The Antebellum South on the American Queen

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November 12-20th 2017 (9 days)

New Orleans to Memphis
Pre-night in New Orleans hotel w/ included city tour Motorcoach transportation from Snellville to New Orleans; and Memphis back to Snellville.

Join us on the largest steamboat ever built and the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in The United States. it features gracious, elegant, and opulent decor of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, antiques, and flowers adorn the interior space while lacey filigree grace the white exterior. It epitomizes the grace and grandeur of traveling on the mightly Mississippi River. While on board you can visit the vast collection of Mark Twain books in the amazing library, feast on amazing cuisine, enjoy a sing-a-long on the main deck lounge, or take in a show at the two deck tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.

Day 1, hotel stay in New Orleans

Day 2, City tour on our own coach with guide; boarding boat at 3:30pm

Day 3, Oak Alley – Most photographed home with 300 year old oak tree driveway
Day 4, St. Francisville, LA – oldest town in this Parish
Day 5, Natchez, MS – lovely, historic city on the high bluffs of the river
Day 6, Vicksburg – Civil War history and beautiful downtown
Day 7, Cruising Day
Day 8, Helena, Arkansas – revitalized historic river community
Day 9, Memphis, TN – board coach, brief city tour and return to Snellville


Features:

  • Three meals a day served in the main dining room and café
  • 24 hour dining at the Front Porch Café
  • Afternoon ice cream and cookie
  • Daily, elegant southern style tea service
  • Professional showboat entertainment nightly
  • Nightly dancing to Swing and Big Band Music
  • Enthralling calliope concerts everyday
  • Exciting included daily shore excursions
  • Acclaimed cuisine of Chef Regina Charboneau
  • Multiple specialty dining at no extra charge
  • Complimentary wine and beer at dinner
  • Complimentary coffee, cappuccino, bottled water, and sodas
  • All American, well trained staff
  • Casual attire thru out the voyage (no formal nights!)
  • Daily lectures by onboard historians and storytellers

Fall in love with the beautiful  lower Mississippi River on this wonderful cruise!  

Please note:  $300 has already been added into the final price, along with the $169 port charges.   The $300 will cover our motorcoach transportation to New Orleans and a return trip from Memphis to Snellville.  (As well as the two city tours at each port.)   This amount is based on 20 people signing up and splitting the cost of the bus.  If that number falls below that, I will have to divide the cost of the bus by the number of people traveling.

**Many factors were taken into account with this date that has been selectedAt the top of the list is availability.  Many of the dates I asked for were already closed out to groups.  These included the Ohio River summer cruises.   They have space available on an individual basis; but they are selling so well, they wouldn’t tie up group space.

The majority of the people polled requested the lower Mississippi routes.  My first consideration was weather.   With spring floods, summer heat, and a busy fall travel season next year; I had to go into November to find a date that would work.  I originally wanted the second week of November, but it was closed to groups already.   So……this date will hit my November travel meeting.    I will work around that if necessary and come up with a new date for the meeting.

The November  12 dates seemed to work on several fronts:  I think the weather will still be warm enough to enjoy the boat outside.  And hopefully hurricane season will be over as well, so the river will be in good shape.

I found the pricing on this cruise to be fair.  Several of the categories were actually cheaper than 2015; (although to be fair we had to add in $300 more for our airfare in that price.)  But……we did save on the $69 per person  per tour for the pre and post city tours.   So I think it worked out well.    It will be nice to have our own motorcoach from Daniels too!!

So November it is.  Timing is cruicial on this tour.   I have 15 cabins available right now.  They will hold them for me till December 1.  After that time they  will be on an ‘as available’ basis only.  So the sooner you get your forms in the sooner I can confirm your cabin.  The earlier you get yours in, the best availability you will have.  AND you can request an early dining time in the main dining room for dinner!!

We know the American Queen is an awesome boat – I personally felt it offered a lot more amenities than the Empress.  It also has a lot more public areas too.   And except for Natchez and New Orleans; we really haven’t explored the other areas much.   So I think it will be a lot of fun!!  Hope you will too!!!

