With 2020 only just underway, 2021 may seem a long way off, but when planning a cruise it’s never too early to start day-dreaming about booking your next adventure – or even booking it now to give you more time looking forward to it! Thankfully the American Queen Steamboat Company has already begun planning a host of great activities for its many fabulous themed-cruises coming in 2021.

Among our most popular themes are those based on the musical legacies of iconic destinations like Memphis or New Orleans. In 2021 the American Duchess and American Countess will be sailing the mighty Mississippi on a host of cruises relating to this rich musical history accompanied by world-class on-board guest artists and house ensembles performing the very best Jazz, Blues, Big Band or Rock n’ Roll melodies of the past and present.

To give you an idea of what you can expect, here is just a brief taste of these immersive musical experiences:

“Elvis Bash”

Sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard the American Duchess – 4th January 2021 (7 nights)

See the iconic home of “the King of Rock n’ Roll” himself, the amazing Graceland Mansion on a visit to Memphis, Tennessee, the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll”. Along the way enjoy plenty of exciting fun-filled performances aboard the American Duchess. Our expert Riverlorian will also be available to provide more historical context on how Elvis Aron Presley became a global legend for all-time.

“Music of the 50’s and 60’s”

Sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard the American Duchess 11th January 2021 – (7 nights)

New Orleans to Memphis aboard the American Countess – 14th February 2021 –  (7 nights)

Memphis to New Orleans aboard the American Countess – 28th February 2021 –  (7 nights)

This trip down memory lane promises a great line-up of nostalgic activities and sensational, ensemble performances by the American Queen’s brilliant entertainers. Dance, sing and relive the pop culture crazes of the fifties and sixties on a fun-loving, carefree cruise for the young at heart!

“Jazz Jaunts”

Sailing from New Orleans back to New Orleans aboard the American Countess – 18th Jan / 22nd Jan / 26th Jan / 30th Jan / 3rd Feb 2021 (3 nights)

Beginning and ending in the birthplace of Jazz, this roundtrip taster of the historic south remains packed with all the culturally enriching experiences that make an American Queen Steamboat Company voyage so unique. Focussing on the sights and sounds of “America’s classical music”, Jazz is firmly at the heart of this mini-break odyssey.

“Big Band”

Sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard the American Countess – 7th Feb 2021 (7 nights)

Combining the swing of Jazz with the scale of an orchestra, the Big Band era brought with it the Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dance crazes. On this cruise you can sit back and relax or twist the night away alongside your fellow passengers, the choice is yours. Either way, it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

new orleans jazz band

“Mardi Gras On The River”

Sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard the American Countess – 14th February 2021 (7 nights)

Admire the beauty of the world around you as you experience the Southern traditions of Mardi Gras aboard the American Countess. This joyful cruise ends in one of the most famous carnival cities in the world, where you will be able to explore its unique sites and historic attractions.

There’s lots more information on our entire 2021 season coming soon, including all of these cruises, but in the meantime, if you would like to request a 2020 brochure and be kept up-to-date on all the latest news and offers from the American Queen Steamboat Company, just click on the button below.

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