MUSIC CITIES – MEMPHIS-NASHVILLE
DATES: 2024 – May 4SE; Jun 19SP, 26*SP; Jul 3SP, 10*SP,31SP;Aug 3*SY, 10SY, 17*SY; Sep 18*SP, 21M; Oct 9SP,16SE,23SP, 30*SP; Nov 9*M
DURATION: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
SHIPS: American Melody(M); American Serenade(SE); American Splendor(SP); American Symphony(SY)
FROM: $3,725 – After $400 per person savings on select dates
On this remarkable journey from Memphis to Nashville, experience the power of the Mississippi River, the grandeur of the Ohio River, and the beauty of the Cumberland River. Each waterway offers unique scenery with rolling hills, steep bluffs, soaring bald eagles, regal blue herons, fascinating historical sites, and sunsets reflecting on the water in indescribable beauty.
Discover the cities, small towns, along these legendary rivers that echo the sounds of the music that originated there. Enjoy diverse and immersive local excursions, as each day is a new delight through a parade of charming towns that echo a bygone era. Hear about the birthplace of blues and home to the King of Rock-n-Roll, from our onboard expert and local guides, who can provide a genuine back story about the performers who provided the soundtrack of America. Nightly onboard entertainment spotlights the musical flair of this region, as does an unforgettable visit to Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry.
Enjoy a relaxing day cruising Lake Barkley and admire the most picturesque scenery in the American Heartland as you bask in the comfort of the most modern American Riverboat on the Mississippi. From large, wonderful windows and your private balcony, gaze at the everchanging views of the river valley and marvel at the ship’s transit through locks and dams.
At the end of an amazing day, indulge the flavors of the South and delight in a delicious beverage as you socialize at the daily cocktail hour.
American Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes
- Pre-cruise hotel
- Select shore excursions
- Dining service
- Complimentary cocktail parties
- Entertainment aboard the ship
- Guests are not expected to leave a gratuity on board
- Port charges and fees
- Premium Shore tours
- Beverages other than those mentioned
- Items of personal nature, gift shop purchases
- Travel Insurance
ARRIVE MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure.
Welcome to Memphis, a historic city which rises picturesquely up the hillside from the river, adorned with grand oak trees, lush parks, and historic sites that commemorate everything from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Immerse yourself in its rich musical legacy as you stroll along legendary Beale Street, where music flows from every doorway, and savor the rich flavors and aromas of the city’s famous BBQ.
MEMPHIS – EMBARKATION
On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise from Memphis. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.
Choose from an array of customized excursions. Perhaps take a narrated motorcoach excursion to get an overview of this dramatic city. Or indulge in the glamour of the Peabody Hotel. Explore the home, life, and career of Elvis Presley or make your pilgrimage to Sun Studio, where he recorded his earliest smash-hits.
The comfort of your ship awaits at the nearby Beale Street Landing, docked along an impressive, recently renovated city park. Be entertained on board by local musicians as you savor a nightcap.
CRUISING THE MISSISSIPPI AND OHIO RIVER
Design a day just the way you want it. Sleep in. Or greet the morning from your stateroom’s private veranda to read, enjoy the scenery, or watch the ship transit through the Ohio River’s newest lock and dam, completed in 2018 after 23 years of construction.
View the awe-inspiring confluence of the Ohio River emptying into the mighty Mississippi. Make new friends as you savor the chef’s scrumptious creations. Enjoy festive onboard activities, captivating lectures to illuminate the region’s history, plus live entertainment highlighting the region’s diverse musical styles.
Just upriver of your ship’s dock, the beautiful Tennessee River empties into the Ohio River. Also nearby are confluences with the Cumberland River and the Mississippi. The convergence of these four major rivers crossroads makes Paducah an important port centralized at the axis.
Wander along the landing to admire more than 50 murals which highlight the region’s rich history. Learn the importance of the town as headquarters for Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant as he embarked to secure Union control of the rivers. Only a block away, the excellent River Discovery Center illuminates for you the importance of the rivers to this historic port. View a treasure trove of incredible works of art created with fabric, needle, and thread at the National Quilt Museum.
Cruising Lake Barkley and the Cumberland River
Cruising the Cumberland River’s Lake Barkley is a special day that you will cherish. The 1966 completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 57-foot Barkley Lock and Dam pooled the Cumberland River back for 134 miles and created a curving, stunning collection of coves totaling more than 1,000 miles of shoreline.
From large windows and private balconies, enjoy the picturesque, everchanging panorama of grand, sweeping views of craggy, limestone bluffs. Between Lake Barkley and the Tennessee River’s Kentucky Lake paralleling to the west, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area includes more than 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open spaces with roaming herds of elk and bison. Relax and be pampered by our enthusiastic all-American crew, enjoy culinary delights, historical tales from your onboard guest speaker, interactive activities, and visiting with fellow travelers.
At Dover, your ship nestles in at the town’s lovely waterfront park. Locals often welcome the vessel and set up booths of crafts and tasty treats. The adjacent bluff is the site of the historic Fort Donelson National Park, a site that played a pivotal role in the Civil War. It was there that Union forces led by Ulysses S. Grant won their first surrender during this pivotal early victory in the struggle to gain control of the rivers. Learn about the importance of river transportation during the war and the story of this February 1862 battle which led quickly to the Union’s capture of their first Confederate state capital at Nashville.
DAY 6 –
Within Dover is the Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, an over 8,000-acre habitat of waterfowl and plant life, as well as the Land Between Lakes National Recreation Area.
