Lower Mississippi River Cruises

Explore the South on a Lower Mississippi River Cruise


Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River on these river cruises. Once divided by these very waters, when cotton was king and the plantation lifestyle was at its zenith, the North and South were at war, each armed with conflicting visions of what was worth dying for. Look back as each battlefield and grave marker has a story to tell. Then celebrate the living, breathing places where southern culture continues to enjoy a modern-day renaissance.
 

Century-old oak trees, indigenous wildlife, Civil War memorials and vast plantations await you on a Lower Mississippi River Cruise. Take in the sights of the river from our decks, and explore from on-shore stops in some of the South’s most famous cities. While indulging in our luxury amenities on board one of our famous paddlewheelers you’ll learn about the area’s history and landscape. And on shore, you can experience the very best of true Southern culture.

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(75) Lower Mississippi River Cruises Available

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Dec 16 - Dec 23

Roundtrip New Orleans

Plantation Holidays - American Duchess

PLANTATION HOLIDAYS - Make our home your home for the holidays. The warm, welcoming feelings of fellowship and tradition that fill your abode at this special time of year do not stop at your front door. Take your celebration afloat with our cozy but...

Duration
8 Days
Fares from
$2,399
Dec 16 - Dec 23

New Orleans to Memphis

Holiday - Christmas Markets

HOLIDAY JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI - Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a festive spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the antebellum South during a magical time of year, and get acquainted with...

Duration
8 Days
Fares from
$1,699
Dec 23 - Dec 30

Roundtrip New Orleans

Christmas Cruise

HOLIDAY MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME - Amid the glittering elegance of an American Duchess holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and delight in all of...

Duration
8 Days
Fares from
$2,699
Dec 23 - Dec 31

Memphis to New Orleans

Creole Christmas

HOLIDAY JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI - Make our home your home for the holidays. Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the antebellum South during a...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$1,999
Dec 30 - Jan 03

Roundtrip New Orleans

New Year's Celebration

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION - Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the lower Mississippi River where it is easy to imagine that time has stood still. Onboard the American Queen, specially decorated for...

Duration
5 Days
Fares from
$899
Dec 30 - Jan 03

Roundtrip New Orleans

New Year's Celebration

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION - Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the lower Mississippi River where it is easy to imagine that time has stood still. Onboard the American Duchess, specially decorated...

Duration
5 Days
Fares from
$1,499
Jan 02 - Jan 07

Roundtrip New Orleans

Southern Highlights

SOUTHERN HIGHLIGHTS - There isn't a better way to experience the cultural diversity and stately drama of the Lower Mississippi River than aboard the grand American Duchess. From the legendary jazz of Bourbon Street to the wonderful mansions...

Duration
6 Days
Fares from
$1,199
Jan 06 - Jan 14

New Orleans to Memphis

Antebellum South

A TASTE OF THE TRUE SOUTH - Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,399
Feb 17 - Feb 25

New Orleans to Memphis

Antebellum South

A TASTE OF THE TRUE SOUTH - Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,099
Feb 24 - Mar 04

Memphis to New Orleans

Antebellum South

JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI - Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,099
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