Lower Mississippi River Cruise

Eight-Day Paddlewheel Cruise
Departing from New Orleans, LA or Memphis, TN

Experience the Lower Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans on this 8-day cruise into the heart of Dixie aboard one of American Cruise Lines’ brand new paddlewheelers, the Queen of the Mississippi or American Eagle. Explore Memphis, historic Natchez, Civil-War era Vicksburg, Oak Alley Plantation, and the legendary New Orleans, as you cruise in style and comfort.

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Mississippi River New Orleans to Memphis Cruise map  Explore the Lower Mississippi River on an 8-day small ship cruise. Soak up the history and culture of iconic ports like Vicksburg, Natchez, and Baton Rouge.

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Day 1
New Orleans, LA

Visit Bourbon Street on New Orleans Cruise

Nowhere is this city’s spirit more evident than in the French Quarter. Also known as Vieux Carré - or the “Quarter” to locals - it sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest grounds in New Orleans. Intimate and special, the city’s oldest neighborhood has cast a spell over writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon.


Day 2
Oak Alley, LA

New Orleans River Boat Cruises and Excursions

Located on the Mississippi River between the historic cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the Grande Dame of the Great River Road. A quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees forms an impressive avenue that leads to this classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. This mansion has been restored to its 19th century glory, a noble tribute to those who left an indelible mark on this region.


Day 3
Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana Shore Excursions on Cruises to New Orleans

Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capitol. Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge is home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, fascinating plantation tours, and a variety of attractions. There is everything you would expect to find in a state capital, but with a down-home flavor that is part of its seductive charm. Enjoy a grand tour of one of the most historic and unforgettable cities in the South.


Day 4
St. Francisville, LA

Mississippi River Cruise Shore Excursions in Louisiana

This southern town charms with simple pleasures and unique treasures. Located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, St. Francisville has been called “one of the 200 most beautiful small towns in America.” Take a stroll through its historic center with two centuries of architecture and lifestyles on display. Enjoy visits to restored antebellum mansions including Rosedown and The Myrtles. 


Day 5
Natchez, MS

Mississippi Riverboat Cruise Excursions

Sitting high on the bluff above the Mississippi River rests Natchez, a city 300 years in the making. Natchez appears to be frozen in time, with perfectly preserved homes and buildings a reminder of days gone by. Over 1,000 of its historic structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Natchez is also alive in the present, filled with arts, music, culture, events, commerce and natural beauty.


Day 6
Vicksburg, MS

Explore Mississippi During New Orleans Riverboat Cruise

In Vicksburg, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. It’s a city with history at some of its most poignant turns, art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling. With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage along with hallowed stories of Civil War battles.


Day 7
Day of River Cruising

Explore the Mississippi River on a Cruise

Enjoy the warmth of the Mississippi River sun while lounging in the Queen of the Mississippi's many luxurious spaces, including the sun deck or Paddlewheel Lounge.


Day 8
Memphis, TN

Classic American Automobile

Memphis offers everything a curious tourist, hungry gourmet, or history buff could want at attractions including music museums, art galleries, Mississippi riverboat tours, and the Memphis Zoo. In the heart of “Blues City” you’ll find the Peabody Memphis, one of the city’s most popular attractions where its famous Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby.



Lower Mississippi River Cruises from New Orleans to Memphis

Experience the Lower Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans on this 8-Day cruise into the heart of Dixie aboard one of American Cruise Lines’ brand new paddlewheelers. Explore Memphis, historic Natchez, Civil-War era Vicksburg, Oak Alley Plantation, and the legendary New Orleans, as you cruise in style and comfort.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Sep 5, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Sep 26, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Oct 3, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Oct 10, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Oct 17, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Nov 7, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 14, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 14, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Nov 21, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 21, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Nov 28, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 28, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 5, 2015 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Apr 2, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 9, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Apr 23, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
May 14, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
May 14, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA America
May 21, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
May 21, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America
May 28, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Jun 4, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA America
Jun 11, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America
Jun 18, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America
Jun 18, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Jun 25, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA America
Jul 2, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America
Jul 16, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA America
Aug 20, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Aug 27, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Oct 1, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America
Oct 8, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA America
Oct 15, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America
Nov 5, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Nov 12, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Nov 12, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA America
Nov 19, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Nov 19, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America
Nov 26, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN American Eagle
Nov 26, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans, LA America
Dec 3, 2016 7 Lower Mississippi River Cruise Memphis, TN America

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Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the Mississippi delivers an experience unlike any other riverboat. Launched in 2012 and modeled after traditional Victorian-style riverboats, she was the first paddlewheeler built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years. 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. 
Rate Schedule Per Person A AAR AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
7 Nights $4,450 $5,200 $5,760 $5,905 $7,410 $6,610 $6,010

Rates subject to change


American Eagle

The brand new American Eagle made its debut on the Mississippi River in May of 2015. The 150-person capacity paddlewheeler features design elements reminiscent of an earlier time on the river coupled with a surprising assortment of modern luxuries. Spacious staterooms, fine furnishings, and private balconies are among the welcoming features which make the American Eagle comparable to your favorite world class hotels. 
Rate Schedule Per Person A AAL AAC AAM Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
7 Nights $4,450 $5,760 $5,905 $6,150 $7,410 $6,610 $6,010

Rates subject to change


America

The America will be American Cruise Lines’ eighth ship and its second brand-new vessel this year. Scheduled to begin sailing the Mississippi River in early 2016, America will be the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat.
Rate Schedule Per Person A AAL AAC AAM Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
7 Nights $4,450 $5,760 $5,905 $6,150 $7,410 $6,610 $6,010

Rates subject to change


Special themes offered on the New Orleans - Memphis cruise:


Mississippi River Civil War Cruise

Civil War Cruises

November 7, 2015


As home to many Civil War battles and sites, the Mississippi River contains a rich history integral to the fabric of America. Explore the heart of this story by visiting this region's battlefields, monuments and museums. Cruise in 2015 and experience this great itinerary during the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

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Mississippi River Jazz Cruise

Mississippi River Music Cruises

April 9, and May 14 2016

Celebrate the history of early American music while cruising on the Mississippi River. Special onboard performances will delight and entertain everyone in your travel group. The history of this classic genre will be illuminated on unique guided tours at your port locales.

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Queen of the Mississippi Virtual Tour