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Treasures of the Mississippi

A journey along the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans aboard the Queen of the Mississippi

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" The Mississippi is well worth reading about. It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable".

Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Meaning the ‘Father of Waters’, the mighty Mississippi River is one of North America’s greatest natural wonders. Winding boldly through the heartland of America, the river has played a pivotal role as a route for trade and travel. Connecting peoples, places and cultures, it created a rich history integral to the fabric of America. This is a marvellous opportunity to join us on board one of the greatest stern paddle wheelers ever to grace the Mississippi River.

We have chartered the ‘Queen of the Mississippi’ which embodies the spirit of traditional Mississippi River cruising and the grandeur of riverboats of the past while still offering all the comforts and amenities of modern day cruising. Travelling in style, we shall follow in the wake of pioneers, Native Americans and fur-trading French. Navigating the waters between Memphis and New Orleans evokes memories of the era when cotton was King and plantation life was at its zenith.

During the Civil War the Mississippi River was an invasion route for Union Armies and during this historic journey we will pass the scenes of many important battles when the North and South were at war, each armed with conflicting visions of what was worth fighting for. In turn, we shall learn and celebrate much of the local musical styles that were transported across the globe and have made this particular area so well associated with blues, gospel and jazz. From quaint and slow-paced towns such as Natchez, to the carnival atmosphere of New Orleans, our journey will ensure the traveller is given a true taste of this region’s most marked and engaging displays.

 

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  • Our View

    “Our charter of the Queen of the Mississippi sees us cruise the Lower Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans. Cabins are surprisingly large for her 150 passengers and the vessel’s public rooms are comfortably fitted out, with ample deck space from which to watch the ever changing vistas along the river banks. The traditions are maintained and guest speakers and entertainers bring the history alive. The ship boasts a large, central paddle wheel astern, but these days the majority of the ship’s power is delivered by its ultra-modern Z-Drives which make her highly manoeuvrable. As the ship makes its leisurely way south, it is still possible to see wrecks on the shoals and sandbanks of Mississippi steamboats from the golden age. Indeed, as the Captain helpfully leaves river charts out on the desk in the Library on board, it is possible to see where you may see your next wreck. Some have even been discovered buried in mud underneath fields close by – this demonstrates the river’s many changes of course over the years – where the steamboat foundered over a hundred years ago may by now be some way distant from the 21st century course of the river. If you do take a cruise aboard this amazing reconstruction of a Mississippi river boat, I hope you are transported back, as I was, to those pioneering days on this most magnificent of rivers.”

    Mike Deegan (Head of Fleet Operations)

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Queen of Mississippi

Queen of Mississippi

We are delighted to have chartered the Queen of the Mississippi which was launched in 2012. Accommodating 150 passengers, the vessel brings a new high standard to America’s most iconic river. Beneath her gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the comfortable surroundings and personalised service whilst cruising the Mississippi. The Queen of the Mississippi features an authentic paddlewheel, offers spacious staterooms and provides more space per passenger than many other river cruise ships operating on the Mississippi.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Memphis, Tennessee.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight. On arrival transfer to your centrally located hotel for an overnight stay. This evening is at leisure for you to relax and explore independently.

Day 2 - Memphis.

After breakfast, we transfer to the Queen of the Mississippi moored in the city, visiting Memphis’ most prominent sites en route. Enjoy a welcome drink on board followed by lunch, before setting sail along the mighty Mississippi to our first scheduled port of call, Helena. Moor overnight.

Day 3 - Helena, Arkansas.

Spend a morning in Helena and contemplate the history of this remarkable town at River Reach Park. In Helena we have a choice of tours. The first visits the Delta Cultural Centre, a museum operated by the Arkansas Department of Heritage and the second joins a local expert for a narrated tour highlighting the important sites of Civil War history. Spend the afternoon aboard our luxurious vessel sailing to Vicksburg.

Day 4 - Vicksburg.

This morning we arrive in Vicksburg, which, with sweeping views of the Mississippi River, blends Southern culture and heritage along with hallowed stories of Civil War battles. After a tour of the National Military Park we can enjoy Southern hospitality in its most authentic form in a city bursting at the seams with history at some of its most poignant turns, art at its most creative angles and food at its finest flavours.

Day 5 - Natchez, Mississippi.

Sitting high on a bluff above the mighty Mississippi River, Natchez is a city of some 300 years in the making. This morning’s tour shows us the city, which has over a thousand of its historic structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and includes a stop at Longwood, one of the elegant houses that grace the historic district. After lunch we enjoy a tour to Frogmore Plantation, home to a rare antique steam gin and the only completely computerised gin in the nation.

Day 6 - St. Francisville to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This morning we arrive in what has been described as “one of the 200 most beautiful small towns in America” meandering through St Francisville’s historic centre with its two centuries of architecture and lifestyle. Nearby plantations will beckon you back to a time when coquettish southern belles and their chivalrous suitors sipped mint juleps on the shady porches of grand estates. Returning to the vessel we shall continue sailing until later this afternoon when we will arrive into Louisiana’s capital city of Baton Rouge. Moor overnight.