Details:
Price includes river cruise, $300 bus fee for our transportation to New Orleans,  city tour on our bus with local guide, transfer to boat that day;  all port charges,  short Memphis city tour, one night hotel in New Orleans prior to boarding boat,  all meals on board, (including beer and wine with dinner), all shore excursions on board, (premium tours are available for sale as well);  all onboard ship amenities, and all government taxes.

Price does not include on board gratuities or trip insurance.

To sign up:  Request a sign up sheet and one will be sent to you.  A $500 deposit is due with initial booking, along with optional insurance.  Deposit check is made out to AQSC.   Insurance is made out to Seniors On The Go Travel.  All forms are mailed to Seniors On The Go Travel, 785 Marbrook Dr., Snellville, GA  30044.  Final payment will be due 120 days prior to departure.  Notices will be sent out.

**Insurance will be also be handled separate from American Queen.  It will be offered by Travel Guard and must be purchased at time of booking.  Checks for insurance most be paid to Seniors On The Go Travel. Once the deposit has been turned into American Queen, the insurance will be purchased and it will be non-refundable.  It includes trip cancellation for medical reasons or death in the family.  It will return you to where the trip started.   It also includes trip interruption so that if you have to get back to Snellville during the trip for medical reasons, that cost will be covered.   Full documentation is a must for any claim that is filed so please keep all paperwork which they will need a copy of.

American Queen deck plans:
Sun Deck – Pilot house, public areas, gym, and pool
Promenade Deck – passenger cabins and River Grill and Bar; category AAA and AA (price on request)
Observation Deck – passenger cabins, Main lobby and Chart Room; Category B, C, A
Texas Deck -passenger cabins, Front Porch Café, Lobby and Theater; Category AA, D,
Cabin Deck – passenger cabins, Grand Saloon, Gentleman’s Card Room, Ladies Parlor, Mark Twain Gallery, Boutique Q,;  Category E, D
Main Deck- J.M. White Dining Room, Main Deck Lounge, Lobby, Grand Saloon, Gallery, Captain’s Bar

Prices:
Category A          $4768 per person double
Category B          $4568 per person double  (Just $304 more than our 2015 trip)
Category C          $4268 per person double  (Just $102 more than our 2015 trip)
Category D          $3618 per person double  ($348 cheaper than our 2015 trip)
Category E           $2268 per person double   (bargain – just over $1500 cheaper than our 2015 trip)
Category single/outside:  $5968 – if available
Category single/inside:  $3468- Category E -if available – very limited availability!!

Category A – Outside Stateroom with private veranda
Category B – Outside Stateroom with  open veranda
Category C-   Outside Stateroom with open veranda
Category D – Outside Stateroom with bay window
Category E – inside Cabin-very limited availability

All verandas open to public walking areas in Category B-D ; private verandas available in category A

Insurance:

Cost of Trip Up to
Age 60-69
Age 70-74 Age 75-79 Age 80+
$2001-3000 $189 $249 $309 $419
$3001-3500 $219 $298 $349 $469
$3501-4000 $249 $319 $389 $499
$4001-4500 $279 $329 $419 $549
$4501-5000 $339 $429 $559 $769
$5001-5500 $389 $499 $619 $829
$5501-6000 $439 $559 $699 $899

 

 

 

 

 

Sign Up forms CAN BE MAILED TO YOU!!    Just email or call for a form
Please fill out and remember to request dining time and bed type.
Initial deposit of $500 is due with sign up.   Please make check out to American Queen  Steamboat Company.   Final balance may be paid by credit card and forms will be available later.

Insurance checks should be made out to Seniors On The Go Travel.  I will not cash these checks until cabin confirmations have been issued to me by the American Queen.

All forms should be filled out, checks written out and returned to Cathy Stokes, Seniors On The Go Travel,  785 Marbrook Dr., Lawrenceville, GA   30044;   for questions please call 770-985-6131 or email me at cmstokes@bellsouth.net.

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