French America Line Makes Its World Debut

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A rendering of the Currents Spa on the French America Line's debut ship, the Louisiane. 
A rendering of the Currents Spa on the French America Line’s debut ship, the Louisiane. (Photo credit: French America Line)

American river cruise line French America Line is making its world debut this fall with the launch of the intimate 75-stateroom Louisiane. The ship’s inaugural sailing on Aug. 22 will host 150 guests and a crew of 64.

From her home port of New Orleans, Louisiane will sail throughout the year on 5- to 10-day itineraries along the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red rivers, and the Intracoastal Waterway of the Gulf Coast. According to French America Line’s chairman Christopher Kyte, the intent behind Louisiane was to “embody superb river experiences” and capture a narrative that explores “many traditions that were influenced by la belle France during the early colonization of America.”

The stylishly appointed riverboat, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, celebrates the regional food, music and history of New Orleans through Southern and Continental cuisine created by award-winning chef de cuisine Regina Charboneau, daily expert-led shore experiences enhanced with discussions by onboard Illuminators, and nightly best-of-America entertainment.

Additionally, the ship features 75 suites and staterooms, two open seating dining venues and three lounges providing nightly entertainment, plus a full-service Currents Spa, complimentary bicycles, helmets and maps for private shore explorations, and optional Curator Collection private shore experiences and pre- and post-cruise extension add-ons.

The 2016 Louisiane catalog, with detailed itineraries, including the Deep South, the Mississippi Headwaters, River Crossroads, Wilderness Rivers and Gulf Waterways, is now available. For more information, call (888) 387-1140 or visit