About Upper Mississippi River Cruise

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.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
St. Louis, MO
2
Hannibal, MO
3
Day of River Cruising
4
Davenport, IA
5
Dubuque, IA
6
La Crosse, WI
7
Red Wing, MN
8
St. Paul, MN

Upper Mississippi River Cruise

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.

Ports of Call

  • St. Louis, MO
  • Hannibal, MO
  • Davenport, IA
  • Dubuque, IA
  • La Crosse, WI
  • Red Wing, MN
  • St. Paul, MN

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Day  1
St. Louis, MO

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.

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City Tour of St. Louis - Complimentary Excursion

Join others on this narrated tour to Downtown St. Louis, the riverfront, Citygarden, 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 only offered on cruises ending in St. Louis, MO.
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The Arch Experience

At 630 feet tall, The Gateway Arch is our nation’s tallest manmade 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 only offered on cruises ending in St. Louis, MO.

 

 

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Day  2
Hannibal, MO

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.

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Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum - Complimentary Excursion

As you arrive in Hannibal, the boyhood home of famous author Mark Twain, you’ll relive the author’s experiences that heavily influenced his writings. You’ll visit the actual home that Mark Twain grew up in, which is surrounded by the legendary whitewashed fence of Tom Sawyer.  The vivid stories told by Mark Twain come to life at this interactive museum as you explore the homes and grounds of Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn. You’ll visit the Interpretive Center, home to 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings, the Becky Hatcher House, the Huck Finn Home, and the Tom and Huck Statue of Cardiff Hill. 

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Narrated Trolley Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Relive the adventures of Mark Twain’s time in Hannibal during a historic trolley tour. Your experienced guide will share the history of Hannibal and take you to places of historical significance, including the Rockcliffe Mansion, an amazing 13,500 square foot American castle built to overlook the mighty Mississippi River. This tour will highlight many of the exciting places which inspired Mark Twain’s famous tales.

 

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Day  3
Day of 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.

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Day  4
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.

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John Deere Pavilion - Complimentary Excursion

Visit the newly renovated John Deere Pavilion and Store. The John Deere Pavilion shares the story of the company’s ongoing contributions to agricultural development through exhibits and equipment displays. Discover antique tractors, giant combines, and interactive displays on this self-guided tour.

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John Hauberg Indian Museum

Enjoy a guided tour of the Hauberg Indian Museum. Located in the Black Hawk State Historic Site, this museum interprets the story of the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians who once called it home. During the tour, view full-size replicas of Sauk winter and summer homes, dioramas with life-size figures of the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians and traditional artifacts, including authentic trade goods and jewelry.

 

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Dubuque, IA

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.

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Historic City Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Step back in time and experience the elegance of Victorian era Dubuque during a tour through the town’s many historic attractions. Learn about the architecture, families and events that made 19th century Dubuque such a unique treasure. Your guide will lead you through Dubuque's beautiful historic sites, including the Mathias Ham House and The Old Jail Museum.

 

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National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

Take an entertaining and informative journey along the mighty Mississippi at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. On this guided tour, you will discover the lives of the pioneers, explorers and artists who lived along the Mississippi River and get close to nature as you make your way through six large aquariums. The museum’s interactive exhibits will give you an inside look into the Mississippi’s past, present and future.

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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.

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Hixon House - Complimentary Excursion

Take a step back in time at the Hixon House, a beautiful Victorian home. Built in 1859 by lumber baron Gideon Hixon, this house features beautiful woodwork and an elegant interior design. Gideon’s wife, Ellen, decorated the Hixon House in an aesthetic fashion, and it has been preserved much as it was since its last remodeling and redecoration in 1900. The Hixon House also features its original furnishings, making it unusual among historic houses.

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Historic City Tour

Tour this wonderful city and view the historic late 19th and early 20th century buildings that define La Crosse. Gain insight into the architectural development of La Crosse from its boomtown Riverboat days through the Roaring '20s. Discover the evolution of the historic downtown and the well-preserved residential neighborhoods during this narrated bus tour.

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Eco-Tour

Spend an afternoon on this signature backwater cruise, specifically designed for nature lovers and bird watchers. Explore a variety of wetland habitats and discover the wide array of wildlife living within the "Upper Miss" wildlife refuge. Highlights include up-close views of bald eagle nests, beaver lodges, sunning turtles, great blue herons, egrets, red fox, and playful river otters.

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Day  7
Red Wing, MN

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.

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Bald Eagle Viewing Cruise - Complimentary Excursion

See three 1,500 pound bald eagle nests during an informative and mesmerizing tour. Captain Rusty will guide you and other guests along a route showcasing 14 bald eagle nests within a five-mile radius of the dock. Few experiences are as engaging and captivating as this shore excursion.

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Red Wing Trolley Tour

Red Wing is home to a unique downtown area that features a wide variety of shops, including art galleries, antique stores and one-of-a kind boutiques. Historically, Red Wing is known for its shoes, pottery and linseed oil, but today it has become a leading producer of robotic components. This one-hour trolley tour will take you back in time to show you Red Wing’s historic roots.

 

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Red Wing Pottery Tour

Tour the Red Wing Pottery workshop and see the production of their stoneware. You will have the opportunity to meet a potter and the owner of this third-generation family business. The tour will give you a new appreciation for the craftsmanship required to produce such beautiful stoneware.

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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.

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

Deckplan

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)

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 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)

Deckplan

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)

Deckplan

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)

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

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Deckplan

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)

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 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

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America

The America is American Cruise Lines’ eighth ship and its second brand-new vessel to launch in 2016. America is the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat. The America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere, while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery. With only 185 guests, fellow passengers will quickly become new friends.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Each Owner’s Suite on America offers the finest accommodations on the Mississippi River with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular 445 sq. ft. of space is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself at home. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to an expansive private balcony offering private panoramic views throughout the room. Every modern amenity is at your fingertips, along with a spacious seating area and full size bathroom.

AAM (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing Mississippi landscape. At 328 sq. ft., there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views of the Mississippi from every angle.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

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)

Deckplan

AAL staterooms can be found on the second and third deck of America. 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)

Deckplan

AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of the America. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with hotel-sized bathrooms, and a private balcony with large opening picture window. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, writing desk and represent complete comfort and relaxation.

A

Deckplan

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)

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

America Deck Plan

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Mark Twain Cruise


This Mississippi River cruise focuses on the life and times of Samuel Clemens, arguably America's greatest author. Explore the river that served as inspiration for Mark Twain, complete with a Mark Twain impersonator and a special behind-the-scenes tour in Hannibal, MO, Twain's hometown. 

Few American authors are as beloved as Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are established classics in literature and considered "must-reads" for anyone interested in American history. The characters and locations in these novels are based on Twain's early childhood upbringing in Hannibal, MO on the banks of the Mississippi River. On this special theme cruise, travel along the Mississippi River and enjoy a featured stop in Hannibal to take part in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the town, including a look at Huck Finn's house and the Becky Thatcher home.

 

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