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Program #20263RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
200 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience.

Itinerary for Dec 10 — Dec 18, 2012

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Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day One: Monday, December 10 - After lunch in town, board the Grande Mariner any...
After lunch in town, board the Grande Mariner anytime after 12 noon. Opening session at 5 p.m. onboard the ship. Welcome party at 6 p.m. After dinner, "Memphis Blues," a concert by the Bluff City Jug Band of Memphis

Arrive To: After lunch in town, boarding and registration from 12 PM and thereafter

Afternoon: Optional: Explore Beale Street's music venues on your own during the afternoon. Explore the public areas of the Grande Mariner and get settled in your cabin. Opening session at 5 p.m. onboard the ship with complimentary welcome party in the lounge at 6 p.m. Meet fellow travelers, some of whom boarded the ship in Nashville and have traveled from there to Memphis.

Dinner: Informal, family style dinner served in the dining room onboard the ship

Evening: "Memphis Blues," a concert with commentary on the history of blues music by the Bluff City Jug Band of Memphis by Dr. David Evans of University of Memphis, author of Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues. The band plays unusual and regular instruments, includihng jug, washboard, harmonica, guitar.

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, December 11 - Get acquainted and safety session; tips for a day...
Get acquainted and safety session; tips for a day in Memphis. Field trips to Graceland and Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Lecture on music of the Miss. River Valley. Blues and Boogie Woogie show; depart Memphis at midnight

Breakfast: Family style breakfast in dining room.

Morning: Getting Acquainted, safety orientation, and tips for a day in Memphis. Field trip to Elvis Presley's Graceland

Lunch: Informal family style lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: Field trip to Rock 'n' Soul Museum, with film and interactive exhibits. Lecture on music of the Miss. River Valley by Dr. Richard Raichelson, author of "Beale Street Talks."

Dinner: Supper, the ship dining room

Evening: "Blues and Boogie Woogie<' a rock'n' roll show with favorites of the 50s and 60s by the Kattawar Brothers of Memphis. Get ready to sing along and DANCE! Depart Memphis at midnight

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, December 12 - Cruising the river. Lecture by Sarah Vahlkamp abo...
Cruising the river. Lecture by Sarah Vahlkamp about John James Audubon's life and work in Miss. and La. Program by Dr. Charles Vahlkamp about the South's various identities. Screening of Blues film. Arrive Greenville, Miss. Two live music concerts.

Note: walking onboard the ship

Breakfast: Informal, family style breakfast in the ship dining room

Morning: Mandatory safety session. Program by Sarah Vahlkamp on John James Audubon's life and work in Miss. and La. Program by Dr. Charles Vahlkamp, "All Shook Up: The Deep South's Various Identities." Cruising from Memphis to Greenville, Miss.

Lunch: Lunch in ship dining room

Afternoon: Screening of blues documentary. Session to get ready for Vicksburg, Miss. Organizational meeting of "Sound's Great," a volunteer group of Road Scholars who will later perform. Arrive Greenville, Miss.Blues performance by Miss. Delta blues musician.

Dinner: Dinner in ship dining room

Evening: "Southern Songs and Stories on the Big Muddy," a program with live music by Tricia Walker, director, Delta Music Institute, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss. Depart Greenville, Miss.

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, December 13 - Arrive Vicksburg, Miss. Film about Vicksburg and ...
Arrive Vicksburg, Miss. Film about Vicksburg and the Civil War and the National Military Park. Field trip to the park. Programs about the Miss. River and humor in the South. Country music show by Nashville star.

Note: walking through Vicksburg National Military Park

Breakfast: Breakfast in ship dining room

Morning: Arrive Vicksburg. Screening of "Struggle for Vicksburg," a National Park Service film about Vicksburg and the Civil War. Field trip to the National Military Park.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the ship

Afternoon: Program by Dr. Charles Vahlkamp, "The Mighty Mississippi." Humorous program by Sarah Vahlkamp, "What Is It about the South?" Session to get ready for Natchez visit.

Dinner: Dinner in the ship dining room

Evening: "Country Music in Song and Story" by Billy Ray Reynolds, recording star, singer/songwriter of Nashville, Tenn., and Mississippi

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, December 14 - Arrive Natchez, docking across the river at Vidal...
Arrive Natchez, docking across the river at Vidalia, La. Program about Natchez history. Tour of the mansions Longwood, Rosalie, and Stanton Hall. Tour of historic photograph exhibit. Classical music at Trinity Church. Gospel concert.

Note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast in the ship dining room

Morning: Arrive Natchez, docking across the river at Vidali,a La. Program bout Natchez history by historian/scholar Marion Smith of Natchez. Visit to the mansions Longwood and Rosalie, lavishly decorated for Christmas. Classical concert at noon at Trinity Episcopal Church (1822).

Lunch: Lunch at Trinity Church's parish house

Afternoon: Field trip to Stanton Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Visit to Natchez in Historic Photographs, a gallery. Happy hour.

