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Embark on a 9-day cruise aboard the American Heritage from New Orleans to Memphis. Explore New Orleans with its culinary delights, music, and culture. Sail the Mississippi River, visit historic sites, and enjoy onboard entertainment. Explore plantations, museums, swamps, and antebellum homes. Discover Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, and Memphis's musical legacy.
Visit historic Memphis, TennesseeView monuments from the Civil War in MississippiVicksburgMemphis, Tennesse, USA downtown cityscape at dusk over Beale StreetVisit Louisiana's capital city of Baton Rouge
  • Admire the mix of architecture and cultures of New Orleans
  • Discover the distinctive culture of the Mississippi River Delta region
  • Learn about the historic conflicts of Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Immerse yourself in the musical history of Memphis, Tennessee
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: New Orleans, LA

Relax at your hotel and experience the delights of this enchanting city, famous for its tasty food, lively music, and diverse culture. Walk along the leafy streets, ride a carriage in the French Quarter, take a streetcar to the beautiful Garden District, or tour the famous National World War II Museum.

Day 2: Embark | Cruising the Mississippi River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Board your ship and enjoy a Welcome Reception. Meet other guests and admire the view as you sail on the Mississippi River. Enjoy music from onboard performers inspired by the river.

Day 3: Oak Alley, LA | Houmas House, LA

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once serving as an antebellum sugar cane homestead, Oak Alley Plantation is named after its most distinguishing feature, a row of 300-year-old oak trees. This leafy canopy forms a quarter-mile path leading to the Mississippi River. Restored to its 19th-century grandeur, this classic Greek Revival-style antebellum mansion is breathtaking.

Oak Alley Plantation - Complimentary Excursion
Today, Oak Alley is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of its inhabitants. With an emphasis on its time as a sugar plantation, visitors are invited to walk under its iconic alley, explore the exhibits, interact with staff, and leave with a richer, more powerful understanding of this plantation's complex history. For the full southern experience, don't forget to take time for a complimentary mint julep. 
Activity Level: High | ADA Accessibility: Partial

Day 4: Baton Rouge, LA

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meaning “red stick,” Baton Rouge’s 1699 French name references an ancient geographical marker and reflects the city’s long history. As Louisiana’s state capital, the city still echoes with tales of the characters who lived here, most notably Governor and Senator Huey P. Long. Learn about his dramatic career at the magnificent 1852 Old State Capitol Museum and visit Long’s 1932 State Capitol building, an architectural marvel of granite and marble.

Explore many well-known downtown neighborhoods while embracing the rich art, architecture, and nature along the route. If you feel adventurous, ride a narrated boat through a Louisiana swamp.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum - Complimentary Excursion
Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. The art galleries showcase changing fine art exhibitions and selections from a permanent collection. The Ancient Egypt Gallery houses ancient artifacts and a Ptolemaic-era mummy that rests in a re-created rock-cut tomb. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium features sky shows, large-format films, visual music shows, and galleries devoted to space science.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Baton Rouge City Experience with Rural Life Museum - Complimentary Excursion
Being your excursion with a narrated city exploration with views of the impressive Governor's Hall and the New State Capitol. Admire the Old Louisiana State Capitol also known as the State House. Enjoy views of Magnolia Mound, a French Creole plantation house built in 1791 and a rare example of the architecture influenced by early settlers from France and the West Indies.
Next you will be driven to the LSU Rural Life Museum; a museum dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of materials from the cultures of 18th and 19th-century rural Louisianans. The museum highlights how the rest of the south lived in comparison to the mansions and plantations visited throughout this itinerary. Experience life in a rural setting in the early lives of Louisiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. You will leave the facility with a better understanding of the differences in the material, social, and economic cultures during this time period, and of today's lifestyles. 
Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial

The Myrtles - Complimentary Excursion
At first glimpse Myrtles, built in 1796, envelopes one with a complete sense of peace and tranquility. However, it is reputed to be one of the most haunted homes in America. Surrounded by centuries-old live oak trees, the mansion features a 125-foot verandah, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass, open-pierced frieze work crown molding, Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, Carrara marble mantels, gold-leafed French furnishings and ghosts.
Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessibility: Yes

Day 5: Natchez, Mississippi

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Natchez, grand homes sparkle like jewels, adorning the bluffs that tower above the river. Since 1716, when the French first built a fort here among the Natchez Indians, the town has grown to boast elaborate mansions built by planters in the 1800s to flaunt their wealth.