Day 7 - Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge is affectionately referred to as The Red Stick and remains one of the best known towns of America’s Deep South. Of course, no exploration of this region would be complete without a tour of one of its swamps and, during our morning excursion we will head out in search of alligators, hawks, egrets and herons, all the while enjoying the richness of life that the backwater swamps provide. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure to enjoy the facilities aboard our vessel or to explore Baton Rouge with its fascinating State Museum and New State Capitol.

Day 8 - Oak Alley to New Orleans.

Often referred to as the Grande Dame of the Great River Road, Oak Alley’s entrance encompasses a quarter-mile canopy of giant oak trees forming an impressive avenue that leads us to this classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. The imposing mansion has been restored to its 19th century glory as a noble tribute to those who left an indelible mark on this rich river region. Guides in period clothing will give us a tour of the Big House before some time at leisure to explore the magnificent grounds. We will sail to New Orleans arriving in the early evening for an overnight stay.

Day 9 - New Orleans.

After breakfast we disembark the Queen of the Mississippi. Enjoy a guided tour of the city taking in the charming cobblestone streets of the French Quarter, Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. Following lunch in a local restaurant, we travel to our hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 10 - New Orleans to London.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return scheduled indirect flight to London.

Day 11 - London.

Arrive into London this morning.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE UP TO £600 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
2 to 12 November 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category A First Deck with window £5695 £5395
Category AAL Second/Third Deck with balcony £6295 £5695
Category AAC Fourth Deck with balcony £6695 £6095
Category AAM Fifth Deck with balcony £6895 £6295
Owner’s Suite Third/Fourth Deck with balcony £7495 £6895
Single With window £5895 £5295
Single With balcony £6695 £6095
8 to 18 November 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category A First Deck with window £5995 £5695
Category AAL Second/Third Deck with balcony £6595 £6295
Category AAC Fourth Deck with balcony £6995 £6495
Category AAM Fifth Deck with balcony £7495 £6895
Owner’s Suite Third/Fourth Deck with balcony £7995 £7395
Single With window £6195 £5895
Single With balcony £6995 £6695

Tour Reference Code: RCQM021118 /RCQM081119

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, overnight accommodation in Memphis on a bed and breakfast basis, seven nights aboard the Queen of the Mississippi on full board basis with wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board, lunch on day 9 (soft drinks only), shore excursions, overnight in New Orleans on bed and breakfast basis, transfers, gratuities, port taxes, airport taxes, hotel porterage, onboard speaker, onboard team including Noble Caledonia Cruise Director and Tour Managers.

Not Included: Travel insurance, American visa/visa waiver, dinner on day 1 and 9.

NB: Excursions, sailing schedule and events ashore are subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.

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Queen of Mississippi

We are delighted to have chartered the Queen of the Mississippi which was launched in 2012. Accommodating 150 passengers, the vessel brings a new high standard to America’s most iconic river. Beneath her gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the comfortable surroundings and personalised service whilst cruising the Mississippi. The Queen of the Mississippi features an authentic paddlewheel, offers spacious staterooms and provides more space per passenger than many other river cruise ships operating on the Mississippi.

 
  • Queen of the Mississippi
    Queen of the Mississippi
  • Suite
    Suite
  • Twin category A
    Twin category A
  • Twin category AAC
    Twin category AAC
  • Lounge
    Lounge
  • Dining Room
    Dining Room
  • Your Cabin

    The majority of staterooms and suites feature a private balcony allowing you to experience breathtaking scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the Queen of the Mississippi sails along the majestic Mississippi. All cabins offer interior entrances which means that every stateroom has a private view. In-room facilities include phones for complimentary room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, Satellite TV and DVD player and gourmet coffee brewers.

  • Your Space

    The Sun Deck provides a pleasant environment to relax and enjoy the stunning views with deck furniture in shaded areas. There is also a putting green. Relax with a book in one of the six lounges including the paddlewheel lounge, or in the Mark Twain Library and chart room. The vessel is spacious enough to allow for both quiet relaxation and socialising with your fellow travellers. Throughout the day beverages, snacks and pastries are available in the 4th deck lounge and high tea is served in the afternoon. There is a lift to all decks.

  • Your Dining

    The Grand Dining Room comfortably seats all passengers in one sitting and you are free to sit where you choose. The glass enclosed dining room provides an amazing panoramic view to the passing scenery. In keeping with the atmosphere throughout the ship, dining is a casual affair with a smart-casual dress code. Menus are inspired by regional and local specialties, using only the freshest ingredients and prepared by the highly trained chefs. Complimentary wine and beer is served with lunch and dinner. You can choose to enjoy breakfast by room service on your balcony and High Tea is served daily in the 4th deck lounge. Each evening before dinner there will be a complimentary cocktail hour.

