Music Cities Cruise

Your journey begins and ends in the musical meccas of the U.S. Along the way, discover the cities, small towns, and legendary rivers that define the heartland. 

Explore Memphis, birthplace of the blues and home to the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley. Enjoy a day of cruising along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers whose banks inspired a variety of musical genres, ranging from bluegrass to jazz. Stroll along the riverfront of Paducah adorned with life-size mural depicting elements of the city’s cultural past. 

Experience a relaxing day of cruising the idyllic Lake Barkley and Cumberland River as you admire the rolling river landscapes from the sun deck or on your private balcony. Let our expert historians bring Civil War history to life at Fort Donelson National Park, in Dover, and Fort Defiance in Clarksville. End your amazing journey in Nashville, the official headquarters of Country music. Discover the treasures of this vibrant city on a guided exploration and take in a show at the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

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Cruise Itinerary

Ports of Call
Memphis, TN
Cruising the Mississippi and Ohio River
Paducah, KY
Cruising Lake Barkley and the Cumberland River
Dover, TN
Clarksville, TN
Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN

Music Cities Cruise

Listen to the songs of America’s Heartland as you travel from Memphis to Nashville on the most musical rivers in the world.  Along the way, be treated to an unrivaled level of personalized service, award-winning enrichment, and the finest amenities available in river cruising.


Ports of Call

  • Announcing Brand New Pre-Cruise Packages
  • Memphis, TN
  • Cruising the Mississippi and Ohio River
  • Paducah, KY
  • Cruising Lake Barkley and the Cumberland River
  • Dover, TN
  • Clarksville, TN
  • Clarksville, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Nashville, TN

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Announcing Brand New Pre-Cruise Packages

It’s never been more exciting to explore Memphis with American Cruise Lines. We offer two convenient Pre-Cruise Package options, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Choose from our brand new 2-Night Graceland Signature Pre-Cruise Package or our 1-Night Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package.

Graceland Pre-Cruise Packages

2-Night Graceland Signature Pre-Cruise Package

Arrive in Memphis two days before your scheduled cruise and enjoy an extended stay at the world-class Graceland Guest House, just steps away from the most renowned musical attraction of the world.  Be treated to breakfast each morning, as well as a complimentary shuttle to take you to popular downtown destinations throughout your stay, such as the iconic Beale Street.

The evening of your arrival, we will escort you to a private Welcoming Reception in The Jungle Room Bar at the Graceland Exhibition Center. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a special presentation by the Graceland Archives Department, who you will show you items belonging to Elvis, not regularly shown to the general public.  

The following morning, we will transport you to Graceland to begin your VIP Entourage Tour. See where Elvis lived, relaxed, and spent time with his family and friends. Visit the many onsite museums and exhibits where you can view Elvis' many jumpsuits and gold records, as well his collection of automobiles and custom jets.

On the morning of cruise, enjoy a Memphis City Exploration which will conclude at the ship for an easy boarding process.  All of your luggage will be waiting for you in your onboard stateroom. 

Pre-Cruise Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date. Call 1-800-460-4518 to for pricing and availability.

1-Night Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package

Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and enjoy a 1-night premium hotel stay in at the Graceland Guest House. Take a complimentary shuttle to downtown and explore the city at your leisure. Be sure to visit the legendary Beale Street, where live music fills the air 7 days a week. 

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 Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date.

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Day 1
Memphis, TN

Welcome to Memphis! Home to Blues, BBQ, Beale Street, and of course, the King of Rock 'n Roll - Elvis Presley. This amazing city is the perfect place to begin your Mississippi River Voyage. Come a day or two early and immerse yourself in sights, sounds, and tastes of this exciting destination.


Sun Studios

Explore Sun Studios, well-known in the music industry as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the most famous recording studio in the world. Founded by rock pioneer Sam Phillips in 1950, this National Historic Landmark is where superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless others started their recording careers. 

Note: Only available on Music Cities and Music Theme Cruises ending in Memphis.

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Day 2
Cruising the Mississippi and Ohio River

Enjoy the idyllic countryside of the Ohio River and the wonder of the mighty Mississippi that inspired Mark Twain. The Ohio River was pivotal in the development and exploration of the American West and along the way we highlight much that has defined our American roots from the Civil War to bluegrass music.

