American Cruise Lines has announced new Music Cities cruises between Nashville and Memphis, which will sail along four great American rivers: the Cumberland, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, as well as Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, KY. On board and on shore, American’s new eight-day Music Cities cruises will explore the history and sites of the Four Rivers Region as well as America’s most iconic musical genres.
In June 2020, American’s new Music Cities cruises will depart from Nashville or Memphis, and offer complimentary pre-cruise packages in both historically musical cities. Cruises from Nashville include a complimentary one-night pre-cruise package with a stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The package also offers optional tickets to the evening’s concert at the famous “Grand Ole Opry,” and includes transportation to and from the concert as well as transportation to the ship.
For 2020 Music Cities cruises departing from Memphis, American’s guests will have two pre-cruise options: a complimentary one-night pre-cruise package, including hotel stay and transportation to the ship, or a special two-night premium pre-cruise package, including two nights at the Guest House Hotel (next door to Graceland), VIP tickets to Graceland, as well as a Memphis City Tour and transportation to the ship the day of embarkation.
On board, American’s new Music Cities cruises will be curated with musical entertainment, as well as enrichment and topical lectures given by onboard historians and experts who will join guests throughout the cruise.
On shore in Memphis, guests will visit famous musical landmarks such as Graceland, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. In the legendary country music city of Nashville, guests can visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Honky-Tonk Row.
All throughout the cruise, guests will also have the opportunity to explore towns and historical sites in the historic Four Rivers Region, including Clarksville, TN; Dover, TN; and Paducah, KY, as well as a day of cruising along the beautiful shorelines of Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, KY.
In Paducah, the city at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, guests can visit the National Quilt Museum, the world’s largest quilt and fiber art collection, and the River Discovery Center, where they can learn about the unique history and culture of the Four Rivers Region. In Clarksville, TN, American’s guests can visit Fort Defiance, the 1800’s trading hub and the base for the Confederate troops during the Civil War and the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. In Dover, TN, guests can explore Fort Donelson National Military Park, the site of the “Battle of Fort Donelson.”
2020 Music Cities cruise departures are: June 13 and 20. Both June 2020 sailing dates are aboard America, one of the Line’s classic paddlewheelers. 2021 Music Cities cruise departures are: July 4, 11, 18, and 25; August 1, 8, 15 22, and 29; and September 5, 12, and 19. All 2021 sailing dates are aboard American Harmony, one of the line’s new modern riverboats.