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Taking a cruise on the Mississippi River is a voyage into the heart and soul of America. The Mississippi is known for being one of the longest rivers in the world, starting in Northern Minnesota, flowing all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. You'll get to know some of America's most culturally influential cities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, St. Louis, Memphis, and Minneapolis. On Southern Mississippi River cruises you can start and finish in either New Orleans, Memphis, or St. Louis and visit historical river towns such as Vicksburg and Natchez Mississippi in between. On a Northern Mississippi cruise, you'll float between St. Louis and Minneapolis as you experience wildlife like the Bald Eagle and scenic views of river bluffs. Contact our Mississippi cruise specialists to start planning your ideal river cruise today!

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How much does a Mississippi River cruise cost?

Mississippi River cruises cost between $1,300 and $5,000 per person, but the average price of a Mississippi River cruise is about $2,400 per person for a 9-day itinerary. 

What is the best Mississippi River cruise line?

American Queen Steamboat Company features the jewels of the Mississippi River - the American Queen, American Duchess, and the American Countess. These classic paddleboats are exactly what you think of when you imagine a Mississippi River cruise - combining luxury, fine dining, comfortable and spacious accommodations, exciting itineraries and one-of-a-kind entertainment that highlights the regional culture and talent. All of our Adventure Life cruises are aboard one of these unparalleled vessels. 

What is the best time of year to take a Mississippi River cruise?

The best time to cruise the Mississippi River is during the months of spring (March, April, May) or fall (September, October, November) to avoid the extreme hot and cold temperatures in summer and winter. The Mississippi is so long that giving overall advice can be difficult, as the temperatures in Minnesota are much colder than those in Louisiana on the same day. Additionally, there is a higher chance of flooding in the spring and a potential need to reroute or reschedule. 

What destinations do Mississippi River cruises visit?

The top 10 destinations you can visit on a Mississippi River cruise are Red Wing by Minneapolis, Dubuque, Bettendorf, Hannibal, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Memphis, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, and of course New Orleans!

Are Mississippi River cruises worth it?

Mississippi River cruises are a great value if you're hoping to really explore the whole region and get to know the local culture, food, and historic destinations that have shaped the mighty Mississippi. These cruises are definitely geared towards more mature audiences, so while inquisitive teens might enjoy these, they are crafted with adults in mind who enjoy activities like walking and biking tours, city & historic tours, nature experiences, and museums. These are not ideal for families with young children who are looking for a lot of onboard entertainment for kids of all ages. 

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