The Mississippi River will stretch from Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, being bordered on its way by ten states. The cruise companies running on the waters of this river will provide small-group cruise tours which last from only a couple of hours to a few days, passing through many ports or states. Passage will be available on board replica paddle-wheel riverboats as well as modern ships.
Blount Small Ship Adventures will provide a few Mississippi River cruises, which will also include its Historic Rivers of America tour. Leg one of this tour will take guests on a twelve-day, eleven-night cruise departing from New Orleans along the Mississippi, then on to Mobile, West Point, Decatur and Chattanooga. Leg three will start at Nashville and will carry passengers past St. Genevieve, Alton, Peoria and Chicago. Passengers will travel on Lake Michigan and the Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio rivers additionally to the mighty Mississippi River.
The Spirit of Peoria riverboat will travel the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, with buffet meals, live entertainment and historic info offered along the cruise. The boat will feature an old-fashioned calliope. One- to 5-day overnight cruise tours will be available, along with all inclusive tickets. The Peoria to St. Louis cruise will travel to Jacksonville, Meredosia and Grafton, as well as Pete Marquette State Park, and will finish at the Gateway Arch. Passengers may spot wildlife along the cruise tour. The Peoria to St. Louis and Florence cruise will include the Chain of Rocks and Mel Price along the Mississippi River. Shore trips will be included in St. Louis.
Padelford Riverboats will conduct sightseeing cruises on a daily basis along the Mississippi River departing from Minneapolis or St. Paul, passing through National Great River Park and past Pig`s Eye Cave, St. Paul High Bridge, the Minnesota River`s mouth, Fort Snelling and Pike Island. The cruise will include opportunities for bird-watching and historic narrations. A full bar will be available with snacks being served as well. The cruise tours will be held on a daily basis throughout the summer season, with fall sightseeing cruise trips in the fall season as well.
American Cruise Lines
The cruise company will plan to launch a paddle-wheel riverboat especially for cruises on the Mississippi River, beginning in the summer season of 2012. Planned itineraries will include Memphis to Nashville and Clarksville; Tennessee, Clarksville to St. Louis; and St. Louis to Memphis. Travelers will be able to travel the northern reaches of this river on cruises from St. Louis to St. Paul, and St. Paul to St. Louis. Guests will be able to ride to the most southern points on the river on tours from New Orleans and Memphis. Round-trip cruise tours will be available to/from New Orleans or St. Louis as well. All cruise tours will be of 8-day outings.