VIRTUAL CRUISE of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER
This 7-day Virtual Cruise experience includes 30+ video presentations and performances highlighting the history, attractions, ports of call, an array of musical entertainment and fun interactive events. As soon as you register, your online adventure begins! Experience the fascinating and diverse region of the Lower Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis -- virtually.
HOW IT WORKS:
Click the "I Want This" button and enter your email address to secure your booking for our customized week-long virtual cruise of the Mississippi River. The online adventure will start immediately with a "welcome aboard" email, following soon after with a Day One email highlighting our departure port of New Orleans, Louisiana. Then each day (for seven days) we'll visit a different port as we work our way upriver to Memphis, Tennessee. You can follow along day by day or you can enjoy the presentations anytime at your leisure! The programs never expire.
Click on the welcome video above for a brief overview.
If you have any issues making this booking, please email us at Bill@HistoryHighlights.com and we gladly will assist you.
GIVING THIS CRUISE AS A GIFT?
This Virtual Cruise is available to give as an Emailable Gift! Share the experience and "travel" with your friends and family. At checkout, just click the little gift box icon and enter the email address of the recipient. We'll send them email access to join you on this adventure! Learn how to give this as a gift with this 90 second video here:
WHAT WILL YOU ENJOY ON THIS VIRTUAL CRUISE?
You will enjoy presentations about the history and attractions of the various intriguing ports and popular excursions. You'll be fascinated by stories of the early explorers to this region, the intrigue of the Louisiana Purchase, and the history of how steamboats came to this river system. This virtual cruise includes a three-part series on the Civil War. Learn about river navigation, the plantations of the river road, riverboat gamblers, Mark Twain's life on the Mississippi and much more. Presentations range from "bite-sized" topics around 10 minutes in length to "full-meal" presentations of about an hour. We will also include Further Exploration links to interesting websites and videos for you to enjoy.
On a cruise you also just want to have some fun! So you'll savor daily entertainment ranging from themed cocktail hour piano-bar-style musical performances to featured cabaret-style shows. Learn how to make a mint julep and a sazerac in our mixology classes. Enjoy special events, interactive trivia games and musical quizzes.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
To recreate the cruise experience, day by day and port by port, for one week you will receive DAILY EMAILS with links to an array of online video presentations, entertainment, and events. Don't worry if you get behind. The video links will remain accessible for you to enjoy at your leisure.
We are husband and wife duo Bill Wiemuth and Laura Sable. For the past two decades we have been honored to enhance the experience of thousands of cruise travelers along the Mississippi River. We are passionate about the stories, music, culture, and attractions of this diverse part of America. We consider ourselves the last of the "showboat" entertainers and strive to keep the spirit of that bygone era alive.
We have published and produced an array of paperback books, ebooks, audiobooks, and video presentations available at www.HistoryHighlights.com. We have appeared as historical lecturers, naturalists, and entertainers aboard hundreds of small ship cruises. Let us share with you a fascination for the Mighty Mississippi.
We look forward to sharing with you this journey of discovery.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTS (7 VIDEOS)
New Orleans, LA; Plantations; Baton Rouge, LA; St. Francisville, LA; Natchez, MS; Vicksburg, MS; and Memphis, TN.
HISTORICAL LECTURES (15 VIDEOS)
The Mississippi River Then and Now
The Battle of New Orleans
Mardi Gras History and Traditions
The Journey of the Steamboat “New Orleans”
Huey Long: Larger Than Life
How Steamboats Changed America
The West Florida Rebellion
John James Audubon
The Great Steamboat Race
Pathway to the Civil War
Civil War Anaconda Plan
Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas
Mark Twain and the Mississippi River
The Tragedy of the Steamboat "Sultana"
MUSICAL PERFORMANCES (7 VIDEOS)
Cocktail Hour Music: Bourbon to Beale
SHOWTIME: Music of the River
Cocktail Hour Music: Beautiful Broadway
SHOWTIME: Riverboat Gambler: History+Magic
Cocktail Hour Music: Through the Years
SHOWTIME: Songs and Sass with a Red-Hot Mama
Cocktail Hour Music: Pajama Party
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS (7 VIDEOS)
Mixology – Sazerac
Mixology – Mint Julep
Trivia: Mississippi River Music
Trivia: Cruise Wrap-up
Broadway Musical Matchup
Magic Class: Learn a Trick
A Salute to Veterans