Located in the heart of Tennessee, Memphis is home to delicious BBQ, blues music, and all things Elvis Presley. Memphis is a wonderful city to cruise from, offering lower Mississippi cruises from August through July. When taking a cruise from Memphis, you will have the opportunity to experience the vast history and culture of the deep south, as you never thought you would!
Several fantastic river cruise lines offer cruises that either depart from or visit Memphis. Among them are Viking River Cruises, American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company. Each one offers something a little different, and they are all great options to consider.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Memphis, TN. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Memphis, TN. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Memphis, TN:
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Memphis, along with a brief description:
Elvis fans will be excited to know that the home of the King (Graceland) is located right in Memphis! You can tour the museum at Graceland, where you can learn about Elvis Presley and his music career. Other things you might be able to view include his car and jet collections, as well as take a guided tour of his mansion (including the “Jungle Room”, where he recorded one of his last records). If you are traveling with American Cruise Lines, you have the option to add on a 2-night Graceland Premium Pre-Cruise Package, which includes a 2-night stay at the Graceland Guest House, and includes an Ultimate VIP Pass and tour.
♦ National Civil Rights Museum
History lovers can check out the National Civil Rights Museum before or after cruising from Memphis. Located a few blocks from Cotton Row Historic District and Beale Street Historic District, this museum traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and was constructed around the former Lorraine Motel (now part of the museum), where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Permanent exhibits in this museum are centered around slavery in American from 1619 to 1861, the 1960 student sit-ins, and the famous Montgomery bus boycott of 1955.
♦ Cotton Row Historic Distract
Cotton Row was where the mid-south cotton/agriculture business got its roots in the early 1800s. Now part of the National Historic Registrar, you can experience Cotton Row for yourself when taking a cruise from Memphis. You can see buildings that were constructed during the height of the cotton industry (look for large doors, which were built so that cotton bales could fit through). Exploring this area is a great way to get some walking in before or after your cruise, and it is certain to impress those who are interested in U.S. history.
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