• American Queen

American Queen River Cruise - Memphis to New Orleans

Enjoy a quintessentially American experience as you journey down the Mississippi aboard the opulent American Queen. This luxurious paddle steamer offers exquisite staterooms, modern amenities and Broadway quality entertainment, not to mention award-winning dining and signature shore excursions.

Start your Mississippi adventure in Memphis, spend some time exploring the fantastic museums in this lively city from Stax Museum of American Soul to Elvis’ former home Graceland and be sure to try some Memphis BBQ before you board the American Queen to start your voyage. The friendly American Queen staff will be on hand to make sure your time aboard this opulent riverboat is carefree.

Enjoy the complimentary standard shore excursions as you stop off at fascinating ports along the Mississippi River or opt for one the American Queen’s premium shore excursions of an extra special Deep South experience.

Your voyage ends in the vibrant city of New Orleans where you can explore the historic French Quarter and sample some delicious Creole cuisine.

2019 Departure Dates

10, 24 March 
7, 21 April 
5, 19 May 
2, 16 June 
1, 15, 29 September 
13 October 
10, 24 November
8, 22 December

9 days

Guide Price

£4,399 pp
Start your journey
Sun Studios

Trip highlights

  • Cruise down the Mississippi River on a traditional Paddle Steamer
  • Visit beautiful Antebellum mansions
  • Enjoy the acclaimed on-board entertainment
  • Take advantage of the included Standard Shore Excursions

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in downtown Memphis. Enjoy an evening at leisure exploring this vibrant city. Why not take a walk down Beale Street and savour some of the city's famous BBQ.

Explore the city at your own pace or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with an afternoon transfer to the American Queen.

Cruise Departs 17:00

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you on-board. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, or take the time to mingle with fellow guests.

Described as the Key to the South by Abraham Lincoln, this Southern gem delivers a rich history unlike any other Civil War city.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in Vicksburg may include the Church of the Holy Trinity, Anchuca Mansion, the Old Court House Museum, Yesterday's Children Antique Doll & Toy Museum, Biedenharn Coca-Cola™ Museum, the Lower Mississippi River Museum and the Old Depot Museum.

The oldest city on the Mississippi, Natchez captivates visitors with its old world charm offering tours of lovingly restored mansions such as Rosalie, Magnolia Hall and Stanton Hall.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in Natchez may include the Natchez Visitor’s Centre, William Johnson House Museum, Magnolia Hall, Stanton Hall, the King’s Tavern and Charbonneau Distillery and the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum.

St. Francisville is home to iconic locations such as Old Market Hall and Royal Street, explore the town at leisure or join the American Queen's award-winning Premium Shore Excursion, Redemption and Rehabilitation at Angola Penitentiary.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in St. Francisville may include Royal Street, Old Market Hall, the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum and Grace Episcopal Church.

Enjoy a day exploring the beautiful city of Baton Rouge, from the museums and architecture to the shops and local cuisine.

Included shore excursion hop-on hop-off bus locations in Baton Rouge may include the USS Kidd DD-61, Capitol Park Museum, Louisiana’s State Capitol, LSU Museum of Art, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol and Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

Enjoy an included tour of the beautiful Nottoway Plantation, the South's largest remaining antebellum mansion and discover the rich history of this impressive structure.

Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or join a post-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with an airport transfer.


  • International flights
  • One night hotel stay and transfer from hotel to the American Queen before voyage
  • 7 nights cruise aboard the American Queen
  • Bottle water and soft drinks
  • Select wine and beer at dinner
  • All meals aboard the American Queen
  • All regular shore excursions
  • Port charges

Not included

  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities