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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Steamboat's a-comin' for a Mississippi paddlewheel cruise

Save on Mississippi paddlewheel cruise

             History, music, culture and the charms of the largest river steamboat ever built in America.

             These are all combined on the American Queen, which Avalon Waterways is now offering a special sale on its March 21 sailing.  Starting in Music City - Nashville - and ending up in The Big Easy – New Orleans - the 12 day holiday promises to be a relaxing tour to some of America’s most famous destinations.      
      
The tour starts with a two night stay in at the legendary Opryland Hotel in Nashville and reserved seats at the Grand Old Opry before travelling by coach to Memphis where there’s an overnight stay including a visit to Sun Studios, where Elvis Presley’s career was launched.

                Next you’ll set sail from Memphis for a seven night cruise, with iconic ports of call such as Helena, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville and Baton Rouge  before you dock in New Orleans for an overnight stay and farewell dinner.

Sightseeing at each stop offers an opportunity to experience the region’s local flair and ranges from a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville to a visit to Houmas House, a glorious antebellum estate in the middle of Sugar Cane Country.  In Natchez, Avalon guests are invited to tour Twin Oaks – the 1830’s home of the American Queen’s culinary director and cookbook author, Regina Charboneau, who will show true southern hospitality by way of offering savory creations.  This is exclusive to the Avalon guests on board and sure to be a highlight of the holiday.

Rich with American history, diverse culture and southern charm, this elegant steamboat sails along the fourth largest river in the world, offering a standard of luxury and comfort  that Avalon guests have learned to expect on its popular European river cruises.  On board lectures by a historian will provide genuine insights into Southern culture, while the atmosphere of this authentic paddlewheel steamer will invoke times past.  Built in 1995, the American  Queen comprises six decks enhanced with antiques and woodwork and a two deck Grand Saloon.
               
               The March 21 departure, which includes all meals, wine and beer with dinner, lectures, shore excursions and nightly dancing to big band and swing music, is priced at Cdn $3,812 per person double for an outside stateroom when you book prior to February 12 -  a 20 per cent saving off the regular price.       
Find out more at  www.avalonwaterways.ca; call 1-800-268-3636;  or see your travel agent.

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Contact: Martha Chapman for the Globus family of brands (416-614-2845)

ABOUT AVALON WATERWAYS
Award-winning Avalon Waterways offers travellers the youngest, most innovative fleet of ships in Europe, China, Egypt and the Galápagos.  Our travellers have inspired us to utilize more than 80 years of travel expertise to design the best river cruise experience possible.  We’ve taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better—down to the last detail.  Our views are panoramic and spaces large and inviting; comfort is king and dining both personal and flexible.  And, thanks to our partnership with Globus, our itineraries are legendary.  By design, Avalon cruisers are privy to all-inclusive access to a destination, including guided sightseeing in every port, VIP entry into key destinations and unparalleled cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.  In addition to countless trade accolades, Avalon Waterways has garnered some of the industry's most prestigious honours. Among them, the river cruise company was voted the No. 2 Best Small-Ship Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure’s 2009 World’s Best Awards, chosen as the “Best Value in River Cruising” by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel and featured in Condé Nast Traveler's 2009 Gold List.   Avalon Waterways is part of the Globus family of brands. 

2010:  Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – Top 10 Small Ship lines
2010 Tour Operator of the Year (Globus family of brands) – Ensemble Travel Group USA  & Canada
2009 and 2010 - 1st Place: Canadian Travel Agents’ Choice Awards - River Cruise Operator
2010 -  2nd Place: Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards – Top 5 River Cruises
2010 – Escorted Tour Operator Partner of the Year – vacation.com (Globus family of brands)
2009  - 2nd  Place:  Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards - Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Lines
2009 Gold List Condé Nast Traveler

 

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