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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.


Book Now and Save on Mississippi River Cruises!


  • Save $1,000 per couple off holiday cruises with American Queen Steamboat Company when you book and pay in full by September 1, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $200 to $1,000 per couple off 2017 American Queen Steamboat sailings when you book and pay in full by September 30, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $3,000 per couple off the 2017 departure of The Mighty Mississippi with American Queen Steamboat Company when you book and pay in full by September 30, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.

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

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

  • Enjoy a free open-bar cocktail hour every evening before dinner with American Cruise Lines. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive free shore excursions on select American Cruise Lines river cruises. 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.

    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**
    Music of the 50s and 60s 2017 (4 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   4   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 50s and 60s 2017 (5 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Highlights of the Mississippi River   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 50s and 60s 2017 (Louisville to St. Louis)   8   Louisville, KY   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain 2017 (St. Louis/Alton to Red Wing/St. Paul)   8   Alton, IL   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Life on the Mississippi 2017 (Red Wing/St. Paul Roundtrip)   8   Red Wing, MN   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 50s and 60s 2017 (Red Wing Roundtrip)   8   Red Wing, MN   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Big Band Swing 2017   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2017   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration 2017   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2017 (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2017 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of America 2017 (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Thanksgiving Festival 2017 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Musical Heritage of the Delta 2017 (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets 2017 (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets 2017 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (St. Louis to New Orleans)   8   St. Louis, MO   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Memphis to St. Louis)   8   Memphis,TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Memphis to Nashville)   8   Memphis,TN   Nashville, TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower 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
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Thanksgiving Festival (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Autumn Colors (Alton to Red Wing)   8   Alton, IL   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Big Band Swing (Memphis to Alton)   8   Memphis,TN   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Fall Foliage, St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Fall Foliage, St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Elvis (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (Nashville to St. Louis)   8   Nashville, TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Civil War Cruise, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Thanksgiving Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Christmas Cruise, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (New Year's Eve Cruise, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (St. Louis to Nashville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Nashville, TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets 2017 (9 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Gateway Cruise   11   New Orleans, LA   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Heartland Cruise   15   St. Paul, MN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Complete Mississippi River Cruise   22   New Orleans, LA   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi 2017 (St. Paul/Red Wing to New Orleans)   22   Red Wing, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   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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