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Cruise down the mighty Mississippi on one of the best new itineraries this year
Cruise down the mighty Mississippi on one of the best new itineraries this year
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Top 10 Cruises in 2012

Best New Domestic Itinerary

Cruise Lines: Great American Steamboat Company and American Cruise Lines
Ship Names: American Queen and Queen of the Mississippi
2012 Itineraries: Mississippi River System

For cruisers craving a slice of old-time Americana, 2012 marks the return of legendary Mississippi River cruising, with new passenger vessels plying the waters of the American heartland for the first time in many years. First up in April, the Great American Steamboat Company will launch the 436-passenger American Queen, billed as the largest and most opulent steamboat ship ever built, and offering 3- to 10-night itineraries on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri Rivers embarking from ports like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, and more. Expect delectable Southern cuisine doled out by noted American chef Regina Charboneau and Dixieland- to Broadway-inspired entertainment headlining in the double-decker Grand Saloon. Or, sit tight till August, when the 150-passenger paddle wheeler Queen of the Mississippi rolls out via American Cruise Lines. Boasting an elegant, traditional Victorian décor typical to late 19th century Mississippi riverboats and spacious staterooms (most come trimmed with private balconies), the vessel will operate 7-night sailings over the entire Mississippi River System from New Orleans, Nashville, St. Louis, and more. Look for special theme cruises highlighting the Civil War and Mark Twain.

Great American Steamboat Company’s 3 to 10-night cruises from $995/person, including select beverages, shore excursions, and pre-cruise hotel stay; www.greatamericansteamboatcompany.com. American Cruise Line’s 7-night cruises from $3,995/person, including select beverages; www.americancruiselines.com.

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