NEW ORLEANS -- The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. will offer a cruise
along the Mississippi River this summer that will focus on American
Indian history and 14 voyages to witness fall foliage.
The Delta Queen is a National Historic Landmark and accommodates
174 passengers, all in outside cabins.The fare for the Mississippi River American Indian cruise
starts at $1,210 per person, double occupancy, and includes all
on-board meals and activities plus entertainment.
The eight-night theme cruise sails from July 31 to Aug. 8 and
follows a route from St. Louis to St. Paul, with visits to
Hannibal, Mo.; Burlington, Davenport and Dubuque, Iowa, and Prairie
du Chien, Wis.
On board, historians Ed Bearss and Helen Hornbeck Tanner will
examine American Indian music, dance, art, religion, literature and
Explanations will be given of the events that led up to the
Black Hawk War and the Minnesota Uprising, and the impact of the
American Indian on the development of the U.S. will be
Optional excursions will be offered to landmarks such as Cahokia
Mounds and Fort Armstrong in Illinois and Fort Snelling in
Minnesota.The steam paddle wheelers Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and
America Queen will offer 14 Fall Foliage cruises between major
river ports such as St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn.; Cincinnati and
St. Louis; St. Louis and Nashville; Nashville and Cincinnati;
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and Memphis and St. Louis.
Most itineraries range from three to seven nights.
Longer plans include a 14-night voyage from St. Paul to New
Orleans on the American Queen from Oct. 26 to Nov. 9 and a 13-night
cruise from Pittsburgh to New Orleans on the Mississippi Queen from
Nov. 8 to 21.
Optional hotel stays at port cities are available, and
activities and shore excursions are offered that are appropriate to
On board, a naturalist offers lectures and helps passengers
identify the flora and fauna along the river; binoculars can be
borrowed at no charge.
Cruise prices start at $495 per person, double, for the
three-night package; the 13-night cruise starts at $1,920 and the
14-night plan at $2,060.
Fares include port charges, on-board meals, entertainment and
Early-booking bonuses are available on most packages.
The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. lays claim to being America's
oldest cruise line, with roots dating to 1890. It specializes in
historical riverboat vacations, and every cruise aboard the three
vessels features an on-board "riverlorian" who shares regional
culture and lore with passengers.
Agent commissions start at 10%.
Delta Queen Steamboat Co.
Phone: (800) 458-6789