• Dean Nelson

VACAYA New Orleans Cruise

Updated: Jan 19

Join us for an LGBTQ New Orleans and the Mighty Mississippi River cruise sailing on the American Duchess November 14-22, 2021.

Eight incredible nights sailing round trip from New Orleans with port stops in St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, and Nottoway on the luxurious and historic paddlewheeler American Duchess.

The AMERICAN DUCHESS® is a boutique-style riverboat offering exquisite dining, beautiful decks and exceptional amenities. Her suites range from 180 to 550 square feet, allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her Loft Suites, which feature two stories enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a comfortable dining area, a beautiful lounge with a queen sofa-bed, a private balcony and an upstairs bedroom.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady epitomizes the grace and grandeur that have made cruising on the Mississippi River a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries.

Inspired by America’s heartland and Southern heritage, the menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of the United States. In the elegant Grand Dining Room, any meal will keep you savoring the memory of the flavors and sharing your excitement for the excellent service – even after you leave the ship. If you are looking for a more casual atmosphere, the River Club and Terrace is for you. Meals there feature favorite main dishes, such as roast prime rib alongside irresistible sides – roasted new potatoes, classic mac-and-cheese and fresh salads.

The rhythm of the river is slow as a southern drawl that invites us all to take a deep breath and enjoy the simple moments. The Lincoln library is more than just a space to gather for morning coffee and your favorite book. And the Art Walk, a passageway alongside The Show Lounge, features a series of paintings by Claude Monet. It’s the perfect place to soak up some beauty or simply curl up with a book in one of its window seats.

The VACAYA all-LGBTQ full ship charter's journey starts with an overnight at the Hilton Riverside, just steps from all the excitement, music and culinary adventures of the Big Easy's famed French Quarter and Warehouse District. The American Duchess will dock at the Riverwalk Shopping Centre at the foot of Canal Street - mere feet from the Hilton Riverside.

The American Duchess will be VACAYA's home away from home for seven luxurious nights. You will journey back in time to uncover the treasures, charm and history of the Deep South as you indulge in iconic cuisine spiced with the cultural flavours of the region's past.

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American Duchess’ staterooms are some of the most spacious available on the rivers of America (or any river in the world, for that matter), with well-appointed staterooms and suites up to 550 square feet. Your stateroom or suite provides the perfect retreat after each fun-filled day, inviting you to take a deep breath and enjoy life’s simple moments.

Haven Staterooms (HV) - starting at USD$2,997/person

Located in the central heart of American Duchess, the ultimate hideaway Haven Staterooms (HS) offer a 180-square-foot interior retreat – the perfect place to unwind after a fun-filled day of sightseeing, cocktail parties, delicious feasts, and fabulous VACAYA entertainment. A full bath with shower, writing desk, coffee maker, and mini refrigerator round out this luxurious retreat. Haven Staterooms are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a truly great night of sleep – spacious, dark (there are no windows), quiet, cozy, comfortable.

Veranda Suite (VS) - starting at USD$5,997/person

Duchess’ Veranda Suites (VS) offer the perfect break from a busy day on the river. Settle in at your furnished lounge area with sofa and desk or slide open the doors to your private veranda and peacefully watch America’s southland drift by. Enjoy the finest amenities in these luxurious accommodations, which feature generous closet space, a coffee maker, mini refrigerator, and full bathroom with shower. A single sofa bed can accommodate a 3rd guest in some VS suites. There are a few wheelchair accessible suites in this category that are 330 sq. ft.

Loft Suite (LFS) - starting at USD$8,997/person

Duchess’ spacious, elegant Loft Suites (LS) are your new home away from home. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, and beautiful lounge area furnished with a full-size sofa-bed, coffee maker, mini refrigerator, and a flat-screen TV. Sliding doors give access to your private veranda, where you can unwind and take in the majestic riverside scenery. Ascend the stairs to the upper level of the loft, and discover a tranquil retreat with a flat-screen TV, semi-private bedroom, full bathroom featuring floor-to-ceiling marble and tub/shower combination, and plentiful closet space. A major feature of this suite is Commodore Services, including a River Butler.


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. At VACAYA they are dedicated to providing you with the very best. That’s what drives them, 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

  • Non-premium beer and wine at dinner.

  • Cappuccino, expresso, specialty coffees, soft-serve ice cream, soft drinks, and bottled water 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

  • Premium Excursions

  • Laundry


If you desire more than beer and wine with dinner, VACAYA's unlimited all-inclusive premium beverage package affords you carefree enjoyment of your favorite premium spirits, beer, and wine by the glass throughout the length of your voyage. Some restrictions do apply. Package can be purchased in advance beginning in late 2020.


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