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Day 3
Paducah, KY

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.

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Paducah City Excursion & 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.

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River Discovery Center

Paducah’s location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers makes it unique.  The city is home to some of the nation’s largest barge and towing companies. At the River Discovery Center, learn all about the inland waterways and the impact they have on the daily lives of local residents. You can be a captain and choose your vessel type in the state-of-the-art boat simulator, as well as explore and learn about the history, environments, culture, and economy of these rivers through interactive exhibits. 

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Day 4
Cruising Lake Barkley and the Cumberland River

Admire the picturesque scenery of America's Heartland, including the Kentucky Lakes and rolling landscape of 170,000 acres of protected forest. Experience a relaxing day cruising Lake Barkley and admire panoramic views of the Cumberland River from the comfort of your private balcony.

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Day 5
Dover, TN

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.

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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.

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Day 6
Clarksville, 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 Dunbar Cave, one of the largest caves in the county.

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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. 

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Day 7
Nashville, TN

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, including 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.” 

Please Note: This tour is only offered on cruises ending in Nashville, TN.


Grand Ole Opry Show - Complimentary Excursion

Enjoy live country music at its best with a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. The evening show will begin at 7:00 pm, featuring up and coming country artists, as well as musical groups that have been Opry Members for years.  


Ryman Auditorium

Learn the fascinating story of the Ryman Auditorium with a guided backstage 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.

Please Note: This tour is only offered on cruises ending in Nashville, TN.

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Day 8
Nashville, TN

End your Music Cities journey in the capital of Country Music. Stay an extra day all this dynamic city has to offer including the popular Broadway Street, with an entertainment district renowned for honky tonks and live country music.


On this 8-day cruise from “Music City” Memphis to the Country Roots in Nashville, enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the region. Let the beauty and rich history of the legendary rivers you travel transform and renew you.

Your Cruise Includes

American Jazz

American Cruise Lines is pleased to announce the continuation of our modern riverboat series. American Jazz will begin its inaugural season on the Lower Mississippi in September of 2020.

Like her sister ships, American Jazz has the contemporary styling and modern amenities that make river cruising more attractive and comfortable than ever before. Featured will be a gorgeous five-story glass atrium, private balconies in all of its spacious staterooms, and spectacular views from everywhere on the ship. American Jazz will also feature the same advanced opening bow and retractable gangway seen on American Song and American Harmony.

Ranging from 250 to 650 square feet, the staterooms aboard American Jazz are the finest on any cruise ship. Guests will enjoy ample living space, full-size bath rooms, plush seating, and the ideal place to unwind after an enriching day of discovery. 

Experience the American Jazz for yourself on the Lower Mississippi River in 2020.

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Grand Suite (Private Balcony)


The luxurious Grand Suite measures 650 sq. ft. and offers panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sliding glass doors lead out to a private balcony complete with a private dining area, the perfect place to enjoy breakfast room service or watch the sun set. Each Grand Suite features a separate bedroom and living area, ideal for gathering with family and friends after an invigorating day of exploration.

Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)


Each Owner’s Suite offers the finest accommodations with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular 645 sq. ft. of space is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself at home. This spacious suite features a full-size bathroom, as well as a separate bedroom and living area. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors let light pour in and allow private panoramic views from every vantage point. An expansive private balcony is a perfect place to savor a calm afternoon or to enjoy breakfast as the sun rises over the riverbank.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)


With a generous 405 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)


Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing river landscapes. At 350 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 from every angle.

AAC (Private Balcony)


AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the third 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 views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape. At 316 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk and full-size bathrooms.

AAL (Private Balcony)


AAL staterooms can be found on the second deck and offer a luxurious 300 sq. ft. of living space. Each room is equipped with plush seating, full-size bathroom, 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)


AAR staterooms on the main deck offer complete comfort with approximately 275 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy a full-size bathroom, large picture window, and door leading out to a furnished private balcony. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, ideal for getting together with friends.

Single (Private Balcony)


Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 250 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.

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