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Mississippi River Cruises

Explore America's true historic treasures on a cruise of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. This 2,320-mile waterway flows through 10 states, from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Its name comes from the Ojibwe word Misi-ziibi, meaning "Great River."

The Mississippi led explorers to new lands, and it served as an important lifeline for the transport of people and goods to the towns that rapidly grew along its banks. Centers of commerce and culture flourished along its main route and tributaries. Cities like St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans owe their existence to the Mississippi.

Step back to a time when life moved a little slower and riverboats slowly churned the waters. See Civil War battlefields, restored plantations, rolling farmland and picturesque riverfront towns filled with Victorian-era architecture. The region has a rich musical legacy as the birthplace of the blues, jazz and country music. It's been celebrated in literature, too, most notably by Mark Twain, who grew up in the port town of Hannibal, MO.

Sailings might spend time on the mighty Mississippi in addition to other waterways, like the Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois and Cumberland Rivers. Cruises are particularly good values, because your stateroom and onboard meals are included in a single rate that you pay upfront.


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  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on select American Queen sailings in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full by September 30, 2014. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive free shore excursions on select cruises with American Cruise Lines. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Single supplement waived on select American Queen Steamboat Company cruises when you book by September 30, 2014. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Avalon Journeys Club members save 5% off the cruise/land price. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Enjoy free shore excursions on every sailing with American Queen Steamboat Company. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $400 per couple off select American Cruise Lines departures when you book three months in advance. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive one free hotel night before your cruise when you book select American Queen Steamboat Company sailings 60 days in advance. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Globus Journeys Club members save 5% off the land price. Click here for eligible departures.

    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    Good Old Summertime 2015 (4 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   4   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2015 (New Orleans to Memphis)   7   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain (St. Louis Roundtrip)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors 2015 (St. Louis to Nashville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 50s and 60s 2015 (St. Paul Roundtrip)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Savories of the South Cruise (New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors (St. Louis to Jeffersonville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Jeffersonville, IN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War (Chattanooga to Memphis)   8   Chattanooga, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old-Fashioned Holidays (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip B)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old-Fashioned Holidays (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip A)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old-Fashioned Holidays (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Elvis (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (St. Louis to New Orleans)   8   St. Louis, MO   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (St. Louis to Cincinnati)   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (Memphis to St. Louis)   8   Memphis,TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (Nashville to St. Louis)   8   Nashville, TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration 2015 (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Big Band Swing 2015 (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old-Fashioned Holidays 2015 (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Thanksgiving Festival 2015 (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Culture 2015 (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Culture 2015 (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Gardens of the River 2015 (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors 2015 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors 2015 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon & Bluegrass 2015 (St. Louis to Cincinnati)   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2015 (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2015 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Culture 2015 (New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Delta Blues 2015 (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2015 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Oktoberfest 2015 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2015 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Elvis 2015 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old Fashioned Holidays 2015 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland: From Music City to the Big Easy   12   Nashville, TN   New Orleans, LA   Avalon   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland: From Music City to the Big Easy   12   Nashville, TN   New Orleans, LA   Globus   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Grand Heartland Cruise 2015   15   St. Paul, MN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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