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Southern Culture: Civil War Spotlight
Mississippi River Cruise

American Countess

Detailed Information and Online Registration

Step into the past and see compelling Civil War sites and battlefields while cruising the Mississippi River aboard the American Countess, American Queen Steamboat Company’s newest shipVisit these ports of call: Chattanooga, Savannah and Memphis, TN; Decatur and Florence, AL; Paducah, KY and New Madrid, MO. Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions, all meals onboard the ship, daily lectures by a riverlorian and more. $950 per person deposit due at time of registration.

Before you embark on your river cruise in Chatanooga, enjoy a one-night hotel stay in this scenic city know for its beautiful natural surroundings in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Then cruise to New Madrid, the oldest city west of the Mississippi, known for the fascinating Civil War Battle of Island Number Ten. Set sail for Paducah, whose legacy as a Union supply hub lives on in its historic buildings and museums. Spend a day exploring Savannah, the “Hostess City of the South,” where antebellum mansions and open green spaces mingle. Just outside town, visit the unforgettable Shiloh National Military Park, the site of the Civil War’s largest engagement in the Mississippi River Valley. Before you bid farewell to the American Countess in Chattanooga, stop in Decatur. Originally a river crossing for settlers west of the Appalachians, Decatur became the site of many skirmishes during the Civil War and its history is seen today in its pre-war architecture like the Old State Bank and the Burleson-Hinds-McEntire House.


  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Chattanooga including breakfast and transfer to the American Countess
  • 7-night voyage aboard the American Countess, with all meals included 
  • Services of an experienced on-site Go Next Program Manager
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions aboard a dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches in every port of call
  • Complimentary specialty coffees, filtered water, and soft drink
  • Smart-casual attire throughout your voyage; no formal wear required
  • Lectures by a Riverlorian, your onboard river historian
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment
  • Nightly dancing to swing, big-band, and Dixieland jazz music

    Airfare and airport transfers are not included.  Port charges of $199 per person and gratuities are additional.  Prices, itinerary and offer are subject to change. 
  • June 12:Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • June 13:Chattanooga, Tennessee - Embark
  • June 14:River Cruising
  • June 15:Decatur, Alabama

  • June 16: Florence, Alabama
  • June 17:Savannah, Tennessee
  • June 18:Paducah, Kentucky
  • June 19:New Madrid, Missouri
  • June 20:Memphis, Tennessee

For more information about this trip, call the Alumni Association at 785.670.1641 or send us an email.






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