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America’s Soulful South and Caribbean Cruise

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What? America’s Soulful South and Caribbean Cruise
Duration? 16 nights 
When? 5th December 2025
WOW! From £5949pp

🤩Join us for a little jazz, home cookin' from local Southerners, country music and a whole lot of Rock 'n' Roll on this inspiring American South tour showcasing the rich culture of Memphis, Nashville, Natchez and New Orleans, plus a trip to Elvis’s iconic Graceland.
🤩 Soak up the Caribbean sunshine on your all-inclusive cruise including NCL’s private island 

Experience the soul of the American South with jazz, country, and rock 'n' roll in Memphis, Nashville, Natchez, and New Orleans, plus a visit to Elvis’s Graceland.

Once you’ve soaked up all the sounds and tastes of the South, it’s time to relax in the Caribbean sunshine on an all-inclusive cruise with a private island retreat!

Start your adventure in the beating heart of America's Music City, Nashville. Experience the legendary Nashville Sound at RCA Studio B, where icons like Elvis Presley recorded timeless hits. Dive into culture with a private performance of Johnny Cash tunes and explore the Country Music Hall of Fame. Continue your musical journey at the Johnny Cash Museum and spend your free time visiting the Ryman Auditorium, exploring the National Museum of African American Music, or indulging in Nashville’s vibrant honky-tonk scene and delicious Southern cuisine. Cap off your day with a live show at the Grand Ole Opry!

Next, explore Memphis’ rich musical heritage with a guided tour of Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum. Learn about the city’s deep-rooted cultural significance and enjoy traditional Southern cuisine to fuel your day of Rock 'n' Roll.
Pay homage to the one and only Elvis Presley at Graceland and visit Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll!

You’ll then explore the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum before heading to Natchez. The best way to experience Natchez is with a taste of Southern hospitality and you’ll experience all this and more at tonight’s memorable Be My Guest experience at one of the region’s beautiful historic, private homes for a meal.

In New Orleans, dive into Creole cuisine with a cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Explore the vibrant culture and history of New Orleans with a guided city tour and soak up the unique atmosphere of The Big Easy. Bid farewell to New Orleans and embark on your Caribbean cruise aboard the luxurious Norwegian Escape.

Your Southern adventure has come to an end, but luckily for you, your holiday isn’t over yet!

Time to embark on your Caribbean cruise from New Orleans! Sit back and relax while you enjoy the amenities on board the Norwegian Escape as you sail towards your first destination.

Get ready for non-stop memorable moments on a roundtrip cruise from The Big Easy aboard Norwegian Escape. Explore the mysteries of the cenotes and sacred underground river as you take time to relax and purify with a Mayan spiritual cleanse in Cozumel. Paradise awaits on Harvest Caye, the premier resort-style destination off the coast of Belize, where you can experience the full VIP treatment in your luxurious beachside cabana. Then ride horseback through Roatan's lush countryside and snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Turquoise Bay. In Costa Maya, unlock ancient Mayan secrets on a tour of the famous Chacchoben ruins or zipline over the jungle for an amazing view.

Contact your Personal Travel Consultant for a spectacular blend of music, culture, history, and Caribbean bliss.

What's Included

  • Return flights based on London Heathrow 
  • 10 Day Tastes and Sounds of the South Escorted Tour 
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • 7 night all-inclusive cruise on-board Norwegian Escape 
  • Ocean view cabin
  • Free at Sea: Premium drinks package, speciality dining package, shore excursion discount and Wi-Fi
  • Private transfers 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Nashville
The beating heart of America's Music City will chart your pace as you prepare to embark on a leisurely pilgrimage to discover the tastes and sounds of the South. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. 

