Blount Small Ship Adventures is offering three cruise itineraries on the Mississippi River in 2012. The seven-night "Tennessee Traditions on the Mississippi River" includes Nashville and Memphis. The eight-night "Treasures of the Mississippi" sails between Memphis and New Orleans, visiting Greenville, Vicksburg and Baton Rouge. The 11-night "Southern Traces" sails from New Orleans to Nashville, visiting Mobile, riverside towns in Mississippi and Tennessee and Kuttawa, Ky.
Savings of $400 per couple is available on the March 23 departure of "Southern Traces: New Orleans to Nashville" when booked by Dec. 31. Those who book by Dec. 31 can save $300 per couple on the April 5 departure of "Tennessee Traditions." Blount's new itineraries come just months before the return of the American Queen riverboat, which has been refurbished by Great American Steamboat Company.