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Mississippi Mystique

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From St. Louis' majestic Gateway Arch to the jazz-infused French Quarter in New Orleans, this voyage follows the path of American humorist Mark Twain and the great steamboat races of the 19th century down the mighty Mississippi. Along the way visit New Madrid and walk along the river to an observation deck, listen to some blues on Beale Street in Memphis, and uncover the ghosts of the Civil War in Helena. Revel in Southern hospitality in Natchez's National Historic District and on the grand lawn of Oak Alley Plantation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : St. Louis, Missouri
Day 2 : St. Louis, Missouri | Embarkation
Day 3 : New Madrid, Missouri
Day 4 : Scenic Cruising
Day 5 : Memphis, Tennessee
Day 6 : Helena, Arkansas
Day 7 : Natchez, Mississippi
Day 8 : Oak Alley, Louisiana
Day 9 : New Orleans, Louisiana | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Enjoy blues and the vibrant culture of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Explore the National Historic District in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Visit New Madrid and walk to an observation deck
  • Explore Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

Ship

MS Louisiane

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

New Madrid, Missouri Oak Alley, Louisiana St. Louis Arch, Missouri Memphis, Tennessee Natchez, Mississippi

Day 1 St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in St. Louis and check in to your deluxe hotel which is adjacent to the city’s attractions. Wonder at the St. Louis Arch, an unequaled architectural statement that defines this storied town, then continue your architectural tour at the imposing Cathedral of St. Louis. Indulge in a less lofty American pastime at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, an American classic.

Day 2 St. Louis, Missouri | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your fare includes breakfast this morning at your hotel as well as a transfer to the Louisiane and all porterage. Settle into your stateroom or suite, head to The Veranda for a light snack, and then bid St. Louis farewell as the Louisiane departs and you immerse yourself in the joys of life on the river. Bon voyage!

Day 3 New Madrid, Missouri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Imagine this sleepy village flattened in 1811 by North America's strongest recorded earthquake, and later further shaken up by 1862's Battle of Island Number Ten. Artifacts are on view at the quaint Historical Museum and the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site.

Day 4 Scenic Cruising

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The pleasures of the Louisiane become apparent as you start your day with a made-to-order beignet and café au lait in The Veranda. Read a book, talk to the Illuminator, the onboard historian, and then enjoy made-to-order crêpes for lunch. Spend the afternoon with new friends and sip a pre-dinner aperitif in the Bar Royale. Then indulge in the Southern and Continental cuisine of The Crescent Room followed by stimulating entertainment before retiring to your suite or stateroom for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 5 Memphis, Tennessee

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take in the sounds of Memphis, where a stroll on soulful Beale Street, a tour of Graceland, or a visit to the Stax Museum of Soul Music and the Rock 'n' Soul Museum have you feeling the beat.

Day 6 Helena, Arkansas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You're sure to agree with Mark Twain's assessment that Helena "occupies one of the prettiest situations on the Mississippi", but there's more than just looks to this hub of blues music, which features the lovingly reconstructed Civil War-era Fort Curtis.

Day 7 Natchez, Mississippi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Get lost among over 500 gallant antebellum buildings in this magnificent town, one of America's most historically significant national treasures. Chat up the friendly locals in the thriving entertainment district Natchez-Under-the-Hill, which Mark Twain once described as having a "desperate reputation, morally."

Day 8 Oak Alley, Louisiana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Linger at one of the most photogenic sites in America, majestic Oak Alley Plantation, and stroll its allée, lined by 28 massive oaks more than 300 years old. Tour the Big House and investigate the buildings dotting the lovely grounds.

Day 9 New Orleans, Louisiana | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid adieu to the Louisiane and take the time to explore New Orleans at your leisure. Amble along the festive streets of the "Big Easy", where the scent of Creole dishes and the strains of jazz mingle within stately French Quarter homes. Hop on a streetcar to further uncover this most European of American cities.

MS Louisiane

Per person starting at
$3,999
MS Louisiane Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
Artfully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Stateroom
Tastefully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane French Balcony Stateroom
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French Balcony Stateroom
Staterooms are gracefully furnished and include a French balcony to absorb the ever-changing landscape. Offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk, a seating area and two standard-sized twin beds that convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Promenade Stateroom
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Promenade Stateroom
These stylish staterooms feature windows and a windowed door that opens to an expansive promenade seating area. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawers and two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Veranda Stateroom
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Veranda Stateroom
These elegant staterooms offer panoramic window views, a private veranda with seating area, a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a chest of drawers, and two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Panorama Stateroom
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Panorama Stateroom
These over-sized staterooms feature a French balcony and a queen-sized bed. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk, and a chair.
MS Louisiane Richelieu Suite
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Richelieu Suite
These richly furnished suites offer panoramic window views, and a windowed door that opens to a spacious promenade with a seating area. These suites feature a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a chest of drawers, a desk and a queen-sized bed.

Notes

All fares, including land and hotel, are capacity controlled, subject to change at anytime without notice, and do not guarantee availability.

A Single Supplement of 50% is available only for the Deluxe, French Balcony, Promenade, and Veranda Staterooms.

Included in your fare:
- Complimentary one-night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay in your embarkation city with breakfast
- Transfer to the Louisiane on sailing day and all porterage
- Ship accommodations
- Standard included shore excursion program
- Onboard meals and entertainment
- Complimentary free-flowing hand-selected spirits, wines, and beers, in addition to illy® coffees, Dammann Frères®
loose-leaf teas, soft drinks, and Natura® sparkling and still water throughout your voyage

Not included in your fare:
- Airfare
- Pre and/or post hotel accommodations (unless otherwise noted)
- Port charges and fees
- Optional premium shore excursions
- Meals ashore
- Beverages not highlighted as included
- Fuel surcharges
- Laundry (unless otherwise noted)
- Purchases from the ship boutique
- Any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, salon and spa treatments
​- Gratuities

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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