  • Life Onboard

    The onboard crew are American and offer an exceptional and personalised service. A typical day will include an informal breakfast with your fellow guests followed by time cruising and an exploration ashore with experienced guides. In addition to nightly entertainment, the onboard local experts and historians will enhance your knowledge of the places you are visiting. Through informal lectures, open discussions and activities, they will bring the local history, nature and culture alive with their knowledge and passion for American heritage. There will also be a Noble Caledonia team travelling on board with you.

  • Ship Directory
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Our View

“Our charter of the Queen of the Mississippi sees us cruise the Lower Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans. Cabins are surprisingly large for her 150 passengers and the vessel’s public rooms are comfortably fitted out, with ample deck space from which to watch the ever changing vistas along the river banks. The traditions are maintained and guest speakers and entertainers bring the history alive. The ship boasts a large, central paddle wheel astern, but these days the majority of the ship’s power is delivered by its ultra-modern Z-Drives which make her highly manoeuvrable. As the ship makes its leisurely way south, it is still possible to see wrecks on the shoals and sandbanks of Mississippi steamboats from the golden age. Indeed, as the Captain helpfully leaves river charts out on the desk in the Library on board, it is possible to see where you may see your next wreck. Some have even been discovered buried in mud underneath fields close by – this demonstrates the river’s many changes of course over the years – where the steamboat foundered over a hundred years ago may by now be some way distant from the 21st century course of the river. If you do take a cruise aboard this amazing reconstruction of a Mississippi river boat, I hope you are transported back, as I was, to those pioneering days on this most magnificent of rivers.”

Mike Deegan (Head of Fleet Operations)

Tour Extensions

    • 17th to 20th November 2019

      If you would like to spend some more time in vibrant New Orleans we are offering a two night extension staying at a centrally located hotel. We are including a three day Jazzy Pass which allows unlimited downtown travel by local bus, streetcar, paratransit or ferry and a two day City Pass giving entry to over 25 attractions and places of interest. Whether you want to visit the museums, listen to jazz or to simply immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this melting-pot of a city these passes will allow you to explore independently and with ease.

      New Orleans New Orleans
    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £725
      Single £1045

      Price Includes: Two nights accommodation in New Orleans including a full American breakfast each morning, New Orleans Jazzy Pass, New Orleans City Pass, Noble Caledonia Tour Manager, transfer from the hotel to airport.
      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

    • 11th to 14th November 2018

      If you would like to spend some more time in vibrant New Orleans we are offering a two night extension staying at a centrally located hotel. We are including a three day Jazzy Pass which allows unlimited downtown travel by local bus, streetcar, paratransit or ferry and a two day City Pass giving entry to over 25 attractions and places of interest. Whether you want to visit the museums, listen to jazz or to simply immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this melting-pot of a city these passes will allow you to explore independently and with ease.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £695
      Single £995

      Price Includes: Two nights accommodation in New Orleans including a full American breakfast each morning, New Orleans Jazzy Pass, New Orleans City Pass, Noble Caledonia Tour Manager, transfer from the hotel to airport.
      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

Itinerary Highlights

• Guest Speaker and nightly, musical performances provided as part of onboard entertainment.

• Heavy emphasis on history, music, food and culture.

• Visit a number of cotton plantations and gins, entirely unique to this region of the world.

• Experience a swamp tour and search for alligators and other native wildlife.

• Take in arguably the two most influential cities in the ‘Deep South’, Memphis and New Orleans.

River Guides

  • To see our current selection of tours for the river Mississippi click here.
     
    • Mississippi and St. Louis Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO
      Mississippi

    The Mississippi is synonymous with the southern states of the US and you can still see its signature vessel – the Mississippi steamboat. It rises, in fact, in Minnesota and wends its long, slow way southwards over 2530miles (4070km) to its delta and the Gulf of Mexico. It touches ten states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The river leaves silt deposits along its route, making this one of America’s most fertile agricultural areas. However, it also has a tendency to flood and levees, locks, dikes and dams have been constructed along its length to keep it in check.

    The river’s source is Lake Itasca 1475 ft (450m) above sea level and between here and St Louis, there are 43 dams, some used for power generation, most simply to improve navigation and prevent erosion. The Upper Mississippi passes through several lakes and gorges, then merges with the Minnesota River in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St Paul). Several more rivers join – the St Crois, Cannon, Black, La Crosse, Root, Wisconsin, Rock, Iowa, Des Moines, Crow, Illinoi and the Big Muddy River. The Lower Mississippi has a very different character from the fast-moving higher reaches. From the point where it is joined by the Ohio River, it is slow and meandering and one of the great commercial waterways for cotton, timber and agricultural products. The Mississippi was of crucial importance during the American Civil War and many of the great cities of the Old South are on or close to its course. St Louis and New Orleans, Memphis and Baton Rouge. It is a river that has been synonymous with a civilisation and been an on-going artistic inspiration from The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn to Show Boat.

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