This cruise started in Memphis and ended in New Orleans. We enjoyed both of these cities are part of our cruise.
The American Eagle is a nice, new ship, it holds 150 passengers and the embarkation and debarkation process are the easiest of any cruise that I have ever been on. No long lines and they give you a ride from when you get out of your car and take you directly to the ship.
The highlights of this cruise are the ports of call - Vicksburg and Natchez, MS, Baton Rouge and Oak Alley, LA. The experience of cruising down the Mississippi and learning more about the River from the guest lecturers on board was also very good. The cabin sizes are average. The food wasn't that flavorful and not a good value for the price of the cruise. The cruise is on the expensive side, however, they serve things like hamburgers, ham and cheese sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch on a cruise that is promoted as more of a high-end type of cruise. The food and entertainment are not high end, but the experience of being on the ship is relaxing and nice.
The age group is 70+ - no children on board and it would be very boring for kids since there would be nothing for them to do. There is not much to do in the evening other than to listening to entertainers from 8:15-9:15 p.m. It's a great cruise to just experience being on a river boat down the Mississippi, but if you are looking for fine dining or lots of entertainment or activities, there aren't many. The shore excursions are mostly included in the price and are enjoyable.
Cabins are small, but comfortable. We had a balcony cabin.