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Splendor Awaits on Our Magical South and Midwest Cruises

Do you hunger to explore our great United States? The South and Midwest regions are a gold mine of historical, musical, natural and gustatory treasures, all waiting to be uncovered!

If you adore jazz and want to immerse yourself in Southern charm, consider a cruise from St. Louis to New Orleans on our Queen of the Mississippi paddlewheeler. Want to experience the drama and culture of the antebellum South? Our Big Band Swing Cruise aboard the American Queen steamboat will lead you through rolling plantations, legendary battlefields, and the diverse jazz clubs of Bourbon Street, right in the heart of New Orleans.

Book ahead for our Fall Colors trip on the American Queen, which travels the Upper Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers at the height of fall foliage. Want a novel holiday adventure for you and your family? Spend Thanksgiving or New Year’s aboard this luxurious small ship, the perfect mobile memory-maker.

If you’ve heard the siren call of the Midwest, our cruise from Chicago through the Great Lakes to Rhode Island will bring you vistas and destinations large ships can’t reach. Enjoy rugged islands and stunning waterways along this peerless region of our fine country.

Our East Coast Historic South and Golden Isles tours bring you all the mystery and natural allure of our coastal marshlands. Looking for tropical delights found nowhere else? Embark on a tour along the Great Rivers of Florida and experience mineral springs, breathtaking lagoons and lakes, and magical animal sightings, including manatee, alligators, and bald eagles, thriving in their natural habitats.

Our agents are highly-trained and friendly as they come! We’re ready to craft the perfect cruise for you. Contact us with all of your questions – we’re so excited to get you onboard!

Cumberland River Cruise: Nashville – St. Louis

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Save up to $500 Off Per Stateroom on Select Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2016

The Cumberland River is a historic route of music, cuisine, and love of all things Southern. Cruise along the River on the Queen of the Mississippi paddlewheel, relaxing perhaps in the Sky Lounge- More...

Rivers that Sing: Memphis-Nashville

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Book by: 05/31/2016

Cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi from Memphis to Nashville - the soul sister cities of the South! Your toes will be tappin' whether you're moved by rock 'n roll, soul, blues, country or the- More...

Upper Mississippi River Cruise: St. Louis – St.Paul

Upper Mississippi River Cruise: St. Louis - St.Paul

Save Up to $500 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2016

Two magnificent paddlewheelers are cruising the Upper Mississippi River: the Queen of the Mississippi and the America (new to the river for 2016). Escape the heat of Summer with the cool breezes from- More...

Great Rivers of Florida

Great Rivers of Florida

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Book by: 05/31/2016

Cruise the serene waters of St. Johns River and enjoy the brilliance and beauty of its islands, seaports and cities, experiencing a side of Florida few others do. Discover Amelia’s pristine, quartz- More...

Historic South & Golden Isles

Historic South & Golden Isles

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Book by: 05/31/2016

Discover the charm of a bygone era on this 8-day small ship cruise Gain unique insight into one of America's most elegant regions as your small ship glides past magnificent parks, plantations, and- More...

Magical Lake Michigan

Magical Lake Michigan

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Book by: 05/31/2016

Circumnavigating magical Lake Michigan gives one the opportunity to truly explore the offerings of the only Great Lake entirely in the U.S. Marvel at its natural beauty and friendly Midwestern cities- More...

Great American Waterways: Chicago to Rhode Island

Great American Waterways: Chicago to Rhode Island

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Book by: 05/31/2016

This is arguably one of the most amazing itineraries, offering striking water views of Chicago, Cleveland and New York and contrasting panoramic views of rural areas along some of America's most historic waterways.- More...

Mid Atlantic Inland Passage

Visit Beaufort, NC on the Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage cruise

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Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway from Baltimore to Charleston! Whether you choose one of the three spring departures headed North or three autumn departures heading South, this cruise will help- More...

Big Band Swing Cruise Aboard the American Queen

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Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 06/30/2016

Big Band Swing has been one of the most popular themes on the American Queen every year for one very special reason: the nostalgia of the swing era (1920s-30s) with live band performances in the- More...

Autumn Colors Aboard the American Queen

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Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2016

  Cruising in Autumn is magic! As you roll down the river, watch the colors change across the landscape. Glimpse the white steeples peeking up through the leaves, and the colors run up and- More...

Holiday-Christmas Markets

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Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 06/30/2016

Think of it: the most opulent riverboat in the world, cruising the Mississippi River, decorated for a Victorian Christmas! The American Queen will be transporting you from New Orleans to Memphis (or- More...

