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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!


  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on select American Queen sailings in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full by by June 20, 2014. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $2,000 per couple off select summer voyages in certain cabin categories with American Queen when you book and pay in full by May 30, 2014. Click here for eligible departures.

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

  • Receive a free pre-night hotel stay before your cruise on select American Cruise Lines sailings when you book by April 30, 2014. Click here for eligible departures.

  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on select sailings with Blount Small Ship Adventures. 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.

  • Insight travelers ages 5-17 save up to 10% off the land price. Age restrictions may apply to certain regions. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Group discounts! Book a group of 5-8 on the same Insight tour and each person saves 5% off the land price. Further savings may be available for groups of 9 or more. 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 2014 (St. Louis Roundtrip)   4   St. Louis, MO   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon & Bluegrass 2014 (St. Louis to Cincinnati)   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Foliage 2014 (St. Louis to Jeffersonville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Jeffersonville, IN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2014 (Chattanooga to Memphis)   8   Chattanooga, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old-Fashioned Holidays 2014 (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip B)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old-Fashioned Holidays 2014 (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip A)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration 2014 (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 60s 2014 (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Old-Fashioned Holidays 2014 (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Elvis 2014 (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 50s 2014 (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Thanksgiving Festival 2014 (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 60s 2014 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors 2014 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Baseball Legends 2014 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Colors 2014 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 50s 2014 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon & Bluegrass 2014 (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Savories of the South Cruise 2014 (New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (St. Louis to Cincinnati)   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (Memphis to St. Louis)   8   Memphis,TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (Nashville to Memphis)   8   Memphis,TN   Nashville, TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Culture 2014 (8 Day, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Culture 2014 (8 Day, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2014 (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2014 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2014 (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (Civil War Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2014 (Mark Twain Tribute Cruise)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   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 (Memphis to Nashville)   8   Memphis,TN   Nashville, TN   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
    Good Old Summertime 2014 (Memphis to Cincinnati)   9   Memphis,TN   Cincinnati, OH   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Foliage Spectacular: From the Windy City to the Twin Cities 2014   11   Chicago, IL   St. Paul, MN   Globus   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Fall Foliage Spectacular: From the Windy City to the Twin Cities 2014   11   Chicago, IL   St. Paul, MN   Avalon   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland: From Music City to the Big Easy 2014   12   Nashville, TN   New Orleans, LA   Avalon   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland: From Music City to the Big Easy 2014   12   Nashville, TN   New Orleans, LA   Globus   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Chicago to the Big Easy: Chicago to New Orleans 2014   16   Chicago, IL   New Orleans, LA   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    The Big Easy to Chicago: New Orleans to Chicago 2014   16   New Orleans, LA   Chicago, IL   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi and Tenn-Tom Waterway: New Orleans to New Orleans 2014   16   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Rhythms & Flavors of America with Mississippi River Cruise GOLD 2014   21   Chicago, IL   Memphis,TN   Insight   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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