Upper Mississippi River Cruise

Eight-Day/Seven-Night Paddlewheel Cruise
Departing from St. Louis, MO or St. Paul, MN
The dramatic landscapes of the upper Mississippi River have long inspired artists, writers and steamboat passengers. In Mark Twains’ days, changing water levels and meandering channels made navigating this stretch of river very challenging. Today, Queen of the Mississippi uses modern navigation and travels through a series of river locks which gently lower the ship more than 600 feet as we cruise from St Paul, MN to St. Louis, MO.

Gain new perspective on this magnificent living landmark with something new to see every hour of the journey. During your 8-day cruise, visit the iconic Mississippi River communities of Red Wing, La Crosse, Dubuque, Davenport, and Mark Twain’s boyhood home of Hannibal, MO. 

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St. Louis to St. Paul Mississippi River Cruise Map  Cruise from St. Louis to St. Paul and explore destinations including La Crosse, Dubuque, and Hannibal, each offering its own fascinating story and unique culture.

To learn more about this Upper Mississippi River voyage, click the blue Day by Day tab above. 


Ports of Call:

- St. Louis, MO

- Hannibal, MO

- Davenport, IA

- Dubuque, IA

- La Crosse, WI

- Red Wing, MN

- St. Paul, MN

 

Day 1
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Missouri Excursions During Mississippi River Cruise

St. Louis is sure to win you over. Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, which is the largest manmade monument in the U.S. Enjoy St. Louis’ many world-class, free attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s top public gardens.


Day 2
Hannibal, MO

Visit Mark Twain’s Home During Mississippi River Cruise

Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” is a place where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are alive in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans filled with wonderful and special shops unique to Hannibal.


Day 3
Day of River Cruising

River Cruising

Take in the beauty of the river as you make your way from Hannibal to Davenport. Join other passengers in our beautiful common areas or simply relax on the sun deck.


Day 4
Davenport, IA

Mississippi Riverboat Cruise Excursions in Davenport, IA

Voted one of the Most Livable Small Cities in America, Davenport is often described as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This city features the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many music festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to native jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke.


Day 5
Dubuque, IA

Dubuque lock and dam on Queen of the Mississippi upper river cruises

A “Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque's state-of-the-art casinos. View colorful Victorian mansions, stroll through the himsical downtown area, and visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.


Day 6
La Crosse, WI

Step into 19th century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three captivating rivers. La Crosse is home to Riverside Park, where you’ll enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance center, and inspiring sculptures.


Day 7
Red Wing, MN

Discover Minnesota on Mississippi River Cruise

Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing's beauty has inspired artisans, craftspeople and artists for over 150 years. Red Wing delivers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment and activities for your pleasure. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.


Day 8
St. Paul, MN


St. Paul is a thrilling river town. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of Summit Avenue, which showcases gorgeous historic mansions built in the late 1800’s. St. Paul’s enchanting art galleries, world class museums, and entertaining stage performances will capture your imagination. End the day by visiting Mounds Park, where visitors are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.



Mississippi River cruises video

Beneath the gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures aboard Queen of the Mississippi is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable vacation imaginable as we cruise the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from New Orleans to Minneapolis or Cincinnati, OH. The Queen of the Mississippi features the most spacious staterooms in the industry and provides more space per passenger than any other river cruise ship.Click play to see more.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Sep 5, 2015 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO American Eagle
Sep 26, 2015 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO Queen of the Mississippi
Oct 3, 2015 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Paul, MN Queen of the Mississippi
Oct 10, 2015 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO Queen of the Mississippi
Oct 17, 2015 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Paul, MN Queen of the Mississippi
Jul 16, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO American Eagle
Jul 23, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Paul, MN American Eagle
Jul 30, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO American Eagle
Aug 27, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Paul, MN America
Sep 3, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO America
Sep 24, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO American Eagle
Oct 1, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Paul, MN American Eagle
Oct 8, 2016 7 Upper Mississippi River Cruise St. Louis, MO American Eagle

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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 theme cruise offered on the Upper Mississippi River

 

Visit Mark Twain's Hometown of Hannibal

Mark Twain Tribute Cruise


St. Louis - St. Paul: July 16, 2016


Delve into the life of America's most famous author - Mark Twain - on this cruise along the Mississippi River. Not only will you visit a number of fascinating ports like Burlington, Dubuque and Red Wing, you will also get a behind-the-scenes look at Hannibal, Twain's childhood hometown.

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