From gumbo to po’ boys – the best Southern food to try on a Mississippi river cruise


No one ever accused the Deep South of sending a visitor home hungry. Even among seasoned cruisers, familiar with the standard post-voyage weight gain, a Mississippi river cruise has the potential to do some serious belt-straining. You’ll be cruising through states where food isn’t ever merely fuel, but speaks of culture, history and home. Where recipes pass down through generations, cooking methods are subject to intense discussion and almost tribal loyalty, and where hospitality is a matter of enormous civic pride.

Whatever line you sail with, you’ll be served Southern delicacies on board, and be plied with iced tea and mint juleps as you watch the Mississippi’s banks slide by. There’s no escape…

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