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Mississippi River

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.

Limited-Time Offers on Mississippi River Cruises!
  • AQV: 2022 Cruise Sale! Enjoy huge savings of 50% on select cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Plus, get $100 per couple in onboard credit. Expires July 14. Click here.
  • AQV: Save up to $2,000 per couple on cruises in certain cabin categories. Plus, receive $100 per couple in onboard credit. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free onboard credits of $100 per cabin on sailings. Click here.
  • ACL: Save up to $1,000 per couple off select cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive one free hotel night before your cruise, plus transfers to your ship on the day of departure. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $1,000 per couple off Mississippi River cruises in certain cabin categories, plus enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires July 31. Click here.
  • ACL: Enjoy waived port charges and fees on select sailings. Expires July 5. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free shore excursions on select cruises. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.