French America Line Announces 2017 US River Itineraries for m.v. Louisiane, March 4, 2017 – January 6, 2018

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New Destination Ports include Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Louisiane, an intimate riverboat for just 150 guests, begins her inaugural year on September 30, 2016, with first embarkation October 1. Her 2017 cruise season starts March 4, 2017

New Orleans – (August 15, 2016) – French America Line, the newest US cruise line, has opened 2017 itineraries for bookings aboard its elegant flagship Louisiane, a vessel that was created to bring a refined ambience to America’s waterways. The 2017 online brochure is now available to download.

Offered from March 4, 2017 to January 6, 2018, the forty-eight 5- to 14-day experiential cruise tours will celebrate regional food, music and culture on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red Rivers. New in 2017 are itineraries that also sail along the rarely visited Illinois and Arkansas rivers.

New 2017 destination ports will include Chattanooga, Louisville and Pittsburgh, with pre-cruise one-night deluxe hotel stays prior to embarkation included in the tariff.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore vibrant American cities and charming small towns brimming with history, local art, diverse music, architecture, scenic countryside and more.

Sixteen 2017 itineraries will offer guests the opportunity to spend the night on board prior to disembarkation in four engaging ports of call, Louisville, Memphis, Natchez and St Louis, to permit personal explorations. Discover the allure of thoroughbred racing and aged bourbon; the beats of Beale Street; the charms of antebellum homes and southern entertaining, or the sights and tastes of Music City USA.

Pricing is virtually all-inclusive, with one-night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay and breakfast; daily breakfast, lunch, dinner onboard in two open seating dining venues as well as 24-hour room service and free-flowing house wines, spirits, beers, coffees and teas, soft drinks, sparking and still water; nightly live entertainment; expert talks by onboard speakers, Traveller Collection guided shore excursions and complimentary use of bicycles with helmets and maps for private explorations are included in the tariff. Optional Curator Collection and pre- and post-cruise experiences are also available.

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DEEP SOUTH™ itineraries will sail the Lower Mississippi and rarely-visited Red River beginning March 4, 2017, departing from New Orleans and Memphis, with options that include

  • Antebellum Style, 8-day Classic Cruise Tour, begins and ends in New Orleans; 2017 Departures from $3,799 per person double occupancy: March 4-11, April 8-15 or welcome the New Year, from $3,599 per person double occupancy, December 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018
  • Southern Spirit, 10-day Grand Cruise Tour, from New Orleans to Memphis; 2017 Departures from $4,799 per person double occupancy for March 10-19, April 28 – May 7, May 12-21; from $4,599 per person double occupancy for June 2-11, June 16-25, November 10-19, December 5-14
  • Plantation Celebration, 8-day Classic Cruise Tour, from Memphis to New Orleans; 2017 Departures from $3,799 per person double occupancy for March 18-25, April 22-29, May 6-13; from $3,599 per person double occupancy for May 20-27, June 10-17, November 18-25 (US Thanksgiving sailing); from $3,499 per person double occupancy for December 10-17
  • Red River Holiday, 9-day Collector’s Cruise Tour, begins and ends in New Orleans; 2017 Departures from $3,999 per person double occupancy for March 24-April 1 or May 26-June 3, or enjoy the festival of holiday lights as you celebrate Christmas aboard December 19-27 from $3,799 per person double occupancy
  • Splendors of the South, 6-day Classic Cruise Tour, begins and ends in New Orleans; 2017 Departures from $2,599 per person double occupancy: March 31- April 5, April 4-9, November 24-29, December 26 – 31
  • Historic Currents, an 8-day Classic Cruise Tour, from Memphis to St Louis; 2017 Departures from $3,599 per person double occupancy: June 24-July 1, September 9-16
  • Sounds of the River, a 5-day Sampler Tour, beginning and ending in Memphis; 2017 Departure from $1,899 per person double occupancy: September 6 – 10

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MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS itineraries will sail the Ohio, Mississippi and the rarely traveled Illinois River, departing from St Louis, St Paul and Chicago.

