Thinking of cruising the Mississippi? Then 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 the company’s “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.