Best for a modern riverboat: American Cruise Lines
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You can get a taste for cruising without sailing the seven seas when you explore one of America’s most iconic rivers. A Mississippi River cruise is all about old-fashioned paddlewheels, traditional steamships and ports that are crammed with history and American culture.
These cruise lines will take you on an upper, lower or complete Mississippi River cruise journey.
The American Queen is a traditional steamboat with all the bells and whistles including paddlewheels that are more for merely show: Inside you’ll find grand interiors, elaborately designed public spaces and old-timey fun. The boat’s calliope plays on arrival and departure, a saloon-style theatre plays big band tunes and sumptuous Southern-inspired fare is served in the impressive dining room.
When choosing cruises for this list, we look at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations along the Mississippi River.
We also consider onboard dining options, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weigh cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
We also seek out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
The best time to cruise depends on the length of your itinerary and whether you’re interested in sailing on one half or for a complete Mississippi cruise. Lower Mississippi cruises are available for most of the year while cruises on the upper Mississippi are usually only available from June to October.
Cultural intrigue and historical significance are on the agenda with a Mississippi River Cruise. Don’t get left behind and grab one of these top cruise deals to save on your next holiday.
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