New U.S. River Cruises

French America Line’s Louisiane will access historic river ports on five American rivers that larger ships cannot reach.


We recently met with representatives of French America Line, a new all-inclusive U.S. river cruise line slated to launch in late August. Well suited for affluent Millennials and lovers of experiential travel, the line’s offerings will kick off with the inaugural sail of the intimate 75-stateroom flagship, Louisiane, on August 22.

Formerly the Columbia Queen, Louisiane underwent a multimillion dollar refurbishment to reflect a subtle, but elegant French-inspired ambiance to embrace the rich history of the areas that were once known as French America.

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Louisiane, which will be home-ported at New Orleans, will celebrate regional cultural influences in food, music and history. The ship’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. river ship in more than a decade, says Christopher Kyte, chairman of French America Line.

Luxury travel advisors should reach out to Jesse Markwell ([email protected]; 888-387-1140, ext. 402), director of inside sales and product delivery, for special questions.              

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