The Lower Mississippi River Cruise, the Big Bang Swing Cruise and the Civil War Cruise are some of the river cruises in Mississippi, as of 2015. Starting at New Orleans or Memphis, these cruises travel along the part of the Mississippi River that borders the western side of the state of Mississippi.
The Lower Mississippi River Cruise starts in Memphis and ends in New Orleans. During the eight-day journey, the cruise passes various towns and regions of Mississippi, including the Mississippi Delta, known for its cotton plantations and blues music. Stops are made in the historic cities of Natchez and Vicksburg, where cruisers can stay aboard ship or step on land to visit Civil War battlefields and other historic sites.
The Big Bang Swing Cruise is a nine-day round trip cruise out of New Orleans. On board, cruisers enjoy live music from big band orchestras playing music from the 1920s and 1930s swing era. In addition to the music and views of life along the river, this cruise stops in Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The Civil War Cruise follows the same Mississippi River route as the Lower Mississippi River Cruise, but caters to history buffs. In addition to stops in Vicksburg and Natchez, this cruise includes onboard Civil War presentations.