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Class of 61 Mississippi River Cruise 3-10 Oct 2021

Gene Witherspoon invites you to join him for a special event – an 8 day/7 night cruise on the Mississippi river.  The cruise begins and ends in New Orleans, where you can spend a few days before or after the cruise.  His travel advisor is Lois Bradfield, whom many of you have met on prior ’61 cruises.  Read on for the details and instructions for how to register for the adventure.


Traveling the Lower Mississippi with American Cruise Lines is an experience like no other. Their carefully selected onboard experts bring the history and culture of this region to life with award-winning enrichment programs. Tour the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge.   Enjoy customized excursions from iconic ports in Oak Alley and Natchez, where you gain an insiders’ perspective of classic antebellum homes and renowned plantations. Experience affluent plantation ambiance in St Francisville. Travel to Vicksburg and delve deep into the history of the Civil War.

Use the link below to view the travel brochure with itinerary, cruise, tour, and attractions information.

View Travel Brochure Here

The Cruise Line

American Cruise Lines describes the company philosophy:

With American Cruise Lines, it's about Simple Sophistication. As we travel to the most amazing destinations across the United States, we offer our guests an elevated cruise experience - not expressed through black tie affairs and formal gatherings, but rather through personalized exploration, well-designed enrichment programs on board and ashore, and all the comforts that come with cruising on the newest fleet in the country.

Ship Design. Our small ship design creates an intimate environment in which our guests are treated with the utmost care and attention. Our crew members take pride in knowing our guests by name and understanding their preferences. Every stateroom is a spacious sanctuary in which to relax after a day of discovery and contemplate the adventures that lie ahead. Guests come back from an American Cruise Lines cruise relaxed, enriched, and with new lifelong friends.

What Sets American Cruise Lines Apart. Highly personalized service and a relaxed atmosphere prevail onboard our modern fleet of ships. Our accommodating, all-American crew welcomes you with an unequaled level of attention. Each evening before dinner, enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as you mingle with other guests to share the adventures of the day. Set your own pace on your vacation and relax in the casual comfort and exceptional care that is the hallmark of cruising with American Cruise Lines.

The Cruise Ship

American Jazz began its inaugural season on the Lower Mississippi in September of 2020.

Like her sister ships, American Jazz has the contemporary styling and modern amenities that make river cruising more attractive and comfortable than ever before. Featured is a gorgeous five-story glass atrium, private balconies in all of its spacious staterooms, and spectacular views from everywhere on the ship. American Jazz also features the same advanced opening bow and retractable gangway seen on American Song and American Harmony. 250 to 650 square feet, the staterooms aboard American Jazz are the finest on any cruise ship. Guests enjoy ample living space, full-size bath rooms, plush seating, and the ideal place to unwind after an enriching day of discovery.

Use this link to learn more about the American Jazz, including the deck plans and staterooms.

Link to American Jazz Ship brochure

The Cabins

Port Charges and Fees are $250 pp,

’61 Special Pricing includes: One-night hotel stay at the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans, transfer to the ship, all gratuities, featured shore excursions, all meals, nightly cocktail hour, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, on-board entertainment, and a transfer to the airport in New Orleans. Quote expires 29 Mar 2021.

Make Your Reservation

Space may be limited. Reservations will be allocated on a first come – first served basis.  To make your reservation, you need to do two things.

1. Fill out the registration form below and email a copy to Lois at Enter names as they appear on your passport.  You may pick a particular stateroom by number or just the general category of cabin you prefer.  Note that there are singles rooms on three of the decks.

Guest 1 Name


Guest 1 DoB


Guest 2 Name


Guest 2 DoB


Stateroom Selection


Billing Address


Billing Phone Number


2. Make a $500 deposit per person.  Phone Lois at  425.961.0583 or Mobile: 203.295.2311.  Provide your credit card number, expiration date, and security code.  NOTE – Final payment due 120 days from cruise date: 5 June 2021.


Contact Gene at

As of 17 Feb 2021:

To date, the following have signed up for the cruise:
Bradfield/Bill and Lois--412
Brown/Ed and Rina--323
Budge/Larry and Connie--420
Cain/Bob and Georgann--325
Eiland/Mike and Chan--333
Fishburne/Joe and Ginna--415
Fritz/Bud and Sheryl--330
Grisoni/John and Teri--331
Hansell/Charlie and Karen--328
Java/Donna and John--417
Kee/Bob and Ruth-419
Kenny/Hank and Mary--506
Kirkpatrick/Terry and Jeanne--418
Lott/George and Lois--505
Maus/Mick and Coralinn--329
McConnell/Bob and Gale--507
Middlesteadt/Roger and Madeline--332
Seltz/Bill and Lois--508
Solomon/Mary Jane--405
Stokes/Dolly and Jim--408
Teal/David and Nancy--413
Urette/Karen and Mike--336
White/Jerry and Cathy--503
Witherspoon/ Gene--320

Lois has notified me of the cabin availability:
Owner's suite:  0 left
Veranda suite:  5th Deck--1 cabin
AAM:  4th Deck -- 8 cabins
AAC:  3rd Deck -- 13 cabins
AAL:  2nd Deck -- 27 cabins
AAR:  Main Deck -- 6 cabins
Single:  2nd Deck -- 4 cabins

Please call Lois at 425-961-0583 to make your reservation.













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