The Experience

Mark Twain, patron saint of Mississippi steamboat cruises, once compared the river to a wonderful book: it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day., In fact, a river this big, coursing through the heartland from Minnesota down to Louisiana, carrying the freight of history, has more fascinating stories to tell than Twain could ever record in his own wonderful book. This is the river you’ll discover on this 11-day trip including a 7-night cruise aboard the luxury steamboat American Queen… winding southward from Memphis, city of cotton and blues, to vibrant, eccentric New Orleans, with stops at Vicksburg, Natchez, and Baton Rouge along the way… an odyssey where you’ll encounter antebellum plantations, civil rights and Civil War landmarks, jazz and blues history, bayous, exquisite regional and ethnic cuisine, and personal stories that open insights into the nation’s past and present. Crafted by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, your trip explores a river that is a metaphor for America itself ,“ explored in films as diverse as Jazz, The Civil War, Mark Twain, Huey Long and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

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