American Cruise Lines has announced the offering of a series of Civil War theme cruises aboard its brand new authentic paddlewheeler, Queen of the Mississippi, currently under construction in Salisbury, Maryland for its 2012 inaugural season.
Passengers will be invited to retrace the steps of the Civil War, discovering famous museums such as Vicksburg’s National Military Park and New Orleans’ Civil War Museum, the oldest museum in Louisiana; memorial monuments such as the 60-foot-tall statue of Robert E. Lee; and famous historic battlefields including those of Vicksburg and Nashville. Onboard, passengers will enjoy era-inspired cuisine, music and entertainment, while sharing war theories along the way with onboard Civil War historians and lecturers. Dependent on itinerary, each theme cruise will feature elements specific to each destination, making for a truly exclusive experience.
Civil War theme cruises are available on three of American Cruise Lines Mississippi River itineraries:
St. Louis – Cincinnati
7 night cruise departing September 22, 2012 from St. Louis, MO
Ports of Call: St. Louis, MO; Cape Girardeau, MO; Paducah, KY; Cave In Rock, IL; Henderson, KY; Mt. Vernon, IN; Louisville, KY; Madison, IN; Cincinnati, OH
New Orleans – Memphis
7 night cruise departing November 17, 2012 from New Orleans, LA
Ports of Call: New Orleans, LA; Oak Alley, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; St. Francisville, LA; Natchez, MS; Vicksburg, MS; Helena, AR; Memphis, TN
New Orleans Roundtrip
7 night cruise departing December 8, 2012 from New Orleans, LA
Ports of Call: New Orleans, LA; Natchez, MS; Vicksburg, MS; St. Francisville, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Oak Alley, LA
Noted Civil War historian, Dr. Michael Deeb, will also be joining passengers aboard the Queen of the Mississippi. Dr. Deeb is the author of several Civil War era historical novels including his latest novel, The Lincoln Assassination. He also writes book reviews for the Civil War News and the New York Journal of Books.
The Queen of the Mississippi carries 150 guests in spacious staterooms, many of which are twice the size of those on any other Mississippi riverboat. Staterooms feature large private balconies with sliding glass doors and all of the amenities today’s travelers expect, while maintaining the elegance of classic late 1800s Mississippi riverboats. American Cruise Lines will operate the authentic paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The Queen of the Mississippi will also be able to travel at significantly higher speeds than all other Mississippi riverboats, minimizing night travel and making more itineraries possible with longer visits to the river towns. A number of unique riverboat journeys are planned that take passengers as far north as St. Paul, MN on the Mississippi River and as far east as Pittsburgh, PA on the Ohio River.
For more information about cruising on the mighty Mississippi with American Cruise Lines, please visit americancruiselines.com or call 1-800-814-6880. Our reservations office is open seven days a week to assist you.