Discover the meandering beauty of the Mississippi River aboard the grand American Queen steamboat and be wholly enchanted by this iconic journey through the heart of the Deep South.
Woven heavily with history and entwined deeply within the South’s cultural landscape, a sojourn down the majestic Mississippi River will leave you no less than thoroughly bewitched. Step aboard the graceful American Queen steamboat and gently cruise from New Orleans to Memphis on this nine-day passage to reveal the beating heart and beautiful soul of America’s Deep South.
Meet your Queen
More than just a southern belle, the American Queen is a grand dame who elicits gasps of admiration as she elegantly glides along the Mississippi and docks in each port. This beautiful paddlewheeler may be the largest steamboat ever built, but her grace belies her size. Authentically detailed from her embellished exterior to her polished wood interiors styled with era-appropriate antiques, this riverboat offers her passengers a portal into the past.
The American Queen has more than enough space throughout her six decks to find a quiet alcove to retreat to, or a place to connect with fellow cruisers. A range of sophisticated state rooms and suites ensures everyone can experience the grandeur of the Mississippi aboard this iconic riverboat, no matter their budget.
Gently rock in a swinging chair on one of American Queen’s decks and you’ll soon find yourself settling into the cadence of the river as the charm of the South works its undeniable magic.
At your service
With a crew that embodies the generosity of spirit Southern hospitality is known for, the American Queen may be river royalty, but she also extends a genuine and warm welcome to her guests.
Be greeted as an old friend and make new ones at the two regionally focused restaurants aboard, where you can indulge in five-course feasts or casual meals inspired by the great heartland. If, come evening, you’re in the mood for a bit of riotous fun, make your way to the two-deck-high Grand Saloon and be treated to a high-energy cabaret performance. Should the siren call of the river’s nightlife still have you entranced, head over to the stately Engine Room Bar to enjoy a little jazz, blues or rock before you retire for the evening, or head to the Main Deck Lounge for a piano sing-along.
It’s impossible not to be swept up in the rich current of local folklore during your stay on the American Queen, so seek out the onboard ‘riverlorian’ who regales guests with the history and lore of the Deep South. Guest historians also feature during the cruise, and their many engrossing yarns will cast a spell that transports you to an era when paddlesteamers ruled the river.
The majestic Mrs M
The Mississippi River is so emblematic of America’s South that it has served as a muse for many an author, poet and musician throughout history. From the incredible perspective of gliding along the river, you’ll find yourself with a front-row seat to experience just what it is that makes the Mississippi so inspiring. By journey’s end, you’ll no doubt have a newfound appreciation for Mark Twain.
Winding its way through 10 states before it flows into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans, the Mississippi is the fourth-longest river in the world. Joining the American Queen as she begins her journey in New Orleans, whence the mighty river ebbs into the sea, you’ll travel upriver through the fascinating townships and cities of St Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg and Greenville, before disembarking in the remarkable city of Memphis, Tennessee.
As you travel along this tranquil passage, you’ll encounter some of the 400 different species of wildlife that call the corridor home. Keep your binoculars at the ready to spot plentiful waterfowl and other birdlife.
Disembark for these highlights
Of course, you’ll discover plenty more than wildlife as you wind your way to Memphis. With a range of included and premium shore excursions to join, you’re free to explore the attractions of the South that especially speak to you.
Perhaps the inclusive tour of stunning Nottoway Plantation will tempt you, where you can explore the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion set amid lush gardens and 200-year-old oaks? Or you might deep dive into the turbulent story of cotton on a premium excursion in the oldest city on the Mississippi River, charming Natchez. History lovers may opt for a tour on the front lines of the Civil War in Vicksburg, while those who appreciate music will enjoy The Ultimate Mississippi Music Tour in Greenville. You certainly won’t want to miss a tour of Elvis’s hometown in Memphis, including a trip to the icon’s famous Graceland Mansion.
No matter how your interest is piqued, the enchanting allure of the iconic Mississippi River discovered aboard the graceful American Queen steamboat is certain to captivate for years to come.