Pre-Cruise Complimentary Package
Saturday, March 7 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

Sunday, March 8 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Welcome to New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy. This vibrant city is the perfect destination to begin your Mississippi River voyage. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. With thoughtfully planned excursions encompassing the biggest attractions and cultural highlights of New Orleans, as well as complimentary transportation to the ship, we make sure your tour is as worry-free as possible.

Monday, March 9 - OAK ALLEY, LOUISIANA 

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.

Tuesday, March 10 - NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

Settled in 1716, Natchez is rich in history and southern hospitality. Enjoy a guided exploration of this fascinating city which has retained its antebellum charm since its surrender during the Civil War. Visit Frogmore, a historic cotton plantation still in use today, or attend a special piano concert in the J. N. Stone antebellum music room.

Wednesday, March 11 - VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI

The city of Vicksburg served as a pivotal turning point during the American Civil War. Come with us as our informative historian leads us through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg. Our local expert guides and park rangers show you the battlefields, the USS Cairo, and the most significant historic places throughout the city.

Thursday, March 12 - ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA

Established in 1809 and overlooking the Mississippi River, St. Francisville is a quaint southern town that offers a glimpse into history. One of the largest shipping ports on the Mississippi prior to the Civil War, St. Francisville is a small town with grand appeal. Experience this town's rich history as you tour historic plantations, including the famous Rosedown Plantation.

Friday, March 13 - BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge features all the history and wonders you would expect in a state capital, but with an added down-home flavor that makes it truly unique. Our expert local guides will take you on a tour of the cities' most famous attractions including the Old and New State Capitols and the interactive Louisiana State Museum.

Saturday, March 14 - HOUMAS HOUSE, LOUISIANA

Become acquainted with Houmas House, its history and the 38 acres of gardens, ponds, and majestic live oak trees. Enjoy the southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace," as you explore its 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.

Sunday, March 15 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Welcome back to New Orleans, the Birthplace of Jazz. Culture and art abound around every corner of this unique city. The open-air artist colony proudly displays local works on the iron fence in Jackson Square, while the city's 45 museums carefully preserve its rich history. Stay an extra day or even a few nights to enjoy the famed French Quarter.