American Queen Makes Mardi Gras Debut

Bourbon Street and big bands highlight February cruises By: Marilyn Green
American Queen will celebrate Mardi Gras. // © 2012 American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen will celebrate Mardi Gras. // © 2012 American Queen Steamboat Company

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American Queen Steamboat Company

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 the Cafe Du Monde and a short walk from the revelry of Bourbon Street. Cruises during the month of February will also showcase Big Band entertainment, including the Harry James Orchestra as they sail to Natchez 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,” said 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.”

February itineraries include an eight-night Mardi Gras voyage from New Orleans to Memphis on Feb. 7 with an overnight stay onboard to enjoy the festivities in the French Quarter. 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 cruise departs Memphis 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 Feb. 23 big band cruise sails roundtrip New Orleans with the Harry James Orchestra and Herb Reed’s Platters, visiting Oak Alley, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Natchez, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Houmas House, La.

Fares begin at $1,395 per person with a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and other amenities.

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