Mississippi River Boat Cruises
Mississippi is the second longest river in the United States. It was the Indians, who once upon a time lived on the shores of the river, who coined the name. They called the river Big River or Messipi.
Today, Mississippi river cruise is quite popular as many people see it a way of experiencing the river culture. Cruising the 2,320-mile long river will allow you get a different glimpse of the United States.
This is an ideal way to learn more about American history. However, a Mississippi river cruise is not just restricted to learning about American history; you also can enjoy local music and regional cuisine.
The cruise is usually hosted on a paddle-wheeled steam boat, which will usually have a Victorian décor. The staff on the boats are extremely friendly, and customer service is rather good.
There are many cruise companies offering the Mississippi river cruise and each package is of different duration. There are cruise package ranging from 3 days to 12 days, depending on how much time you want to spend enjoying yourself. You can even select an hour long cruise if you do not want to spend too much time on a boat.
The pace of the cruise is not fast like ocean cruise vessels. Usually the boats travel at six miles per hour giving passengers enough time to absorb the surrounding beauty.
Many cruise companies have special cruises for special days like Valentine’s Day cruise or Christmas cruise. These cruises are more expensive than normal cruises and the passengers are treated to exciting display of fireworks during the course of the cruise.
The length of the cruise will depend on the number of ports of call. Since the entire river system has over 50 rivers and tributaries, you can be sure that you will have ample opportunity to explore and learn more about the American Midwest.
Although you can go for a Mississippi river cruise any time of the year, in winter the northern routes are not available. If you are sensitive to heat and humidity, you should avoid going for the cruise in summer when the river basin is warm. Make sure you book your cruise well in advance as each boat takes less than 500 passengers per trip. In order to save money, you avoid add-ons and eat on land rather than the boat.