A twist on the old favourite To Sir With Love… To Miss With Love From Lulu.
This Miss is Mississippi and the good news is that Sixties icon Lulu will be rolling, rolling, rolling down the river.
On a cruise along the river and through the American heartland.
Imagine Holidays bills its 12-night package thus: ‘From its rich complex history to its multitude of dialects, bubbling mix of cuisine to its colourful neighbourhoods and passion for music…
‘The bold and beautiful Deep South is a region that dances to its own unique rhythm.’
For anyone who has witnessed the journey of Marie Lawrie (her real name) from wee Glasgow lass to transcontinental superstar will know.
That she has a multitude of dialects as she showed in one return for the 1990 New Year’s Day celebrations in George Square in Glasgow.
Of course, I couldn’t talk… no, literally, I was too far gone to. And when I did find my voice I was speaking in tongues.
Rolling down the river
Lulu, of course, is the consummate professional and she will of course nail it.
The Mississippi is very much on the radar of my own little songbird here at home.
And I have promised to take her out there to Memphis which of course is a hotbed of music.
And that is embedded in the very river itself where one of the bridges is named the Dolly Parton bridge (you work it out yourself).
You’ll get three nights in Memphis before the off staying in a swanky hotel.
Arriving during the vivid and thrilling Carnival Season, you’ll be immersed in Memphis’s colourful streets, with bunting and festival decor.
From here, you’ll embark American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, for a journey along the Mississippi.
The Big Easy
Take in the antebellum mansions, the historical port of Vicksburg, the oldest city on the Mississippi.
Your cruise ends in the unique New Orleans and enjoy two nights in the Big Easy.
Exploring the French Quarter and the charming neighbourhoods of the Garden District and Treme.
Learn about city culture and history as you venture along Frenchmen Street and Esplanade Avenue, and marvel at magnificent sites including St. Louis Cathedral, Cabildo, The Presbytere.
Queen of ships
The American Queen certainly lives up to its name judging by the specs.
We’re encouraged to dine on delectable flavours in the elegant J.M White Dining Room.
Soak up the sun from the top deck and enjoy live music performances including the lovely Lulu.
And expertly crafted cocktails in the Engine Room Bar.
While there’s also award-winning, Broadway-calibre entertainment in the Grand Saloon.
So why not take up the offer To Miss With Love From Lulu. Prices from £3499pp, depart February 16 2024.