Mississippi River Cruises

The arrival of the riverboats changed the landscape and lives of the people along the rivers of the Old South forever. Great sugar and cotton plantations sprang up, and trade boomed along the entire Mississippi River system

Step back in time to the grand era of steamboating on an authentic paddlewheeler and journey to the heart and soul of America's Deep South on our Mississippi riverboats. Choose the newly built Queen of the Mississippi, it's sister ship American Eagle or the recently refurbished American Queen, a well-known sight on the Mississippi.

Visit columned mansions of plantation country; the poignant cemeteries and memorials of the Civil War; the early settlements of the French Acadians; and the bustling major riverports of New Orleans and Memphis.

Hear the music that was born of hardships and triumphs - Delta blues, Dixieland jazz, gospel and zydeco. Revel in local Creole and Cajun tastes like ‘red beans and rice’ and ‘cafe au lait’ and enjoy the spectacular sights along the river, which are much the same as they were over a century ago.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Life in the ‘Big Easy’ blends legendary jazz, fine architecture, laid back ‘laissez-faire’ lifestyle and world-renowned cuisine - Cajun to Creole, beignets to jambalaya.

Memphis, Tennessee

Home of the Blues, Elvis’ Graceland, fascinating Mud Island and the famed bomber aircraft, the Memphis Belle, this historic port city offers a combination of culture and charm.

Nashville, Tennessee

The vibrant city of Nashville, capital of the US state Tennessee, has been influenced by classical, jazz and rock'n'roll music. See the Grand Ole Opry where Elvis performed or the historical Fort Nashborough.

Chicago, Illinois

See the sights and sounds of the popular city of Chicago, famed for its theatres and enjoy spectacular views across Lake Michigan.

Mississippi River Cruises

Mighty Mississippi from New Orleans

7 Nights - New Orleans and back

American Cruise Lines Ship - American Eagle American Eagle

Cruise the mighty Mississippi River aboard a brand new paddlewheeler, built in traditional style. Explore the deep south gems of Vicksburg, St Francisville, Baton Rouge and Oak Alley plantation World River Cruise

2014 - Dec
2015 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Oct, Nov, Dec

Mighty Mississippi River Cruise from New Orleans
From £2865pp
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Memphis to New Orleans

7 Nights - Memphis to New Orleans

American Cruise Lines Ship - American Eagle American Eagle

Cruise the Mississippi River on a brand new paddlewheeler and see the mansions and plantations of the Deep South, Civil War history at Vicksburg and the vibrant cultural heartland of New Orleans World River Cruise

2015 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Mississippi River Cruise from Memphis to New Orleans
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Memphis to New Orleans Cruise and Stay

11 Nights - Memphis to New Orleans

American Cruise Lines Ship - Queen of the Mississippi Queen of the Mississippi

Unique 11-night fully ATOL protected cruise holiday package including a 7-night cruise on the Mississippi River on a brand new paddlewheeler, with hotel stays in both Memphis and New Orleans. Price includes return flights from the UK Cruise and Stay

2015 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Mississippi Paddlewheeler Cruise Holiday from Memphis to New Orleans
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Nashville to New Orleans

12 Nights - Nashville to New Orleans

Avalon Waterways Ship - American Queen American Queen

Join the recently refurbished paddlewheeler American Queen on this 12-night cruise holiday. Enjoy hotel stays in Nashville and Memphis before cruising along the mighty Mississippi river, ending with a hotel stay in New Orleans. Includes home pick-up service from the UK, return flights and excursions Cruise and Stay

Nashville to New Orleans on the Mississippi River
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