancellation charge

Cancellations made 89 - 0 days prior to cruise will incur 100% cancellation fee per cancellation

 

Single Private Balcony

Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 250 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.

 

AAR Private Balcony

AAR staterooms on the main deck offer complete comfort with approximately 275 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy a full-size bathroom, large picture window, and door leading out to a furnished private balcony. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, ideal for getting together with friends. 6 staterooms

 

AAC Private Balcony

AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the second deck and offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. At 316 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk and full-size bathrooms.

 

AAM Private Balcony

Located on the third deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing river landscapes. At 350 sq. ft., there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views from every angle.

 

Veranda Suite Private Balcony

With a generous 405 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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1 - Dennis Patriots Square, Route 134, South Dennis
On Stop & Shop side, park in lot closest to Rt 134
3 - Sagamore Sagamore Commuter Lot at base of bridge
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