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Mississippi River Cruises

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The mighty Mississippi River is one of the USA’s most iconic waterways, flowing from its source in Minnesota through a total of 10 different US states on its way to the stunning Mississippi Delta on the Gulf of Mexico. This majestic river runs through a number of  famous US cities at which guests can step ashore and explore to their heart's content in wonderful destinations including New Orleans, Memphis, St Louis, Baton Rouge and more.

Discover authentic American culture in each new destination on your Mississippi river cruise itinerary, soak in the sights and sounds of true Americana and observe the beautiful scenery passing by as you sail in style along this world-famous waterway. A voyage along the Mississippi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience during which you'll truly appreciate some of America’s most fascinating and endearing towns and cities from one of the nation’s most legendary rivers.

New Orleans

New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and one of the USA’s oldest metropolises, boasting a rich mix of diverse French, Creole and Caribbean cultures amongst other varied demographics. This exciting and atmospheric city offers plenty for river cruisers to discover, from historic architecture and modern attractions to scenic areas and cultural activities.

The city is famous for its musical culture and is often argued to be the birthplace of blues and jazz. This musical heritage can be found across the city to this day, with a wealth of festivals and colourful celebrations regularly taking place. A city tour of New Orleans is a wonderful way to appreciate all that this captivating and vibrant destination has to offer.

Memphis

Memphis is a huge and intriguing metropolis – the largest in the state of Tennessee – situated right on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. From the downtown and midtown districts to east Memphis and the Edge, this bustling city is home to an array of marvellous attractions for all types of travellers to enjoy.

Perhaps Memphis' best-known landmark is the world-famous Graceland, the former home of the king of rock 'n' roll himself Elvis Presley. The perfect calling point for lovers of The King’s music, Graceland is home to a wealth of iconic Elvis memorabilia, including gold records, private aeroplanes, glittering costumes and an incredible collection of Elvis’ cars. Anyone with an interest in Memphis’ most famous son and rock 'n' roll history in general can’t afford to miss the chance to visit.

St Louis

The spectacular city of St Louis is the largest in Missouri, offering a wonderful blend of charming districts, stunning green spaces and vibrant culture to uncover. The colossal Gateway Arch welcomes travellers into St Louis and this phenomenal landmark is amongst one of the world’s biggest man-made monuments.

St Louis boasts an abundance of sightseeing opportunities, landmarks and attractions to visit – so many in fact it would be almost impossible to see them all during one trip to the city. Just some of the metropolises most popular and famous landmarks and attractions include Cathedral Basilica of St Louis, the City Museum and Forest Park – one of the USA’s biggest city parks.

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