Friday 14 January 2011


FAR Horizons has managed to obtain an allocation of staterooms aboard the Maiden Voyage of a brand-new sternwheeler riverboat that's being built in grand 19th century-style to sail America's Mississippi River from August 2012.
The 14-night cruise on August 11 next year from New Orleans to Nashville will take guests back to another era, one of the days of America's pioneers and their boundless optimism as they sailed aboard paddle wheelers that churned up and down the Mississippi, of Mark Twain and his tales of the river and its peoples, Civil War battlefields, grand Southern mansions and the bayous…
And of course the Memphis of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King plus Dixie and Jazz, Southern fried chicken, pecan pie and chocolate brownies.
The Maiden Voyage Mississippi cruise on the new 74-stateroom sternwheeler* is just part of a 32-day fully-escorted fly, cruise and stay package with Far Horizons that will include 3-nights in San Francisco including the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Albuquerque (New Mexico,) Colorado with a steam train journey from Silverton to Durango, Santa Fe (2-nights,) Nashville for a night post-cruise, and three nights in Jackson Hole Wyoming with visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
For a fully-detailed advance brochure and prices that will include return air and taxes, all meals, daily excursions, entry fees, guides and gratuities, phone 1800 083 141 or visit
(The new sternwheeler for American Cruise Lines is being built in the style and grandeur of her 19th century predecessors but will feature the latest in safety and comfort, oversize staterooms with private balconies and large picture windows, six lounges, an elegant dining salon, a library and a bow ramp for passengers to go ashore when she nudges up to the riverbank.
American Cruise Lines says she'll bring back to the Mississippi the true all-American experience once offered by a fleet of mighty paddle wheelers and sternwheelers – the last of which was laid-up in 2009 to become a floating hotel. *No name has yet been announced for the new vessel.)

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