Lower Mississippi River Cruises
Step into a southern storybook
Memory flows deep, and sentiment eddies along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience the birthplace of blues and home of antebellum neoclassical architecture. This journey gives way to discovery – from the heart of the Mississippi Delta, wherein lies the rich culture of the South, to the soul of New Orleans, where the city dances to the beat of a Creole drummer.
Century-old oak trees, indigenous wildlife, Civil War historic sites and vast plantations await you; history is alive in the preservation of each river town we visit. Look back: Every battlefield, mansion and monument has a story to tell. We invite you to celebrate the living, breathing places where Southern culture continues its evolution through modern renaissance, while keeping hold of the pleasantry of its past.
This river boasts a fascinating history and luxurious aesthetic packaged in Southern hospitality. Embrace the land of sweet tea and Southern twang on a Lower Mississippi River cruise.
St. Francisville, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
Nottoway Plantation, LA
New Orleans, LA
Port of the Mississippi Delta
Upper Mississippi River Cruises
Beauty, bluffs and bounty prevail on an Upper Mississippi River journey
Explore the best of the Upper Mississippi River as you take a voyage through America’s heartland on one of our authentic paddlewheelers. Nature buffs, history enthusiasts and culture lovers will find inspiration and adventure on cruises that are specially planned to give you a unique, memorable experience.
As river bends unspool, the natural splendour comes alive along the dramatic riverbanks and bluffs of this glacial valley. Relax on the veranda as you watch deer sipping water from fluvial terraces, or behold bald eagles swoop into the wake of the paddlewheel to catch their daily prey. Enjoy the leisurely trek across Lake Pepin – where water-skiing was first attempted and is still a favourite pastime.
Word of our passage spreads through the towns that await, and local residents rush to one of the many locks we traverse to wave hello and greet us along the way. Much like Mark Twain would have experienced on his many trips along the river, you’ll be captivated by the people you meet, cultures you discover and bounty that awaits.
Red Wing, MN (Minneapolis)
La Crosse, WI
Terrene Landing, MS
New Orleans, LA
Columbia and Snake River Cruises
Living portraits of the Pacific Northwest
We invite you to experience the serenity of wilderness in the Pacific Northwest aboard the American Empress. The Columbia and Snake Rivers are flowing passageways to rare ventures. Take time to linger on the deck. Soothing waterways lead to wine country, and allow the ever-moving world around you transform into a vessel of tranquillity and peace – ripe for adventuring.
Our masterful culinary team captures local flavours , and creates market-inspired dishes that evoke myriad heritages throughout the region. Guests return to an era in which service mattered, as our warm-hearted staff caters to every need, and the edible creations are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the stomach. Sample the bounty of growth throughout the area, with artistry that pays homage to this captivating corner of the United States.
The wind carries birdsong and the sweet smell of earth through open windows and doors, as guests wallow in relaxation. Upon porting, a world of discovery awaits beyond the sunburned hillsides and graceful waterfalls on the riverbanks. Our talented shore excursions team leads the quest for unforgettable experiences on both Hop-On-Hop-Off and Premium packages.
Embrace dramatic scenery and relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers. It’s here that history thrives in the parade of a quiet land, uplifted by the rocky cliffs and ripened trees, as you trace the passageway of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark through the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress.