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Civil War Cruises

150 years after the last salvo was fired, the American Civil War continues to intrigue those fascinated by American history. Join us as we explore the Western and Eastern Theaters of the Civil War. Delve into these two important regions that take you to the battlefields, monuments and museums that echo the stories of this defining time in American History.

Visit historical sites including Vicksburg Military Park, the Louisiana State Museum, Charleston and Beaufort to gain better insight into the circumstances that led to war. The onboard program is perfectly tailored to the itinerary, emphasizing the personalities and strategies of the Confederate and Union generals as well as the incredible sacrifice made by millions of Americans.




Historic South & Golden Isles Civil War Cruises
The Eastern Theater

 

Mississippi River Civil War Cruise

 
  The Eastern Theater was known for ferocious battles and sweeping military maneuvers. Bearing the brunt of the Union Army advances and the bulk of Confederate forces, this region was the scene of many hard-fought battles.

The Historic South and Golden Isles cruise takes you on a telling journey to important sites and landmarks including Charleston, Savannah and Beaufort.

Our guided shore excursions explain in rich detail how each destination was instrumental in the American Civil War.  


 Cruise Highlights:

Charleston, SC

Beaufort, SC

Hilton Head Island, SC

Savannah, GA

Sapelo Island, GA

St. Simons Island, GA

Jekyll Island, GA

Amelia Island, FL

Jacksonville, FL


  2017 Cruise Dates: March 4, April 8




 



Mississippi River Civil War Cruises
The Western Theater



 
  Explore in detail the battles and history that defined the Western Theater of the Civil War. Embark on a New Orleans Round Trip cruise or Lower Mississippi River cruise that highlights the strategic sites of Vicksburg, Baton Rouge and St. Francisville.

The Mississippi River was of tremendous value to both the Union and Rebel forces and this cruise explains how vital this famous waterway was during the conflict.

Through guided shore excursions, learn how ports-of-call along the river played an important role in the eventual outcome of the War Between the States.


Cruise Highlights
: New Orleans, LA, Oak Alley, LA, Natchez, MS, Vicksburg, MS, St. Francisville, LA,  Baton Rouge, LA, Houmas House, LA


New Orleans Round Trip 
April 30, July 9 and
October 22, 2016


New Orleans Round Trip cruise map






Lower Mississippi River
May 21, 2016  



New Orleans to Memphis cruise map





 

 Mississippi River Cruises    Civil War Cruises

Special Cruise Events


Onboard Guest Lecturer: Betram Hayes-Davis, a great great grandson of Jefferson Davis, is deeply committed to educating the public about the life and legacy of his distinguished ancestor. Over the last 35 years Bertram has traveled and spoken at a majority of Davis sights throughout the country. He has been interviewed by Life and People and USA Today Online. He was part of The History Channel's Civil War Documentary and has had numerous online interviews.   

Helena Museum in Helena, AR: Guests will join Civil War expert John Darnell on a guided tour of the Helena Museum. This museum is a cultural resource that preserves the region’s natural beauty and rich history. After the tour, guests will have the opportunity to further explore the museum’s exhibits, which highlight Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, the Civil War, and much more.

National Military Park in Vicksburg, MS: This Park commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863 and includes over 1,370 monuments and markers, a restored Union gunboat, and a national cemetery.  Guests aboard the Civil War theme cruises will enjoy an extended stay at the Visitors’ Center, filled with an impressive array of exhibits and artifacts from the Siege of Vicksburg.

Rosedown State Plantation in St. Francisville, LA: Experience a special tour of the 374-acre plantation. Most of the original imported furniture from the Civil War still remains on display in the mansion.  Crowds have been drawn to this plantation for years for its elaborate landscape, flourishing gardens, and unique American historical background.

Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, LA: The city’s newest and largest museum features state-of-the-art exhibits exploring Louisiana’s fascinating culture and history. The Civil War exhibit is complete with an authentic Confederate submarine.

*Events are subject to change. Call a cruise specialist at 1-800-460-4518 for more information.