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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 Steamboat Company sailings in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $400 to $1,200 per couple on 2019 river cruises with American Queen Steamboat Company in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full. Expires November 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $800 to $1,600 per couple off select sailings in certain cabin categories with American Queen Steamboat Company when you book and pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $600 to $2,000 per couple off select American Cruise Lines sailings. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Enjoy reduced rates on cabin upgrades for select American Queen Steamboat Company sailings when you book and pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Enjoy reduced rates on select American Queen Steamboat Company sailings in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires November 30. 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.

  • Receive one free hotel night before your cruise with American Cruise Lines, plus transfers to your ship on the day of departure when you book one month in advance. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive free shore excursions on select American Cruise Lines river cruises. 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**
    Highlights of the Mississippi River   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   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
    New Year's Celebration 2019 (6 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip, American Duchess)   6   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Highlights 2019 (6 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   6   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration 2019 (6 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip, American Queen)   6   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Plantation Holidays (Roundtrip New Orleans)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   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
    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 Mississippi River Cruise   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain Upper Mississippi River Cruise (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain Upper Mississippi River Cruise (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   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 (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 (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 (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
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (New Orleans to Tunica)   8   New Orleans, LA   Tunica, MS   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (Fall Foliage, St. Louis to Nashville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Nashville, TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (Country & Blues Cruise, St. Louis to Nashville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Nashville, TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (Fall Foliage, Nashville to St. Louis)   8   Nashville, TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (Country & Blues Cruise, Nashville to St. Louis)   8   Nashville, TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Music Holiday 2019 (Nashville to Memphis)   9   Nashville, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lewis and Clark 2019 (Louisville to St. Louis)   9   Louisville, KY   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain's Mississippi 2019 (Minneapolis to Alton)   9   Minneapolis, MN   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Music Holiday 2019 (Memphis to Nashville)   9   Memphis,TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Music Holiday 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis, American Duchess)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Duchess)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2019 (Chattanooga to Memphis)   9   Chattanooga, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2019 (Memphis to Chattanooga)   9   Memphis,TN   Chattanooga, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Queen)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis, American Queen)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Musical Heritage   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   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
    Creole Christmas   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Plantation Holidays (Memphis to New Orleans)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain's Mississippi 2019 (St. Louis to Red Wing)   9   St. Louis, MO   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Heartland Heritage 2019 (Minneapolis to St. Paul)   9   Minneapolis, MN   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain's Mississippi 2019 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   9   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    An American Christmas 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Duchess)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Highlights 2019 (9 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   9   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Taste of Mardi Gras 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Plantation Holidays 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Plantation Holidays 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    An American Christmas 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Queen)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   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
    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 2019 (Minneapolis to New Orleans)   16   Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Complete Mississippi River Cruise   22   New Orleans, LA   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi 2019 (New Orleans to Red Wing)   23   New Orleans, LA   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi 2019 (St. Paul to New Orleans)   23   Minneapolis, 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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