Complete Mississippi
FRC-808065/787000 United States
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Small capacities for customised experiences
  • Complimentary shore excursions everyday*
  • Largest staterooms in the industry*
  • Private balconies
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors*
  • All gourmet meals
  • Single seating dining room
  • Breakfast room service*
  • Fresh daily dining inclusions
  • Cocktail hour for all guests
  • Afternoon tea service*
  • Premium bed and bath amenities
  • In-room Keurig machine*
  • Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Lounges, library and card room
  • The Sky Lounge*
  • Spacious sun deck
  • Pre-cruise packages*
  • All-American built ships


*Not included on all ships or itineraries

What's Not Included

  • Airfare and overseas transfers – allow us to tailor-make your cruise with regional flights
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance, visas, excess baggage fees etc
  • Salon & Massage Services
  • Beverages outside of complimentary cocktail hour
  • Governmental or local taxes/fees and fuel surcharges
Itinerary
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Day 1
New Orleans, USA, Louisiana

New Orleans is the cultural centre of Louisiana, straddling the great Mississippi River in the heart of the River Valley. Laid back and eclectic, this city offers a unique blend of French, Spanish, and American culture, leisure, and cuisine. Music is at the very heart of everything you see in New Orleans, from exhibitions and bars playing legendary blues and jazz to the infamous Mardi Gras celebration. The French Quarter retains its historic charms, buildings, and gardens and is the place to be to sample the famous Creole cuisine. To immerse yourself in the irresistible beat of New Orleans, take a stroll down Bourbon Street and hear pianos, blues guitars, and zydeco music.

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Day 2
Oak Alley, USA, Louisiana

A quarter mile canopy of giant live oak trees forms the impressive avenue which gives Oak Alley Plantation its name. Situated between the historic cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak valley is located along the Mississippi River. The Plantation itself consists of an impeccable and stunningly designed Greek revival style antebellum home. Recently restored to its original glory, Oak Alley leaves a noble and impressive mark on this glorious River Region.

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Day 3
Houmas House, LA, USA

Explore this beautiful botanical garden, with scenic walks and elegant restaurants  

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Day 4
Baton Rouge, USA, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is the state capital of Louisiana and is highly regarded as an important deepwater port on the Mississippi River. The city was named in 1699 after a red cypress post – otherwise known as baton rouge – marked a boundary between the Houma and Bayougoula Indians. There are many historic buildings here including the Audubon State Historic Site & Oakley House, the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, and a museum which stands at the point where the old State Capitol once stood. This museum was constructed of marble and other stone minerals brought in from various parts of the world. It stands 450 feet high and houses 34 floors, with features including an ornate Memorial Hall and observation tower.

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Day 5
St Francisville, USA, Louisiana

Situated above the Mississippi River is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes, St Francisville. Despite its modest size, St Francisville boats plantation homes nestled into the rolling countryside, historic churches, nature sites and museums. Among these impressive plantation homes in the magnificent Rosedown, home to gardens inspired by those found at the Palace of Versailles.

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Day 6
Natchez, USA, Mississippi

Natchez lies in the lower Mississippi River Valley and is host to sprawling plantations, majestic building and intimate gardens. Not content with being the oldest civilized settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez also boasts the most antebellum houses in the United States, being home to 668 of them. To experience the history of this classical city, then take a trip to the Stratton Chapel Gallery, where you’ll find 100 years of Natchez history in photographs.  The beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church is also not to be missed and houses two rare art-glass windows designed by the famous Louis Comfort Tiffany. For a more scenic excursion, you can find the Homochitto National Forest and Natchez Trace, the state’s recreational jewel right on this city’s doorstep.

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Day 7
Vicksburg, USA, Mississippi

Vicksburg lies on the Mississippi, at the mouth of the Yazoo River. Originally settled by the French, it became a Spanish military outpost in 1790 before being renamed Vicksburg in 1825. Because of its strategic location, the city was an important capture for General Ulysses S. Grant during the American Civil War and the Old Courthouse is now a museum displaying Confederate and antebellum Americana. A mural depicting the siege of Vicksburg can be seen on the floodwall along the waterfront, along with other artist impressions of local history.

Entrenched in American history, the Vicksburg National Military Park includes 1,325 historic monuments, 20 miles of reconstructed trenches and earthworks, a 16-mile tour road, an antebellum home, a restored Union gunboat and the Vicksburg National Cemetery.

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Day 8
Greenville, USA, Mississippi

Named after the American Revolutionary War hero, Nathanael Greene, Greenville is a city located in Washington County. Sadly, the town was destroyed during the siege of Vicksburg, which saw troops from Union gunboat burned every building. Inhabitants took refuge in the plantation homes and, after the conflict, decided to rebuild the city at the highest point on the Mississippi River between Vicksburg and Memphis.

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Day 9
Memphis, USA, Tennessee

Located in the extreme south-west of Tennessee is the city of Memphis, which is strategically located on the Chickasaw bluffs above the Mississippi River. It was first established in 1819 on the site of a Chickasaw Indian Village and was named after the ancient Egyptian city. Memphis is considered to be the birthplace of the blues and Beale Street, which was immortalised by composer W.C. Handy. Elvis Presley first recorded some of his music here and, since his death in 1977, his city mansion and burial site, Graceland, has become a shrine. He and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the artists to have recorded music at Sun Studios, which is located in the city.

Tragically, Memphis is where Martin Luther King was killed, in 1968, and today, his motel room is the National Civil Rights Museum. Also in the city, you will find Chucalissa - a reconstructed 15th century Native American village situated on an actual archaeological site and Museum.

