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Cruises to Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge (Photo:Berkomaster/Shutterstock)

About Baton Rouge

The capital of Louisiana will come as a surprise to passengers who expect the city to be a smaller version of New Orleans. Baton Rouge, aka "Red Stick," is much stodgier than its downriver cousin, more focused on government and bureaucracy than laissez les bon temps roule. Aside from the bars near Louisiana State University -- several miles away from the downtown pier where most riverboats dock -- the city has little nightlife and unlike other parts of the state, no indigenous music tradition.

That's not to say that a stop here is a waste. Baton Rouge is not that far from the bayous of Cajun Country, and excursions taking passengers out to visit the swamps (and see an alligator or two) are popular. Louisiana politics are decidedly more colorful than those elsewhere in the U.S., and the state's Capitol building has its own notorious history; former governor Huey P. Long, aka "The Kingfish," was assassinated there in 1935. A city tour of Baton Rouge also includes a stop at the aforementioned LSU where people can meet the university's mascot, a live tiger named Mike (the current cat, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is extremely popular with a live cam and an Instagram account).

Riverboats dock on the Mississippi River at a levee that has been renovated with walking and bike paths. Attractions within walking distance include the U.S.S. Kidd, the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and the Old State Capitol.

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Viking Mississippi
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7 Night
Heart Of The DeltaDetails

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Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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7 Night
Mississippi Holiday SeasonDetails

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Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
Dec 24, 2022
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7 Night
New Orleans & Southern CharmsDetails

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Heart Of The DeltaDetails

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Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Nov 4, 2023
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Roundtrip New OrleansDetails

46 Reviews
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Mar 4, 2023
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

46 Reviews
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Dec 30, 2023
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

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Dec 10, 2022
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

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Nov 13, 2023
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

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Oct 30, 2023
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

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Sep 25, 2023
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Nov 26, 2022
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More about Baton Rouge

Why go to Baton Rouge?

Pros:

As the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge has a bit of history to explore including a former World War II battleship

Cons:

This city doesn't offer much of the culture you may think of when Louisiana comes to mind

Bottom Line:

If you're into governmental history stick around Baton Rouge, otherwise head out to the nearby swamps

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Louisiana only seems like a foreign country; the U.S. dollar is the only currency accepted. Credit cards are also widely available. ATMs are available once you leave the levee; the closest one is on Third Street, a short walk. There's also an ATM in the Belle of Baton Rouge casino.

Language?

English is the language spoken, but you should expect a Southern drawl.


Baton Rouge Cruise Reviews
The Houmas house and plantation were nice, guided tour of house was included. Walked around Baton Rouge ourselves and a tour of the Louisiana state museum was included. Excellent museum. Interesting displays regardiRead More
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cutters60
It was Xmas day, so everything was closed but we really enjoyed the walking tour. The ship's historian led the tour. Very educational. Hope to go back on a day when the government building are open for tours.Read More
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dvactor
The boat tour of the Atchafalaya Basin was a bit wet because of the springtime storms. But it was still beautiful trip through the bayou. (see picture)Read More
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see50states
First thought was "why would you stop here?" Most attractions are closed on Sundays and Mondays. We took the USS Kidd tour, and then the last minute added "Meander with Mike" walking tour which was an excellent addRead More
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