New Orleans and the Gulf« All Yorktown cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
Day 1 New Orleans
Fly to New Orleans to embark Yorktown. Overnight aboard ship, conveniently docked near the French Quarter.
Day 2 New Orleans
Spend the day exploring and discovering New Orleans, described by some as the “most unique” city in America. Named after Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France, New Orleans is known for its distinct French Creole architecture, cuisine, as well as being the birthplace of jazz and the home of Mardi Gras.
Wedged between the mighty Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans is a city that has been influenced by many different cultural groups. On a walking tour, explore the French Quarter or Vieux Carré (Old Quarter), the 80- block area that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city, to admire the old architecture that line the Quarter’s narrow streets and passageways. You will also have free time to discover New Orleans on your own. Alternatively, drive for the morning to Vacherie to visit the Laura Plantation, whose earliest inhabitants were the local Colapissa tribe. During the antebellum years, some 500 people lived on the estate. Late in the afternoon, sail through the Mississippi and the Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf.
Day 3 Mobile, Alabama
Sailing the spacious Mobile Bay, Yorktown will dock in the graceful city of Mobile, whose strategic location at the mouth of the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers attracted French and Spanish explorers. During the Civil War, Mobile was an important Confederate port. Founded in 1702 by the French, it became the capital of the French colony of Louisiana, before moving the seat of government was moved to newly founded New Orleans. Your tour of Mobile will focus on its historic landmarks and sites, which include Fort Condé, originally built in 1711, the Condé -Charlotte Museum, housed in an 1822 building, Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, one of the city’s finest antebellum homes, and Oakleigh, a superb 1833 Greek-Revival mansion.
In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Bellingrath Gardens and Home, or tour Battleship Memorial Park, site of the battleship USS Alabama, famous of escaping nine major World War II battles unscathed. Also tour the adjacent USS Drum, a World War II submarine.
Day 4 At Sea / Port St. Joe, Florida
Cruise along the coast of Alabama and Florida’s Panhandle. Evening arrival in Port St. Joe.
Day 5 Apalachicola / St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
From Port St. Joe, where the Florida Constitution was drafted in 1838, take an excursion to serene and perfectly preserved Apalachicola, (“land of friendly people” in the language of the original indigenous population), with its wonderful collection of historic homes, churches, and museums. This lovely town is also known for its eateries, due to the oysterrich Apalachicola Bay. Visit the 1838 Southern-plantation style Raney House, thought to be the town’s oldest structure. The Trinity Episcopal Church across the street was actually built in New York and shipped down the Atlantic and around the Florida Keys to Apalachicola and reassembled in 1836. Nearby is the Gorrie House Museum, the former home of Dr. John Gorrie (1803-55). Spend time at leisure in Apalachicola, or alternatively, take the ferry to St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge on St. Vincent Island. This pristine island is home to many endangered species such as red wolves, peregrine falcons, bald eagles and sea turtles. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research reserve houses aquariums simulating different marine habitats of the region.
Day 6 Pensacola
Sitting at the western end of Florida’s Panhandle, Pensacola is a beautiful Deep South city with a rich historic past and a beautifully renovated downtown. The first permanent settlement was established in 1698, and since then the city has been governed under five flags – Spain, France, Britain, the Confederacy, and the U.S. Our tour of the city will include the Historic Pensacola Village, which contains 19th-century buildings with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Also visit the Pensacola Naval Air Station and the fascinating National Museum of Naval Aviation. Alternatively, you may explore Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, home to rare and endangered plant and animal species.
Day 7 Horn & Ship Islands, Mississippi
Considered the jewel of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Horn Island is a 13-mile-long isle with lagoons that attract over 280 bird species as well as pine and palmetto forests. Of all the Gulf Islands, West Ship is the most historic of these barrier islands. Fort Massachusetts is the dominant feature, a fort dating back to the Civil War and used as the headquarters for the prisoner-of-war camp on the island.
Day 8 New Orleans, Louisiana / Disembark
Disembark in New Orleans in the morning.
Itinerary NotesPROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
- 7-night cruise aboard the 138-guest Yorktown
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
- All meals aboard ship
- Complete program of tours and excursions
- Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturer
- Professional tour staff
- Complete pre-departure materials
- Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival date
- Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $950, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||$500|
|90-61 days||55% cruise cost|
|60-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 138
The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships.
In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed
views of the passing scenery.
Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.
Measuring 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, and with a draft of just eight feet, the ship's easy maneuverability and shallow draft enable exploration of secluded waterways beyond the reach of bigger ships. A fleet of motorized landing craft can be launched in minutes for spontaneous landings on small islands and deserted beaches.
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two portholes, private shower & toilet. Cabins M11-M17
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L43-48
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins P49-P76
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins M18-M26
Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L29-L42
Outside cabins with two lower beds (converts to queen), two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L27-28, P59-60
Superior outside cabins with walk-out balcony, queen bed, private shower & toilet. Cabins S77-S80