Included Pre-Cruise Hotel

One-Night Pre-Cruise Deluxe Hotel Stay Enjoy the Luxury of Time for Exploration

A Pleasant Surprise

A cruise tour with French America Line is a pampered experience in which we cater to your whims, requests are met with a friendly smile and the atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with engaging activities to enrich your days. But we also believe you should enter that world before ever setting foot on the Louisiane. That’s why as part of your fare we provide a one-night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay in your embarkation city with included breakfast, porterage and transfers to the riverboat on sailing day. Imagine not worrying about tra?c or delayed flights on your way to the Louisiane, thanks to the convenience of an included hotel night. Our hotels are some of America’s most storied properties and befitting of the delights to come.

Chattanooga, TN The Chattanoogan

The stylish Chattanoogan is conveniently located within walking distance of the city’s museums, art galleries, shopping, restaurants and the remarkable Tennessee Aquarium. With a pool, day spa and several outstanding dining venues, the Chattanoogan is a destination unto itself.

Louisville, KY The Seelbach Hotel

The Seelbach opened in May of 1905 and spared no expense, featuring imported marbles from all over the world, bronzes from France, hardwoods from the West Indies and Europe, linens from Ireland, and valuable Turkish and Persian rugs. As the grandest hotel in Louisville and the center of Kentucky's bourbon and whiskey country, The Seelbach attracted some of the most famous gangsters. During his visits, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald encountered gangster George Remus, who became the model for Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. His experiences in The Seelbach's elegant rooms inspired him to use the hotel as a model during the writing of the book. As the premier Louisville hotel, debutantes of upper-class society often "came out" on the top floor ballroom, throwing grand galas, similar to the parties in Fitzgerald's classic 1920s novel. Fitzgerald chose the Grand Ballroom at The Seelbach as the backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan's wedding reception in his American masterpiece. Today, The Seelbach Hilton continues to be the choice for international celebrities and world politicians visiting the area.

Memphis, TN The Peabody Hotel

The Peabody’s history dates back to 1869, when the original Peabody Hotel opened on the corner of Main & Monroe and immediately became the social and business hub of Memphis. In 1925 a newer, grander Peabody was built at its present location at Union and 2nd Street continuing the legacy of the "South's Grand Hotel." It was 1933 when ducks were originally placed in the hotel's lobby fountain, setting in motion an 80-year tradition that continues today with the March of the Peabody Ducks. The Peabody name has become synonymous with the five North American mallard ducks that are now the living symbol of the Peabody brand.

Nashville, TN Gaylord Opryland Resort

Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do. After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at the indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. Following a day of Nashville fun – the hotel is only a short walk from the Grand Ole Opry itself – return to deluxe accommodations with modern amenities.

New Orleans, LA Hotel Monteleone

Before he became founder of this famous New Orleans hotel, Antonio Monteleone was an industrious nobleman who operated a very successful shoe factory in Sicily. Antonio had heard great things about America. The call of adventure motivated him to pack the tools of his trade and head for the “land of opportunity.” Antonio arrived in New Orleans circa 1880 and opened a cobbler shop on Royal Street, the busy thoroughfare of commerce and banking in America’s most European city. At the time Antonio emigrated, Royal Street was indeed the grand street of the “Vieux Carre,” as the French Colonials sometimes called the new town. Hotel Monteleone has history of all sorts behind it. In 1886, Antonio bought a 64-room French Quarter hotel on the corner of Royal and Iberville streets. The setting was ripe for Antonio to spread his entrepreneurial wings when the nearby Commercial Hotel became available for purchase. That was the beginning of an amazing historical landmark New Orleans hotel. Hotel Monteleone is one of the last great family-owned-and-operated hotels in New Orleans. Since 1886, five generations of Monteleones have dedicated themselves to making their hotel a sparkling jewel in the heart of the French Quarter.

Pittsburgh, PA Omni William Penn

Designed by renowned architects Benno Janssen, and Franklin Abbott, the hotel was the last building venture of Henry Clay Frick, one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest industrialists, and completed at a cost of $6 million in 1916. Frick envisioned the William Penn as Pittsburgh’s showplace, designed to rival the great hotels of Europe in Old World style and enhanced with the sophisticated technology offered by the 20th century. The initial phase of the hotel included 1,000 guest rooms, and an elegant two-tier Grand Ballroom located on the 17th floor. In 1928, construction of the Grant Street Annex addition commenced. Completed in 1929, it added an additional 600 guest rooms as well as the crowning jewel, the Urban Room, designed by Joseph Urban, a set designer for the Ziegfeld Follies. With this addition, the William Penn became the largest hotel between Pittsburgh and Chicago, and a major convention facility for Pittsburgh.

St. Louis, MO The Doubletree at Union Station

Set in the center of St. Louis, the historic AAA Four-Diamond St. Louis Union Station – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels is within walking distance to Peabody Opera House. This hotel is minutes from Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village and the Gateway Arch. Begin your stay at this St. Louis Union Station hotel with a warm welcome and a delicious chocolate chip and walnut cookie. This hotel features the impressive ‘Headhouse’ Grand Hall as a lobby lounge area with its sweeping archways, gold leaf detailing, mosaics and art glass windows. You will be transported back to a time when travel was truly extraordinary. Witness a remarkable 3D projected show on the Grand Hall’s 65-foot tall ceiling in a hotel so historic that it achieved a top Railway Themed Hotel rating by Condé Nast.

St. Paul, MN InterContinental Saint Paul

Located in the heart of downtown and atop the bluffs of the Mississippi River, the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront offers riverside luxury and unrivalled access to the best of the Twin Cities. The hotel is located just steps away from live theater, renowned museums, memorable dining, specialty shopping, and an extensive park and trail system. Saint Paul is Minnesota’s capital city, and home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, History Center, Children’s Museum, CHS Field, Schubert Museum and the Xcel Energy Center. The friendly Concierge Team invites you to share in their knowledge and love of Saint Paul.

*Hotels and amenities subject to change.


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