Overview

There’s never been a better time to rediscover America. And there’s never been a better way to do it. From New Orleans to Memphis on the fabled waters of the mighty Mississippi, experience the grandeur of the American South. Enjoy casual elegance aboard the magnificent American Queen, the largest riverboat in the world and your antebellum mansion on the water. Open French doors to sweeping river views and delight in easy conversation on the promenade. And at the end of the day, retreat to the Victorian charm of your fine accommodations. Discover classic riverside America on a journey aboard the 421-passenger American Queen. Experience rich beauty, history, and adventure from the remarkable perspective of the river.

Program Highlights

Delve into the rich history and splendid architecture of the South as you discover the legends, and magnitude of the American Civil War. Cruise along the shores of the Mississippi River aboard the luxury riverboat American Queen, stopping in Mississippi and Louisiana, where you’ll find grand antebellum mansions, memorials from the momentous War Between the States, and a wealth of living history. Begin with a stay in New Orleans, home to many American icons, and delve into among it’s warren of streets. Cruise North to Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Red Carpet City of the South,” where you’ll visit the Old Depot Museum , which commemorates the 47-day siege of the city in 1863. Revel in the antebellum splendor of Natchez, a glorious city sprinkled with restored mansions, and take in the many historic 19th-century homes found among the scenic countryside in St. Francisville. End your riverboat adventure in Memphis. This unique river cruise encompasses both the fascinating culture of the South and a pivotal time in America’s history.

* ATTENTION PAST CAVALIER TRAVELERS: Due to the variety of options at the various ports of call and to keep the costs competitive, this program differs from other Cavalier Travels trips in that many excursions are included but other options are available to purchase from the ship. At each port there will be “hop on, hop off” buses to various sites and this is included in the price of the trip.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - May 28, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel, located just four blocks away from the renowned French Quarter, or perhaps arrive earlier and enjoy New Orleans on your own.

Day 2 - May 29, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Depart 5PM
Morning at leisure. Embark on your river cruise aboard the graceful American Queen in the afternoon.

Day 3 - May 30, 2017

OAK ALLEY, LOUISIANA

Located in Saint James Parish, Oak Alley plantation combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of 300-year-old oak trees. Walk its antebellum halls, spend time strolling beneath its canopy of trees, and learn about the rich history of this Southern estate.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Take a tour of the historic plantation Main House and its beautiful grounds.
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM

Day 4 - May 31, 2017

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA

With more than 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register, this quaint town is a window to history. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows, and the Turnbulls— families who helped build the South.

INCLUDED EXCURSION The Hop-On Hop-Off coach tour takes you to historic and modern sites, including the Republic of West Florida site; the Old Market Hall, where you can browse through art, jewelry, and handmade items; the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum; and the Grace Episcopal Church.
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM

Day 5 - June 1, 2017

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

One of the oldest European settlements in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is an authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Take in historic mansions on a tour that features the Natchez Visitor’s Center, the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum, Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion, the William Johnson House, and Stanton Hall.
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM

Day 6 - June 2, 2017

VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI

Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege and major turning point in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.

INCLUDED EXCURSION The coach tour stops at the Church of the Holy Trinity; Anchuca Mansion; the Old Court House Museum, which showcases Civil War artifacts; the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum; the Lower Mississippi River Museum; and the Old Depot Museum that highlights the Siege of Vicksburg.
Arrive 8AM–Depart 1PM

Day 7 - June 3, 2017

RIVER CRUISING

Enjoy Lectures and talks from our accompanying faculty and the ship’s resident Riverlorian.

Day 8 - June 4, 2017

HELENA, ARKANSAS

American Queen Grand Staircase
American Queen Grand Staircase
The queen of the Arkansas Delta, Helena is filled with fascinating 19th-century architecture from before and after the legendary Battle of Helena. The Delta Cultural Center lays out Helena’s antebellum roots and is also home to King Biscuit Time, the nation’s longest-running blues radio program.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Traveling by deluxe motor coach, stop at notable sites including Freedom Park, featuring exhibits that explore the experiences of African Americans in Civil War Helena; the Delta Cultural Center; the nearly full-size replica of the Union’s Fort Curtis, built close to where the original once stood; and the Helena Museum. Visit two stunning examples of late 1800s architecture at the Moore Hornor House and the beautifully restored Pillow-Thompson House, one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in the South.
Arrive 8PM–Depart 1PM

Day 9 - June 5, 2017

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Arrive 8AM
Disembark in the morning and bid farewell to the American Queen
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Note: Return flights should be scheduled to depart after 10:30am. If you are interested in an optional Premium Choice Tour of Memphis, your return flight should be scheduled to depart after 2pm. Premium Choice Tours will also be offered in many ports of call for an additional charge. All port times are approximate. Itinerary, hotel, and shore excursions are subject to change.

