More Than You Could Ever Imagine… Included

For the first time in all-LGBT+ cruising history, VACAYA offers you a close-to-home vacation option that challenges all typical expectations. Of course, savvy travelers recognize “value” doesn’t mean “low price.” Instead, value is defined as getting something extraordinary for a great price. And that’s exactly what VACAYA’s 2021 New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise delivers.

Here at VACAYA we are dedicated to providing you with the very best. That’s what drives us, journey after journey. And it’s amazing what’s included:

  • 1 Night at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Pre-Cruise (including taxes and porterage)
  • Breakfast at the Hilton
  • 7 Nights aboard an authentic steam-powered paddlewheeler, American Duchess
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner served each day throughout the cruise
  • Unlimited Choice Beverages: House spirits, wines by the glass, beer, specialty coffees/teas, juices, and soda are all included
  • Snacks including fresh fruits, popcorn, ice cream, freshly baked cookies/pastries, and filtered water are included throughout the cruise
  • Afternoon tea, coffee, cookies and snacks available each day
  • Welcome canapés and bottle of wine in Suites
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Daily housekeeping and nightly turn down service
  • Included excursions in most ports of call
  • Daily Excursions on innovative “Hop-On Hop-Off” motorcoach in most ports of call
  • Use of Fitness Center
  • Unlimited Onboard WiFi
  • In-Room Iron and Ironing Board
  • In-Room Keurig Coffee-Maker and Mini-Fridge
  • William Roam Bath Amenities
  • Onboard Enrichment Lectures
  • Entertainment
  • VACAYA Signature Parties and Social Activities

The following services are available for an additional charge:

  • Premium Beverage Package which you can purchase for $149 per person
  • Premium Excursions
  • Laundry

Premium Beverage Package

If you desire more than AQSC’s Unlimited Choice beverages that are included with your voyage, then you might want to consider upgrading to the premium beverage package that opens access to top-shelf brands like Grey Goose, Hendrick’s, Mount Gay Eclipse, and Patron Anejo and many more. Some restrictions do apply. Package can be purchased onboard for $149 per person.

Commodore Service for Owner's & Loft Suites

Guests holding reservations for Owner’s Suites and Loft Suites will receive AQSC’s exclusive Commodore Services, an elite level of hospitality and amenities:

  • Pre-boarding privileges (one hour earlier than standard)
  • Fruit basket and bottle of wine in your suite upon arrival
  • Preferred dining arrangements
  • Reserved seating in The Show Lounge theater
  • Dinner with Senior Officers of the American Duchess

In addition to Commodore Service hospitality and amenities, Owner’s Suite and Loft Suite guests will also receive the services of a friendly River Butler:

  • Tour of your suite upon arrival
  • Unpacking of luggage and hanging of clothes
  • Preparation and packing of luggage
  • Laundry and pressing service
  • Shoe shine and conditioning
  • Afternoon tea served in your suite
  • Breakfast and dinner served on balcony/veranda (upon request)
  • In-suite pre-dinner canapés
  • In-suite post-dinner sweets


River cruising is rapidly growing in the United States, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. While there are several companies VACAYA could have chosen to travel with, let us try to convince you why cruising with American Queen Steamboat Company is the best choice!


The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, American Queen Steamboat Company re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement, and inspirations with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard the most elegant riverboats in the world. Every detail is meticulously planned out, so all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy.


As history plays such a large part of your cruise experience, AQSC’s Riverlorian imparts the deep history and lore of the Mississippi River. In addition to our ever-present Riverlorian, we feature a diverse lineup of guest historians who take to the stage and transport you to another era. You will enjoy hearing from these noted speakers who offer astounding insights on the culture and heritage of America’s Deep South.


AQSC’s included Hop-On Hop-Off tours are the best way to experience the freedom of choosing your own path in the cities we visit. You will have the freedom to board deluxe motorcoaches at the dock and enjoy a locally narrated tour throughout every port of call. We encourage you to hop off the motorcoach whenever the urge catches you, because another one is on its way to pick you up, typically stopping every 15 to 20 minutes.


Since it’s debut, American Queen Steamboat Company has wow’d the world. From Cruise Critic and Conde Nast Travler to Trip Advisor and Cruise International, the experts agree. This cruise line is top notch and delivers on the promise of the rivers of America. See the complete list of accolades HERE.


AQSC chefs work tirelessly to refine American Duchess’ menus, showcasing fabulous regional dishes using fresh, local produce and products. The decadent display of culinary art is delivered to each table with a stunning presentation – almost too pretty to eat. Not to worry, you’ll recognize the comfort food behind the beauty once you take a bite and realize you made the right choice by cruising with us.


Unlike most cruise companies, American Queen Steamboat Company is based in the United States and Duchess is run by an all-American crew. They’ve worked closely with the CDC to employ measures to ensure the unsurpassed safety and well-being of our guests, including safety screenings, surface cleaning procedures, on-shore sanitation, and mask and social distancing protocols. Please note that mask and social distancing mandates are subject to change or be eliminated altogether as conditions warrants. You’ll find AQSC’s safety protocols HERE.


Give Back While On Vacation: One of VACAYA’s main missions is to give back to the communities we visit. The rising popularity of U.S. river cruising has brought tourist dollars into smaller, lesser known U.S. towns from travelers worldwide. AQSC takes great pride in supporting local businesses along the river and VACAYA is honored to continue the tradition, especially in these times of great need. We’ll pinpoint LGBT+ and black-owned businesses for all of us to patronize in each port.


AQSC’S hospitality is renowned in the industry and ultimately the key to their success. While onboard, crew will often call you by name and charm you with the finest service. The most common feedback they receive from past guests is how they feel like family upon disembarking, followed by mention of their excitement to travel with AQSC again. Crewmember quality scores consistently achieve superior ratings so you’re guaranteed to see friendly faces and encounter wonderful hospitality throughout your experience.

<p>The Charms of the South</p>

The Charms of the South