New Orleans - New Orleans

Eight-Day Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruise
Departing from New Orleans, LA

Cruise the Mississippi River to the land of bayous and southern belles on the Mississippi River paddlewheeler, Queen of the Mississippi. Passengers can expect to step back in time to the grand era of steamboating on the greatest paddlewheeler to ever grace the Mississippi River. The Queen of the Mississippi embodies 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 passengers have come to expect.

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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. Along the way, you'll discover significant areas like 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. Beginning your adventure in New Orleans will excite the senses as you explore the history of the French quarter, listen to spirited Jazz and indulge in some local cuisine. A visit to the French Market, the country’s oldest public market, is reminiscent of European markets, 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 plantation, Oak Alley Plantation is rightfully named after its most distinguishing feature, a canopy of 300 year old oak trees that form 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 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 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. Marvel in the beautiful antebellum-style 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 River 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, or explore the captivating gardens in this area.


Day 6
Baton Rouge, LA

Discover Louisiana During River Cruise to New Orleans

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 7
Houmas House, LA

Southern Belle Houmas House

Become acquainted to the Houmas House and its history as well as its 38 acres of gardens, ponds and a 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 artist’s works on the iron fence in Jackson Square, while the city’s 45 museums carefully preserve the city’s rich history. Stay an extra day or even a few nights to enjoy this lively city.



New Orleans round trip cruise video

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 passengers have come to expect.

Date # of Nights Cruise Departure Location Ship
Dec 6, 2014 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 13, 2014 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 20, 2014 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Dec 27, 2014 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Feb 21, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Feb 28, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 7, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 14, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 21, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 28, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Mar 28, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 4, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 11, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 18, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
Apr 25, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
May 2, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
May 30, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA Queen of the Mississippi
Jun 6, 2015 7 New Orleans - New Orleans New Orleans, LA American Eagle
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

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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 round trip cruises:

Mississippi River Civil War Cruise

Civil War Cruises

March 7th, April 25th and October 31, 2015

The Western Theater of the Civil War left a lasting impression on the cities along the Mississippi River. Delve deep into this history with amazing 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


March 14, 2015


Enjoy special onboard performances. guided shore excursions and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours focused on musical styles like jazz, bluegrass, and rock n' roll. Learn about how these musical traditions helped to sculpt 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.