American Queen River Boat, New Orleans
American Queen underway, Mississippi River
Dining Room, American Queen River Cruise
River views, Memphis Tennessee

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

Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From New Orleans to Memphis, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere - in silent Civil War cemetaries, in the soulful gospel blues of Helena and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbeque, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.

Cruise Information: New Orleans to Memphis

French Quarter, New Orleans

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American Queen Cruise Itinerary: New Orleans to Memphis

Cruise Schedule Destination
Day 1: New Orleans, LA - Hotel Stay
Day 2: New Orleans, LA - Depart 5:00 PM
Day 3: Nottoway, LA
Day 4: St. Francisville, LA
Day 5: Natchez, MS
Day 6: Vicksburg, MS
Day 7: Port of the Mississippi Delta
Day 8: River Cruising
Day 9: Memphis, TN - Disembark 8:00 AM

Memphis to New Orleans River Cruise Highlights

  • Authentic Southern Culture
  • Mississippi Delta Heritage
  • Sprawling Sugarcane and Cotton Plantations
  • Majestic Mansions
  • Antebellum Architecture
  • New Orleans Jazz and Historic French Quarter
  • Civil War Battlefield and Monuments
  • Classic Cajun and Creole Cuisine

Cruise Themes

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.

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.

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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