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Enjoy our Day Mississippi River Cruise from New Orleans Cruise Port to St. Paul. Visit Civil War Landmarks & Southern Plantations on Riverboat Cruise.


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Cruise down the Mississippi Delta on the river's most authentic paddlewheelers. Our Lower Mississippi river cruises highlight Civil War battlefields, seductive.


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Mississippi cruises. River: Delve into culture and meet the locals at quaint riverside towns. Cruise ship: Head to the top deck and watch the sun.


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Best Time to Cruise. Inland waterways are much calmer than those on ocean-based trips, which is great news if you're prone to seasickness. Visit the kitchen, slave cabins and grist mill before touring a replica of the town. Choosing a Mississippi River Cruise Itinerary. Listen up. Instead, they will have the company's signature Longship style and focus on enrichment. Now help us get to know you better to enhance your experience. Memphis, Tennessee: The king of rock 'n' roll called Memphis home, and Elvis' home is the city's biggest tourist attraction. European river cruise operator Viking River Cruises plans to sail the Mississippi, expected to launch in The ships will not be paddlewheelers. The Mississippi River is the country's most iconic. The weather cools down quite considerably especially in the morning and evening come fall. With Louisiana and Mississippi at their hottest and muggiest during the summer, the bulk of the summer season is split between Upper Mississippi sailings and Ohio River sailings, with the Upper Mississippi taking over again for the most of the month of October. Mealtimes are major focal points of each day, and evening entertainment is less sophisticated -- think performances by a small group of theater singers or local musical acts vs. Louis : Also weeklong itineraries that can run in either direction, these sailings typically feature stops at New Madrid and Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Paducah, Kentucky; and Chester, Illinois. The same way a hurricane might force an oceangoing cruise ship to change course, bad weather on the rivers can alter itineraries.

After sailing the seven seas, not to mention many of Europe's rivers, what is left for an avid cruiser to conquer? For more about America's rivers, read our River Cruise Mississippi river cruises feature. Take our survey.

Email me when prices drop. It twists its way from northern Minnesota to New Orleans through the heartland, growing considerably wider and browner the farther south you go. Want to cruise smarter? Mosquitos also can be a problem in several of these states, as they all experience high humidity in the summer, so be sure to bring bug spray. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana's state capital is an intriguing mixture of African-American and Caribbean cultures and a hot spot for Creole and Cajun cuisine. Departure Month. The scenery along the river is generally prettier and the wildlife more prevalent the farther north you are on the river. Sign up for the latest from Cruise Critic. Prepare for small towns. In a single day, you might witness someone being baptized in the river near your boat, learn about the worst floods in U. Boat-lovers might like the Old Depot Museum, which features the world's largest collection of ship models, as well as a collection of riverboat models and U. Two companies ply the Mississippi on a regular basis. New Orleans, Louisiana: Thick with atmosphere, New Orleans is world-famous for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, beautiful French Quarter neighborhood, great Southern and Creole cooking and some of the world's best jazz music. First of all, most river itineraries are port intensive, so passengers spend considerably less time entertaining themselves on the boat. Mississippi River Cruise Tips. American Cruise Lines operates nearly nine itineraries, anywhere from five to 22 days, on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, while American Queen Steamboat Company operates four paddlewheelers on all of the Mississippi. If all you know is ocean cruising, be prepared for a surprise. The result was the same as during the drought. Always be prepared for sudden thunderstorms brought on by the humidity. Paul offers several historic homes open to the public, as well as museums, art galleries and Indian Mounds Regional Park, with its scenic overlook. The Lower Mississippi River has the longest season, which typically runs from November through December and April to mid-June, with most sailings on the bottom one-third of the river New Orleans round trip or New Orleans to Memphis. Vicksburg, Mississippi: The site of a famous Civil War battlefield, Vicksburg also offers visitors a glimpse into its Southern heritage with antebellum plantations, old churches and restored train depots. Itineraries along the Mississippi River are culturally intriguing and crammed with history. However, when you spend time sailing, there is usually commentary from a "riverlorian" over the public address system explaining some of the sights you pass. Keep in mind that sailing against the current slows the boat and generally means fewer ports or less time in port, but you'll have more time to relax onboard. Louis round trip or St. Itineraries might incorporate major cities like New Orleans and Memphis as cornerstones, but your experience will also focus on smaller towns along the way. The North American rivers and lakes, of course. All segments can be done in either direction. Boats scheduled to sail the Upper Mississippi were diverted onto the Ohio. Upper Mississippi St. In the spring and early summer, the Upper Mississippi is generally too high for riverboats to traverse, so the Upper Mississippi itineraries don't typically begin sailing until July. Share Your Interests. Find a Cruise. For instance, one year's drought along the Mississippi River kept waters so low that riverboats couldn't sail upriver, and operators had to push some of their Upper Mississippi sailings onto the Ohio. Search Deals. Memphis to St. When you do find yourself with down time, the experience is more laid-back. Mississippi River Cruise Lines. Mississippi River Port Highlights. Best Time to Cruise the Mississippi River. Each segment typically takes a week, or you can combine them for a three-week cruise. You might also find the occasional St. Please select your areas of interest:. Prepare for calm waters. Because of the short distances between ports, full days of river cruising are rare. In particular, heavy rain and droughts can make or break a river trip. Because it is so long, the Mississippi River is usually divided into three parts. Another year, too much rain flooded the river, making it impossible for riverboats to get under bridges and forcing the closing of several locks. Stay Informed. The park includes more than 1, monuments and markers, a restored Union gunboat and a national cemetery. Louis to St. But Memphis is more than just Graceland. Popular on Cruise Critic. Louis , as well as the mighty Mississippi. Paul round trip sailing, each of which features an extra stop in either Illinois, Minnesota or Wisconsin. No thanks. Lower Mississippi New Orleans to Memphis : A weeklong sailing, which can run in either direction, this stretch of the river can include port stops like Oak Alley and Nottoway plantations, Baton Rouge and St. Get Inspired. Facebook Pinterest Twitter. Mother Nature rules. The occasional New Orleans round trip cruise, which can run from five to seven days, typically visits the same ports, minus Memphis. Navy ships with Mississippi names. Even on the Upper Mississippi, temperatures can climb into the 90s, and humidity is high during the summer. A unique attraction is the Wabasha Street Caves, a cave-turned-event hall that was once the haunt of Prohibition-era gangsters but today is used mostly for weddings. Middle Mississippi Memphis to St. Louis sailings feature more scenic sailing and fewer port stops than other Mississippi itineraries, and, as such, fewer of these itineraries are offered. You might attend a lecture and then spend the rest of your day relaxing on your balcony watching the world go by. A popular attraction is National Military Park, where visitors can learn about the siege and defense of the city.