French America Line, has annouced that is has been accepted as a member of the French Heritage Society, a non-profit American organization created in 1982 to preserve, restore and promote French heritage throughout the United States and France.
Brimming with exquisite French style and a romantic joie de vivre, inaugural sailings for a maximum of 150 guests with an attentive U.S. crew of 64 begin in September. The Louisiane’s small size allows her to access historic river ports on five American rivers that larger ships cannot reach.
“French America Line brings a redefined and fresh approach to cruising the waterways of America, providing a whole new level of service and amenities currently not offered in the marketplace. Our elegant flagship Louisiane will also celebrate the diverse cultural, historical and epicurean influences engrained in these regions during the early French colonization once known as Lousiane. There is no better a partnership to support our dedication to the preservation of this rich culture and heritage than our newly formed relationship with The French Heritage Society.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of all French America Line’s Curator Collection shore excursions that incorporate a focus on French heritage will be donated to the Society to support their many cultural and preservation initiatives here in the U.S., many along the waterways we operate” said Tom Markwell, President, French America Line.
“With 10 chapters in the U.S. and one in France, the central mission of French Heritage Society is to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations to build, dream and create. We do this by raising funds for restoration, preservation and cultural grants as well as creating transatlantic educational programs for students, architects, artisans, art connoisseurs and collectors,” said Elizabeth Stribling, Chairman of French Heritage Society.
French America Line’s optional Curator Collection shore excursions will dive into the heart of each destination to uncover the spirit and personality that make each place unique. For an additional charge, guests receive an exclusive, in-depth experience that could include an after-hours museum tour and dinner, behind-the-scenes previews of historic architectural preservation and restoration projects, private tours of celebrated art collections, exclusive musical performances, intimate wine tastings, or regionally inspired cooking lessons.
Guests will gain unique insights into life along the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red rivers. Pricing is virtually all-inclusive, with one-night pre-embarkation deluxe hotel stay in some of America’s most legendary hotels, all meals designed by Chef de Cuisine Regina Charboneau, free-flowing hand-selected beverages, wines, beer and spirits, nightly live entertainment, informative cultural and historical talks by onboard Illuminators, and memorable Traveler Collection shore excursions in every port of call included in the tariff. Onboard amenities include Hermès bath amenities in the Richelieu Suites and L’Occitaine en Provence bath amenities in all staterooms; fresh macarons from the House of Ladurée upon embarkation and nightly gourmet Haut Vosges chocolates at turndown.
French America Line 2016 itineraries are currently open for sale, and 2017 sailings will be open for sale in September. To reserve or learn more, visit www.frenchamericaline.com or call 1-888-387-1140.