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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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  • Save $400 to $2,400 per couple on 2018 river cruises with American Queen Steamboat Company in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $1,000 per couple when you book a deluxe balcony cabin on select American Queen Steamboat Company departures. Expires January 24. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $600 to $1,200 per couple off select American Cruise Lines sailings. 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 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.

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

  • Receive one free hotel night before American Cruise Lines sailings when you book 9 months 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**
    Mark Twain (Minneapolis to Alton)   9   Minneapolis, MN   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Culinary Experience (Louisville to Alton)   9   Louisville, KY   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of America (Nashville to Memphis)   8   Nashville, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Thanksgiving Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Civil War Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Culinary Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Music Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,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
    Springtime in the South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary B)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary B)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Springtime in the South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary A)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary A)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Thanksgiving Festival   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The 50s and 60s Remembered (St. Louis to Memphis)   9   St. Louis, MO   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon (Cincinnati to Memphis)   9   Cincinnati, OH   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary C)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (St. Louis to Nashville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Nashville, TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Highlights of the Mississippi River   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The 50s and 60s Remembered (5 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   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
    Mississippi River Cruise (Christmas Cruise, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (New Years 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
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Civil War Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Culinary Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Music Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Cruise   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Springtime in the South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   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
    Antebellum South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Big Band (9 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   9   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Springtime in the South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Literature   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Sampler (8 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   9   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Musical Heritage   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Creole Christmas   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of America (Memphis to New Orleans)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Gateway Cruise (St. Louis to New Orleans)   11   St. Louis, MO   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Heartland Cruise   15   St. Paul, MN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (Minneapolis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   16   Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (Minneapolis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   16   Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lincoln's Illinois   9   St. Louis, MO   Ottawa, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Life on the Mississippi (St. Louis to Red Wing)   9   St. Louis, MO   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland (St. Louis to Red Wing)   9   St. Louis, MO   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Heartland Heritage   9   Minneapolis, MN   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (New Orleans to Red Wing)   23   New Orleans, LA   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (New Orleans to Red Wing, Itinerary B)   23   New Orleans, LA   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (Mark Twain Cruise, St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (Nashville to St. Louis)   8   Nashville, TN   St. Louis, MO   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
    The Art of the Mississippi (Minneapolis to St. Louis)   9   Minneapolis, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland (Chicago to St. Louis)   9   Chicago, IL   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Gateway Cruise (Food & Wine Cruise, New Orleans to St. Louis)   11   New Orleans, LA   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Gateway Cruise (New Orleans to St. Louis)   11   New Orleans, LA   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (Fall Foliage, St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (Mark Twain Cruise, St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   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
    Complete Mississippi River Cruise   22   New Orleans, LA   St. Paul, MN   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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