|ACL's Queen of the West|
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Pre-cruise packages include a stay in a premium hotel as well as transportation to the ship the day of the cruise. Because the participating hotels are well-located within each port of call, cruise passengers who are so inclined can arrive in their departure city the day before the cruise and see some of the sights the port of call has to offer before departing on their cruise.
For example, passengers on Mississippi cruises that depart from New Orleans have several complimentary hotels to choose from, including the Omni Riverfront and the Intercontinental New Orleans. Both hotels are located downtown, near the ship and within easy walking distance of the French Quarter, Mother’s Restaurant, the famous Café du Monde, Jackson Square, and other points of interest in The Big Easy.
|New Orleans' Jackson Square|
In addition, those guests will also have the option to purchase an enhanced package which includes an additional hotel night and a jet boat tour of Hells Canyon.
ACL is also offering similar packages in Memphis, St. Louis, St. Paul, Nashville and Pittsburgh. Additional packages are being planned, including one in the Boston area.
American Cruise Lines is offering the pre-cruise packages, as well as additional complementary excursions, in an effort to create a more inclusive experience for guests in 2017, the company said.
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