  • Jewels of the Heartland, a 10-day Collector’s Tour from St Louis, MO to St Paul, 2017 Departures: June 30-July 9, from $4,599 per person double occupancy; September 15-24; September 29 – October 8, from $4,799 per person double occupancy, beginning in Chicago with an overnight and breakfast at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel, then by private vintage Vista-Dome Streamliner train to St Louis for embarkation aboard Louisiane
  • Midwestern Majesty, an 8-day Classic Cruise Tour from St Paul to St Louis; 2017 Departures from $3,599 per person double occupancy July 8 – 15; from $3,799 per person double occupancy September 23-30, October 7-14
  • Marquette Explorer, an 8-day Classic Cruise Tour between St Louis and Chicago; 2017 Departures from $3,799 per person double occupancy: July 14-21 St Louis to Ottawa, Illinois, for disembarkation with coach transfer to Chicago; July 20-28 Chicago, with coach transfer to Ottawa for embarkation to St Louis

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RIVER CROSSROADS itineraries will sail the Ohio and Mississippi rivers beginning in St Louis, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

  • Enchanting Passages, a 6-day Cruise Tour from St Louis to Louisville; 2017 Departures from $2,499 per person double occupancy: July 26-31
  • American Adventure, an 8-day Classic Cruise Tour between Pittsburgh and Louisville; 2017 Departures from $3,499 per person double occupancy July 30-August 6 (Louisville-Pittsburgh); from $3,599  per person double  occupancy, August 5-12 (Pittsburgh-Louisville), August 11-18 (Louisville-Pittsburgh), August 17-24 (Pittsburgh-Louisville); from $3,799 per person double occupancy October 19-26 (Louisville-Pittsburgh)
  • Blue Grass Grandeur, 8-day Classic Cruise Tour from St Louis to Louisville; 2017 Departure from $3,599 per person double occupancy: October 13-20
  • River Pioneers, 14-day Collector’s Cruise Tour from Pittsburgh to New Orleans, travel in the wake of the New Orleans, the first steamboat on America’s rivers known for her epic 1811-1812 voyage from Pittsburgh to New Orleans; 2017 Departure from $6,699 per person double occupancy: October 25 – November 7 (Sold Out)

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WILDERNESS RIVERS itineraries will sail the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers beginning in Louisville and Chattanooga.

  • Appalachian Elegance, a 9-day Cruise Tour from Louisville to Chattanooga; 2017 Departure from $3,999 per person double occupancy: August 23-31
  • Backroads of America, a 9-day Cruise Tour from Chattanooga to Louisville; 2017 Departure from $3,999 per person double occupancy: August 30 – September 7

About French America Line’s Louisiane

French America Line was created to introduce a new era of premium US river voyages with the launch of the elegant flagship Louisiane. The intimate ship accommodates a maximum of 150 guests in 75 stylish suites and staterooms. Inaugural sailings begin September 30, 2016 (with first embarkation October 1). The charming ship is brimming with French flair and signature experiences celebrating regional food, music and history. Engaging itineraries on America’s most iconic waterways ranging from five to 10 days will present guests with unique insights into life along the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red rivers (and the Illinois and Arkansas rivers in 2017), visiting places where larger riverboats simply cannot navigate. Departures aboard Louisiane for fall 2016 and the 2017 season, from March 4, 2017 to January 6, 2018, are now on sale. Pricing is virtually all-inclusive, with pre-cruise one-night deluxe hotel stay; all meals and free-flowing hand-selected beverages, beers, wine and spirits; nightly live entertainment, informative cultural and historical talks, and memorable Traveller Collection shore excursions in every port of call included in the tariff.

To reserve or learn more, visit www.frenchamericaline.com, call our London office on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail kcgriffin@frenchamericaline.com.

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