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Music & the Mississippi: A River Voyage on the American Countess


Music - Blues, Folk, Bluegrass

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About this Cruise

The Mississippi River crosses many states and flows through centuries of history — embark on Road Scholar’s latest Floating Campus adventure to experience it firsthand! This incredible voyage will take you through the musical heritage of the lower Mississippi River, including jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll. With stops in music capitals like Memphis, you’ll gain insight into the history of these genres and enjoy modern performances. Your onboard instructors will continue your educational experience as you sail along the iconic Mississippi, offering their expertise through lectures, Q&A sessions and casual discussions. In true campus style, you’ll also have opportunities to participate in onboard activities, live performances and getting to know other Road Scholars who love learning — and voyages — as much as you do.

Best of all, you’ll…

Spend two nights in Memphis, Tennessee, home to iconic music sites including Beale Street Historic District and the Blues Music Hall of Fame.
Visit the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, created by the Smithsonian Institution, to learn about music legends.
Experience local music and history in the smaller cities that line the shores of the Mississippi River, such as Paducah, Kentucky and Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Spend two nights in St. Louis, and explore a city known for its architectural marvel, the Gateway Arch.
Enjoy the camaraderie of other Road Scholars as you take in private lectures, unique field trips and take part in educational onboard activities on this exclusive Floating Campus voyage.

General Notes
This learning adventure is part of Road Scholar’s Floating Campus. You’ll enjoy a true campus feel as we have the entire ship to ourselves and welcome a maximum of 200 Road Scholars, and enjoy field trips onshore in smaller groups of 35. Onboard experts will be on hand throughout the voyage and will offer instruction during exclusive lectures, Q&A sessions and discussions. Enjoy onboard activities, live performances and the camaraderie that can only be found with an entire ship full of fellow Road Scholars! Please note that we need a minimum number of participants to enroll in this program to have exclusive use of the ship. In the unlikely event we do not meet the minimum number, then the cruise line may have its own passengers on the ship, though they will not be part of any Road Scholar activities.

Sail Date(s):

Friday, Sep 20, 2024




Mississippi river

Cruise Line:

American Queen Steamboat Company

Cruise Ship:

American Queen

Cruise Type:

Full Ship Charter

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