With no Civil War fighting here, Natchez still features hundreds of antebellum homes and buildings. Each architectural treasure has a story, creating a charming downtown embodying southern charm and hospitality.

Explore on your own or enjoy an array of curated guided explorations. Tour the elaborate townhomes, visit a working cotton farm to learn about the crop’s importance in history and today, and discover the historic Under-The-Hill Saloon. Drift through quaint shops, nibble on local delights, and enjoy the expansive views of the majestic river valley from the bluff-top park.

Natchez Local Loop- Complimentary Excursion
Board this convenient shuttle, making stops at:
  • Fort Rosalie & Trading Post
  • Historic Natchez in Photos 
  • Historic Natchez Bluffs & Gazebo 
  • Rosalie House 
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Natchez Landmark Exploration - Complimentary Excursion
Experience a multitude of National treasures, historic sites, and local points of interest from the comfort of your motorcoach. Natchez boasts more National Landmarks than any other town in Mississippi. Begin your exploration at the mighty Natchez Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Your local guide will entertain you with local lore and legends, in addition to historical facts. View historic architectural gems, African American sites, local favorites, and a few quirky place. Complete your experience with a complimentary guided exploration of Historic Rosalie Mansion, so exquisite, she’s known as "Our Lady on The Bluff."

Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: No

Day 6: Vicksburg, MS

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vicksburg is a place of drama. The struggle to control Vicksburg was a major turning point during the Civil War. The well-fortified connection between river and rail transportation was known as “The Gibraltar of the West.” A narrated exploration of the well-preserved National Military Park battlefield enlivens this powerful story and highlights its significance.

Several other excursion options are available, including exploring museums and historic sites with local expert guides or on your own. Walk aboard an enormous Army Corps of Engineers towboat. Stroll along the charming murals painted along the adjacent floodwall and read panels detailing the Vicksburg stories they illustrate.

Vicksburg Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion
 Board this convenient shuttle making stops at:
  • Jackson Street Gallery
  • Local Shops
  • Old Courthouse Museum 
  • Biedenharn Coca–Cola Museu
  • Vicksburg Civil War Museum 
  • Lower Mississippi River Museum 
Vicksburg National Military Park- Complimentary Excursion
A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863. Stop at the impressive Illinois Monument, modeled after the Roman Pantheon. The exploration concludes at the Visitors Center where life-sized exhibits and artifacts from the Siege of Vicksburg are on display.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial

Day 7: Day of Cruising

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you cruise toward the vibrant city of Memphis, enjoy the beauty of the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta. Mingle with guests in a comfortable lounge, read a good book on your private balcony, or participate in one of many onboard activities.

Day 8: Memphis, TN

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Memphis, a historic city that rises picturesquely up the hillside from the river. It is adorned with grand oak trees, lush parks, and historic sites commemorating everything from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Immerse yourself in its rich musical legacy as you stroll along legendary Beale Street, where music flows from every doorway, and savor the rich flavors and aromas of the city's famous BBQ.

Choose from an array of customized excursions. Take a narrated motorcoach excursion to get an overview of this dramatic city, or indulge in the glamour of the Peabody Hotel. Explore Elvis Presley's home, life, and career, or make your pilgrimage to Sun Studio, where he recorded his earliest smash hits.

The comfort of your ship awaits at the nearby Beale Street Landing, docked along an impressive, recently renovated city park. Local musicians entertain you on board as you savor a nightcap.

Memphis City Exploration- Complimentary Excursion
Relax and let your motorcoach guide show you the highlights of this fascinating city on the bluff. Memphis is located on the Mississippi River at the northern end of the Mississippi Delta where the Blues were born. Its history is linked to cotton and music. Along your exploration, stop at the Lorraine Motel, the location where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
The next photo opportunity will be at the famous Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. You will also have the option to walk through the Peabody Hotel and see the famous ducks in the fountain. Enjoy some time at the Memphis Pyramid, housing an impressive Bass Pro Shop, a Lodge, Restaurants and more. During the excursion, you will be driven through the streets of downtown Memphis. You will see Victorian Village, Orpheum Theater, Rock N Soul Museum, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Cotton Row, Beale Street, Lauderdale Courts, early home of Elvis Presley, Sun Studio, and the Auto Zone Park. Travel by the National Civil Rights Museum and stop to see The Lorraine Motel.  
Activity Level: Moderate  | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 9: Memphis, TN | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board the ship before beginning your journey home. Reflect upon your adventures and the new friends you made along the way.


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