Grand Heartland Cruise

Fifteen-Day / Fourteen Night Mississippi River cruise
Departing from St. Paul, MN

This epic journey on the world's newest riverboat transports guests back into American History as we spend two weeks cruising from St. Paul, MN to New Orleans, LA. 

Guests to visit 10 states in the most comfortable way possible. They will travel further thank even Huck Finn’s famous trip down the Mississippi - and experience northern fall foliage, southern hospitality, jazz, country, Graceland, barbeque, Cajun, Creole, the complete history of the Louisiana purchase, Civil War, and beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
 
Ports of Call: St. Paul, Red Wing, La Crosse, Dubuque, Davenport, Hannibal, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

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  Journey the length of the Mississippi River on this extraordinary two week cruise from St. Paul, MN to New Orleans, LA.

Port of Call:
St. Paul, MN

Red Wing, MN

La Crosse, WI

Dubuque, IA

Davenport, IA

Hannibal, MO

St. Louis, MO

Memphis, TN

Vicksburg, TN

Natchez, MS

Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans, LA

Day 1
St. Paul, MN

St. Paul Skyline

St. Paul is a thrilling place to begin your adventure on the Mississippi River. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of Summit Avenue, which showcases gorgeous historic mansions built in the late 1800’s. St. Paul’s enchanting art galleries, world class museums, and entertaining stage performances will capture your imagination. be sure to visit Mounds Park for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.


Day 2
Red Wing, MN

Discover Minnesota on Mississippi River Cruise

Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing's beauty has inspired artisans, craftspeople and artists for over 150 years. Red Wing delivers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment and activities for your pleasure. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.


Day 3
La Crosse, WI

Step into 19th century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three captivating rivers. La Crosse is home to Riverside Park, where you’ll enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance center, and inspiring sculptures.


Day 4
Dubuque, IA

Dubuque lock and dam on Queen of the Mississippi upper river cruises

A “Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Dubuque is overflowing with things to do and see. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque's state-of-the-art casinos. View colorful Victorian mansions, stroll through a whimsical downtown area, and visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.


Day 5
Davenport, IA

Mississippi Riverboat Cruise Excursions in Davenport, IA

Voted one of the Most Livable Small Cities in America, Davenport is often described by newcomers and life-long residents alike as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This vibrant city features the Legacy of John Deere, the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many music festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to native jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke.


Day 6
Day of River Cruising

QOM Deck

Enjoy the day relaxing on the upper deck, or your private balcony as we cruise from Davenport, IA to Hannibal, MO.


Day 7
Hannibal, MO

Visit Mark Twain’s Home During Mississippi River Cruise

Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” is a place where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are alive in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans filled with wonderful and special shops unique to Hannibal. No matter what you choose to do, you will find this town to be very accommodating.


Day 8
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Missouri Excursions During Mississippi River Cruise

St. Louis, known as the “Gateway to the West,” is sure to win you over. Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, which is the largest manmade monument in the U.S. There’s something for everyone at St. Louis’ many world-class, free attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s top public gardens.


Day 9
Day of River Cruising

Mississippi River cruise from St. Louis to Memphis

Grab a good book and curl up in one of our spacious lounges, or grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy the fall foliage as we make our way down the Mississippi River.


Day 10
Memphis, TN

Elvis Presley's Cadillac

Excitement resonates as you reach America’s third-largest inland port, famous for blues, barbeque, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Less-touted attractions, such as the Pink Palace and Mud Island’s River Walk, replicating 1,000 miles of Mississippi River history and geography along an intriguing six-block stroll, are just as intriguing. The Memphis-Arkansas Memorial Bridge creates a dramatic backdrop for it all. As you disembark, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of one of the mid-South's most remarkable cities.


Day 11
Day of River Cruising

Mississippi River Paddlewheel cruises on the Queen of the Mississippi

Spend a beautiful day with friends in one of the ship's beautiful lounges as we explore the river from Memphis to Vicksburg.


Day 12
Vicksburg, MS

Vicksburg Military park on the Mississippi River Civil War cruise
Around every corner, U.S. history is alive in Vicksburg. This “Queen City of the Bluff” offers plenty of opportunities to take a step back in time. Civil war battlefields, century old churches, cotton fields, and restored train depots are just a few of the many intriguing landmarks that await your visit. Marvel in the beautiful antebellum-style homes and watch Vicksburg’s history come to life at the riverfront murals.

Day 13
Natchez, MS

Natchez Indian Girl

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez was first established as a French fort site in 1716, later becoming part of the United States as the first capital of Mississippi in 1817. Perched over 200 feet above the Mississippi River with 30-mile views along the river both north and south, the bluff of Natchez is a place to marvel in the beauty and grandeur of the river. A quaint Southern town rich in culture, history, and known for its abundance of antebellum architecture, Natchez offers true southern hospitality with the attractions of a great small city.


Day 14
Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s state capital, was named over 300 years ago by French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. The city’s rich cultural traditions are reflected through its African-American and Caribbean influenced architecture, experienced through its fiery Creole and Cajun cuisine, and heard in its soulful Blues and Cajun style music. Baton Rouge is a wondrous city brimming with Southern hospitality.


Day 15
New Orleans, LA

Bourbon Street New Orleans on Mississippi River Cruises from New Orleans to Memphis

Welcome to New Orleans, commonly referred to as the Birthplace of Jazz. There is something for everyone with this city’s history, culture and arts prevalent around every corner. The open air artist colony proudly displays local artist’s works on the iron fence in Jackson Square, while the city’s 45 museums carefully preserve the city’s rich history. Consider staying an extra day or night to enjoy this lively city.



Mississippi River Cruises on Queen of the Mississippi

Beneath the gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures aboard Queen of the Mississippi is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable vacation imaginable as we cruise the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from New Orleans to Minneapolis or Cincinnati, OH.  The Queen of the Mississippi features the most spacious staterooms in the industry and provides more space per passenger than any other river cruise ship.Click play to see more.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Sep 12, 2015 14 Grand Heartland Cruise St. Paul, MN American Eagle

American Eagle

The brand new American Eagle is about to debut on the Mississippi River. The paddlewheeler has design elements reminiscent of an earlier time on the river coupled with a surprising assortment of modern luxuries. Spacious staterooms, fine furnishings, and private balconies are among the welcoming features which make the American Eagle comparable to your favorite world class hotels. Much like its sister ship, the Queen of the Mississippi, this new boat will raise the standard for river cruising in the United States.
Rate Schedule Per Person A AAL AAC AAM Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
14 Nights $8,675 $11,290 $11,565 $11,995 $14,365 $13,115 $11,895

Rates subject to change


St.Louis-St.Paul

Eight Days cruising the dramatic landscapes of the upper Mississippi River, including stops in the iconic Davenport, MO and Hannibal, MO – Mark Twain’s childhood hometown.                                      

St.Louis – Cincinatti

Experience the grandeur of both the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers on this eight day cruise aboard the legendary Queen of the Mississippi, featuring stops at the infamous Cave in Rock, IL and historic Madison, IN.


Memphis – St.Louis

Discover the rich heritage and history found along the banks of Tennessee aboard this traditional paddlewheel cruise travelling out of Memphis, TN- America’s third largest inland port.





Memphis – Nashville

Spend eight days travelling the Mississippi and Cumberland rivers from Memphis, TN to Nashville, KY, including stops in Paducah, KY; Dover, TN and Clarksville, TN.