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Mississippi River Gateway Cruise

Mississippi River Gateway Cruise

At a glance

Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights

Coverage: St. Louis, MO to New Orleans, LA

From: $5,510

Season: June - September

Activities: Culture, History, Photography

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American Cruise Lines

Cruise the Mississippi River from the banks of the Bayou to the shores of St. Louis. Your journey starts in the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the vibrant city of New Orleans, brimming with art, music, and culture. Continue to Baton Rouge and Natchez, where you will experience the best in southern hospitality while touring historic homes and grand plantations. Enjoy a captivating lecture from our onboard Civil War historian on your visit to the Vicksburg National Military Park. While in Memphis, enjoy an authentic BBQ and take an exclusive tour of the famous Sun Studios, known as the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. Visit Paducah also known as “Quilt City,” and peruse its many museums and art galleries, before docking at St. Louis, home of The Gateway Arch, our nation’s tallest man-made monument.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Pre-Cruise - New Orleans, LA

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.

Day 1 - New Orleans, LA

Explore the French Quarter, with its architectural blend of Spanish, French, Creole, and American styles. Also known as the Vieux Carré, it is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. The distinctive and romantic character of the area has long inspired writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern, and John James Audubon.

Day 2 - Baton Rouge, LA

Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital, and one of the most historic and unforgettable cities in the South. Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge has everything you would expect to find in a state capital, but with a down-home flavor that is part of its charm.

Day 3 - Natchez, MS

Perched on a bluff above the Mississippi River, Natchez is a city 300 years in the making. Over a thousand of its buildings are listed on 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 art, music, culture, and commerce.

Day 4 - 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 learn about Vicksburg’s rich history as displayed on the riverfront murals.

Day 5 - Day of River Cruising

As we make our way from historic New Orleans to St. Louis, revel in the sights and sounds of the spectacular Mississippi River. Spend time chatting with other passengers in the lounges or enjoy a cocktail on your private balcony.

Day 6 - Memphis, TN

The largest city in Tennessee offers plenty to see, including Graceland, the W.C. Handy Museum; Shelby Farms, the largest urban park in the country; and the “twisted” Ornamental Metal Museum. In the heart of “Blues City,” you will find the Peabody Memphis, one of the city’s most popular attractions.

Day 7 - New Madrid, MO

Originally founded in 1776 by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodriguez, early settlers of New Madrid were required to become citizens of Spain in order to reside here. Today, New Madrid is a living monument to early American history with sites including the Kochtitsky Home, the Trail of Tears, and Veterans Park.

Day 8 - Paducah, KY

From quilting and shopping to learning about Civil War history, there is plenty to do in Paducah. Led by our expert guide, tour the city with a stop National Quilt Museum. You may also take tours retracing the town's tumultuous Civil War history.

Day 9 - Day of River Cruising

Sit back and enjoy the gentle sounds of the paddlewheel as it churns the placid waters of the Ohio River. One of the highlights of this cruise is the chance to watch the ever-changing scenery as it passes by and experience the river as early explorers did centuries ago.

Day 10 - St. Louis, MO

St. Louis is known as the “Gateway to the West." Admire the scenic riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, the largest man-made 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.

Day 11 - St. Louis, MO

Departure day. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s most popular public gardens.

Mississippi River - St. Louis to New Orleans Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

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Date Direction Ship A AAR AAL AAC AAM Owner's Suite Single Single w/ Balcony
Jun 15, 2019 New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO Queen of the Mississippi $5,510 $6,220 $6,765 $7,095 $7,570 $9,125 $7,070 $7,815
Sep 7, 2019 New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO America $6,260 $7,070 $7,690 $8,060 $8,605 $10,370 $8,035 $8,880
Jun 13, 2020 New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO Queen of the Mississippi $5,510 $6,220 $6,765 $7,095 $7,570 $9,125 $7,070 $7,815
Sep 10, 2020 New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO America $6,260 $7,070 $7,690 $8,060 $8,605 $10,370 $8,035 $8,880

Prices displayed are per person based on double occupancy. A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to confirm any reservation on trips of 9 nights or less, and a deposit of $900.00 per person is required to confirm any reservation on trips of 10 nights or more. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the sailing date. Any Reservation made within 90 days of the departure date must be accompanied by full payment and is subject to Cancellation Terms.



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