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Grand Heartland Cruise

Grand Heartland Cruise

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights

Coverage: St. Paul, MN to New Orleans, LA

From: $7,710

Season: August - October

Activities: Culture, History, Photography

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American Cruise Lines

Journey the length of the Mississippi River on this extraordinary two-week cruise. The Grand Heartland cruise offers guests a front row view of 10 states in one of the most comfortable paddlewheel cruise ships on the Mississippi.

Enjoy an epic 15-day journey on our Grand Heartland Cruise. This cruise on the Mississippi River travels from the northern reaches of St. Paul, MN all the way down to the basin in New Orleans, LA. View the dramatic landscapes of the Upper Mississippi River which have long inspired artists, writers, and steamboat passengers. Visit Hannibal, hometown of Mark Twain where the characters in his most popular works come to life. Immerse yourself in the culture of Memphis, the mid-South's most vibrant city, famous for blues and barbeque. As you journey down the river you will hear stories about Southern life on the plantation and tour historic Civil War sites led by our local area experts. On your final stop, New Orleans, enjoy exclusive access to its vibrant music scene and the best in Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Pre-Cruise - St. Paul, MN

Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

*Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.

Day 1 - St. Paul, MN

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.

Day 2 - Red Wing, MN

Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing's beauty has inspired artisans and craftspeople 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 will enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance center, and inspiring sculptures.

Day 4 - Dubuque, IA

A “Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the River. 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 the bustling downtown area, or visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Day 5 - Davenport, IA

Voted one of the Most Livable Small Cities in America, Davenport is often described as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This city features the Legacy of John Deere, the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival.

Day 6 - Day of River Cruising

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

Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” is a place where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn come to life 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 specialty shops unique to Hannibal.

Day 8 - St. Louis, MO

St. Louis is often referred to as the “Gateway to the West.” Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the Gateway Arch, the largest manmade monument in the U.S. Enjoy St. Louis' many world class 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 most popular public gardens.

Day 9 - Day of River Cruising

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

Excitement resonates as you visit America’s third-largest inland port, famous for Blues, barbeque, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. 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 South's most popular cities.

Day 11 - Day of River Cruising

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

Day 12 - Vicksburg, MS

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

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 200 feet above the Mississippi River with 30-mile views both north and south, the bluff of Natchez is a place to marvel in the grandeur of the river. Natchez offers true southern hospitality with the attractions of a great small city.

Day 14 - Baton Rouge, LA

Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital. Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge is home to legendary Louisiana Cajun cuisine, fascinating plantation tours, and a variety of attractions. 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. Enjoy a grand tour of one of the most historic and unforgettable cities in the South.

Day 15 - New Orleans, LA

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 French Quarter.

Dates & Rates

Date Ship A AAR AAL AAC AAM Owner's Suite Single Single w/ Balcony
Sep 08, 2018 America $9,285 $10,495 $11,415 $11,955 $12,775 $15,385 $11,925 $13,175
Oct 09, 2018 America $8,760 $9,900 $10,770 $11,280 $12,050 $14,515 $11,250 $12,430
Oct 13, 2018 Queen of the Mississippi $8,760 $9,900 $10,770 $11,280 $12,050 $14,515 $11,250 $12,430
Aug 24, 2019 America $7,710 $8,710 $9,480 $9,925 $10,605 $12,775 $9,900 $10,940
Oct 08, 2019 America $8,760 $9,900 $10,770 $11,280 $12,050 $14,515 $11,250 $12,430
Oct 12, 2019 Queen of the Mississippi $8,760 $9,900 $10,770 $11,280 $12,050 $14,515 $11,250 $12,430

* Reverse itinerary

Map

Mississippi River - Grand Heartland Cruise Itinerary Map

Ships

America

AmericaThe America is American Cruise Lines’ eighth ship and its second brand-new vessel to launch in 2016. America is the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat. The America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere, while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery. With only 185 guests, fellow passengers will quickly become new friends.View ship details...


Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the MississippiQueen 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. Built in 2015, the Queen of the Mississippi offers an authentic paddlewheeler experience with all the comforts of home.View ship details...