Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.
*Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.
From the legendary Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is the official headquarters of country music. The lively streets are lined with art galleries and unique shops that welcome you at every turn. Consider touring The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson; the gardens of Cheekwood where more than 55,000 tulips bloom in the spring, or Gaylord Opryland's nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls.
Nashville Experience - Complimentary Excursion
Enjoy a narrated tour of Historic Downtown Nashville. Sites will include the famous Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, Honky Tonk Row, Bicentennial Park, and State Capitol. Traveling west of the city, visit the only full-size replica of the Parthenon, nicknamed “The Athens of the South.” This tour is a perfect way to experience the best that Nashville has to offer.
Note: This tour is only offered on cruises ending in Nashville, TN.
Grand Ole Opry Show - Complimentary
End your cruise enjoying live country music at the Grand Ole Opry. The evening show will begin at 7:00 pm with up and- coming country artists as well as musical groups that have been Opry Members for years. This is truly country music at its best!
Note: This complimentary tour is only offered on cruises ending in Nashville, TN. For cruises departing from Nashville, guests may purchase this optional tour.
Learn the fascinating story of the Ryman Auditorium with a backstage guided tour! Constructed in 1880, Thomas G. Ryman built this theater, originally named The Union Gospel Tabernacle, for evangelist Reverend Sam Jones so that his inspiring words could be clearly heard by all. After Ryman’s passing in 1904, the theater name was changed to Ryman Auditorium to honor the man who created this historic landmark. Today, the Ryman Auditorium is associated with country music legends and inspiring artists striving to make a name for themselves.
Note: This tour is only offered on cruises ending in Nashville, TN.
Discover Clarksville, named for General George Rogers Clark, a frontier fighter, Revolutionary War hero, and brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. As you explore the city led by our local guides, learn how Clarksville rose as a major tobacco port during the 1800s. Tour the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum which houses military memorabilia, or visit Dunbar Cave, one of the largest caves in the county.
Fort Defiance - Complimentary Excursion
Fort Defiance was originally a central hub for trading goods and settlement for both the American Indians and white settlers beginning in the late 18th century. During the Civil War, the Fort became a base for the Confederate Troops. But in 1862, the fort was captured by Union Troops and stayed under their command for the remainder of the war. The grounds have been well maintained and preserved since the war ended, so you will truly take a step back in time.
Customs House Museum
& Cultural Center - Complimentary Excursion
Designed by William Aicken and commissioned by President Grover Cleveland, this building, constructed in 1898, once housed a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Now a museum, this architecturally fascinating structure is among the most photographed buildings in Tennessee. Explore its featured exhibits, fine art galleries, and sculpture garden.
The small town of Dover is a historic treasure as well as a place of scenic beauty. Home to Fort Donelson National Park, the town played a pivot role in the Civil War as the site of a major Union victory. Within Dover is the Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, an over 8,000-acre habitat of waterfowl and plant life, as well as the Land Between Lakes National Recreation Area.
Fort Donelson National Military Park - Complimentary Excursion
Once the gateway to the Confederate Heartland, the battle of Fort Donelson became a key victory for Ulysses Grant and Union forces. Enjoy a warm welcome at the visitor’s center by tour guides who are eager to share their knowledge. After a short introductory film, tour the grounds of the fort, surrender site, and National Cemetery while learning about the military strategies employed by each side and how the Union victory impacted the entire Civil War.
Cruising Lake Barkley
Located in Western Kentucky, explore Lake Barkley on a relaxing day of cruising. Take in the view of the beautiful shoreline from one of the Queen of the Mississippi's spacious, comfortable lounges, while enjoying the company of fellow guests.
Founded by William Clark (of Lewis and Clark), Paducah is known as a National Heritage Destination with many talented culinary artists, painters, potters, and jewelers creating and displaying their works there. Also known as “Quilt City,” there is plenty to do in Paducah from shopping to visiting one the many fine museums, to participating in a hands-on creative workshop at a local art gallery.
Paducah City Tour & National Quilt Museum
Let our local guide take you through the quaint city of Paducah. This tour has been carefully divided into three distinct sections to make sure you experience all that Paducah has to offer. First, tour the downtown as our local expert guide points out the areas’ many historical sites. Then, take a leisurely stroll along the riverfront where you will witness more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals depicting elements of Paducah’s past. End the tour at the National Quilt Museum, the world's largest museum devoted to quilt and fiber art.
River Discovery Center - Complimentary Excursion
Just a short distance from the ship’s docking location is the River Discovery Center, where guests will learn all about the Four Rivers region. Explore state-of-the-art interactive exhibits such as the working lock and dam model and the pilothouse simulator which allows you test your skills and captain your own riverboat!
Just thirty miles from the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, this river town became an important trading post in the 1800s. Visited by Lewis and Clark, Cape Girardeau has a storied history that resonates throughout the town, from the Trail of Tears State Park to the many outdoor murals reflecting the area's rich history.
Cape Girardeau Experience - Complimentary Excursion
Join a local guide on a narrated tour of Cape Girardeau and stop at the Crisp Museum. A part of the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University, the museum features fine art exhibitions, prehistoric Native American artifacts, one of the largest collections of ceramic conch shell effigies in North America, and interpretive regional history displays. Upon arrival, watch a wonderful introductory film, followed by a museum tour, where you can view a life-sized replica of a Native American dwelling.
Trail of Tears State Park
The evening before arriving in Cape Girardeau, your onboard historian will paint a vivid picture of the Cherokee peoples' crossing of the Mississippi River to land in present-day Oklahoma. The forced march became known by the Cherokee people as the Trail of Tears due to its devastating effects. Memorializing this event is the Trail of Tears State Park, where you will join our guide to explore the interpretive center designed to retrace the steps of the Cherokee. Through a series of interpretive panel, paintings, maps, and other memorabilia, your guide will depict the Cherokees’ crossing of the Mississippi River.
Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Chester is a beautiful region of Illinois with a diverse and storied history. Chester is home to Popeye's creator Elzie C. Segar. You may see the sailor man's likeness in the town's own six-foot-tall bronze metal statue.
Popeye Character Trail - Complimentary Excursion
Located on the scenic bluffs of the Mississippi River, Chester is best known as “The City of Popeye,” as it is the birthplace of his creator, Elzie Segar. Tour this quaint city with a local guide who will share all the stories of the people and places of this little corner of America. Shop at Spinach Can Collectibles in Gazebo Park for Popeye-inspired gifts. Visit the Cohen Memorial Home whose bright blue windows even caught the attention of Mark Twain as he traveled the Mississippi, and take a picture with the famous Popeye statue.
This “Gateway to the West” was the epicenter for exploration following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The largest city on our cruise, St. Louis now has a distinct metropolitan culture. Take the elevator to the top of the Gateway Arch, which stands 630 feet over the Mississippi River.
Missouri History Museum
Enjoy a guided tour through two of the museum’s most popular exhibits; The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward, an event that attracted over 200,000 visitors to the opening day and Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, a roadway which played an important role in American History not only in fact but in myth. Learn about the companies and tourist traps that travelers had to pass through.
Discover St. Louis Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Enjoy a narrated tour of downtown St. Louis, the riverfront, Citygarden, and the historic neighborhoods of Soulard and Lafayette Square. Delight in a visit to St. Louis' 1,371 acre Forest Park, known as a natural oasis in an urban environment.
*Note: This tour is only offered on cruises ending in St. Louis, MO.