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As you sail from the melodies of Beale Street in joyous Memphis to the gleaming stainless steel of the Gateway Arch in charismatic St. Louis, history becomes current. In New Madrid, consider the series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 which were so violent that they caused the Mississippi River to run backwards in spots and church bells to ring in Boston. Chester is famed as the home of Popeye’s creator, E.C. Segar, where statues pay homage to his characters. Be sure to follow the trail through town of the salty sailor man who still makes us laugh today. With a special overnight stay in St. Louis, savor the local ribs or the famed fried ravioli.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Memphis, Tennessee
Day 2 : Memphis, Tennessee | Embark
Day 3 : New Madrid, Missouri
Day 4 : Scenic Cruising
Day 5 : Chester, Illinois
Day 6 : Scenic Cruising
Day 7 : St. Louis, Missouri
Day 8 : St. Louis, Missouri | Disembark

Highlights

  • See New Madrid's Historical Museum & the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site
  • Sail to Ste. Genevieve and admire the French Colonial architecture
  • Explore the imposing Cathedral of St. Louis
  • Indulge an American pastime at the Anheuser-Busch brewery

Ship

MS Louisiane

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Memphis, Tennessee New Madrid, Missouri St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis, Missouri Sailing the Mississippi River

Day 1 Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Memphis and check in to your deluxe hotel, which is adjacent to the city’s attractions. 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 has you feeling the beat.

Day 2 Memphis, Tennessee | Embark

  • 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 Memphis 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.

Day 5 Chester, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Get tickled by the Popeye Museum and the beloved sailor's statue, found here in the hometown of his creator, E. C. Segar. Journey to Ste. Genevieve and admire the preserved French Colonial architecture.

Day 6 Scenic Cruising

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 7 St. Louis, Missouri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 a less lofty American pastime at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, an American classic.

Day 8 St. Louis, Missouri | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid adieu to the Louisiane and begin your journey home.

MS Louisiane

Per person starting at
$3,599
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

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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