New River Boat Cruises from New Orleans to Memphis launch this summer

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There’s a new luxury river cruise experience for travelers looking to travel the South in a whole new way. Accordingly Travel + LeisureAmerican Queen Voyages offers a voyage between Memphis and New Orleans (or vice versa) that will highlight some of Southern cuisine’s finest specialties.

This summer, guests can embark on a nine-day cruise that calls in Vicksburg and Natchez, Mississippi, as well as St. Francisville and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in addition to New Orleans and Memphis. Departure dates are June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, with prices starting at $2,599 per person. Luxury and Owner’s Suites are also available for $7,699 per person.

Throughout the trip, guests will be served dishes such as panko-crusted alligator, pan-fried trout with pork rind, blackened redfish, and fried chicken with craft beer. Travelers staying in the Luxury or Owner’s Suites can take part in complimentary cooking classes and a brunch hosted by the chef and host Cookie Queen Regina Charboneau.

To board cruises operated by American Queen Voyages, passengers must present proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test and undergo an antigen test one day prior to boarding the ship. Masks are not compulsory on these cruises.

“American Queen Voyages takes great pride in bringing a taste of the region to the dining rooms of its paddle steamers as they cruise up and down the Mississippi River,” said Kari Tarnowski, American Queen Voyages senior vice president of marketing and sales. told Travel + Leisure. “The flavors of the cuisine are inspired by the river and recreated using local ingredients and techniques unique to the South.”

To book your voyage or learn more about the cruises American Queen Voyages has to offer, go to the company’s website.

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