Accommodation: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

Day 2 - Nashville
The famous Nashville Sound comes alive this morning as RCA Studio B reveals the legends of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance of original Cash tunes with one of Johnny's family members. Our acoustic journey continues with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see Elvis' Solid Gold Cadillac limousine and Jim Reeves' tuxedo jacket. This evening, enjoy a live show at the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

Accommodation: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

Includes trips: RCA’s Studio B, Cash on Cash, Visit Grand Ole Opry Live performance 

Day 3 - Nashville 

Continue your discovery of Nashville by exploring the Johnny Cash Museum. With the remainder of the day at your leisure choose to visit the Ryman Auditorium, where Johnny & June first met, a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or a memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® visit to the National Museum of African American Music - celebrating the music genres created, inspired and influenced by African Americans. Or perhaps you'll enjoy the opportunity to amble through Broadway's honky-tonk scene or enjoy the gut-busting flavours of homemade chicken or biscuits.

Accommodation: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

Includes trips: Johnny Cash Museum 

Day 4 - Memphis 

Head to Memphis' famous Beale Street, the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock 'n' Roll, for a tour where we'll meet a musician and Local Specialist to learn about the musical heritage of Memphis. Continue your Memphis sightseeing with a visit to the Lorraine Motel where civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated. Then MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® as you explore one of the most significant sites in town and one of the premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum. Enjoy a Regional Dinner of Southern cuisine this evening, capping off your tour of Memphis, past and present.

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Memphis 

Includes trips: Visit the National Civil rights museum, music tour of Memphis 

Day 5 - Memphis and Graceland 

Worship at the altar of the King, Elvis Presley, and head to Graceland, paying tribute to the man who changed the face of American popular music and culture. Then, pay a visit to Sun Studios, which sought to immortalise the raw energy of Beale Street, recording the first Rock 'n' Roll single in 1951. This evening is free.

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Memphis 

Includes trips: Visit Graceland, Historic Sun Studio

Day 6 - Memphis & Natchez 

Kick off the day’s sightseeing with a musical morning at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum exploring the blues, country, and gospel of the rural South before leaving for Natchez, Mississippi. You’ll arrive in Natchez on the banks of the Mississippi, surrounded by the antebellum homes. The best way to experience Natchez is with a taste of Southern hospitality and you’ll experience all this and more at tonight’s memorable Be My Guest experience at one of the region’s beautiful historic, private homes for a meal. Connect With Locals as hosts who have lived in the area for generations open their doors and share their stories as you enjoy dinner and backyard cocktails like Planter’s Punch paired with elevated Southern fare.  

Accommodation: Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel 

Includes trips: Southern hospitality at Natchez, Rock n Roll Museum

Day 7 - Natchez & New Orleans 

Today your travels take you deeper into an important part of Southern history. On this morning’s visit to a working cotton plantation, Frogmore Plantation and Gins, learn about Natchez planters and slavery in the South. Tour the property boasting 19 restored antebellum structures and equipment dating from the early 1800's including a Smithsonian quality steam gin listed on the National Register. You’ll learn how cotton was made and most importantly gain a better understanding of slavery in the South. Your tour brings you back into the present with a stop at its currently operating 900 bales-per-day cotton gin. Next up: The Big Easy, where we are introduced to Creole cuisine at the New Orleans School of Cooking.

Accommodation: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Tours: Visit the frogmore plantation, New Orleans school of cooking

Day 9 - New Orleans 

Let the good times roll in New Orleans today, tracing the cosmopolitan history of one of America's oldest cities with a Local Specialist, stopping at City Park and one of the ornate above-ground cemeteries. Spend the afternoon soaking up the laid-back vibes of The Big Easy. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

Accommodation: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Tours: New Orleans Tour 

Day 10 - New Orleans 

Today is yours to explore the French, Spanish and Creole sights and sounds of New Orleans. Why not join an optional experience at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park exploring the scenic swamp and bayou. Perhaps visit Mardi Gras World for a peek into what makes the New Orleans festival so popular or take a stroll down Magazine Street for plenty of regional food and shopping. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner. 

Accommodation: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Day 10 - New Orleans 

For now, it's ‘Au Revoir' New Orleans, but not ‘Adieu'. Make your own way to New Orleans International Airport or extend your stay in New Orleans.

Cruise Itinerary 

Day 1 - New Orleans
Day 2 - Day at sea
Day 3 - Cozumel
Day 4 - Harvest Caye (Private Island)
Day 5 - Roatan 
Day 6 - Costa Maya
Day 7 - Day at sea
Day 8 - New Orleans 

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