When you think of cruise itineraries, what comes to mind? The Caribbean? Alaska? Hawaii? Europe? Is the Mississippi River on your list? No? Well, let’s see if we can convince you that a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River might be an item to add to your Bucket List!
There are many reasons why a Mississippi River cruise could become one of those “memories that last a lifetime” adventures. But we’re just going to focus on three:
The Ships: The great rivers of American should be enjoyed in style. When you cruise the legendary Mississippi River, you’ll be boarding one of the newest paddle wheelers, while enjoying comfort and modern amenities. As you travel to each historic destination, you’ll feel like royalty as you relax in your beautiful suite or stateroom, feast in fabulous dining rooms and feel the breeze on a spacious deck. Delicious regional cuisines, amazing onboard music and customized excursions to historical landmarks come together as you glide past rolling farmlands and witness the ingenuity of the pioneers who first traveled these waters.
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Itinerary and Excursions: Mississippi River cruise itineraries are usually separated into the Upper and Lower part of the river. The Upper Mississippi is generally considered to be between St. Louis, Missouri and St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Lower Mississippi is between Memphis, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana. Cruises are sometimes combined with other waterways, such as the Ohio River and the Tennessee River.
The Mississippi River is one of the longest rivers in the world and the second longest river in the United States after the Missouri River. From northern Minnesota, the Mississippi flows for 2,340 miles and passes through or borders 10 different states before reaching its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico.
From included excursions in each port to optional premium experiences, destinations come alive through thoughtfully designed, programs and attractions. This is your chance to relive American History as you visit battlefields, plantations and historic sites, while enjoying panoramic views of spectacular scenery.
Cuisine: The Mississippi River region is known for its elegant mix of fascinating cultures which have turned out some of the most tantalizing cuisines in the nation. The team of master chefs onboard the cruise lines season each dish with a dash of culture from the particular port you are visiting. Enjoy Cajun and Creole cuisine in New Orleans; compare the famous barbecue of Memphis and St. Louis; and enjoy southern inspired refreshments such as mint juleps and fresh iced tea.
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