Welcome to Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruises

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Discover the Beauty of Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruise

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Embark on Your Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruise Adventure

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Discover the Wonders of Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruises

River Cruise Lines

Join us on the Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruise

River Cruise Lines

Welcome to Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruises

Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty and historical richness of the Mississippi River with our bespoke paddle wheel cruises. Guided by Cruise Genie's seasoned Columbia River cruising specialists, boasting an average of 25 years in crafting exquisite river cruising experiences, we promise not just a journey, but a voyage through America's heartland that touches the soul.

Why Choose Our Cruises?

Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruises offer a unique blend of luxury, adventure, and education. Our cruises navigate through the heart of the United States, offering breathtaking views, gourmet cuisine, and access to exclusive tours of iconic cities including Red Wing, Dubuque, Bettendorf, Hannibal, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Memphis, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, and the vibrant New Orleans.

Our Destinations

Our meticulously crafted itineraries take you to the heart of the Mississippi River, offering an intimate exploration of its legendary waters. Each stop is a gateway to the diverse heritage and natural beauty of the river's banks:

  • Red Wing by Minneapolis: Begin your journey amidst the scenic beauty and rich cultural tapestry of Minnesota, where the Mississippi River's grandeur starts to unfold.
  • Dubuque: Discover the charm of this historic city, where the spirit of America's heartland is palpable in its stunning architecture and welcoming community.
  • Bettendorf: Experience the blend of modern living and rich history in this vibrant part of the Quad Cities, nestled along the majestic river.
  • Hannibal: Step into the world of Mark Twain in his hometown, where the legendary Mississippi inspired some of America's most beloved stories.
  • St. Louis: The Gateway to the West, St. Louis offers iconic landmarks, including the Gateway Arch, and a rich cultural scene.
  • Cape Girardeau: Explore this historic city on the river's bank, known for its charming downtown and vibrant murals depicting Missouri's history.
  • Memphis: Dive into the birthplace of blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll, and experience the city's rich musical heritage and delicious cuisine.
  • Vicksburg: Visit this key Civil War site, where history comes alive through its well-preserved battlefields and museums.
  • Baton Rouge: Experience the unique blend of Louisiana's capital city, where the rich history and a vibrant cultural scene meet.
  • New Orleans: Conclude your journey in the Big Easy, a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures, famous for its jazz music, Creole cuisine, and lively spirit.

Award-Winning Service with Cruise Genie

With Cruise Genie, you're not just booking a cruise; you're entrusting your adventure to specialists with a profound passion for river cruising. Our team's dedication has earned us recognition for excellence in service, crafting journeys that go beyond the ordinary. We take pride in personalizing each cruise experience, ensuring that every guest discovers the magic of the Mississippi River in comfort and style.

Join us aboard Mississippi Paddle Wheel Cruises for a journey through America's heartland, enriched by the stories, landscapes, and warmth of the communities along its banks. With the expertise of Cruise Genie's specialists guiding your voyage, you're set for an unparalleled exploration of the Mississippi River's timeless allure.


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RIVERS UPDATE - River cruises continue to be discontinued until further notice on all rivers of the Ukraine and Russia.


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