Cruise West Announces 2011 Mississippi River Sailings

Cruise West recently announced two new itineraries sailing on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers, starting in March, 2011. These inaugural voyages will take place aboard the Spirit of America, formerly the Spirit of Glacier Bay.

Known to many as America’s Great River Road, the Mississippi is North America’s longest river. For centuries, it has played a major role in commerce as a vital transit route for passengers and freight of every description – including cotton, timber, food, and Appalachian coal. The writings of Mark Twain turned the river into a cultural icon as well. So today, a cruise on the Mississippi is an adventure through history and literature, as well as spectacular vistas.

Cruise guests will enjoy the iconic South, while sailing the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis, taking in the sights of white mansions, lush gardens, historic plantations, and poignant civil war monuments. In addition to exceptional scenery around every bend, guests on this 7-night itinerary will enjoy all of the following:

  • Stopping in Vacherie to visit Oak Alley Plantation, the most photographed plantation in the South.
  • Visiting The Myrtles – “America’s Most Haunted House.”
  • Discovering the spectacular antebellum and Victorian architecture of picturesque Natchez, Missouri.
  • Touring Vicksburg National Military Park, scene of the Civil War battle that gave the North control of the Mississippi.
  • Strolling through Helena, Arkansas – one-time home to no fewer than seven generals of the confederacy.

The second new river voyage – a 7-night excursion further up river – begins and ends with two hotbeds of American music, Memphis and Nashville. Guest will follow the Mississippi north to Cairo, at the confluence of the Ohio River. They will cruise on upriver to the Tennessee and the narrow Cumberland River. On this journey, cruise guests will enjoy:

  • Exploring the charming and historic town of New Madrid, Missouri.
  • Taking in numerous galleries and the Center of Maritime Education in Paducah, Kentucky.
  • Walking through Fort Smith – a Civil War staging area once occupied by Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Touring Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Tennessee, site of the first major Union victory.
  • Discovering Clarksville, Tennessee, one of the South’s most historic cities and home to memorable architecture and attractions.

Details of each of these itineraries will be posted shortly on the Sunstone Tours & Cruises website.


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