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Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise

16 days from £2129*
Departing: October 2017 - April 2018
* Price shown: 23 October 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR
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Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and the Caribbean

Join us on a fully escorted tour to see New Orleans, the cradle of the blues and Dixieland jazz; Tupelo, birthplace of the 'King'; Memphis, where he made his home; and Nashville, the undisputed capital of Country Music. Afterwards, round off your trip with a relaxing eight-day cruise across to the sun-blessed resorts of Mexico and the Caribbean aboard the marvellous Carnival Dream.

Deep South Holiday Highlights

  • Spend a night in the original 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' station hotel
  • Explore Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Visit Memphis, Tennessee, home to the 'King'
  • Enjoy an evening on Memphis' famous Beale Street
  • Discover Elvis' birthplace in tiny Tupelo
  • Spend two nights in the Big Easy, New Orleans
  • A cruise including three port calls and full days in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel in Mexico
  • Spend a last night in Hank Williams' Montgomery, Alabama

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good hotels in Chattanooga (1 night), Nashville (1), Memphis (2), New Orleans (2) and Montgomery (1)
  • Seven nights' full-board accommodation on board MS Carnival Dream, sharing an inside cabin with onboard tips included
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Atlanta
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, professional Tour Manager (the ship's staff and crew will take care of you during the cruise)

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Atlanta, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and make the journey into the southeast corner of Tennessee and your historic overnight hotel in Chattanooga, of 'Choo-Choo' fame, and a former riverside trading post much fought over during the American Civil War.

Day Two

After a brief tour of Chattanooga, which is beautifully set on a bend in the Tennessee River, in the heart of land once settled by the Cherokee Nation, you'll enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded Tennessee hills and farmland to Nashville, for an overnight stay. Home to the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, and to scores of hugely accomplished guitar-pickers and songwriters, Nashville is every inch one of America's foremost music cities.

This afternoon, an optional excursion will introduce you to the legendary Studio B - home to countless country hits and a galaxy of Elvis's RCA recordings - as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Day Three

Later today you head for Memphis for a two-night stay in another of the cradles of American music, on the bank of the 'Big Muddy', the mighty Mississippi. This evening, soak up the atmosphere of famous Beale Street.

Day Four

Don't miss the optional full day Memphis Sounds excursion, which will include legendary Sun Studio, where in 1951 'rock 'n' roll' was born with the recording of 'Rocket 88', and history changed forever three years later with Elvis's rendition and 'live' recording of Arthur Crudup's 'That's Alright, Mama'. You'll then make your way to Elvis Presley Boulevard to pay a visit to Graceland, the King's home, last recording studio and final resting place.

After a fascinating day, enjoy another evening in Memphis, perhaps sampling pork ribs - the city is known as the 'Barbecue Capital of America'.

Day Five

Leaving Memphis today you'll complete your Elvis journey with a visit to Tupelo, where you might wish to visit the tiny house that was the star's birthplace, before continuing south through Mississippi, following the course of 'Ol Man River' towards Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, for a two-night stay in the great city of New Orleans. Waste no time in soaking up the atmosphere of one of the most exuberant places on the face of the planet.

Day Six

An optional guided city tour this morning introduces the 'Big Easy', including the fabled French Quarter of time-warped, iron-balconied buildings centred on Jackson Square. This afternoon, take the optional Bayou and Alligators tour for a glimpse of the city's surrounding Creole country and wildlife, before returning to the city for another night of hot music and even hotter Creole food, or perhaps join the optional Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.

Day Seven

Today you'll bid temporary farewell to the US and board Carnival Dream for the seven-night cruise to the Caribbean and Mexico. Settle in and explore the ship's facilities. Consider an upgrade to an outside stateroom - a small supplement to our price buys you an unforgettable ocean view.

Days Eight and Nine

Enjoy the pool, spa or perhaps just a seat at the bar on your first days at sea.

Day 10

The first port of call is Montego Bay - or more affectionately MoBay - in Jamaica. Kick back to the saucy rhythms of reggae and enjoy time shopping for hand-woven straw hats and delicate wood carvings or, more simply, relax barefoot at one of the many beach bars.

Day 11

Today is spent in Grand Cayman, where you may choose from a range of optional tours sold on board, including the best scuba diving in the kaleidoscopic Caribbean Sea. Otherwise stretch out on the glimmering white sands at Seven Mile Beach or stroll the shops, cafes, and museums in George Town.

Day 12

Enjoy a full day in the celebrated Mexican resort of Cozumel. Locally bookable activities include sight-seeing tours, as well as sub-aqua diving and a submarine tour.

Day 13

Another day is spent relaxing at sea as Carnival Dream sails back across the Gulf of Mexico towards the USA.

Day 14

Arrive back in New Orleans this morning and spend the last night of the tour in Montgomery on the banks of the Alabama River and former home to the legendary Hank Williams.

Day 15

Today, after a free morning, you'll head back into Georgia to Atlanta for your return overnight flight.

Day 16

Arrive back in the UK at the end of a wonderful holiday.
Departure Airport Date Price From
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 23 October 2017 £2129
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 26 February 2018 £2179
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 April 2018 £2349

Deep South Hotels and Caribbean Cruise 

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities, and there will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby. You will also enjoy seven nights on board the cruise ship Carnival Dream.

Further Information

15th January 2018 departure cruise itinerary change

Day 10 on this departure will include a call at the popular Honduran port of Mahogany Bay instead of Montego Bay in Jamaica.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.

Passports and visas

When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar. When on board your cruise, tips are included in the tour price.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean CruiseScores 7.9 out of 10 based on 31 reviews
(7 out of 10)

DIANE

Stoke on Trent Family
Excellent holiday going to the places we have always wanted to see. The ship was good but we would not use Carnival again. The tables in the dining room were not clothed up and it was casual dressing ie shorts and T shirts but overall a good holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 09 May 2017
Published on: 31 May 2017
(9 out of 10)

JANET

Southampton Friends
Had a very interesting and informative holiday, thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
Our Tour Manager Simone Davis was excellent and her help and organisation was to be commended as I'm sure this helped to make my holiday memorable.
Confirmed traveller: 09 May 2017
Published on: 27 May 2017
(10 out of 10)

SUSAN

Hyde Couple
This was a brilliant holiday..... met some great people. You would definitely not get bored as there was so much to see and do.
The tour manager even took us to some extra places of interest .... Casey Jones village being one of them.
The cruise was great as well and the staff were really helpful... I would definitely book this holiday again.
Confirmed traveller: 09 May 2017
Published on: 27 May 2017
(9 out of 10)

PHILIP

Eccles Couple
Well organised trip on the whole. Only downside was the last two days. A short journey after leaving the ship and then a long journey to the airport. Also shame you could not get a direct flight from Manchester as an option. One arrived the same time as ours from London and returned a couple of hours after ours to London. Driver excellent Guide made it interesting. Great group of people.
Confirmed traveller: 18 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

LESLEY

Orpington, Kent Couple
Fabulous from start to finish. The first week is a lot of travelling and living out of suitcases, so not for everyone but the only way to see so much. And the travelling is all on an air conditioned coach, the driver gets your cases on and off and the tour guide pretty much arranges everything for you.
The second week is more relaxed with wonderful visits to 3 Caribbean Ports.
I've given an overall rating of 8 as the only downside was the constant tipping (I know it's expected in the USA) and the high costs of everything on the ship, from alcohol to shore excursions.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 19 October 2016