On this narrow and gorgeous stretch of the Cumberland River, your ship docks at the beautiful riverfront park at Clarksville. The town is named for General George Rogers Clark, a frontier fighter, Revolutionary War hero, and brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Ramble the waterfront trail along miles of picturesque exploration. View architectural treasures such as the remarkable 1898 U.S. Post Office and Customs House as local guides share the historical importance of the city as a major tobacco port during the 1800s.
From the legendary Ryman Auditorium to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville hosts an array of museums and performance venues that pay tribute
Our series of modern American Riverboats has introduced the sophistication of a fine hotel to America’s rivers. Accommodating just 180 guests, each ship ensures a personalized experience on board with our dedicated crew and onshore led by our expert guides. This revolutionary fleet features the largest-in-class staterooms, including single occupancy options, with full-size bathrooms, private balconies, and large opening picture windows. These riverboats also boast a spectacular four-story glass atrium, indoor and outdoor dining venues, a large fitness center, multiple spacious lounges, and an incredible top deck showcasing a Skywalk with breathtaking river views.
Our modern American riverboats carries with it not just passengers, but a rich history and a deep connection to the heart and soul of America.
Largest Staterooms in the Industry
We take pride in the generous size of our staterooms which are the largest in the industry. Averaging over 350 square feet, each features the most modern amenities, including full-size bathrooms comparable to the finest hotels. After a day of exploration, guests can relax in their private sanctuary, complete with all the comforts of home.
Lounges with Panoramic River Views
A variety of lounges are available offering a space for every mood from the quiet in the study to the congenial camaraderie in the Sky Lounge. No matter which lounge you choose, you will be surrounded by panoramic views as you read a favorite book or discuss the day’s activities with fellow guests.
Our spacious staterooms feature private balconies with full-length sliding glass doors, the perfect place to unwind at the end of an enriching day. Each private balcony is furnished with table and chairs for dining, lounging, or simply enjoying breathtaking views as warm breezes to fill your room.
AMERICAN SERENADE, AMERICAN SYMPHONY, AMERICAN MELODY
These 3 sister ships were specifically designed to navigate the Mississippi River, and her tributaries. They feature panoramic views throughout, including an impressive four-story glass atrium in the center of the ship. Ranging from 250 to 650 square feet, all of the spacious staterooms feature full-size bathrooms, roomy closets, and private balconies where you can enjoy daily breakfast room service. Each also offers the Ellipse Café for casual dining, an option that has been very popular with our guests.
These ships also feature many spacious lounges, where you can share the day’s adventures with fellow guests, as well as an onboard fitness center. At the end of each incredible day, unwind in your luxurious Grand Suite or Veranda Suite and enjoy “suite treats” which have been delivered to your stateroom, such as mini cheesecakes or chocolate-covered strawberries.
Grand Suite Private Balcony
The luxurious Grand Suite measures 650 sq. ft. and offers panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sliding glass doors lead out to a private balcony complete with a private dining area, the perfect place to enjoy breakfast room service or watch the sun set. Each Grand Suite features a separate bedroom and living area, ideal for gathering with family and friends after an invigorating day of exploration.
Veranda Suite Private Balcony
With a generous 405 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.
AAM Private Balcony
Located on the third deck, these spacious staterooms feature
commanding views of the passing river landscapes. At 350 sq. ft.,
there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views from every angle.
AAC Private Balcony
AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the second deck and offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. At 316 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk and full-size bathrooms.
AAR Private Balcony
AAR staterooms on the main deck offer complete comfort with approximately 275 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy a full-size bathroom, large picture window, and door leading out to a furnished private balcony. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, ideal for getting together with friends.
Single Private Balcony
Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 250 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.
AMERICAN SPLENDOR – PADDLEWHEELER
American Splendor allows our guests to experience the nostalgia of classic paddlewheeler travel, while enjoying perfect comfort and the most modern amenities.
Recently renovated, American Splendor features serene color palettes, luxurious textiles and linens, new furniture and carpets, and artwork and flourishes. From the staterooms and suites to the lounges and dining rooms, the new décor pays homage to the legendary Mississippi River.
On board, guests can relax in a casual ambiance while admiring panoramic views of the passing scenery. With only 180 guests, fellow travelers will quickly become new friends.
Owner’s Suite Private Balcony
Each Owner’s Suite on American Splendor offers the finest accommodations on the Mississippi River with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular up to 445 sq. ft. of space is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself at home. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to an expansive private balcony offering private panoramic views throughout the room. Every modern amenity is at your fingertips, along with a spacious seating area, desk, and full-size bathroom.
AAM Private Balcony
Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing Mississippi landscape. At 328 sq. ft., there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor- to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views of the Mississippi from every angle. These staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk, and full-size bathrooms and are the epitome of comfort and relaxation.
AAC Private Balcony
AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the fourth deck and at 304 sq. ft offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape.
AAL Private Balcony
AAL staterooms can be found on the third deck of America. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with plush seating, full-size bathrooms, and a private balcony with large sliding glass doors that offer great views of the Mississippi scenery.
AAR Private Balcony
AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of American Splendor. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with full-size bathrooms and a private balcony complete with an outdoor seating area.
These 290 sq. ft. staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, these staterooms are equipped with modern amenities, full-size bathrooms, and closet space.
Single Private Balcony
Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 230 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.
A comfortable getaway, our Single suites offer individuals a spacious room with convenient amenities. At 203 sq. ft., these staterooms have interior entrances and large opening viewing windows where the sights of the Mississippi can be enjoyed.