Dinner: Dinner in ship dining room

Evening: Gospel music concert

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, December 15 - Arrive Baton Rouge, La. Lecture on La. history, i...
Arrive Baton Rouge, La. Lecture on La. history, including Huey Long. Excursions to La. State Captiol Museum, USS Kidd, and Maritime Museum. Cajun music concert with commentary. Cajun and SW La. dance program. Screening of film about La. music.

Note: walking and dancing

Breakfast: Breakfast in the ship dining room

Morning: Lecture by Dr. Charles Vahlkamp on Louisiana and Huey Long. Shore excursions to Old Louisiana State Capitol Museum, USS Kidd, and Maritime Museum. Rehearsal of musical volunteers who will perform later.

Lunch: Lunch in ship dining room

Afternoon: Screening of "Louisiana: Where Music Is King," a PBS film. "Five Centuries of Cajun Music, " a musical history program by David Greely and Friends, descendants of Cajun settlers.

Dinner: Dinner in ship dining room with toasts to birthdays and anniversaries

Evening: "Music and Dancing, Cajun and Southwest Louisiana Style," by Shirley and Ronald Doucet of Louisiana State University, with audience participation. Depart Baton Rouge. Screening of film about La. music.

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, December 16 - Cruising the river. Presentation of "Rollin' on t...
Cruising the river. Presentation of "Rollin' on the River," a musical program by Road Scholars. Arrive New Orleans. Visits to the French Quarter. Live jazz after dinner onboard with dancing.

Note: dancing and walking

Breakfast: Breakfast in ship dining room

Morning: Mandatory disembarkation meeting. Session to get ready for New Orleans. Presentation of "Rollin' on the River" musicale, a show by talented Road Scholars

Lunch: Barbecue lunch on Sundeck, weather permitting, or in ship dining room

Afternoon: Docking in New Orleans mid-afternoon (tentative). Independent visits to downtown and the French Quarter, accompanied by Road Scholar staff.

Dinner: Dinner in ship dining room or opt to indulge in one of New Orleans' celebrated restaurants for a taste of the city on your own.

Evening: "Ethnic Diversity and New Orleans Jazz," a musical program by Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn, jazz archivist, Tulane University

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Bow ramp for landing on beaches. Shallow draft and collapsible pilothouse ensure that passengers survey the scenery close up. Dress code is casual throughout day and evening. BYOB rule with complimentary mixers, soda, glass, ice.

Ship Information: Length: 184' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 86 Passenger Cabins: 48 Commissioned: 1997 Refurbished: 2009 Flag: United States Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI

Contact info:
Blount Boats
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 401-245-8300
web: www.blountsmallshipadventures.com

Room amenities: Daily maid service; daily fresh towels. Bed linens are changed twice during the trip. Sufficient stowage under the bed and in compartments. Mirrors, hanging space. Most cabins are too small to have a chair. Most cabins have a window or a port hole.

Facility amenities: Each cabin ranges in size from 77 square feet to 120 square feet with private small bathroom. Built-in stowage is adequate. Twin beds or queen bed. Some twins convert to queen. Most but not all cabins have a window or port-hole.They are on three decks, with most accommodations on mid and upper decks. A large comfortable lounge, which also serves as a lecture hall, is forward on the higher of the two upper accommodations decks. The dining room, one deck below, doubles as a card room and reading area. The American food is fresh, well prepared, and served family-style at one open sitting. Menus are posted in advance. The sundeck extends nearly the full length of the ship and has a viewing area covered by an awning. Considered Spartan in its simplicity, the Grande Mariner is nevertheless popular with many returning passengers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some cabins have very small single unit bathrooms with compartmented shower and separate toilet/lavatory.

Additional nights before: $250
To reserve a hotel room in Memphis, Tenn., for night of Dec. 9, 2012, before the program begins, or to reserve a hotel room in New Orleans, La., for night of Dec. 18, 2012, after the program ends, call program provider at 601-446-1208. Deadline to reserve a room is Nov. 1. A check for $170 per room per night for Memphis hotel or $120 per room per night for New Orleans hotel should be sent to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Eight: Monday, December 17 - Walking tour of the French Quarter. Exploration o...
Walking tour of the French Quarter. Exploration of Mardi Gras Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. Cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde. "The Best of New Orleans Jazz" by Don Vappie Creole Jazz Serenaders

Note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast in ship dining room

Morning: Guided walking tour of the French Quarter, with tour of Mardi Gras Museum at the Cabildo and St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square; cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde

Lunch: Lunch in ship dining room; optional Dutch-treat lunch at one of New Orleans famed restaurants

Afternoon: Free time

Dinner: Dinner in ship dining room; optional Dutch-treat dinner at one of New Orleans famed restaurants

Evening: Concert, "The Best of New Orleans Jazz," by world-renowned Don Vappie's Creole Jazz Serenaders of New Orleans

Lodging: Grande Mariner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, December 18 - Board vehicle to go to Louis Armstrong New Orlean...
Board vehicle to go to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for flights or car rentals.

Note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship

Morning: At 8:30 a.m. board vehicle to go to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for flight or car rentals. Flight should depart no earlier than 11 a.m. Car rentals should be arranged in advance.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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