American Cruise Lines, which operates paddlewheelers Queen of the Mississippi and the American Eagle on the Mississippi River, plans to offer pre- and post-cruise extension packages beginning this summer.

Highlights will include the culture, history and entertainment in U.S. ports the company serves, including New Orleans.

The packages include hotel accommodations; ship, hotel and airport transfers; a welcome reception and select dining options; and specialty tours highlighting experiences and attractions unique to each region.

“These cruise extension packages complement our itinerary, allowing guests an opportunity to extend their vacation and become even more immersed in the unique history and culture in each of our American ports.” said Judy Roman, vice president of American Cruise Lines.