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Grand Heartland Cruise

Rates & Dates:

Trip Length: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

Prices from: $8,760 pp/do*

Single Price: $11,250 pp

2018 Dates: Sept 8; Oct 9, 13.

Ships: America
The Queen of the Mississippi

Notes: Port charges not included in fare.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Time to Check ‘Mississippi River’ Off Your Bucket List!

Are you ready to cruise the entire length of the Mississippi River? You may have cruised segments before, but nothing can compare to experiencing the full Mississippi in one cruise. This 14-night southbound cruise is offered a couple times a year, and cannot be missed. You’ll cruise down the epic river of lore, as well as paddle past 10 states!

Relax on the rocking chairs on deck as you watch the shoreline alongside the Mississippi River go by. Rock on the deck as you float on the Mississippi River. Enjoy the breeze from the Mississippi River on your full Mississippi cruise.

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Book your Full Mississippi Cruise

Most Mississippi cruises are segmented, which offer a more thorough examination of a specific region, whether it’s New Orleans to Memphis, or St. Louis to St. Paul, or some other section. But now you can also choose the full Mississippi cruise that’s right for you, organized as a 2-week vacation in the fall. Watch the beginning of fall taking hold in the upper regions of the river, and float along down, seeing how the seasonal changes affect the different states along the river road.


Natchez Longwood Mansion, a highlight on the full Mississippi cruise, the Grand Heartland cruise

What’s Included

  • passage from St. Paul to New Orleans
  • staterooms from 300 to 600 sq ft, with twin or king sized bed
  • Hotel-size private bathroom
  • large opening picture window or private balcony
  • all onboard meals and snacks
  • complimentary cocktail parties
  • twice-daily stateroom service
  • onboard entertainment


Want to cruise north instead? Once a year the America will cruise northbound from New Orleans for a 21-night cruise.


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Grand Heartland cruise itinerary mapDay 1: Embark in St. Paul, MN

Take some time to explore the Twin Cities before boarding your boat. Perhaps a walking tour of Summit Avenue to enjoy the late 1800 historic mansions, or a visit to local art galleries and museums.

Day 2: Red Wing, MN

Red Wing is a fantastic river town with much to explore. Take a bald eagle viewing cruise with Captain Rusty. Or tour the town on the Red Wing Trolley to visit local shops, art galleries, and antique stores. Or tour the Red Wing Pottery workshop, where they’ve been producing stoneware for three generations.

Day 3: La Crosse, WI

Enjoy the day at Riverside Park, where the Black River and La Crosse River join the Mississippi waters. Surrounding the town are the 500 ft bluffs including the Grandad Bluff mentioned by Mark Twain in his ‘Life on the Mississippi’.

Day 4: Dubuque, IA

One of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi, Dubuque is a fascinating town full of just about everything. The complimentary shore excursion includes a historic city tour. Dubuque has Victorian era attractions, and you’ll learn about the history of this beautiful town with stops at Mathias Ham House and the Old Jail Museum.

Day 5: Davenport, IA

The complimentary shore excursion in Davenport visits the John Deere Pavilion and store. Learn the story of the company, and how John Deere continues to contribute to agricultural development. Another option in town is to visit the John Hauberg Indian Museum in the Black Hawk State Historic Site.

Day 6: River Cruising

Day 7: Hannibal, MO

Learn all about the beginnings of the great Mark Twain in his boyhood hometown of Hannibal. Be sure to also visit the Interpretive Center, which houses 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings!

Day 8: St. Louis, MO

Explore the city, from the Gateway Arch on the riverfront to the Anheuser Busch Brewery stables to Forest Park.

Day 9: River Cruising

Day 10: Memphis, TN

Visit historic Beale Street to hear the beat of ‘Blues City’ or head over to Graceland to pay tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley!

Day 11: River Cruising

Day 12: Vicksburg, MS

You cannot visit Vicksburg without touring the Battle of Vicksburg location, now a National Military Park. You’ll see the restored gunboat, the USS Cairo, as well as walk the battlefield of the Siege of Vicksburg.

Day 13: Natchez, MS

Enjoy a private city tour with a local expert guide who can point out the influences of different people, from the indigenous Native American to the European and African cultures. Other optional activities for today include an exclusive piano concert in the JN Stonehouse, or a tour of the Frogmore Plantation where you’ll be able to pick cotton from the fields and witness the technology that creates 900 bales-per-day.

Day 14: Baton Rouge, LA

Beginning at the Louisiana Old State Capitol, you’ll enjoy the exclusive tour of the Old and New State Capitols, with expansive views of the Mississippi River you’ve been cruising these last two weeks. You can choose to continue your day touring the Rosedown Plantation or the Cajun Heritage & Rural Life Museum – both offering views of antebellum life in the South.

Day 15: Disembark in New Orleans, LA

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