New Orleans - New Orleans

Eight-Day / Seven-Night Paddlewheel Cruise
Departing from New Orleans, LA

Cruise the lower Mississippi River on a New Orleans cruise. Board one of our Mississippi River paddlewheelers, Queen of the Mississippi or American Eagle, and step back in time to the grand era of steamboating. Enjoy guided shore excursions to the Civil War battlefields in Vicksburg, a grand tour of the famous Rosedown Plantation and the iconic Oak Alley Plantation. Be sure to set aside time for sight-seeing in New Orleans where the lure of the French Quarter and Cajun cuisine make New Orleans cruises so popular.  

Ports of Call: New Orleans, Oak Alley, Natchez, Vicksburg, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Houmas House

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New Orleans Round Trip Cruise Map  This exciting Mississippi River cruise begins and ends in a true pinnacle of arts and culture - New Orleans. During your New Orleans cruise, you'll discover historic locales including Houmas House, Natchez, and Oak Alley.

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Day 1
New Orleans, LA

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

New Orleans is a unique city rich in history and alive with tradition. Famed for its 17th century architecture, culturally-inspired cuisine and lively music, the rhythm of the city is as diverse as its people. A visit to the French Market, the country’s oldest public market, is reminiscent of the open-air plazas native to Europe, but in a tradition that is distinctively New Orleans.


Day 2
Oak Alley, LA

Visit Oak Alley, Louisiana on Cruise to New Orleans

Once serving as an antebellum sugar cane homestead, Oak Alley Plantation is rightfully named after its most distinguishing feature, a row of 300 year old oak trees. This leafy canopy forms a quarter-mile path leading to the Mississippi River. Restored to its 19th Century grandeur, this classic Greek revival-style antebellum mansion is purely breathtaking.


Day 3
Natchez, MS

Explore Mississippi During Your New Orleans Riverboat Cruise

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez was a French fort site in 1716 and later became part of the United States as the first capital of Mississippi in 1817. Perched 200 feet above the Mississippi River with 30-mile views along the river, the bluff of Natchez is a place to marvel in the beauty and grandeur of the river. A quaint Southern town rich in culture, Natchez offers true Southern hospitality with the attractions of a great small city.


Day 4
Vicksburg, MS

New Orleans Cruise Excursions Include Visiting Civil War Battlefields

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. Admire the beautiful pre-Civil War homes and watch Vicksburg’s history come to life at the riverfront murals.


Day 5
St. Francisville, LA

Visit Plantations During New Orleans River Cruise

Established in 1809 and overlooking the Mississippi River, St. Francisville is a quaint Southern town that offers a glimpse into history. One of the largest shipping ports on the Mississippi prior to the Civil War, St. Francisville is a small town with grand appeal. Experience this town’s rich history as you tour historic plantations, including the famous Rosedown and The Myrtles.


Day 6
Baton Rouge, LA

Discover Louisiana During River Cruise to New Orleans

Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s state capitol, 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 7
Houmas House, LA

Southern Belle Houmas House

Become acquainted with the Houmas House and its history as well as its 38 acres of gardens, ponds and majestic live oak alley during this port stop. Make sure to explore the Southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace" through 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.


Day 8
New Orleans, LA

Jazz Saxaphone

Welcome back 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 works on the iron fence in Jackson Square, while the city’s 45 museums carefully preserve its rich history. Stay an extra day or even a few nights to enjoy this lively city.



New Orleans River Cruises

Step back in time to the grand era of steamboating on the Mississippi River. The Queen of the Mississippi and American Eagle embody the spirit of traditional Mississippi River cruising and the grandeur of the riverboats of the past, while offering all the modern comforts and amenities American Cruise Lines guests have come to expect.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Oct 24, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Oct 31, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Oct 31, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Nov 7, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 5, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 12, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 12, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 19, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 19, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 26, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 26, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Feb 20, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Feb 27, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 5, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 12, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 19, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 26, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 26, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 2, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 9, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 16, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
May 28, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Jun 4, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Oct 22, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Oct 29, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Oct 29, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Nov 5, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 3, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 10, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 10, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 21, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 21, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 28, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 28, 2016 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle

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Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the Mississippi delivers an experience unlike any other riverboat. Launched in 2012 and modeled after traditional Victorian-style riverboats of the late 1800s, she was the first paddlewheeler built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years. Queen of the Mississippi offers passengers modern amenities and comforts including large staterooms with private balconies, hotel-style bathrooms, complimentary room service, WiFi, and more. Transporting guests back in time in the most elegant fashion, the experience aboard Queen of the Mississippi is a seamless blend of old and new. Beneath her historic décor, gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable and upscale vacation imaginable on the Mississippi River.
Rate Schedule Per Person A AAR AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
7 Nights $4,450 $5,200 $5,760 $5,905 $7,410 $6,610 $6,010

Rates subject to change


American Eagle

The brand new American Eagle made its debut on the Mississippi River in May of 2015. The 150-person capacity paddlewheeler features 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
7 Nights $4,450 $5,760 $5,905 $6,150 $7,410 $6,610 $6,010

Rates subject to change


Special theme cruises offered on the New Orleans round trip cruises:


New Orleans Holiday Cruise

Holiday Cruises


December 19, 2015
December 27, 2015

 

Join us for festive Christmas and New Years New Orleans cruises. Spend the holidays with American Cruise Lines as we traverse the Lower Mississippi River bringing you all the best the South has to offer. Enjoy personalized service, elaborately decorated paddlewheelers and authentic regional cuisine with all the trimmings.



Mississippi River Civil War Cruise

Civil War Cruises

October 31, 2015
April 9, June 4, and October 22, 2016

The Western Theater of the Civil War left a lasting impression on the cities along the Mississippi River. Delve into this history with a New Orleans river cruise featuring shore excursions to historically significant sites and in-depth onboard presentations that enhance your understanding of the Civil War. 



Mississippi River Jazz Cruise

Mississippi River Music Cruises


April 9, 2016


Enjoy special onboard performances, guided shore excursions and behind-the-scenes tours focused on musical styles that include jazz, bluegrass, and rock n' roll. On this New Orleans cruise, learn about how these musical traditions sculpted American music and the Mississippi River itself.

Additional Mississippi River Itineraries:

St. Louis - St. Paul cruise

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. 

New Orleans - Memphis cruise

Explore Memphis,TN, Civil-War era Vicksburg,MS the legendary New Orleans, LA aboard this eight day cruise travelling along the lower Mississippi River. 


St. Louis - New Orleans cruise

Cruise America’s heartland on this eight day journey down the Mississippi River, featuring stops in Memphis, TN and Baton Rouge, LA.

Memphis – Nashville cruise

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.