New Orleans - Memphis

Eight-Day Mississippi River Cruise
Departing from New Orleans, LA or Memphis, TN

Experience the Lower Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans on this 8-Day cruise into the heart of Dixie aboard one of American Cruise Lines’ brand new paddlewheelers. Explore Memphis, historic Natchez, Civil-War era Vicksburg, Oak Alley Plantation, and the legendary New Orleans, as you cruise in style and comfort.

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Mississippi River New Orleans to Memphis Cruise map  Explore the Lower Mississippi River on an 8-day small ship cruise. Soak up the history and culture of iconic ports like Vicksburg, Natchez, and Baton Rouge.

To see more about this Memphis to New Orleans cruise, click the blue Day by Day tab above. 

Day 1
New Orleans, LA

Visit Bourbon Street on New Orleans Cruise

No where is this city’s spirit more evident than in the famed French Quarter, with its architectural mix of Spanish, French, Creole, and American styles. Also known as Vieux Carré - or the “Quarter” to locals - it sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest grounds in New Orleans. Intimate and special, the city’s oldest neighborhood has exerted a spell over writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon.

 


Day 2
Oak Alley, LA

New Orleans River Boat Cruises and Excursions

Located on the Mississippi River between the historic cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the Grande Dame of the Great River Road. A quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees forms an impressive avenue that leads you to this classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. This imposing mansion has been restored to its 19th century glory, a noble tribute to those who left an indelible mark on this rich River Region.


Day 3
Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana Shore Excursions on Cruises to New Orleans

Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city, one that is rich in culture and heritage. Known affectionately as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge is home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, fascinating plantation tours, and a variety of attractions and events. There is everything you would expect to find in a state capital, but with a down-home flavor that is part of its seductive charm. Baton Rouge is a destination with true Southern hospitality. Let us give you the grand tour of one of the most historic, vibrant and unforgettable cities in the South.


Day 4
St. Francisville, LA

Mississippi River Cruise Shore Excursions in Louisiana

This quaint southern town is filled with simple pleasures and unique treasures. Located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, St. Francisville has been called “one of the 200 most beautiful small towns in America.” During your New Orleans river cruise stop in St. Francisville, taking a stroll through its historic center awakens an awareness of history with two centuries of architecture and lifestyles. Nearby plantations beckon you back to a time when coquettish southern belles and their chivalrous suitors sipped mint juleps on the shady porches of these grand estates.


Day 5
Natchez, MS

Mississippi Riverboat Cruise Excursions

Sitting high on the bluff above the mighty Mississippi River rests Natchez, a city 300 years in the making. At first glance, Natchez appears to be frozen in time, with perfectly preserved homes and buildings that remind us of days gone by. In fact, over 1,000 of its historic structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Upon closer inspection, you will soon discover that Natchez, while indeed a reflection of the past, is also alive in the present – filled with arts, music, culture, events, commerce and natural beauty.


Day 6
Vicksburg, MS

Explore Mississippi During New Orleans Riverboat Cruise

In Vicksburg, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. It’s a city bursting at the seams with history at some of its most poignant turns, art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling. With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage along with hallowed stories of Civil War battles.


Day 7
Day of River Cruising

Explore the Mississippi River on a Cruise

Enjoy the warmth of the Mississippi River sun while lounging in the Queen of the Mississippi's many luxurious spaces, including the sun deck or Paddlewheel Lounge.


Day 8
Memphis, TN

Classic American Automobile

The largest city in Tennessee offers everything a curious tourist, hungry gourmet, or history buff could want to do and see at attractions that include music museums, art galleries, Mississippi riverboat tours, and the Memphis Zoo. Be sure to visit Graceland, and then visit the other side of Memphis at the W.C. Handy Museum; Shelby Farms, the largest urban park in the country; or the “twisted” Ornamental Metal Museum. In the heart of “Blues City,” you’ll find the Peabody Memphis, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Legendary, charming and elegant are adjectives that perfectly describe this grand hotel where its famous Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby.



Lower Mississippi Web Video 2014

Experience the Lower Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans on this 8-Day cruise into the heart of Dixie aboard one of American Cruise Lines’ brand new paddlewheelers. Explore Memphis, historic Natchez, Civil-War era Vicksburg, Oak Alley Plantation, and the legendary New Orleans, as you cruise in style and comfort.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Apr 4, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Apr 11, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Apr 18, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Apr 25, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
May 2, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
May 9, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
May 9, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
May 16, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
May 16, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
May 23, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
May 23, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
May 30, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Jun 6, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Jun 13, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Jun 13, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Jun 20, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Jun 20, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Jun 27, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Jun 27, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Jul 4, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Jul 4, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Jul 11, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Jul 18, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Jul 25, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Aug 1, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Aug 22, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Aug 29, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Sep 5, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Sep 26, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Oct 3, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Oct 10, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Oct 17, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Nov 7, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 14, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 14, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Nov 21, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 21, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN American Eagle
Nov 28, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN Queen of the Mississippi
Nov 28, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Dec 5, 2015 7 New Orleans - Memphis Memphis, TN 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 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
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 - Memphis cruise route:


Mississippi River Civil War Cruise

Civil War Cruises

June 6, July 11, July 18, and November 17, 2015 


As home to many Civil War battles and sites, the Mississippi River contains a rich history integral to the fabric of America. Explore the heart of this story by visiting this region's battlefields, monuments and museums.


Mississippi River Jazz Cruise

Mississippi River Music Cruises
May 30, 2015 and August 29, 2015


Celebrate the history of early American music while cruising on the Mississippi River. Special onboard performances will delight and entertain everyone in your travel group. The history of this classic genre will be illuminated on unique guided tours at your port locales.


culinary cruise cooking demonstrations

Mississippi River Culinary Cruise
June 13, 2015


Celebrate the culinary traditions of the Mississippi River on this journey through the flavors of the South from Cajun to Creole. Enjoy exclusive onboard menu selections and cooking demonstrations, plus a guided tour of the Louisiana Culinary Institute.


Thanksgiving Spread

Independence Day

July 4, 2015

 

Celebrate Independence Day with American Cruise Lines on the Mississippi River as we cruise from New Orleans to Memphis. Home to numerous battlegrounds and historic sights, this Independence Day cruise is a wonderful opportunity to experience the patriotism of the South..