Queen of Mississippi Mardi Gras New Orleans 8 Day Cruise – American Cruise Lines announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, which will be Fat Tuesday, more commonly known as Mardi Gras, the Queen of Mississippi will sail from the Port of New Orleans, for an 8-day Mississippi River cruise.
American Cruise Lines owns a 10-ship fleet of paddlewheelers, small cruise ships, and modern riverboats.
Each Mardi Gras 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.(NOTE:Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.)
Queen of the Mississippi passengers will be treated to a complimentary Mardi Gras-themed pre-cruise night on board, before an eight-day Lower Mississippi itinerary, concluding in Memphis, Tennessee.
The night before departure, guests will enjoy an evening aboard Queen of the Mississippi featuring the musical entertainment of Wendell Brunious & the New Orleans All-Stars, during a Mardi Gras cocktail party. The Mardi Gras cocktail party will include parlor games, venetian masks, and iconic dress-up flare.
A Big Easy-inspired dinner will follow with New Orleans King Cakes for dessert. New Orleans King Cakes have plastic babies baked inside. Whoever finds the naked baby in their slice gets to be ‘king’ or ‘queen’ for the day and is designated as the host of next year’s celebration, as per Mardi Gras tradition.
Queen of the Mississippi will call at Oak Alley, Louisiana; Natchez, Mississippi; Vicksburg, Mississippi; St. Francisville, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Houmas House, before returning to new Orleans. The 700 mile Mississippi River journey from New Orleans to Vicksburg and back, passengers will see grandiose plantations, historic homes, beautiful gardens, and Civil War battlefields.
Built in 2015, Queen of the Mississippi offers an authentic paddlewheeler experience with all the comforts of home. Guests can enjoy large staterooms with private balconies (445 sq. ft- 203 sq. ft), hotel-style bathrooms, and complimentary room service. Experience breathtaking scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the Queen of the Mississippi makes its way down the legendary river.
Queen of the Mississippi is a sister ship of a similar design to American Pride, which originally carried the Queen of the Mississippi name from 2012-2015. However, there are some differences between the vessels like internal arrangement and cabins on the 5th deck. Like her sister ship, all have private baths, windows, Wi-Fi, and interior entrances.
American Cruise Lines will add a third ship to the Mississippi, its second new modern riverboat, the American Harmony. American Harmony will operate nine different Mississippi River itineraries, concluding the season with its popular December Christmas and New Year’s cruises.
All American Cruise Lines 2019 Mississippi River cruises are sold out for two of its paddlewheelers, the American Harmony and Queen of the Mississippi.
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