Thanksgiving Aboard the American Queen

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Thanksgiving Aboard the American Queen Give thanks for not having to cook the turkey, do the dishes, or clean up the house for company! Whether you want a holiday to yourself, or you take the- More...

Elvis Cruise Aboard the American Queen

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Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 06/30/2016

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.”   -Elvis in 1956, talking about his way of moving- More...

Antebellum South- Aboard the American Queen

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Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 06/30/2016

The Old South is about traditions, nostalgia, and hospitality. You'll experience all three on these American Queen cruises. On the lower Mississippi River, you'll visit small river towns, big,- More...

Good Old Summertime

Good Old Summertime

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Book by: 06/30/2016

Celebrate summers of cool pitchers of lemonade, picnics, ice cream, brass bands, and rocking on the porch swing on the Front Porch of America. In this nostalgic reminiscence of Americana, you'll be- More...

New Year’s Eve Aboard the American Queen

New Year's Eve Aboard the American Queen

Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 06/30/2016

For your new year's resolution, you're going to travel. And to start the year off right, ring in the new year onboard the American Queen! You'll celebrate the entire week, but everyone will gather- More...

Civil War Theme Aboard the American Queen

Civil War Theme Aboard the American Queen

Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2016

  There is no more defining moment in the history of the South than the Civil War. The Mississippi River was often at the forefront of the war, because of its strategic advantages for- More...

Presidents & Politics

The Ohio and Tennessee Rivers

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Book by: 06/30/2016

Engage with a part of our nation's history while watching the 2016 electoral process unfold around you. This river cruise coincides with the dates of the Republican and Democratic National- More...

Bourbon Cruise

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Save Up to $1800 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 06/30/2016

Bourbon is Kentucky. Search deep into local history to find the roots of bourbon in the foothills of Kentucky. Experts will guide you as you learn the distinguishing characteristics of bourbon- More...

Music of the 50s and 60s

Music of the 50s and 60s

Save Up to $1000 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2017 Departures!
Book by: 06/30/2016

The Grand Saloon will be Rockin' and Rollin' as you cruise the Mississippi River on the American Queen! Put on your dancin' shoes and shake it all night long to the music of the 1950's and 60's! From- More...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

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Book by: 06/30/2016

There is nothing more synonymous with the Mississippi River than Mark Twain. Originally born Samuel Longhorne Clemens in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's writings will forever influence- More...

East Coast Inland Passage

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Save Up to $600 Off Per Stateroom On Select 2016 Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2016

Cruise along the tranquil rivers, bays, and canals of the East Coast Inland Passage The East Coast of America is unique and diverse, and the intracoastal waterway is a great way to experience the- More...

Upper Mississippi River Cruises on the American Queen

Upper Mississippi River Cruises on the American Queen

The upper reaches of the Mississippi River from dynamic St. Louis to the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are rich with frontier tales of fur traders and pioneers set among picturesque geography and abundant wildlife.- More...

Music of America aboard the American Queen

Music of America aboard the American Queen

The paddlewheel has its own rhythm but so does the music of the rivers as we float through the myriad melodies of blues, gospel, folk, rockabilly, ragtime, Dixieland jazz and zydeco. Sway to the- More...

A Passage to British Honduras

A Passage to British Honduras

This is a rail and sail trip from one ‘jungle’ to another that you won’t want to miss! Your voyage begins and ends in the Windy City. Travel overnight from Chicago to New Orleans on- More...

Southern Treasures

Southern Treasures

Overview Embark on your southern antebellum cruise adventure among the cobblestone streets and trademark palmettos of Charleston, SC. This charming seaside getaway, known as- More...

Atlantic Coastal Waterways

Atlantic Coastal Waterways

Embark in sun-soaked Jacksonville, FL and prepare to begin your Atlantic adventure! A short morning sail carries you to Fernandina Beach on nearby Amelia Island, where marsh grasses- More...

4th of July on the American Queen

4th of July on the American Queen

Visit the heartland of America to celebrate your 4th of July! There's no better way to celebrate than with blues and barbecue. Enjoy the festivities in Memphis, including brass bands and- More...

5 Rivers of the Heartland

5 Rivers of the Heartland

The Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Mississippi. These iconic rivers make up the heartland of America. Touch all five on your cruise from St. Louis to Nashville. These are the natural roads- More...