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American Queen Steamboat Mississippi Cruises

American Queen River Cruise | Memphis to New Orleans - 9 Days

 
Embark in our homeport of Memphis, TN for this 7-night journey ending in New Orleans, LA. The Lower Mississippi will be your conduit for steamboating into the historic towns along the way.

Cruise Information: Memphis to New Orleans

Neon signs on Beale Street, Memphis, TN

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American Queen Cruise Itinerary: Memphis to New Orleans

Cruise Schedule Destination
Day 1: Sunday Memphis, TN - Hotel Stay
Day 2: Monday Memphis, TN - Depart 5:00 PM
Day 3: Tuesday River Cruising
Day 4: Wednesday Vicksburg, MS
Day 5: Thursday Natchez, MS
Day 6: Friday Baton Rouge, MS
Day 7: Saturday St. Francisville, LA
Day 8: Sunday Nottoway,
Day 8: Monday New Orleans,LA - Disembark 8:00 AM

Memphis to New Orleans River Cruise Highlights

  • Memphis Blues and Barbeque
  • Authentic Southern Culture
  • Mississippi Delta Heritage
  • Sprawling Sugarcane and Cotton Plantations
  • Majestic Mansions
  • Antebellum Architecture
  • National Military Parks
  • Classic Cajun and Creole Cuisine
  • Political History

Cruise Themes

Oak Alley Plantation, Lousianna

Antebellum South

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the Old South. Our Antebellum South voyages carry you along the lower Mississippi River where it is easy to imagine that time has stood still. From New Orleans to Memphis, sugar cane is still grown as it was a century ago and lovingly restored mansions and plantations grace the Great River Road.

Mardi Gras Costume

Mardi Gras

Join in the energy and traditions of New Orleans' most extravagant celebration while enjoying your included pre-cruise hotel stay during Mardi Gras. Take in the fabulous sights, sounds and flavors of America's largest street party as the flamboyant creations of a multitude of krewes parade by, and you make memories that will last a lifetime. Onboard, continue the festivities by learning about the history of Mardi Gras, creating your own colorful mask and enjoying a themed ball, musical performances and a jazz brunch.

Live Christmas music

Holiday - Christmas Markets

Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. Sip a glass of eggnog as you listen to the sweet sound of local choirs and bands serenade the American Queen upon departure from the enchanting ports of Vicksburg and Natchez. Receive a warm welcome from strolling carolers upon arrival to charming St. Francisville. Our exclusive lineup of Christmas markets offers a little something for everyone including music, seasonal goods and locally produced crafts for you to enjoy. You will also delight in a private dinner celebration at Nottoway Plantation followed by a grand Holiday Ball aboard the American Queen.

Thanksgiving Turkey Feast

Thanksgiving Festival

Surround yourself with a whole new list of things to be thankful for with this special holiday cruise on the American Queen. Enjoy a cornucopia of traditional treats. Encompassed by elegant décor and new friends with the river rolling by, you'll have a deep appreciation for all your many blessings.

Christmas decorations on mansion

Plantation Holidays

Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum south during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. At the center of our thoughtfully designed Plantation Holidays voyage is an enchanted experience at Nottoway Plantation where you will enjoy live music and dancing, indulge in an assortment of hors d'oeuvres or decadent desserts and witness the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee followed by a special fireworks display. Make our home your home for the holidays.

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