Modern Riverboat Mississippi American Song Atrium
American Cruise Lines' new ship will be able to carry up to 190 passengers in the “modern styling of a European riverboat.”
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The Mississippi River is a mythical figure in U.S. lore.

The 2,320-mile river has been an important part of American history, including early 16th-century exploration, transportation during the civil war and a massive boon to power during the 20th century. The river’s sense of adventure was even transformed into an iconic piece of American literature in Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Modern Riverboat Mississippi American Song Lounge
American Cruise Lines will launch the American Song cruise ship in 2018.
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And now a modern set of luxury travelers are poised to explore the Mississippi River — albeit a bit more glamorously than Huck Finn and Jim.

Modern Riverboat Mississippi American Song Stateroom
River cruising has become increasingly popular in Europe, and clearly cruise lines hope to see similar interest in North America.
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Next year, American Cruise Lines will launch a modern Mississippi River cruise on a ship named American Song. The vessel will embark on cruises from New Orleans and the Lower Mississippi River in Fall 2018 and then head to the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest the following year.

The boat will be able to carry up to 190 passengers in the “modern styling of a European riverboat.” American Cruise Lines says that the staterooms are the largest in the industry, with private balconies, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and “hotel-sized” spacious bathrooms.

American Song will also have onboard Wi-Fi, a fitness room and a putting green on the ship’s topmost deck. Guests can have breakfast room service brought to their terrace, a complimentary cocktail hour every evening and live entertainment each night, with a focus on music and history. The ship will also be staffed with onboard historians and naturalists who can answer and questions throughout the journey.

Reservations aboard the American Song are now open, with packages starting at $3,027.

Old Riverboat Mississippi
Cruising down the Mississippi has changed a lot over the years. Here, a “modern” riverboat in May 1940.
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Viking River Cruises will also offer a Mississippi River Cruise from New Orleans in 2018. American Cruise Lines already offers two cruises aboard their Queen of the Mississippi and America ships.

Travelers who want to travel the Mississippi on a paddlewheel can travel with the American Queen Steamboat Company on their three ships.