Saturday, June 16, 2018
"American Song" Ship Coming To Town Later This Year
My hometown of Vicksburg and also Natchez, Mississippi will be one of the ports of call on American Cruise Lines' New Orleans to Memphis cruise, aboard the line's newest cruise ship, American Song, starting October 6.
The New Orleans to Memphis cruises will be eight-days and seven nights with "daily shore excursion," in ports of call including New Orleans; Oak Alley, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; St. Francisville, Louisiana; Natchez with a stop at Frogmore Plantation, Vicksburg; Memphis.
The American Song is touted on the company's website as "The First of the New Modern Riverboats," with lounges 40 feet above the water and "triple the glass of other riverboats, offering astounding views," and a four-story, glass-enclosed atrium.
The American Song will accommodate 184 passengers.
After the maiden voyage, American Song will turn around on October 13 for a Memphis-to-New Orleans cruise and the cycle will continue.
"I think this is great," said Pablo Diaz, executive director of the Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce as he watched the Queen of the Mississippi, American Duchess, and America dock at the same time last November. "I think this is a glimpse of what's to come as the interest in the Mississippi River and Vicksburg grows and riverboat companies learn more about the changes going on in Vicksburg and plan more stops here. We will be a greater attraction once the river walk is completed."
(American Song, Queen of the Mississippi and American Duchess will dock in Vicksburg, MS on Wednesday, October 24, 2018)
(Queen of the Mississippi, American Queen and America will dock in Vicksburg, MS on Wednesday, October 31, 2018)