Optional American Queen MEMPHIS
POST-CRUISE PROGRAM

Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis. Continue your American Queen journey with our “American Music” City Stay and enjoy an additional three days and two nights to explore the musical roots of this Southern Belle. Our Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel, your deluxe accommodation, is just a short trolley ride from Beale Street, home to such musical genres as Rock and Roll, Jazz, Soul and the Blues. Visit the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum before heading to the legendary Sun Studio. This special package also includes a visit to the Historic Peabody Hotel to see the world famous Peabody Duck Parade.

Your 2017 American Queen City Stay Includes:
• Three-day/Two-night premium hotel stay at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
• Disembarkation Day Premium Shore Excursion: The King’s Memphis with Graceland
During this exclusive narrated driving tour of Memphis, you will see such landmarks as Sun Studio, The Peabody Hotel, National Civil Rights Museum and a cruise past Beale Street. Included is a Graceland Platinum ticket! After a guided tour of the Graceland Mansion, you can enjoy self-guided tours of the rest of the outlying museums. This special tour includes:

– Narrated city tour of Memphis
– Graceland Platinum Ticket, a self-guided tour including:
Graceland Mansion and grounds
Graceland Archives Experience
Elvis’ Automobile Museum
I Shot Elvis: The Exhibit (this revolving exhibit is subject to change without notice)
Elvis’ Airplanes
Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit
– Tour is approximately 4.75 hours in duration and concludes at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
• Luggage handling
• Two full American breakfasts at the hotel
• An authentic BBQ & Blues Memphis walking tour, including an authentic Memphis-style BBQ lunch at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street
• Witness the famous Peabody Duck Parade at the Historic Peabody Hotel
• Three-day Trolley pass for transportation throughout Downtown Memphis
• American Queen Exclusive Attraction Pass – Admission to three iconic attractions in Memphis:
Legendary Sun Studio
Visit the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and discover the history behind one of the world’s most famous music studios.
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
Created by the Smithsonian Institution, this museum will take you on a musical journey through the decades.
The National Civil Rights Museum
Trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to present day.
• Private Black Car Service from the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel to the Memphis International Airport on day of departure
• Local American Queen City Stay representative at the hotel to answer questions and assist with planning your stay in Memphis
$599 per guest – Double Occupancy
$499 per guest – Triple Occupancy
$999 per guest – Single Occupancy

All city stay pricing, availability and package information is subject to change without notice.

Accommodations

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Enjoy casual elegance aboard the magnificent American Queen, the largest riverboat in the world and your antebellum mansion on the water. Open French doors to sweeping river views and delight in easy conversation on the promenade. And at the end of the day, retreat to the Victorian charm of your fine accommodations. Discover classic riverside America on a journey aboard the 421-passenger American Queen. Experience rich beauty, history, and adventure from the remarkable perspective of the river.

Meals

All meals aboard ship, beer and wine with dinner

Program Fees

Texas, Cabin & Main Decks
Texas, Cabin & Main Decks-CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE
Promenade & Observation Decks
Promenade & Observation Decks-CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE

INSIDE STATEROOMS
(SI) Single- $2,699 80 sq. feet.
(E)- $1,699 per person, double occupancy 132 sq. feet.
Observation & Texas Decks. Inside entrance to stateroom, two single beds convertible to queen, bathroom with shower.

D-OUTSIDE STATEROOMS • BAY WINDOW -$3,299 190 sq. feet
Cabin Deck. Large bay window, inside entrance to stateroom, two single beds convertible to queen, bathroom with tub and shower.

B & C- OUTSIDE STATEROOMS • OPEN ONTO VERANDA 140-205 sq. feet-
B- $4,199- per person, double occupancy
C- $3,899- per person, double occupancy
SO-$5,199- single occupancy

Observation, Texas & Cabin Decks. French doors open onto veranda, two single beds convertible to queen, bathroom with tub and/or shower.

