Mississippi River Paddlewheeler Cruise

Mississippi River "paddlewheelers" or "steamboats," have left an indelible mark on the history and culture of the United States, especially in regions along the Mississippi River. American Cruise Lines' fleet of Mississippi River paddlewheelers continues this rich tradition, offering guests an authentic journey along this legendary river where they immerse themselves in the romance and allure of a bygone era, experiencing firsthand the majesty of America's heartland.

What sets us apart

Nostalgic Experience

Cruising on our traditional paddlewheelers along the majestic waters of the Mississippi River is an experience that transcends mere travel; it's a journey back in time to an era of timeless charm and boundless adventure. On one of our well-appointed riverboats, the rhythmic churning of the paddlewheel transports guests back to the bygone age of steamboat travel, where life moved at a more leisurely pace.

Authentic Decor

Cruising the Mississippi River on our paddlewheelers feature common areas that pay homage to the steamboat era, such as our River Lounge showcasing period accents and textiles that harken back to the 19th century. From our Paddlewheel Lounge guests can enjoy up-close views of the paddlewheel churning and on the Sun Deck they can enjoy the view in a rocking chair. Artwork throughout the ship reflects vibrant scenes of bustling river life.

Historical Enrichment

With our commitment to preserving history and delivering exceptional experiences, American Cruise Lines' paddlewheelers stand as true ambassadors of American heritage on the Mississippi River. On our enrichment programs and shore excursions tell timeless tales, captivating stories, and anecdotes, that further enrich the nostalgic ambiance of the cruise. From comfortable accommodations to gourmet dining, our Mississippi River Paddlewheeler cruises ensure that every aspect of your voyage is a celebration of the river's legacy.

Modern Amenities

These meticulously crafted vessels pay homage to the iconic steamboats of yesteryear, seamlessly blending historical charm with modern functionality. While authentic in appearance, our fleet of modern paddlewheelers also incorporate contemporary amenities to ensure passenger comfort and convenience. Our onboard staterooms are the most spacious in the industry, with full-size large bathrooms, and feature a private balcony from which guests can admire the rolling river views.