Thinking of cruising the Mississippi? Why not wait for the launch of the new Mississippi River cruise by Tauck, created in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns? Set to launch early next year, the 11-day cultural exploration tour christened Life on the Mississippi is part of its “Ken Burns American Journeys” collection. The exploration journey begins with a night’s stay at the renowned Peabody in Memphis, followed by a 7-night Mississippi River cruise aboard the newly re-launched American Queen paddlewheel steamboat, concluding with a two-night stay at the Roosevelt in New Orleans. Ken Burns and his longtime collaborator Dayton Duncan have played a key role in finalizing the itinerary of this exploration extravaganza. In fact, Burns admits that the Mississippi has been a part of most of his movies, including Jazz, The Civil War, Mark Twain, Huey Long, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
The guests will be treated to unique cultural experiences and a diverse array of Tauck-exclusive shore excursions during the cruise. The unique Tauck experiences would include a private lecture on the city’s history and culture from a local historian, a visit to a private home set in a grove of century-old oak trees in Louisiana, etc. Guests can also look forward to a private Bloody Mary cocktail party and a “behind the scenes” tour of the ship. Additionally, guests can explore the Mississippi with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, who will share insights on local history and culture in a series of video vignettes.
Tauck is offering both northbound and southbound versions of the itinerary, with the 7-night cruise on the American Queen. Guests can enjoy this cruise by shelling out $4,790 per person, double occupancy, plus air. The new itinerary is said to commence from February through June and in November and December with special Christmas and New Year’s departures.