Everything you need to know about a Mississippi River Cruise

Tips and tricks for a riverboat cruise.

Looking for a cruise that’s a little different?
Ditch the large cruise ships and high seas for a Mississippi River cruise and be amazed by locations full of cultural intrigue and history while travelling on an iconic riverboat.

Pick your cruise time wisely:

The cruise season for the Mississippi River is one of the longest, running from April to June and November through December.
In America’s spring (March – June) and early summer months (June – September), the tides are too high for riverboats to cross.
Mosquitos are also known to be an issue in the warmer months due to the humidity, so be prepared with bug repellent.

Prepare for small journeys:

As many of the ports are close by, there will be very little time at sea which is a plus for travellers who are prone to motion sickness.

Be wary of nature:

In the same way that a hurricane will alter a cruise ship’s schedule, so too can drought and flood change potential ports.

Choose the right itinerary:

There are a variety of cruise options along the Mississippi River, so make sure your trip includes some of these well-regarded ports.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The capital of Louisiana is known for its Creole and Cajun cuisine and mix of African American and Caribbean cultures. History buffs can also visit the LSU Rural Life Museum and experience what life was like on a 19th-century plantation.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Famous around the world for its annual Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans is a must for any traveller. The locals are known for their thick southern drawl and, at night, the city comes alive with authentic southern food and jazz music.
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi
Famous for its military past and as the site of a renowned battle during the American Civil War, Vicksburg is dripping with history. A popular tourist attraction is the National Military Park which holds more than 1300 monuments including a restored Union gunboat.
  • Memphis, Tennessee
The biggest tourist attraction in Memphis is Graceland. Home to the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis, Graceland is a must for music fans. Memphis is also home to Shelby Farms, one of America’s largest urban parks.