Few American authors are as beloved as Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. On this special theme cruise, explore the river that served as his inspiration, complete with a true-to-life Mark Twain impersonator, and a stop in Hannibal, MO, Twain’s hometown. The characters and locations of his literary classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn come to life during our exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the town, including a look at Huck Finn’s house and the Becky Thatcher home.
St. Louis, MO
Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and we will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.
*Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis is sure to win you over. Admire the scenic riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, the largest man-made monument in the U.S. Enjoy St. Louis’ many world-class attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s most popular public gardens.
Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” is a place where you can rediscover adventures from Mark Twain’s era. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn come to life in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans filled with specialty shops unique to Hannibal.
Day of River Cruising
Take in the beauty of the river as you make your way from Hannibal to Davenport. Join other passengers in our beautiful common areas or simply relax on the sun deck.
Voted one of the Most Livable Small Cities in America, Davenport is often described as a lively, active city with a hometown feel. This city features the largest agricultural exhibit in the world. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Davenport’s many music festivals, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival which is dedicated to native Jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke.
A “Masterpiece on the Mississippi,” Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque’s state-of-the-art casinos. View colorful Victorian mansions, stroll through the whimsical downtown area, and visit the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
La Crosse, WI
Step into 19th-century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three captivating rivers. La Crosse is home to Riverside Park, where you will enjoy beautiful gardens, an outdoor performance center, and inspiring sculptures.
Red Wing, MN
Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the upper Mississippi River, Red Wing’s beauty has inspired artisans, craftspeople, and artists for over 150 years. Red Wing delivers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment, and activities for your pleasure. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.
St. Paul, MN
St. Paul is a thrilling river town. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of Summit Avenue, which showcases gorgeous historic mansions built in the late 1800’s. St. Paul’s enchanting art galleries, world class museums, and entertaining stage performances will capture your imagination. End the day by visiting Mounds Park, where visitors are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.