American Queen Voyages is giving away a 9-day Mississippi River cruise

Cruise deals may be getting harder to find, but American Queen Voyages is offering a sailing at an unbeatable price: free.

The cruise line is running a Taste of the Mississippi River Cruise sweepstakes, in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen, giving one traveler and a guest the chance to win a 9-day sailing through the southern U.S.

“We are thrilled to partner with America’s Test Kitchen to offer this one-of-a-kind culinary adventure on the Mississippi River and give one lucky winner the opportunity to experience our new culinary program,” Cindy D’Aoust, American Queen Voyages’ president, said in a news release. “We have formed an incredible partnership with America’s Test Kitchen, and this is just the beginning of what we have planned for our guests and viewers.”

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Aspiring winners can enter via American Queen Voyages’ website, and must do so by June 12

When is the free American Queen Voyages cruise?

The cruise will sail from New Orleans, Louisiana to Memphis, Tennessee from Oct. 29 through Nov. 6 on the line’s American Queen steamboat.

What can guests expect from the sailing?

The cruise will stop in St. Francisville, Louisiana, Natchez, Mississippi and other destinations. The culinary focus will give travelers ample opportunities to sample cuisine like shrimp and grits, gumbo and etouffee.

The winner and their guest will also get to take a private cooking class with the line’s culinary ambassador, chef Regina Charboneau, as well as a six-month membership to the America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking School. Cookbooks and other perks are also part of the prize.

A one-night hotel stay in New Orleans before the cruise and round-trip economy airfare are part of the package for the winner and their guest. Prepaid gratuities are also included.

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What are the terms of theTaste of the Mississippi River cruise sweepstakes?

The sweepstakes is open to legal adult residents of all U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and Canada, excluding Quebec. Entries are limited to one per person, email address and household, according to the official rules. No purchase is necessary to enter.

Depending on the winner’s location, ground transportation may be substituted for flights, but the line will not provide any additional compensation.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at