About Cumberland River Cruise

Cruise the Cumberland River to the Mississippi River from Nashville to St. Louis following a route of adventure and intriguing history. Cruise past rocky cliffs and through national forests. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Enjoy the migratory songbirds, woodpeckers and red-tailed hawks that make the river come alive.

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Cruise Itinerary

Ports of Call
Nashville, TN
Clarksville, TN
Dover, TN
Cruising Lake Barkley
Paducah, KY
Cape Girardeau, MO
Chester, IL
St. Louis, MO

Cumberland River Cruise

Travel the scenic Cumberland River from Nashville to St. Louis and enjoy stops along the way including Clarksville, Dover, Paducah, Cape Girardeau and Chester.

Ports of Call

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

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Day  1
Nashville, TN

From the Country Music Hall of Fame to the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville has music ingrained in its culture. Colorful streets lined with art galleries and unique shops welcome you at every turn.You may also tour The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson.

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Clarksville, TN

Clarksville rose to prominence as a tobacco port during the 1800’s. While visiting, you may tour the Custom House museum, the historic design of which has architectural influences from around the world, or the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, which houses modern military history. You may also explore Dunbar Cave, which is easily accessible and available for frequent tours.

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Customs House Museum 
& Cultural Center - Complimentary Excursion

Built in 1898, this building originally housed a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. This architecturally fascinating structure was designed by William Aicken, who was commissioned by President Grover Cleveland. The museum is among the most photographed buildings in Tennessee. It features rotating shows, fine art galleries and a sculpture garden.

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Dover, TN

In 1862, General Simon Buckner surrendered his Rebel force to General Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, marking the first major Union victory. Tour this battlefield and learn about the surrender that took place in Dover and the ramifications it had on the War Between the States.

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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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Homeplace Living History Farm

The Homeplace Living History Farm re-creates the rich tradition of 19th-century farming. Interpreters dressed in period clothing bring the farm to life as they demonstrate agricultural skills and work habits that changed the area’s landscape. Most of the crops and livestock are the same as they were in the mid-19th century, grown and harvested using period tools and techniques. When visiting, you might find men working oxen or repairing an old farm building.

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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 Queen of the Mississippi's spacious, comfortable lounges while enjoying the company of other guests.

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Paducah, KY

From quilting and shopping to learning about Civil War history, there is plenty to do in Paducah. Tour the American Quilt Museum and search for fabrics in the Lower Town Arts District. Shop at Paducah’s galleries. You may also take tours retracing the town's tumultuous Civil War history.

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Paducah City Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Let a local guide take you through the quaint city of Paducah on this guided city tour. 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 area and learn about its historical sites before taking a leisurely stroll along the riverfront.  As you walk parallel to the river, more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals decorate the shoreline and paint a vivid picture of Paducah’s past. Afterwards, your tour will conclude at the National Quilt Museum where you will learn how Paducah earned the nickname of “Quilt City U.S.A.”

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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. Guests may 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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Art Demonstration Tour

Home to the nationally recognized Artist Relocation Program, LowerTown is situated just four blocks from the Ohio River and historic downtown Paducah. During an art demonstration tour, you will visit the studios and galleries of Paducah’s resident artists, where you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on creative workshops, hear the artists’ personal stories and enjoy their works of art.

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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 can be seen throughout the town. Marvel at the 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 and 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 to Downtown St. Louis, the riverfront, City garden, and the historic neighborhoods of Soulard and Lafayette Square. Enjoy 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

Queen of the Mississippi delivers an experience unlike any other riverboat. Queen of the Mississippi offers passengers modern amenities and comforts including large staterooms with private balconies, hotel-style bathrooms, complimentary room service, WiFi, and more. Built in 2015, the Queen of the Mississippi offers an authentic paddlewheeler experience with all the comforts of home.

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Owner's Suite


At a generous 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 full size bathrooms, each suite is a private sanctuary where you can unwind after a day of exploration in the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. A feature of these suites, large sliding glass door lead out to a private balcony where you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery.

AAM (Private Balcony)


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 and relaxing style that is 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)


Our AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the fourth deck and 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. At 304 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk, and hotel size bathrooms.

AAL (Private Balcony)


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

AAR (Private Balcony)


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 full-sized bathrooms, and a large private balcony with opening picture window. These staterooms are the ideal retreat for relaxation.



These 290 sq ft staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, these staterooms are equipped with modern amenities, hotel-sized bathrooms, closet space, and a writing desk.

Single (Private Balcony)


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.



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

Queen of the Mississippi Deck Plan


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 the people and places that played an instrumental role in creating soulful music that remains extremely popular to this day. 

Known as "Music City", Nashville 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.

Home to Sun Studios and Graceland, Memphis is one of America's most renowned music towns. The city that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, B.B. King and many other legendary country and blues musicians is a must-see destination for any music fan.




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