Louisiane, a US river queen
Twilight in St Louis
When you think about river cruising do European castles, Mozart and Riesling spring to mind? In 2017 it might be time to consider a brave new world that is more Southern plantations, bluegrass and mint juleps.
Premium North American River Cruising has entering a new era with RAA and Cruiseco offering more rivers and ports than ever before aboard the recently commissioned Louisiane.
Louisiane is specifically designed to sail America’s river system including smaller, lesser known rivers like the Red River and Illinois River. She evokes the feeling of an elegant 19th Century boutique hotel, but with all the modern amenities we love.
The itineraries will have you searching for a map of the States. The 10 day Southern Spirit sailing takes you from New Orleans to Memphis through the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. But it might surprise even seasoned travellers to find other itineraries sail through another ten states to the ports of St Paul, Ottawa (near Chicago) and Pittsburgh in the state of Pennsylvania.
However, the big question is, when you’re not relaxing and enjoying the luxury of intimate 150 person cruising, what will you see and do along the way? North American River cruising provides an eclectic and historic mix of opportunities to learn and experience, from 10,000 years of Native American culture, Civil War, antebellum architecture and some of the USA’s most iconic food, music and entertainment influences - to the birth of global machinery brands and space flight.
On shore experiences allow you to recall the sounds of Elvis at Graceland in Memphis Tennessee, or get star struck at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Decatur, Alabama. The majestic 300 year old trees of Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana are one of the most scenic views in America, but if machinery is more your style try the exceptional Caterpillar Visitor Centre in Peoria, Illinois
Sunset in Memphis
Along the way you’ll celebrate regional music, food and culture with noted historians enlightening you on fascinating subjects from the influence of the Civil War to the roots of the Creole people.
There are only 75 suites and staterooms on Louisiane with 2017 sailings commencing this month, so visit an RAA shop or click on the links below to discover more about this gracious North American river queen.
Sounds of the River
River Cruise from Memphis to New Orleans
Jewels of the Heartland
The magestic Louisiane
This blog first appeared in The Adelaide Advertiser, SA Weekend Magazine, page 26, 04 March 2017.