A CLASSIC COUNTRY HOLIDAY – Experience the best of the south during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic, homespun holiday traditions of America’s beloved “Music City,” Nashville, Tennessee. With Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating its 50th anniversary, there has never been a better time to explore the abundance of exhibits honoring the legacy of American music. From literary hubs like Ann Patchett’s Parnassus bookstore to celebrated restaurants such as The Catbird Seat, the diversity of Nashville offers you an unimaginable number of ways to experience the city from a perspective all your own. You are sure to create lifelong memories on this incredible voyage featuring a Grand Ole Opry show at the iconic Ryman Auditorium.
Before boarding the vessel later this afternoon, take the opportunity to independently explore Nashville – America’s beloved “Music City” where music is historically woven into its social, professional and cultural foundation. From its humble beginnings in the late 1700s to its modern day prominence, this vibrant city cultivates a unified environment of creativity that pervades the culinary, literary and musical scenes. From the Grand Ole Opry at historic Ryman Auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music,” to literary hubs like Ann Patchett’s Parnassus bookstore and celebrated restaurants such as The Catbird Seat, the diversity of Nashville offers an unimaginable number of ways to experience the city from a perspective all your own.
Leisurely River Cruising
There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns as you mingle with fellow guests and discuss the unique aspects of river life. If you fancy a moment for yourself, retreat to The Lincoln Library adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish every moment of serenity. Our fitness facility, business center, movie theater and grand lobby offer a more stimulating day on the river for those who wish to indulge in more energy-infused activity. However you wish to spend your day, make it your own and revel in every moment.
Stewart County is a small county enriched with history, picture-perfect scenery, and welcoming citizens. Guests are greeted with nature’s beauty and wildlife surrounding the city. Located at the county’s heart is Dover, its county seat and the home of Fort Donelson National Park. This peaceful, picturesque town is the location of one of the most historic battles of the Civil War – a battle that changed the direction of the war for the North. Today, bald eagles call this park their home as and soar through the skies; a true symbol of freedom. Although small and rural, Dover has much to offer her visitors who can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many local restaurants or take in the comforting hometown charm found throughout the city. Dover and Stewart County are the perfect gateway to a simple, cozy, quiet, country experience.
Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travelers were frequent!
Clarksville is the fifth fastest growing city in the United States while keeping their small town charm. Founded in 1784 and incorporated as a town in 1785, Clarksville was named for Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. The town is lined with history ranging for centuries and can be seen through prime examples of Victorian and Roman styles of architecture that are prevalent throughout the city.
Special Event: Opry at the Ryman
The Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous. The Opry features a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry presents eight or more artists on each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist’s musical style.
After a delicious dinner onboard, join us as we make our way to the iconic Ryman Auditorium for a Grand Ole Opry show! Don’t miss out on this exclusive included event as the perfect conclusion to your stay on the American Duchess.
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Nashville at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.
- Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
- Complimentary hotel stay the night before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the vessel*
- All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
- Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
- Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
- Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway
- Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches