Getting on/off a motorcoach several times throughout the day. Walking 8 blocks in Garden District; those who wish may stay on the motorcoach. Standing and walking on uneven sidewalks.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet.
Before departing, leave any large luggage inside your room for pickup by hotel staff. It will be transferred directly to the boat and placed in your cabin. We will walk to the motorcoach with our carry-ons and head out on a field trip with expert onboard commentary for an overview of the city. We'll make stops at highlights such as Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John, City Park with its magnificent oak trees and Sculpture Garden, and one of the famed and mysterious above-ground cemeteries where the departed — from pirates to voodoo queens — are interred.
At a local restaurant, we'll order from a select menu with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We'll reboard the motorcoach with our local expert and ride down famous St. Charles Avenue, under beautiful old oak trees. We'll then set out on a walking field trip in the aptly named Garden District, one of the loveliest neighborhoods in the country. It was laid out in 1832 for incoming, well-to-do Americans who were not interested in mingling with native New Orleanians. The feeling was mutual! Grand houses were built on large lots. After our field trip, we will board the American Duchess and start our adventure on the Mississippi River.
Our first dinner aboard the American Duchess will be in the Grand Dining Room. Meals aboard ship feature cuisine that blends local flavors and fine culinary traditions. Shipboard dinners include complimentary house wines, house-select beers, coffees, teas, and soft drinks.
Each evening, the American Duchess presents top professional entertainment in the Show Lounge/Auditorium.