New Orleans - New Orleans

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

Board one of our authentic paddlewheelers as we celebrate the music, history, and culture of the lower Mississippi. You’ll experience the events of yesteryear on this 8-day cruise in a sophisticated atmosphere only possible on American Cruise Lines’ newest and modern riverboats. Each cruise brings fewer than 180 guests to intimate ports for an in-depth and personalized exploration.  

From the flair of the Big Easy to Civil War battlefields of Vicksburg, only American Cruise Lines will bring you to the most historically significant southern sites. Our guided shore excursions and carefully selected onboard experts blend perfectly together making this our most comprehensive lower Mississippi cruise.  

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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.

To see more about this roundtrip cruise, click the blue Day by Day tab above.

 

 

Day 1
New Orleans, LA

Bourbon StreetWelcome to New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy. This vibrant city is the perfect destination to begin your Mississippi River voyage. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. With thoughtfully planned excursions encompassing the biggest attractions and cultural highlights of New Orleans, and complimentary transportation to the ship, we make sure your tour is as worry-free as possible. 


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 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 breathtaking.


Day 3
Natchez, MS

Explore Mississippi During Your New Orleans Riverboat Cruise

Celebrating its 300th year, Natchez is a city full of history and southern hospitality. American Cruise Lines will take you on a guided exploration of this fascinating area with visits to its gardens, historic homes, and museums. While here, we will treat you to a special concert in the music room of the JN Stone House. 


Day 4
Vicksburg, MS

New Orleans Cruise Excursions Include Visiting Civil War Battlefields

The city of Vicksburg served as a pivitol turning point during the American Civil War. Come with us as our informative Historian guides us through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg. Our expert guides and park rangers show you the battlefields, the USS Cairo, and the most significant historic places throughout the city. 


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 features all the history and wonder you would expect in a state capital, but with an added down home flavor that makes it truly unique. Our private guides will take you on a tour to the cities' most famous attractions including the Old & New State Capitals and the interactive Louisiana State Museum. 


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, the Birthplace of Jazz. Culture and arts abound around every corner of this unique city. 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 the famed Franch Quarter. 



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 Departure Location Ship
May 28, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Jun 4, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Jul 9, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Oct 22, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Oct 29, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Oct 29, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Nov 5, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Nov 30, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Dec 7, 2016 4 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Dec 21, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Dec 29, 2016 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Feb 18, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Feb 25, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Mar 4, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Mar 11, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Mar 18, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Mar 25, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Apr 29, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
May 6, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
May 27, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Jun 3, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Jul 8, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Nov 4, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Nov 4, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Dec 9, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Dec 9, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Dec 16, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Dec 16, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Dec 23, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now
Dec 23, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi reserve now
Dec 30, 2017 7 New Orleans, LA America reserve now

Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the Mississippi delivers an experience unlike any other riverboat. 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. Special Pricing now available: Call 800-460-4518 for details.

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • Owner's Suite w/ Balcony $7,560
  • AAM w/ Balcony $6,275
  • AAC w/ Balcony $6,025
  • AAL w/ Balcony $5,875
  • A $4,540
  • Single w/ Balcony $6,740
  • Single $6,130

Rates subject to change


America

America is American Cruise Lines' latest paddlewheeler and sailed her maiden voyage in May of 2016. Designed with traditional Victorian-style accents, it elegantly blends a traditional appearance with modern features and amenities. While the new ship is adorned with gleaming woodwork, brass fixtures, and histoic decor, it is constructed with the latest in cruise ship technology. 

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • Owner's Suite w/ Balcony $7,560
  • AAM w/ Balcony $6,275
  • AAC w/ Balcony $6,025
  • AAL w/ Balcony $5,875
  • A $4,540
  • Single w/ Balcony $6,740
  • Single $6,130

Rates subject to change


  Complimentary pre-night hotels are only valid on cruises booked 60-days prior to departure



4-Night Highlights of the Mississippi Cruise

 Mississippi River Cruises   Enjoy a 4 Night / 5 Day cruise and experience Southern charm at its finest with elegant antebellum homes and historic destinations. This journey includes stops at Houmas House, the famous Oak Alley Plantation and tours of historic Baton Rouge.

This cruise includes a special complimentary pre-cruise stay at the AC Marriot Hotel in the Crescent City so you can take in the sights and sounds of one the South's most popular cities.  

Cruise Date: December 7, 2016

 

     




Theme Cruises on New Orleans Round Trip Cruises

Mississippi River Civil War Cruise

Civil War Cruises

July 9, 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

June 4, 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.

 


New Orleans Holiday Cruise

Holiday Cruises


December 21, 2016
December 29, 2016

 

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 Cruises

Upper Mississippi River Cruise

Enjoy 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. 

Lower Mississippi River Cruise

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


Grand Heartland Cruise

Enjoy a spirited journey through the American Heartland on this 15-day cruise that travels from the upper regions of Minnesota to the heart of the Bayou. Experience the fascinating ports-of-call famous for being centuries-old gateways to the west.

Memphis – Nashville Cruise

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





Queen of the Mississippi Virtual Tour