Faculty

Steve Cushman, Professor of English

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Pricing

Starting at $4,495 per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only, based on cabin selection.

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Overview

mapJoin us as we cruise down the Lower Mississippi River, taking in the sights, southern culture and history of the Civil War. Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. From the silent Civil War cemeteries to the soulful gospel blues of Helena, Memphis is steeped in history. It is a city known for its jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.

Program Highlights

• Beautiful accommodations on the American Duchess, the first all suite paddleboat.
• Included Two night stay at the famous Memphis Peabody Hotel
• Included tour of Shiloh National Military Park
• Included Shore Excursions at every port
• Premium Shore Excursions
• Hop on Hop off excursions included at every port
• Exceptional service from a gracious staff
• Lectures from Stephen Cushman, Robert C Taylor Professor of English

Faculty

Steve Cushman, Professor of English

Steve CushmanStephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department his commitment to American literature, modern literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award, the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the Cavalier Distinguished Teaching Professorship, and a State Council of Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published ten books, most recently *Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War* (University of North Carolina Press) and *The Red List: A Poem* (Louisiana State University Press).

Itinerary

Day 1 - June 9, 2018

Memphis, TN

Electric Trolley Car
Electric Trolley Car
Enjoy your included, one-night stay at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city’s famed eateries, unique shops and lively entertainment.

Day 2 - June 10, 2018

Memphis, TN

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, Memphis has been welcoming steamboats since before the Civil War. Today the city abounds with Americana, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Exclusive Excursion: Shiloh National Military Park – Visit the renowned Shiloh National Military Park and Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Enjoy a full day tour with lunch included.

Day 3 - June 11, 2018

Memphis, TN

(Departure 5pm)
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.

Day 4 - June 12, 2018

Helena, AR

In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the small town of Helena, Arkansas. Helena dates back to 1833, and was once a bustling, thriving southern city. Today, Helena would seem to some as a town that time forgot. While the rest of the country was building shopping centers and interstate systems, Helena struggled to stay afloat amidst all of the progress. Big changes drew small businesses away from Main Street U.S.A. and into strip malls. Convenience took over, where simplicity once stood. Today, Helena is in the throes of a revival. With quirky boutiques, unique stores and a historic musical past, Helena remains proud of the life they continue to successfully sprout from the ruins of the past. Even through the dust and rubble, new life for this determined Southern town is emerging.

Day 5 - June 13, 2018

Vicksburg, MS

CannonsVicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.

Day 6 - June 14, 2018

Natchez, MS

This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

Day 7 - June 15, 2018

Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, as well as the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture, to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!

Day 8 - June 16, 2018

St. Francisville, LA

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Beneath St. Francisville are the ruins of a 1790’s settlement called Bayou Sara. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they still stand. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! Just stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks and you will agree! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

Day 9 - June 17, 2018

Nottoway , LA

Nottoway plantation
Nottoway plantation
Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the great River Road overlooking the grand Mississippi River, this “White Castle” of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set amongst a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and two hundred-year-old oak trees, Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history and mystery.

Day 10 - June 18, 2018

New Orleans, LA

Disembark
Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.

Accommodations

American Duchess

American Duchess
American Duchess
Aboard the four-deck, 166 passenger American Duchess, guests are invited to slow down and savor the unique ambience of this all-suite vessel. Rich walnut accents add warmth to the decor, five categories of spacious suites provide a mix of modern amenities, and two open-seating restaurants offer five-star regional cuisine. Professional showboat-style shows, dances, and lectures by the resident riverlorian entertain the small number of passengers on board, while award-winning shore excursions highlight renowned attractions along the Mississippi.

The suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are the spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.

Meals

All meals are included. Wine and beer is included with dinner. Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining onboard is an experience. Enjoy 5-star cuisine that blends local flavors and fine culinary traditions. A more casual atmosphere is offered at The River Club and Terrace, which can host over 80 guests who wish to dine at their own pace. Room service is available 24 hours.

Program Fees

Price is based upon cabin selection.
Prices are per person, double occupancy, cruise/land only

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$4,495 – INTERIOR SUITES (IS) 180 sq. feet
Observation & Cabin Decks Luxurious suite with queen bed or two single beds, and full bathroom with shower. (Single Occupancy – $7,867)

$6,495 – VERANDA SUITES (VS) 240 sq. feet
Observation & Cabin Decks Luxurious suite with veranda, queen bed or two single beds, lounge area with sofa and desk, and full bathroom with shower. (Single Occupancy – $9,747)

$8,495 – DELUXE SUITES (DS)• PRIVATE BALCONY 450 sq. feet
Cabin Deck Two-room deluxe suite with private balcony, queen bed or two single beds, lounging area with sofa bed, full bathroom with tub and shower, and additional half bathroom

$8,995 – LOFT SUITES (LS) • PRIVATE BALCONY 550 sq. feet
Observation Deck Elegantly furnished suite with private balcony, semi-private lofted bedroom with queen bed or two single beds, lounging area with sofa bed, two full bathrooms with tub and shower, plus exclusive suite amenities including butler service

$10,995 – OWNER’S SUITES (OS) • PRIVATE BALCONY 550 sq. feet
Cabin Deck Expansive suite with private balcony, queen bed or two single beds, lounging area with sofa bed, full bathroom with tub and shower, additional half bathroom, plus exclusive suite amenities including butler service

Onboard meals, refreshments, and entertainment are included. Airfare and
airport transfers are not included. Port charges of $179 per person, airfare, transfers, and gratuities are additional.


Price includes:

• 7 nights aboard the American Duchess, an opulent all-suite riverboat
• 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay at The Memphis Peabody hotel – includes transfer to ship
• Exclusive tour of Shiloh National Military Park
• Vicksburg Premium Shore Excursion
• Onboard gratuities
• Award-winning shore excursions
• Onboard entertainment
• Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, an onboard historian and river expert
• Onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
• 24-hour room service
• Cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water, and soft drinks
• Wine and beer with dinner
• Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
• Services of an onboard Program Manager
• Private Go Next reception

Does not include:
• Air
• Transfers from the airport to hotel, and ship to airport
• Premium Shore Excursions (with the exception of the Vicksburg excursion)
• Port fees
• Anything not specifically listed as included

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. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via check or credit card.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

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OPERATOR/PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT

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, 2017. GN RESERVES
THE RIGHT, IF NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE, TO SUBSTITUTE HOTELS BUT IS NOT
OBLIGED TO DO SO.

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 120 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 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

BAGGAGE: GN CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LUGGAGE LOST OR
DAMAGED. YOU SHOULD GIVE IMMEDIATE NOTICE OF ANY LOST OR DAMAGED
LUGGAGE TO THE INVOLVED AIR CARRIER, HOTEL, CRUISE LINE AND TO YOUR
OWN INSURANCE COMPANY.

AIRCRAFT AND CRUISE LINE BOARDING: GN CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE
FOR AIRLINE OR CRUISE LINE DELAYS.
Aircraft and cruise line boarding privileges are limited to persons whose full
payment and signed agreement have been received by GN and whose names are
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 government issued
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 120 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 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

HEALTH: Any physical or mental condition requiring special medical attention
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.
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING MEDICAL EXCEPTIONS)
TO THESE POLICIES. No refunds will be made for any portion of the arrangements
we have made for you that are not actually utilized by you. There is no variance from
these policies for the services we arrange as described in this brochure.
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