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Monday, October 15, 2012

Avalon adds the mighty Mississippi to its collection

Avalon Waterways has added the mighty Mississippi to its collection of luxury river cruises, introducing two new itineraries on America's greatest waterway.

To be operated by the largest river steamboat ever built, the 127m American Queen, the new itineraries are on sale now and will offer unforgettable journeys through the American heartland between March and December, 2013.

The Mississippi cruises join Avalon's existing selection of more than 40 different itineraries on the great rivers of Europe, on the Nile, the Yangtze, the Mekong and among the Galapagos Islands.

The two American Queen itineraries are the first offered by Avalon in North America:

America's Heartland: From Music City to the Big Easy – a 12-day journey from Nashville to New Orleans, travelling through Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Priced from A$4461* per person twin share (departures Mar-Dec, 2013).

Fall Foliage Spectacular: From the Windy City to the Twin Cities – an 11-day seasonal journey from Chicago to St Paul, travelling through Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota at the height of the autumn colour.  Priced from A$4101* per person twin share (departures Sept-Oct, 2013).

Avalon Waterways Marketing Manager Australasia Christian Schweitzer said the new itineraries were a natural addition to the Avalon selection of river cruises.

"The popularity of river cruises has grown enormously among Australians in recent years and Avalon Waterways has been an industry leader in that growth," Mr Schweitzer said.  "Our new Mississippi cruises will offer the same level of luxury and service as our other cruises, not only on board but throughout the entire journey."

With its distinctive tiered balconies and traditional paddlewheel, the six-deck American Queen combines Victorian charm with modern luxury.  Serving regional cuisine by talented American chef Regina Charboneau, it offers a choice of dining options including its elegant Dining Room, the River Grill and the 24-hour Front Porch CafĂ©.

Other facilities include the American Queen Spa, a pool, fitness centre, several lounges and bars and a nightly program of showboat entertainment in the Grand Saloon.

For full details and bookings see licensed travel agents, visit or phone 1300 230 234.

*Subject to availability and conditions. Gratuities not included.
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