The newest U.S. cruise line, French America Line, has opened 2017 itineraries for booking. Louisiane, an intimate riverboat for 150 guests, will begin her inaugural year September 30, 2016, with first embarkation October 1.
Offered from March 4, 2017 to January 6, 2018, the 48 five- to 14-day experiential cruise tours that celebrate regional food, music and culture will sail the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Red, Illinois and Arkansas rivers. New destination ports for 2017 include Chattanooga, TN; Louisville, KY and Pittsburgh, PA. Sixteen sailings offer an overnight aboard in Louisiane’s final port of call prior to disembarkation.
Pricing is virtually all-inclusive, with one-night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay and breakfast; all meals and free-flowing hand-selected beverages, beers, wine and spirits; nightly live entertainment, informative cultural and historical talks; and memorable Traveler Collection™ shore excursions in every port of call included in the tariff.
All meals are designed by award-winning Chef de Cuisine Regina Charboneau, with open seating in two dining venues offering inventive regional, French and Continental favorites as well as healthy Currents Cuisine™ selections under 400 calories for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 24-hour room service.
Special touches include House of Ladurée® Parisian-style macarons upon embarkation, nightly turndown service of gourmet Vosges Haut-Chocolat® chocolates, Hermès® bath amenities in suites and L’Occitane en Provence® bath amenities in all staterooms.
The full-service Currents Spa™ offers body treatments, nail and hair services, and complimentary bicycles with helmets and local maps are available for private explorations in all ports of call.
2017 itineraries aboard Louisiane offer a number of engaging options:
- DEEP SOUTH™ itineraries will sail the Lower Mississippi and rarely-visited Red and Arkansas rivers beginning March 4, 2017, departing from New Orleans, LA and Memphis, TN
- MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS™ itineraries will sail the Ohio, Mississippi and the seldom-sailed Illinois River, departing from St. Louis, MO; St. Paul, MN and Chicago, IL
- RIVER CROSSROADS™ itineraries will sail the Ohio and Mississippi rivers beginning in St. Louis, MO; Louisville, KY, and Pittsburgh, PA
- WILDERNESS RIVERS™ itineraries will sail the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers beginning in Louisville, KY and Chattanooga, TN
All tours are commissionable to travel planners; detailed 2017 brochures are available. To reserve or learn more, visit www.frenchamericaline.com