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Cruises to Hannibal

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About Hannibal

Most well known as the childhood home of Samuel L. Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and the inspiration for the fictional town of St. Petersburg in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and other Twain books, Hannibal was founded in 1819, about 25 years before the Clemens family settled there.

Thanks to its prime location along the Mississippi and its importance to the lumber, rail and cement industries, the Missouri town grew in size from about 30 people in 1830 to some 2,000 by 1850. Today, the population is about 17,000 or so. Tourism is one of the city's main economic drivers, and there's a thriving arts community, as well.

Because of its relevance to Mississippi River history, the port is an important stop on Upper Mississippi cruises. A day in Hannibal takes visitors back to the mid-1800s; original building facades have been maintained or recreated so it isn't difficult to picture the town during its riverboat glory years. Samuel Clemens' original home, the fence Tom Sawyer convinced his friends to whitewash, the original Becky Thatcher home and a recreation of the "real" Huck Finn's home are all open for visitors. And don't be surprised to see at least one boy dressed up as young Tom Sawyer. (During the Tom Sawyer Days Festival, held over July 4th, gaggles of kids compete to be the town's main characters.)

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Viking Mississippi
Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

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America's HeartlandDetails

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Leaving:St. Louis
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Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

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America's HeartlandDetails

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Leaving:St. Paul
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American Duchess (Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company)

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St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing) (9-days)Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Alton
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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American Duchess (Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company)

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Minneapolis To St. Louis (alton) (9-days)Details

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St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing) (9-days)Details

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Minneapolis To New Orleans (16-days)Details

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Leaving:Red Wing
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Sep 16, 2023
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Leaving:Alton
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Jul 3, 2023
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Minneapolis To St. Louis (alton) (8-days)Details

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Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Jul 24, 2023
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Sep 4, 2023
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Minneapolis To St. Louis (alton) (9-days)Details

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Jul 10, 2023
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More about Hannibal

Why go to Hannibal?

Pros:

This historic town is the site of author Mark Twain's childhood home and other landmark sights

Cons:

During the busy season -- particularly around the Fourth of July -- attractions may be crowded

Bottom Line:

Though tiny in size, Hannibal is well-equipped with diversions and tourist facilities

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The United States dollar is the only currency accepted in Hannibal; credit cards can be used in virtually every museum, store and restaurant.

Language?

English is the official language.

--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor


Hannibal Cruise Reviews
Iteresting history about Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain)Read More
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Not alot to do in Hannibal aside from the tour.Read More
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The time spent was way too short. The vessel was trying to make up time which never did happen. tRead More
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