22-day entire Mississippi River itinerary from New Orleans to St. Paul
First of all - not many "ships" could do this cruise, but there are a few very small boat cruise lines that offers cruise along some of America's smallest waterways. The infamous Blount Cruises yearly trek along the Erie Canal from New York City to the Great Lakes is one great example.
Now, American Cruise Lines, a company that was started by a former Blount employee, is sending on of its small ships along the entire route of the Mississippi River in a single voyage, from New Orleans, LA, to St. Paul, Minnesota. The trip will take 2 days.
The vessel is similar in style to the Mississippi steamboat-styled Queen of the Mississippi riverboat which the cruise line completed and introduced to the Mississippi in 2012. The 150 passengers.ships are flat bottomed and have shallow enough drafts to navigate the muddy Mississippi from top to bottom.
American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com) first Complete Mississippi Cruise will spend 22-days on the 150-passenger American Eagle, which is currently being completed and slated to enter service in the spring. This river adventure begins in New Orleans and ends in St. Paul, MN, stopping in 16 of the American Heartland’s most unique towns and cities along the way.
As the boats journeys along the entire length of the Mississippi River, guests will enjoy views of a diverse landscape as well as American Eagle’s distinct amenities, including what the line calls the most spacious staterooms on the River including private balconies with sliding glass doors.
American Cruise Lines features an open-seating dining plan so guests can enjoy meals in a single seating at the time of their choice, while surrounded by panoramic views of the river. For the duration of the cruise, the all-American crew will caters to passengers and the onboard lecturers and resident experts will offer daily educational events. Add the nighttime themed entertainment for a complete picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by.
“It’s been evident that our guests enjoy cruising more than one portion of the Mississippi River at a time, often purchasing back-to-back,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines. “With this new offering, we provide a unique opportunity to travel the entire leg of the Mississippi River and experience the complete history of the western frontier.”
The Complete Mississippi River cruise departs on August 8, 2015 aboard the American Eagle.