Cumberland River Cruise

Cruise from Nashville to St. Louis, following the Cumberland and Mississippi Rivers on a route of adventure and captivating history. Admire the most picturesque scenery in the American Heartland, including the Kentucky Lakes and rolling landscape of 170,000 acres of protected forest.  Enjoy guided excursions such as the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Travel to Dover and receive a private tour of the historic battleground where Ulysses S. Grant won his first major Union victory. Experience a relaxing day cruising Lake Barkley where you can enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of your private balcony. In the evening, listen to the finest Country, Jazz, and Rock n’ Roll music performed by our acclaimed onboard entertainers.

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Cruise Itinerary

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Ports of Call
1
Nashville, TN
2
Clarksville, TN
3
Dover, TN
4
Cruising Lake Barkley
5
Paducah, KY
6
Cape Girardeau, MO
7
Chester, IL
8
St. Louis, MO

Cumberland River Cruise

On your 8-day cruise from Nashville to St. Louis, enjoy the migratory songbirds, woodpeckers and red-tailed hawks that make the Cumberland River cruise come alive.  Along your journey, visit historic sites, vibrant artist communities, and beautiful state parks. 

Ports of Call

  • Nashville, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Clarksville, TN
  • Dover, TN
  • Paducah, KY
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Chester, IL
  • St. Louis, MO

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Pre-Cruise
Nashville, TN

Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

*Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.

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Day  1
Nashville, TN

From the legendary Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is the official headquarters of country music. The lively streets are lined with art galleries and unique shops that welcome you at every turn. Consider touring The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, the gardens of Cheekwood where more than 55,000 tulips bloom in the spring, or Gaylord Opryland's nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls.

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Day  2
Clarksville, TN

Discover Clarksville, named for General George Rogers Clark, a frontier fighter, Revolutionary War hero, and brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Learn from our local expert guides and from museum exhibits about how Clarksville rose as a major tobacco port during the 1800s. While visiting, tour the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum which houses military memorabilia or explore Dunbar Cave, one of the largest caves in the county.

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Customs House Museum 
& Cultural Center - Complimentary Excursion

Designed by William Aicken and commissioned by President Grover Cleveland, this building, constructed in 1898, once housed a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Now a museum, this architecturally fascinating structure is among the most photographed buildings in Tennessee.  Explore its featured exhibits, fine art galleries, and sculpture garden. 

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Dover, TN

The small town of Dover is an historic treasure as well as a place of scenic beauty. Home to Fort Donelson National Park, the town played a pivot role in the Civil War as the site of a major Union victory.  Within Dover is the Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, an over 8,000 acres habitat of waterfowl and plant life, as well as the Land Between Lakes National Recreation Area. 

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Fort Donelson National Military Park - Complimentary Excursion

Once the gateway to the Confederate Heartland, the battle of Fort Donelson became a key victory for Ulysses Grant and Union forces.  Enjoy a warm welcome at the visitor’s center by tour guides who are eager to share their knowledge.  After a short introductory film, tour the grounds of the fort, surrender site, and National Cemetery while learning about the military strategies employed by each side and how the Union victory impacted the entire Civil War.

 

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Cruising Lake Barkley

Located in Western Kentucky, explore Lake Barkley with a relaxing day of cruising. Take in the view of the beautiful shoreline from one of the Queen of the Mississippi's spacious, comfortable lounges while enjoying the company of other guests.

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Paducah, KY

Found by William Clark (Lewis and Clark), Paducah is known as a National Heritage Destination with many talented culinary artists, painters, potters, and jewelers creating and displaying their works there.  Also known as “Quilt City,” there is plenty to do in Paducah from shopping, to visiting one the many fine museums, to participating in a hands-on creative workshop at a local art gallery.

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Paducah City Tour

Let our local guide take you through the quaint city of Paducah. This tour has been carefully divided into three distinct sections to make sure you experience all that Paducah has to offer. First, tour the downtown as our local expert guide points out the areas’ many historical sites. Then, take a leisurely stroll along the riverfront where you will witness more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals depicting elements of Paducah’s past. End the tour at the National Quilt Museum, the world's largest museum devoted to quilt and fiber art.

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River Heritage Museum

Just a short distance from the ship’s docking location is the River Heritage Museum, where guests will learn all about the Four Rivers region. Explore state-of-the-art interactive exhibits such as the working lock and dam model and the pilothouse simulator which allows you test your skills and captain your own riverboat!



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Cape Girardeau, MO

Just thirty miles from the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, this river town became an important trading post in the 1800s. Visited by Lewis and Clark, Cape Girardeau has a storied history that resonates throughout the town, from the Trail of Tears State Park to the many outdoor murals reflecting the area's rich history.

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Trail of Tears State Park

The evening before arriving in Cape Girardeau, your onboard historian will paint a vivid picture of the Cherokee peoples' crossing of the Mississippi River to land in present-day Oklahoma. The forced march became known by the Cherokee people as the Trail of Tears due to its devastating effects. Memorializing this event is the Trail of Tears State Park, where you will join our guide to explore the interpretive center designed to retrace the steps of the Cherokee. Through a series of interpretive panel, paintings, maps, and other memorabilia, your guide will depict the Cherokees’ crossing of the Mississippi River.

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Narrated City Tour 
and Old St. Vincent’s Church - Complimentary Excursion

Possibly the greatest depiction of the astounding history of Cape Girardeau’s past is the Old St. Vincent’s Church. The rare English Gothic Revival architectural style of the church is one of the last of its kind left in America. The magnificent stained glass windows and other subtle intricacies make for great photo opportunities. After your tour of the church, journey down the street to the Crisp Museum which features an impressive collection of fine art, prehistoric Native American artifacts and one of the largest collections of ceramic conch shell effigies in North America.

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Chester, IL

Chester is a beautiful region of Illinois located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. This city has a diverse and storied history, beginning with the establishment of a ferry system by Jane Thomas in the early 1800s. Chester is home to Popeye's creator Elzie C. Segar; you may see the sailor man's likeness in the town's own six-foot-tall bronze metal statue.

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Chester Walking Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Located on the scenic bluffs of the Mississippi River, Chester is best known as “The City of Popeye,” as it is the birthplace of his creator, Elzie Segar.  Tour this quaint city with a local guide who will share all the stories of the people and places of this little corner of America.  Shop at Spinach Can Collectibles in Gazebo Park for Popeye-inspired gifts. Visit the Cohen Memorial Home whose bright blue windows even caught the attention of Mark Twain as he traveled the Mississippi, and take a picture with the famous Popeye statue.

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St. Louis, MO

This “Gateway to the West” was the epicenter for exploration following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Now, it is the largest city visited during the cruise and has a distinct metropolitan culture. Take the elevator to the top of the Gateway Arch, which stands 630 feet over the Mississippi River.

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The Arch Experience 
& Museum of Westward Expansion

At 630 feet tall, The Gateway Arch is our nation’s tallest man-made monument. Take a tram ride to the top of this majestic arch for a bird’s-eye view of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River. After the tram ride, visit the Museum of Westward Expansion and discover the lives of the explorers, cowboys and Native Americans who helped forge our nation.  

Note: This tour is not offered by American Cruise Lines, but is recommended.

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City Tour of St. Louis - Complimentary Excursion

Join others on this narrated tour of Downtown St. Louis, the riverfront, Citygarden, and the historic neighborhoods of Soulard and Lafayette Square. Delight in an additional driving tour of St. Louis' 1,371 acre Forest Park, known as a natural oasis in an urban environment. Visit Anheuser Busch Brewery for a stables-only tour (if available) to see the historic stables built in 1885 and the world-famous Clydesdale horses.

 Note: This tour is not offered by American Cruise Lines, but is recommended.


Queen of the Mississippi

Built in 2015, Queen of the Mississippi offers an authentic paddlewheeler experience with all the comforts of home. Guests can enjoy large staterooms with private balconies, hotel-style bathrooms, complimentary room service, WiFi, and more. Experience breathtaking scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the Queen of the Mississippi makes its way down the legendary river. 


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Owner's Suite

Deckplan

At a generous up to 445 sq. ft., the Owner’s Suites of Queen of the Mississippi offer the finest accommodations with unsurpassed views of the Mississippi River. With a spacious seating area and hotel-size bathrooms, each suite is a private sanctuary where you can unwind after a day of exploration in the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. Each of these suites features large sliding glass doors leading out to a private balcony, where you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery. Every modern amenity is at your fingertips, along with a desk, and spacious seating area.

AAM (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature scenic views of the passing landscape. At 328 sq. ft., you will enjoy all of the modern comforts that are expected of a premium hotel. These staterooms also offer full-size bathrooms and a walk-out private balcony where the grandness of the Mississippi can be appreciated.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Our AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the fourth deck and at 304 sq. ft. offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape. 

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

AAL staterooms can be found on the third deck of the Queen of the Mississippi. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with plush seating, a full-size bathroom, and a private balcony with large sliding glass doors that offer great views of the Mississippi scenery. 

AAR (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of the Queen of the Mississippi. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with a full-size bathroom, and a large private balcony with sliding glass doors.  

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Deckplan

These 290 sq ft staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, all are equipped with modern amenities, full-size bathrooms, and closet space.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 230 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.

Single

Deckplan

A comfortable getaway, our Single staterooms offer individuals a spacious room with convenient amenities. At 203 sq. ft., all have interior entrances and large viewing windows where the sights of the Mississippi can be enjoyed.

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Nashville Country & Blues Cruise


Blues and Country music are distinctly American and both have deep roots on the banks of the Mississippi River. This theme cruise explores Nashville, known as "Music City,” which is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum. The second largest city in Tennessee, Nashville maintains a vibrant music scene with a number of clubs, honky-tonk bars, and studios that continue the tradition of this city's musical heritage.

The birthplace of Miles Davis, Roosevelt Sykes, and Ike Turner, the last stop on this musical journey is St. Louis. Synonymous with the blues, St. Louis has its own style and genre referred to as the "St. Louis Blues." 

 

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Solar Eclipse Cruise


Guests of American Cruise Lines will be treated to a rare and spectacular celestial show from the sundeck of the Queen of the Mississippi.  Stop in Paducah to witness the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. This is the ideal location to view this unforgettable event as Kentucky experiences the longest eclipse duration in the path that spans from Oregon to South Carolina.

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