Whether youâ€™re a history buff or youâ€™ve always been fascinated by the thought of riding on a steamboat — a Mississippi river cruise blends lessons in history and fun, perfectly. There are a number of different ways to enjoy a Mississippi river cruise and many different places to begin your journey. You can board a steamboat and travel down the river southern-style, or you can ride on a riverboat and take in the sights from the deck.
You can hop on a Mississippi river cruise from a number of cities and states including: Alabama, Iowa, Tennessee, New Orleans, Kansas, Peoria, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and St. Louis, to name a few. And, depending on the type of cruise (day, dinner, overnight), a Mississippi river cruise can last anywhere from a few hours up to several days or more.
While the entertainment aboard a Mississippi river cruise will vary depending on the type of cruise, cruise company, region, etc., most Mississippi river cruises will feature live jazz and blues music, live DJs, and even fireworks shows at night. During the day, tours are at the top of the list. If youâ€™re cruising the Mississippi in Tennessee, expect a variety of sightseeing tours offering excellent views of the river and banks, as well as a look into life along the Mississippi back in the days of cotton-picking, trading, and civil war. A narrator will discuss historic points of interest throughout the tour.
Tennessee, St. Louis, and Iowa all offer exciting Mississippi river boat tours, but the most popular Mississippi river boat tours have to be New Orleans tours. With the best live Jazz music, and authentic Creole cuisine, itâ€™s no wonder locals and tourists alike flock to the rivers of the Big Easy to ride popular riverboats and paddlewheelers like Creole Queen and Cajun Queen.
If youâ€™re thinking about taking a Mississippi river cruise, there are several things to keep in mind. The best time to take a river cruise is during the late spring and summer months. Tourism in these Midwestern and southern regions is most popular during spring and summer when the weather is warm and there are dozens of events and festivals to choose from. Additionally, because days are longer during this time of the year, the atmosphere is festive, and spirits are high â€“ so no matter what, you will have the time of your life.
If you plan to book a Mississippi river cruise during the fall, early winter, or early spring months, the offerings may not be as plentiful as they are during late spring and summer. Additionally, while prices may be a bit lower during the colder months, you wonâ€™t get the full effect of the Mississippi if you have to spend more of your time inside in order to keep warm. You can still enjoy plenty of sightseeing at the more than 40 different ports of call along the Mississippi.
Prices for Mississippi river cruises depend on type of cruise, vessel, region, season, length of cruise, etc., but prices can start as little as $13 for a short sightseeing tour or $300 or more per person for a 2-day cruise. Again, prices may vary greatly depending on a wide variety of factors.
To book a Mississippi river cruise, you can find a Mississippi River Cruise Specialist at Mississippirivercruises.com, or call 1-800-510-4002.