Cat. C Cabin- Click for larger view
Cat. C Cabin- Click for larger view
A-DELUXE OUTSIDE STATEROOMS • PRIVATE VERANDA 190 sq. feet- $4,399
Texas Deck French doors open onto private veranda, two single beds convertible to queen, bathroom with tub and shower.


AA-SUPERIOR OUTSIDE STATEROOMS • OPEN ONTO VERANDA 210 sq. feet- $4,499

Promenade & Observation Decks French doors open onto veranda, sitting area, two single beds convertible to queen, bathroom with tub and shower.

AAA-SUITES • OPEN ONTO VERANDA 230 sq. feet – $4,699
Promenade Deck Elegantly furnished suite with sitting area.
French doors open onto veranda, two single beds convertible to queen, bathroom with tub and shower. Exclusive suite amenities.

LS-LUXURY SUITES • PRIVATE OR OPEN VERANDA 353 sq. feet – $6,699
Promenade & Texas Decks Elegantly furnished suite with sitting area.
French doors open onto private or open veranda, two single beds convertible to queen, bathroom with tub and shower. Exclusive suite amenities including butler service.

OS-OWNER’S SUITES • EXCLUSIVE VERANDA 348 sq. feet-$8,199
Promenade Deck Expansive suite with lounging area. French doors open
onto semi-private veranda, queen bed, bathroom with tub and shower. Exclusive suite amenities including butler service.

† Fares are per person, double occupancy, with the exception of SI and SO (single categories).

Price includes:

  • 7-night voyage, including all meals, aboard the majestic American Queen
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions with a dedicated fleet of luxury coaches
  • Exquisite regional dishes prepared by an award-winning culinary team
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water, and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Gracious service from a friendly staff
  • Smart-casual attire throughout your voyage, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, your onboard historian and culture expert
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment, dancing nightly, and calliope concerts

Price does not include:
Airfare and airport transfers
Port charges of $169 per person
gratuities to room attendants and ships staff

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $950 per person is required to reserve your spot on the main program. Final payment is due 110 days prior to departure. (January 10, 2017).

Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, or by check.
All FINAL payments are required to be made by check or cash.

General Terms & Conditions

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Go Next, Inc. (hereinafter GN), located at 8000 West 78th Street, Suite 345,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439-2538, in return for full payment by you of the
amount specified, is responsible to arrange for the transportation, accommodations
and other services specified as included in this brochure as and to the extent you have
selected them, and subject to the following terms and conditions. Unless expressly
specified as included by this brochure, services, taxes and fees are not included.

RESPONSIBILITY: GN is responsible to you for arranging all included
transportation, accommodations and other services. However, in the absence of
negligence on its part, GN and the sponsoring association are not responsible
for personal injury, property damage, or any other loss, claim or damage arising
out of or related to goods or services offered or included. GN and the sponsoring
association are not responsible for personal injury, property damage or any other
loss, claim or damage related to or arising out of, in whole or in part, the acts or
omissions of any direct air carrier, cruise line, hotel, ground operator, or other person
not its direct employee or not under its exclusive control supplying any services or
providing any goods offered or included. GN and the sponsoring association are
not responsible for personal injury, property damage or any other loss, claim or
damage arising out of, either in whole or in part, acts of God, weather, labor strife,
government actions, mechanical breakdowns, war-like acts, terroristic activities or
other causes reasonably beyond the respective control of GN and the sponsoring
association. GN and the sponsoring association are not responsible for incidental or
consequential losses or damages.
Neither GN nor the American Queen Steamboat Company (hereinafter AQSC) nor
the sponsoring association are responsible for any penalty, loss or inconvenience
resulting from air or land arrangements made independently by travelers, including
non-refundable conditions, restricted travel or frequent flyer tickets.
PAYMENT: A deposit in the amount shown on the reservation form and a signed
agreement for each person is required to secure reservations. Final payment is due
as shown on the reservation form.

PRICES: GN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INCREASE PRICES IN THE EVENT OF
ANY INCREASED SECURITY OR FUEL RELATED SURCHARGES, OR FARE INCREASES
IMPOSED BY THE AIRLINE OR CRUISE LINE THAT MAY BE IN PLACE AT THE TIME
OF TICKETING OR TRAVEL, FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC TAX INCREASES, OR ADVERSE
CURRENCY EXCHANGE FLUCTUATIONS, AFTER JANUARY 01, 2016. GN RESERVES
THE RIGHT, IF NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE, TO SUBSTITUTE HOTELS BUT IS NOT
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FOR AIRLINE OR CRUISE LINE DELAYS.

