Laissez les bons temps rouler or “let the good times roll” will be a common greeting onboard the American Queen as the American Queen Steamboat Company makes its Mardi Gras debut this February to begin the 2013 Lower Mississippi River season. The steamboat will dock in the heart of the French Quarter, just steps away from famed Café Du Monde and a short walk from the revelry of Bourbon Street. American Queen guests will enjoy taking in the parades and people-watching before retiring to their stateroom onboard and later steaming up the Mississippi. Voyages during the month of February 2013 will also showcase the best in Big Band entertainment including the legendary Harry James Orchestra and destination favorites including Natchez, Miss. and Vicksburg, Miss.
“The entire American Queen crew is eager to bring the largest steamboat ever built to New Orleans in 2013 and provide an unrivaled Mardi Gras experience with three days enjoying parades in the city,” says American Queen Steamboat Company CEO Jeffrey D. Krida. “February is perfect for touring the Lower Mississippi with temperatures in the 60s, azaleas in bloom and the big band sounds from the Grand Saloon.”
Below are February itineraries for the American Queen steamboat as she begins her 2013 Lower Mississippi season:
- The eight-night Mardi Gras voyage departs from New Orleans to Memphis, Tenn. on February 7 and includes an overnight stay onboard the American Queen docked to take in French Quarter festivities. The steamboat will then travel upriver calling on Oak Alley, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Natchez, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Helena, Ark.
- An eight-night Big Band voyage departs Memphis, Tenn. to New Orleans on Feb. 15 with the music of the Harry James Orchestra, Herb Reed’s Platters and the Artie Shaw Orchestra in the Grand Saloon. Featured ports are Tunica, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Natchez, Miss.; St. Francisville, La.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Houmas House, La.
- A seven-night Big Band New Orleans roundtrip voyage departs Feb. 23 with the sounds of the Harry James Orchestra and Herb Reed’s Platters keeping steamboaters’ toes tapping. Ports include Oak Alley, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Natchez, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Houmas House, La.
American Queen fares begin at $1,395 per person based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, all shore tours onboard deluxe SteamcoachesSM in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.
For additional information and reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit us online at www.