Mississippi River Cruises

Did you know that America’s mighty Mississippi River, which spans some 2,300 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to northern Minnesota, is the fourth largest river in the world? That some 31 states in the U.S. have some part in it via smaller tributaries? Or that in addition to playing a landmark role in the history of the United States and development, whether it’s as a Civil War battleground or westward expansion via the Louisiana Purchase, its varied regions represent some of the best of America’s music, literature and culture?

Multi-layered and fascinating, the Mississippi also rivals any of Europe’s finest rivers in more than length. It’s worth checking out.

New Orleans on Two Wheels

Better than any motorcoach tour is a trawl through New Orleans’ Big Easy by bicycle to capture sights, sure, but also the distinctive smells and sounds of one of America’s great cities. More

Rolling on the River: Discover the Mississippi River's Best Marine Museums

The Mississippi River is chronicled through literature, art, history. There’s no way to find a better insight than to check out museums along the river. More

Tips for Tasting: Cruising Along Kentucky's Bourbon Trail

What wine is to Napa and Bordeaux, trekking Kentucky’s bourbon spirits trail is a pilgrimage for whiskey lovers. What will you see, where will you eat and what’s there to buy? More

6 Great Mississippi River Downtowns

While major port cities along the Mississippi like Memphis, St. Louis and New Orleans offer superb arts, culture and cuisine, don’t miss out on some of the region’s picturesque downtowns, which are often hidden treasures. More

Where to Find the Mississippi River Blues

The musical signature of the Mississippi River, the blues are prevalent in many towns along the way, from New Orleans to St. Paul. Best places to find the blues? We ask some experts for their recommendations. More

7 Ways to Find Europe Along the Mississippi

Can an avid European river cruise find bliss on America’s Mississippi? You bet. Throughout the Mississippi region, lands were settled by Germans, French, Spanish, and Scandinavians. European cultural traditions and heritage are celebrated throughout. Here are our favorites. More

American vs. European River Cruises

Intrigued by an American river cruise? Let our thriving community help you figure out which river – and which cruise line – best suit your travel style. We’ve got more than 150 member reviews, from the storied Mississippi to the Pacific Northwest’s magical Snake and Columbia rivers and even the mid-Atlantic’s Chesapeake Bay, among others. More

USA River Cruise Reviews

If you’ve cruised along the storied rivers of Europe’s Rhine, Danube, Rhone or Seine, it’ll probably surprise you to know that America’s cruising tributaries share a lot of similarities. We take a look at both commonalities – and differences – you should factor in if you’re considering a cruise along the U.S. Mississippi, the Western Columbia and Snake Rivers, and others. More