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Old 02-05-2018, 04:17 AM
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My wife and I are considering taking a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi. Probably the Memphis to New Orleans nine day excursion on an American Queen Steamboat Company ship. Has anyone had the opportunity to take one of these trips? Thoughts? Recommendations? Best time of year?
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Do it!
You will probably never see that area otherwise.
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Not really high on my list, particularly for 9 days. I'd say the muddy shore will quickly bore you.
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If you have any questions about cruises, there is a huge website, cruisecritic.com
They have boards on cruise lines, individual ships, excursions, ports of call, etc. etc.
There will probably be dozens, if not hundreds of posts on the very cruise you are thinking of taking
THT is a very big website. Cruisecritic is probably bigger. Any question you can think of, there will be threads that cover it.

If you click the link I gave you, look at the upper right on your screen and click "boards" If you look at the lists of cruise lines and click on one, on the right side will be a list of all the ships in the line. Each one has it's own board

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American is rather expensive, I have seen a smaller boat running out of St Louis but don't remember the name. As mentioned earlier check Cruise Critic. The upper part of the rivers are beautiful, the Lowe Mississippi is boring as all you look at are the dykes.
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Regarding cruises and their pricing structure, we found out a few years ago, that cruise lines have a tax incentive to visit at least one foreign port. That's why most west coast cruises will stop in Vancouver or Ensenada. East coast cruises will hit a Canadian port or at least one island in the Bahamas. Ships that only stop in American ports have to pay additional taxes and therefore, charge higher prices. This of course includes river cruises.
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My wife did the New Orleans to Memphis leg and really enjoyed it. It is not for younger folk however.
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Thanks Horsepenn ... that would mean we would fit right in age wise. Thank you to all that replied. We will keep investigating. I’ve never been to that part of the country and the cruise just seems like it would be a cool way to do it. I am recovering from an extremely serious illness but doing much better now. We have reached the point of saying screw it let's go have some fun!
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I fish quite a bit on the river around the Natchez Ms. area. I think it would suck to be stuck on a cruise for 9 days looking at basically nothing. The river is big, wide, and muddy. There will be nothing to see but barge traffic and the ports of call will not be great either. Between Baton Rouge and NO it will be a lot of refineries and industry. I would definitely check on the one on the Columbia. I saw it advertised the other day. I have no knowledge about it but can guarantee much better views and points of interest. I will catch some flack for this but NO is a shit hole. A few nice things to see and the food is as good as anywhere in the world, but if your older and aren't coming to fish I would never visit the "Big Nasty"
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I haven't run that stretch of the Mississippi but have run from the Ohio up to Rock Island, IL. If the stretch between Memphis and New Orleans is anything like the stretch below Alton, IL to the Ohio (I understand it is), you aren't going to see very much except barge traffic, the occasional factory, and no waterfront homes or marinas. That's why most of the loopers jump off at the Ohio and run the Tennessee and Tenn-Tom to the Gulf.

Unless you're just into muddy water, barges, and trash, I think I would look at another area for a river cruise. I remember passing a big paddlewheel cruise boat on the Tennessee River in Alabama several years ago but can't remember the name of the thing right now. I'm thinking it was American Queen as I remember looking up info on it later on.
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Check this one out. I can guarantee you this one will give you a LOT more to look at. I'm sure this is the one I saw.

https://www.americanqueensteamboatco...9-day-journey/
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Originally Posted by Freeebird View Post
Check this one out. I can guarantee you this one will give you a LOT more to look at. I'm sure this is the one I saw.

https://www.americanqueensteamboatco...9-day-journey/
Thanks for the great info Freebird. We are crossing the Memphis/NO off of our list and checking out the other cruises. Appreciate you finding that link for us.
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Lab22,
Make life easy on yourself and go to one of the cruise web sites, like vacationstogocom
Punch in the time frame you want to cruise and where you want to cruise. I think one is river cruises.
It will give you all the cruises in the time and location you are thinking of.
It doesn't limit you to one cruise line...unless you want it to
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Thanks for the great info Freebird. We are crossing the Memphis/NO off of our list and checking out the other cruises. Appreciate you finding that link for us.
You're very welcome. At those kind of rates, I'll load you up on my Hatteras and take you in style! I'll even throw in the unlimited spam buffet.
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I have been looking into Mississippi River Cruises recently as well. As someone else mentioned cruise critic has a lot of information. I also found this site that has updated information and some comparisons. If you search river cruise advisor mississippi river cruises 2018 it should come up. American Queen looks like they have a lot of pluses and the only negative is that they have smaller rooms.

- Featured Shore Excursions (Hop On/Hop Off)
- Complimentary Hotel Stay (Day 1) – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the ship
- All Onboard Meals (Fine Dining & Casual)
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Complimentary Beer and Wine With Dinner
- Other Complimentary Beverages includes cappucino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout the voyage
- Entertainment Onboard
- Dedicated Fleet of Deluxe Motorcoaches

For time of year, you may want to look at the different themes they run if that interests you.
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