Aircraft and cruise line boarding privileges are limited to persons whose full
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on the manifest given to the carrier before departure. Improper documentation,
inadequate proof of identity, inadequate proof of age for children under 2, or any
other reason may result in denial of boarding privileges. The air carrier and cruise
line reserve the right to decline, accept or retain any person on the flight or cruise at
any time within their sole discretion. If you are denied boarding privileges, you forfeit
all monies paid and will be assessed any non-recoverable costs.

ADVANCE TRAVEL INFORMATION: U.S. citizens or permanent residents of
the U.S. traveling exclusively inside U.S. borders do not need a passport or visa
for travel. Homeland Security laws require that all guests travel with governmentissued
photo identification (ID) (such as a driver’s license) at all times. ID must
be presented at the time of boarding. Guests without proper ID will be denied
boarding. AQSC is required to provide all guests’ ID information including
ID number, expiration date, and place of issue to the Coast Guard and/or other
government entities prior to the vessel’s departure. Guests must provide this
information to AQSC in advance. Travel documents will not be released until received.
Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada entering the U.S. are required to
bring their passport. For other nationalities, passports are required to enter the U.S. It
is your responsibility to check with your local U.S. embassy/consulate to confirm visa
requirements and to obtain the proper visa/U.S. alien card (green card).

AQSC’S LAND PACKAGES/SHORE EXCURSIONS: Tours are operated in the
various ports of call by AQSC or local tourist service companies contracted by the
cruise line. They are not under the control of GN. Cancellation penalties may differ
from the cruise program related penalties. AQSC may modify the cruise itinerary up
to and during the voyage.

FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION PROTECTION: Under Public Law 89-777,
the FMC requires vessels having berth or stateroom accommodations for 50 or more
passengers and which embark passengers from U.S. ports to maintain acceptable
evidence of financial responsibility to indemnify passengers for nonperformance
of transportation. AQSC maintains an escrow agreement to protect passenger
payments for water transportation. This escrow agreement has been reviewed and
approved by the Federal Maritime Commission.

HOSTS AND LECTURERS: Advertised hosts and lecturers (if applicable) are
subject to availability and may be contingent on a minimum number of travelers;
therefore, they cannot be guaranteed.

NOTICES: Any complaints or claims against GN must be made in writing and
received by GN within 90 days after scheduled termination of the trip. Any action or
suit against GN must be commenced within 1 (one) year after scheduled termination
of the trip or be forever barred.

The rights and remedies relating to cancellations and major changes prior to
departure, made available under this agreement are in addition to any other rights
or remedies available under applicable law. However, we offer any refunds under
this agreement with the express understanding that the receipt of that refund by you
waives all other remedies.

While Go Next makes every effort to adhere to the specifics shown in this brochure,
all information contained herein is subject to change. Go Next is not responsible or
liable for typographical errors, omissions or misprints.
INSURANCE: Travel insurance is available and can provide coverage for
unforeseen circumstances that could disrupt your trip. See panel above
for details.

IF YOU CHANGE PLANS OR CANCEL, YOUR RIGHTS TO A REFUND ARE
LIMITED: The following charges will be assessed for cancellations.
If you cancel or change plans more than 119 days prior to departure, a full
refund, less a $350 per person administrative fee plus any applicable pre- and/or
post-cruise program cancellation fees, is provided. Any refunds are provided only
in accordance with the following schedule. Any requests for cancellation must be
communicated to GN in writing. Applicable refunds, if any, will be made within 14
days after the cancellation.

CANCELLATIONS: Upon receipt of written cancellation from you, the following
fees will apply:
Cruise Program cancellations received 120 days or more prior to departure,
$350 per person; 119-75 days prior to departure, 50% of total fare;
74-45 days prior to departure, 75% of total fare; 44-0 days prior to departure,
100% of total fare.
Plus any applicable GN Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Program Cancellation Fees:
120 days or more = $100 per person, per program
119-75 days = $200 per person, per program
74-0 days = no refund

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or equipment must be disclosed in writing to GN at the time the participant makes
a reservation. GN may reject the reservation of any person who, in the opinion
of GN is unfit for travel or might be a danger to themselves or incompatible
with others on the trip. Participants requiring special assistance, including
without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must
be accompanied by someone who agrees to provide the required assistance.
GN reserves the right to terminate the participation of any participant whose conduct
or condition materially inconveniences other participants.

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