Explore New Orleans and Memphis by paddle steamer with Good Housekeeping
If America’s Deep South is high on your travel bucket list, you’ll want to learn more about Good Housekeeping’s exclusive paddle steamer cruise in 2023.
A classic paddle steamer cruise along the mesmerizing Mississippi River is a journey as memorable and melodic as the destination at its heart.
It’s a vacation to get excited about, and if that’s something that gets your boat going, you can join our incredible voyage on the modern American Queen paddle steamer in February 2023, sailing from New Orleans to Memphis .
Sail on the American Queen Paddle Steamer
On the largest authentic paddlewheel steamer ever built, you can expect polished woodwork, carefully selected antiques and traditional furnishings reminiscent of the golden age of paddlewheelers – North America. XIXth century.
And you can party like that, too, with nightly entertainment in the Grand Saloon and lounges, including songs and Broadway-style shows.
A highlight will be sitting down to dine: either in the elegant JM White fine-dining restaurant – with globe chandeliers and painted ceilings – or in the River Grill & Bar at the back of the boat, with stunning views on the iconic red waterwheel.
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The food is to die for. Think sweet golden donuts, meaty crawfish tails and jumbo shrimp – southern dishes at their best, using fresh ingredients.
Cruise from New Orleans to Memphis
Departing from New Orleans, known for its distinctive jazz, mouth-watering Creole cuisine and boisterous celebrations like the famous Mardi Gras, the classic paddle steamer will then cruise down the Mississippi, finally arriving at the home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ ‘roll – Memphis. It doesn’t get much more iconic than that.
Before the cruise begins, you’ll get your vacation off to a great start, exploring New Orleans’ vibrant nightlife and live music with a complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay.
Along the Mississippi, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about the region’s rich cultural history, from the native roots of Natchez, named by its first Native American inhabitants, to Vicksburg – the site of a key Civil War battle.
A trip to Mississippi is a lesson in American history through sights, smells and sounds.
What to eat in New Orleans?
New Orleans’ Cajun cuisine is famous the world over, so you can’t leave the Deep South without trying a shrimp po’ boy in a fresh French baguette, or a spicy jambalaya, creamy gumbo, or fluffy beignet. .
The cuisine here is heavily influenced by the region’s French, African and Spanish heritage.
You could take a moment to relax while learning all about this distinctive blend of cultures, in one of your ship’s special corners, such as the ship’s library in the elegant Mark Twain Gallery or the chart room in the Ancient.
Soak it all up over tea in the Victorian-style ladies’ tea room or with a puzzle in the civilized gentlemen’s card room.
The small river towns of the Mississippi Delta have been a source of inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries, and in Greenville, you can experience the magic for yourself by visiting its museums and exhibits.
And that’s not to mention the natural wonders of the Mississippi Delta, whose rural landscapes are home to magnificent wildlife and idyllic rural landscapes.
Look for birds from the American Queen’s spacious deck – this is an important spot for bird migration.
Along the Mississippi, you can visit the ornate Nottoway Plantation, bustling 200-year-old St. Francisville Craft Market, a distillery owned by celebrity American chef Regina Charboneau, and admire stained glass windows designed by Tiffany Studios in Vicksburg.
Visit the courthouse where Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt all gave speeches, and explore Yesterday’s Children’s Antique Doll & Toy Museum, in the building where Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894.
And if you still don’t want to leave after arriving in Memphis, you can choose to stay a little longer to explore this fascinating city.
Peace of mind
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How to book
Good housekeeping will be sailing along the Mississippi on February 12, 2023, with prices starting at £2,989 pp. Visit our vacation website to read all the details of our unique trip.
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