Lower Mississippi River Cruise

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

Southern grace and 19th century history come alive on the Mississippi River with American Cruise Lines. On this 8-day lower Mississippi cruise, you’ll experience the very best the region has to offer with our engaging onboard riverlorians, musicians and experienced guides. Your private shore excursions will provide an insider’s perspective of classic Antebellum homes, Civil War battlefields, and the iconic Oak Alley plantation. In the evenings, you can relax in comfort on your private balcony as you take in the spectacular rolling river views.

Summer Savings over $1,000 & Complimentary
Pre-Cruise Hotel Package
Call 800.460.4518 for additional details.

 

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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.

To see more about this Memphis to New Orleans cruise, click the blue Day by Day tab above. 

Day 1
New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Cruises
Welcome to New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy. This vibrant city is the perfect destination to begin your Mississippi River voyage. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. With thoughtfully planned excursions encompassing the biggest attractions and cultural highlights of New Orleans, and complimentary transportation to the ship, we make sure your tour is as worry-free as possible. 


Day 2
Oak Alley, LA

New Orleans River Boat Cruises and Excursions

The famous ancient oaks bordering your path to the mansion are your first sight on stepping ashore. As you stroll under the leafy canopy you will be greeted by Southern Belles in period dress before touring the mansion and grounds which include an antique car garage, blacksmith shop, and the famous Alley of Oaks. After the tour, join us for a mint julep on the West Lawn.


Day 3
Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana Shore Excursions on Cruises to New Orleans

Baton Rouge features all the history and wonder you would expect in a state capital, but with an added down home flavor that makes it truly unique. Our private guides will take you on a tour to the cities' most famous attractions including the Old & New State Capitals and the interactive Louisiana State Museum. 


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.


Day 5
Natchez, MS

Mississippi Riverboat Cruise Excursions

Celebrating its 300th year, Natchez is a city full of history and Southern hospitality. American Cruise Lines will take you on a guided exploration of this fascinating area with visits to its gardens, historic homes and museums. While here, we will treat you to a special concert in the music room of the JN Stone House. 


Day 6
Vicksburg, MS

Explore Mississippi During New Orleans Riverboat Cruise

The city of Vicksburg served as a pivitol turning point during the American Civil War. Come with us as our informative Historian guides us through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg. Our expert guides and park rangers show you battlefields, the U.S.S. Cairo gunboat, and the most significant historic places. 


Day 7
Day of River Cruising

Explore the Mississippi River on a Cruise

Enjoy the warmth of the Mississippi River sun as we cruise from Vicksburg to Memphis. Relax in one of the many spacious lounges or catch gentle breezes on the sun deck. 


Day 8
Memphis, TN

Classic American Automobile

Memphis is home to many things; Blues, BBQ, Beale Street and, of course, the King of Rock 'n Roll - Elvis Presley. American Cruise Lines will explore this amazing city on a narrated tour as we visit the many highlights that make Memphis so captivating. You'll get to touch, taste and listen your way around Memphis as we celebrate its eclectic history. 



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 Departure Location Ship
May 21, 2016 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
May 28, 2016 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 4, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 11, 2016 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 18, 2016 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Jun 18, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 25, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Jul 2, 2016 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Jul 16, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Aug 20, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Aug 27, 2016 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Oct 1, 2016 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Oct 8, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Oct 15, 2016 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Nov 5, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Nov 12, 2016 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Nov 12, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Nov 19, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Nov 19, 2016 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Nov 26, 2016 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Nov 26, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Dec 3, 2016 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Mar 25, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Apr 1, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Apr 1, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Apr 8, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Apr 8, 2017 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Apr 15, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Apr 15, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Apr 22, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Apr 22, 2017 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Apr 29, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
May 6, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
May 13, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
May 13, 2017 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
May 20, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
May 20, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
May 27, 2017 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 3, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 10, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Jun 10, 2017 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 17, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Jun 17, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Jun 24, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Jul 1, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Jul 15, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Sep 9, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Sep 23, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Sep 30, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Oct 7, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Oct 14, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Oct 21, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Oct 28, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Nov 11, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Nov 11, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Nov 18, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Nov 18, 2017 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Nov 25, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Nov 25, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Dec 2, 2017 7 Memphis, TN America reserve now
Dec 2, 2017 7 Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi reserve now

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. Special Pricing now available: Call 800-460-4518 for details.

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • Owner's Suite w/ Balcony $7,560
  • AAM w/ Balcony $6,275
  • AAC w/ Balcony $6,025
  • AAL w/ Balcony $5,875
  • A $4,540
  • Single w/ Balcony $6,740
  • Single $6,130

Rates subject to change


America

America is American Cruise Lines' latest paddlewheeler and sailed her maiden voyage in May of 2016. Designed with traditional Victorian-style accents, it elegantly blends a traditional appearance with modern features and amenities. While the new ship is adorned with gleaming woodwork, brass fixtures, and histoic decor, it is constructed with the latest in cruise ship technology. 

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • Owner's Suite w/ Balcony $7,560
  • AAM w/ Balcony $6,275
  • AAC w/ Balcony $6,025
  • AAL w/ Balcony $5,875
  • A $4,540
  • Single w/ Balcony $6,740
  • Single $6,130

Rates subject to change


  Complimentary pre-night hotels are only valid on cruises booked 60-days prior to departure



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May 21, 2016

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