Published on : Thursday, May 5, 2016
French America Line, America’s first premium river cruise line, is introducing a new era of boutique U.S. river experiences with the August launch of the intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane. Formerly the Columbia Queen, she is undergoing a multimillion dollar refurbishment to reflect a subtle but elegant French-inspired ambience to embrace the rich history of the areas she sails that were once known as French America.
Brimming with exquisite French style and the romantic joie de vivre of her home port of New Orleans, inaugural sailings for a maximum of 150 guests with an attentive U.S. crew of 64 will begin August 22, 2016.
The elegant French-inspired ship accommodates guests in 75 inviting suites and state rooms for sailings that celebrate regional cultural influences in food, music and history. The Louisiane’s small size allows her to access historic river ports on five American rivers that larger ships cannot reach. This creates a unique opportunity to see and experience ports that haven’t been accessed by a U.S. rivership in more than a decade, visiting places where larger riverboats cannot navigate.
Led by river cruising veterans Christopher Kyte, Chairman and Tom Markwell, President, French America Line’s executive team is comprised of many of the industry’s known innovators in river cruising.
“We designed Louisiane to embody superb river experiences, including exploring many diverse traditions on our country’s waterways that were influenced by la belle France during the colonization of America. It’s a wonderful narrative and quite unique to what’s currently available, offering the highest level of service and amenities comparable to that found on the rivers of Europe,” said Christopher Kyte, Chairman, French America Line.
“We also believe that the integrity of the company to whom you trust your vacation should be reflected in our fare structure. Therefore, we guarantee that we will not artificially inflate our prices and then lower prices as the sailing date approaches. You can book early with utmost confidence that you are receiving the best price available, as our fares remain the same from the moment they are created until the moment the vessel sails. That is the French America Line promise,” said Kyte.
“To set a new standard for sophisticated travelers, we offer a variety of cruise lengths to suit any schedule with inspired itineraries that visit a waterfront tapestry of charming towns, villages and grand cities. We hope to capture your heart with the finest regional French, Southern and continental cuisine afloat by Regina Charboneau, our award-winning Chef de Cuisine, and set your spirits soaring with the best-of-America onboard entertainment each night. We have also added some delicious and luxurious surprises, from Hermès bath amenities in the Richelieu Suites to fresh macarons from the House of Ladurée upon embarkation and nightly gourmet Vosges chocolates at turndown,” said Tom Markwell, President, French America Line.