8 Day American Cruise Lines River Cruise from Memphis to New Orleans 2022

American Cruise Lines River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans

Lower Mississippi River Cruise

Starting from $3,930
Ship(s): American Heritage, American Jazz, American Melody, American Splendor, American Symphony
American Cruise Lines
8 Day American Cruise Lines River Cruise from Memphis to New Orleans 2022

River Cruise Description

Embark on a unique riverboat adventure along the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee. Savor a week aboard our intimate and relaxed modern riverboats as we cruise the lower Mississippi River. Our enthusiastic all-American crew share with you a wonderful journey filled with historical tales, culinary delights, unique culture, vibrant music, and new friends. Enjoy time onboard the ship in your comfortable and spacious stateroom. From your private balcony, enjoy expansive river views, the rising bluffs of the historic river towns, and the tree-lined banks accented with blue herons and bald eagles. Delight in the diverse menu of delicious meals carefully crafted by our onboard culinary team to include samples of regional cuisine. Make new friends at every meal with our popular open table seating. 

Dynamic presentations by your onboard speaker connect you to the region’s culture and history. Local guides also share insights to illuminate your shore excursions. Memphis offers savory barbeque, rich music history museums, Sun Studios, and the amazing tour of Elvis’ Graceland mansion exhibits. You can explore why the Mississippi River and the port of Vicksburg were so important during the Civil War as you explore the Vicksburg National Military Park. Enjoy beautiful architecture, antiques, and gardens at grand plantation homes as you learn southern stories from local guides and fascinating museums. Take in the local shops and museums of quaint and cozy towns like St. Francisville and Natchez. Perhaps sip and savor a tasty mint julep while strolling under the canopy of the 300-year-old trees at Oak Alley Plantation or explore the lavishly restored mansion and the expansive, manicured grounds surrounding Houmas House Plantation. 

Back aboard your ship, relax with our daily cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres, a delicious meal, and an evening show as regional entertainers share the area’s renowned cultural flair. Stand on deck and revel in a magical Mississippi river sunset. Experience the charm and uniqueness of the lower Mississippi River region. As Mark Twain once wrote, the river “has a new story to tell every day.”

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Jul 9, 2022American Heritage$3,930Call Us!
Jul 13, 2022American Splendor$3,930Call Us!
Aug 31, 2022American Splendor$3,930Call Us!
Sep 3, 2022American Symphony$5,440Call Us!
Sep 14, 2022American Splendor$4,505Call Us!
Sep 25, 2022American Jazz$5,440Call Us!
Sep 28, 2022American Splendor$4,505Call Us!
Oct 16, 2022American Jazz$5,440Call Us!
Oct 22, 2022American Heritage$4,505Call Us!
Oct 30, 2022American Jazz$5,440Call Us!
Nov 5, 2022American Heritage$4,215Call Us!
Nov 9, 2022American Symphony$5,115Call Us!
Nov 13, 2022American Jazz$5,115Call Us!
Nov 19, 2022American HeritageWaitlistCall Us!
Nov 25, 2022American Melody$5,115Call Us!
Nov 27, 2022American JazzWaitlistCall Us!
Dec 3, 2022American Heritage$4,215Call Us!
Dec 9, 2022American Melody$5,115Call Us!
Dec 27, 2022American Symphony$5,115Call Us!
Dec 28, 2022American Melody$5,115Call Us!

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Memphis, TN

Welcome to Memphis! Home to Blues, BBQ, Beale Street, and of course, the King of Rock 'n Roll - Elvis Presley. This amazing city is the perfect place to begin your Mississippi River Voyage. Come a day or two early and immerse yourself in sights, sounds, and tastes of this exciting destination.

Day 2 Day of River Cruising

Bask in the warmth of the Mississippi River sun as we cruise from Memphis to Vicksburg. Relax in one of the many spacious lounges or enjoy a gentle breeze on the sun deck.

Day 3 Vicksburg, MS

The city of Vicksburg served as a pivotal turning point during the American Civil War. Come with us as our informative historian leads us through the National Military Park, commemorating the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg. Our expert guides and park rangers will take you to battlefields, the U.S.S. Cairo gunboat, and the most significant historic places.

Day 4 Natchez, MS

Settled in 1716, Natchez is rich in history and southern hospitality. Enjoy a guided exploration of this fascinating city which has retained its antebellum charm since its surrender during the Civil War. Visit Frogmore, a historic cotton plantation still in use today, or attend a special piano concert in the J. N. Stone antebellum music room.

Day 5 St. Francisville, LA

This southern town charms with simple pleasures and unique treasures. Located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, St. Francisville has been called, “One of the 200 most beautiful small towns in America.” Take a stroll through its historic center where two centuries of architecture and lifestyle are on display. Enjoy visits to restored antebellum mansions including Rosedown.

Day 6 Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge features all the history and wonder you would expect in a state capital, but with an added down-home flavor that makes it truly unique. Our local expert guides will take you on a tour of the cities' most famous attractions including the Old and New State Capitols and the interactive Louisiana State Museum.

Day 7 Houmas House, LA

Houmas House and Gardens is a historic plantation complex established in the late 1700s, with the main house completed in 1840. Once the home of a wealthy sugar baron, this "Sugar Palace" features 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. As you approach impressive Houmas House, immerse you self in its rich history and the beauty of the surrounding gardens, ponds, and majestic live oak trees.

Day 8 New Orleans, LA

End your journey in the vibrant city of New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy, where art and culture abound. 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.
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