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Day 10
New Madrid, USA, Missouri
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Day 11
Cape Girardeau, USA, Missouri
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Day 12
Chester, USA, Mississippi
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Day 13
St Louis, USA, Missouri

St Louis is a major city lying on the west banks of the Mississippi River. Named after Louis IX of France, St Louis was founded as a 18th century French trading post and became the gateway to the west and a major port for Mississippi River steamboats. The city is best known today for its soaring steel Gateway Arch designed in 1965 to commemorate the pioneers of the west.

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Day 14
Mississippi River, USA, Louisiana

The Mississippi is the largest river in North America. It rises in Lake Itasca in Minnesota before flowing 2,350 miles almost due south across the USA, where it collects water from a number of major tributaries including the Missouri and Ohio Rivers. It empties in the vast delta in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orleans.

The upper section of the river extends from Minneapolis/St Paul past the mouth of the Missouri River, near St. Louis, Missouri, towards Cairo, Illinois, where it is joined by the Ohio River. The lower Mississippi is a meandering river, which consists of looping areas, oxbow lakes, and swampy backwaters. There are parts of this section of the river where the distance between the two banks can be a mile and a half. The Creole food, Cajun culture, and New Orleans Music will tantalise all the senses and leave you wanting to return time and time again.

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Day 15
Hannibal, USA, Missouri

Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, in north-eastern Missouri, is the city of Hannibal. It was here that Samuel Langhorne Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain, grew up and the city provided the setting for some of his books including his classics about Tom Sawyer and Huckelberry Finn. Mark Twain memorials in the city include his boyhood home and museum, Judge Clemens’ Law Office, “Becky Thatcher” House, and the Pilaster House. Located two miles outside of the city is the Mark Twain Cave, which was a reputed hideout for Jesse James. It is also worth noting that Molly Brown – a heroine of the Titanic and subject of the The Unsinkable Molly Brown musical – was born in Hannibal.

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Day 16
Mississippi River, USA, Louisiana

The Mississippi is the largest river in North America. It rises in Lake Itasca in Minnesota before flowing 2,350 miles almost due south across the USA, where it collects water from a number of major tributaries including the Missouri and Ohio Rivers. It empties in the vast delta in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orleans.

The upper section of the river extends from Minneapolis/St Paul past the mouth of the Missouri River, near St. Louis, Missouri, towards Cairo, Illinois, where it is joined by the Ohio River. The lower Mississippi is a meandering river, which consists of looping areas, oxbow lakes, and swampy backwaters. There are parts of this section of the river where the distance between the two banks can be a mile and a half. The Creole food, Cajun culture, and New Orleans Music will tantalise all the senses and leave you wanting to return time and time again.

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Day 17
Davenport, USA, Iowa

Located in eastern Iowa, the city of Davenport rises 200 feet from the north bank of the Mississippi River. It was once the homeland of the Sauk and Mesquakie tribes but, following the Black Hawk Treaty of 1832, it was later sold to a fur company headed by Colonel George Davenport and is now one of America’s most renowned farming cities. It was here that the first railway bridge across the Mississippi River was opened, in 1856, and today the town offers a theatre, riverboat cruises, a number of blues and jazz festivals, and many other places of considerable interest. These include: the Davenport Museum of Art, which features a notable collection of Grant Wood Paintings; Vander Veer Botanical Park; and the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science.

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Day 18
Dubuque, USA, Iowa

Located in north-east Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River, is Dubuque – the oldest permanent settlement and largest city in the state. It features a charming downtown area and is home to many colourful Victorian mansions. The city was named after a French Trader, who concluded a treaty in 1788 with the Fox Indians that gave him lead-mining rights. The city’s Old Shot Tower, which dates back to 1856, is a testament to the city’s mining heritage. During the Civil War, the tower utilised locally mined lead to form bullets. Today, you can embark on a tour of the Bevens Lead Mine and Platteville Mining Museum. Alternatively, you could visit the National Mississippi River Museum or the Aquarium and learn more about the area.

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Day 19
Mississippi River, USA, Louisiana

The Mississippi is the largest river in North America. It rises in Lake Itasca in Minnesota before flowing 2,350 miles almost due south across the USA, where it collects water from a number of major tributaries including the Missouri and Ohio Rivers. It empties in the vast delta in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orleans.

The upper section of the river extends from Minneapolis/St Paul past the mouth of the Missouri River, near St. Louis, Missouri, towards Cairo, Illinois, where it is joined by the Ohio River. The lower Mississippi is a meandering river, which consists of looping areas, oxbow lakes, and swampy backwaters. There are parts of this section of the river where the distance between the two banks can be a mile and a half. The Creole food, Cajun culture, and New Orleans Music will tantalise all the senses and leave you wanting to return time and time again.

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Day 20
La Crosse, USA, Wisconsin

Situated in western Wisconsin is the river town of La Crosse. Located 129 miles northwest of Madison, it is here that the Black and La Crosse rivers flow into the Mississippi. It offers an inviting charm and romance, with a history revolving around the steamboat era. From the 540ft Grandad Bluff, you can enjoy fantastic views over three states. In the Riverside park, you will find an array of beautiful gardens and an outdoor performance centre. There is also a restored, 19th century downtown business district which is home to a number of galleries and museums.

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Day 21
Red Wing, USA, Minnesota

Originally the site of a Sioux Indian Village, the city of Red Wing lies along the banks of the Mississippi River. Red Wing was recently added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for its “impressive architecture and enviable natural environment”. Named after the Sioux chief, Red Wing has a diverse and rich history, which can still be seen today throughout the streets and on the nearby Prairie Island Indian Reservation.

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Day 22
St. Paul, MN, USA, Minnesota

Minneapolis–Saint Paul is a major metropolitan area built around the Mississippi.

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