THE DELTA STEAMBOAT CO.
OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAYS
A Southern Steamboatin'
on the Lower Mississippi River
November & December
Day 1: New Orleans
We leave Philadelphia International and fly to New Orleans, Louisiana, the
land of Cajun cuisine and Dixieland jazz. We'll board the grand American
Queen where we will prepare for our steamboat experience on the
Mississippi River and Mark Twain's America. This will be a heartwarming
voyage filled with heartland traditions, including Cajun and Creole
holiday customs. We are immersed with southern hospitality as we depart at
Day 2: Oak Alley
Our first port of call is Vacherie located in the peaceful area of grand
Old South traditions and surrounded by historic plantations. Visit the Oak
Valley Plantation and sample the southern architecture where the 19th
century sugarplanters lived and worked or view the Laura Plantation, home
of Br'er Rabbit and one of the last remaining Creole plantations. So much
Day 3: St. Francisville
Today we dock in St. Francisville, an area famous for its magnificent
plantation homes. Enjoy the exquisite beauty and tranquillity of the Old
South here. Visit the Oakley Plantation, home of John James Audubon's
"Birds of America," or step back in time and experience the Old
South during a tour of the Greenwood Plantation.
Day 4: Natchez
Today our port of call is the historic town of Natchez, Mississippi. More
than 500 antebellum structures, including more than 200 homes, can be seen
here just as it was prior to the Civil War. Tour two or three mansions or
learn the history of processing cotton on your visit to Frogmore
Plantation and cotton gin near Vidalia.
Day 5: Vicksburg
Our next stop in Mississippi is Vicksburg, home of the Vicksburg National
Military Park, one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in
America. We can take the Battlefield and Siege Tour and explore the
gunboat Cairo, which after 75 years on the bottom of the muddy
Mississippi, has been salvaged and reconstructed.
Day 6: Steamboatin'
We spend this day steaming down the Mississippi as we head toward our next
destination on "the greatest steamboat the world has ever
known." Relax on the Texas Deck--the Front Porch of America--enjoy
entertainment in the Grand Saloon, meet for a game of gin in the
Gentleman's Card Room or afternoon tea in the Ladies Parlor. Visit the
Engine Room or the staff Riverlorian or read a book in the Mark Twain
Gallery. Enjoy the Christmas caroling and delight in one of the many the
festive dinners tonight!
Days 7: Baton Rouge
Today we arrive in Louisiana's state capital Baton Rouge! An important
deep water port, this city was once the stomping grounds for some of the
state's most colorful political characters. Take a guided tour of the most
interesting locations in Baton Rouge. Visit the USS Kidd, the restored
WWII Fletcher class destroyer, and the Nautical Center and special exhibit
on the WWII Flying Tigers. Another option is the Cajun Heritage Tour where
you can learn the history of the Acadians. We'll depart Baton Rouge around
dinner time and head for our home port.
Day 8: New Orleans
This morning, we arrive in New Orleans, and we bid farewell to the Old
South. We transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
Costs: Outside "B"
Deluxe Stateroom - $1,980
Outside "C" Deluxe Stateroom - $1,805
Inside "D" Stateroom - $1,630
Round-trip airfare, air taxes, port charges, cabin, meals on ship, and
Deposits: $300.00 per
person must be paid for reservation. To assure best cabin selection,
deposit should be paid as soon as possible.
Not Included: Optional tours, gratuities