American Cruise Lines will sail a series of short getaways. // © 2013 American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines has announced the addition of three, four-night cruises to the Queen of the Mississippi’s 2013 schedule. Three days shorter than the standard itinerary length the line offers on the Mississippi River, the new cruises will focus on the various plantations found along the river.
The roundtrip cruise out of New Orleans can be sold as a quick getaway or an extended weekend trip. Each offers a historic exploration of the plantations along the Mississippi River, including Nottoway Plantation, Houmas House, Oak Alley and Laura Plantation. Departure dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 4 and Dec. 8, with rates starting at $2,395 per person.
The new shorter plantation cruises will feature a variety of special events and onboard activities, including mint juleps served on the Oak Alley lawn; a performance by Judy Davis, singer, entertainer and storyteller of life on a plantation; a praline-cooking demonstration by Michael DeVidts and more.
“With great and rising interest in cruising on the Mississippi River with American Cruise Lines, we thought it was important to offer additional options for those interested,” said vice president Timothy Beebe. “This new offering will appeal to those clients looking for a shorter cruise or to those looking to complement a land vacation in the American Heartland.”
The Queen of the Mississippi carries 150 guests in spacious 300-square-foot staterooms, which feature large private balconies with sliding glass doors, sailing the Mississippi River System, including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers.