Our Viking Mississippi cruise from New Orleans to Memphis was great. We thoroughly enjoyed each of the local musical groups that performed on the ship – a new one each day; they were all very different and were all excellent! Much more than the one or two you usually get on a river cruise. In addition to the musical entertainment, there was a new speaker every day. If you miss the speaker on Huey Long, the day you are in Baton Rouge, it is worth catching his talk on your in room TV.
Unlike in Europe, you don’t have rafts of riverboats tied up together – ours was the only boat at each stop. There were golf carts to help you get up the riverbank if needed.
The excursions were very well organized and interesting. Our favorites in the order we took them: Houmas House, Panoramic Baton Rouge, the USS Kidd, Rosedown Plantation, Vicksburg National Military Park, and Steve Azar’s Mississippi (fabulous!).
Panoramic Baton Rouge was very interesting (lots about Huey Long) as was the USS Kidd (how did those sailors manage?).
Rosedown Plantation was very interesting - great docent tour of the house.
Vicksburg National Military Park was haunting. All the memorials from different states and both sides. It would be worth doing some research before you go so you can better understand the docent's commentary - so much information.
The World War II museum is one of the best museums in the country. We could have spent 2 days in that museum and they are still adding on to it.
The Peabody Hotel is charming albeit it crowded with celebrations and people coming to see the ducks. Sun Studios and Memphis Rock & Soul Museum were both terrific. The stories are amazing. We enjoyed our tour to Graceland - so much to see.