How would you love to experience a River Cruise right here in the USA? With options that emphasize culture, music, history, culinary delights, and the beauty of nature, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. With far less passengers than the massive ocean liners, you can expect exemplary service with attention to details.
See which one of these themed cruises will have you packing and ready for leisurely cruising one of America’s magnificent rivers.
1. Culinary / Wine Cruises:
Wine lovers will delight in cruising through the Columbia River wine region in the Pacific Northwest with UnCruise, enjoying guided tours of local wineries. Culinary enthusiasts will savor the regional favorites while cruising the Lower Mississippi River with the American Queen Steamship Company — how about BBQ on Beale Street in Memphis or delicious Creole Cuisine in New Orleans!
2. History Cruises:
History buffs can trace the steps of Lewis and Clark on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest on the new and modern American Song of American Cruise Lines or the American Empress of American Queen Steamship Company. Civil War enthusiasts can enliven the battles of this tumultuous period on the Lower Mississippi or on the East Coast. A journey aboard the American Duchess of the American Queen Steamship Company will allow you to experience a “Mark Twain” themed cruise on the upper Mississippi River.
3. Music Cruises:
What is your musical crush — Jazz, Rock-n-Roll, Big Band, Bluegrass, or Country? Whatever your style, there is a musical river cruise for you to enjoy. American Queen has several itineraries to choose from — Lower Mississippi River, Roundtrip New Orleans, or the Cumberland River out of Nashville.
4. Fall Foliage Cruises:
Have you always wanted to see a spectacular display of color during the Fall Foliage? Fall cruises are available on the Hudson River, the Chesapeake Bay, the Puget Sound, and the San Juan Islands.
5. Holiday Cruises:
It’s not too late to plan a holiday getaway to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years. A river cruise surrounded by friends and family will make priceless memories that will last a lifetime! Special itineraries to choose from include New Orleans to Memphis and reverse or roundtrip New Orleans. Elegant holiday decor and exciting onboard entertainment will fill your heart with holiday cheer. Space is still available for Holiday Cruises with American Queen Steamship Company and American Cruise Lines. If you have not made your holiday plans, we would love to help you make memories with family and friends on the river!
6. Kentucky Derby Cruises:
American Queen Steamship Company offered a Kentucky Derby Cruise for 2018, and the cruise sold out in a day! If you’ve always wanted to go to the Derby, why not combine a USA river cruise with the Derby in 2020? If this sounds like something you would like to do, please let me know so I can put your name on a list to reserve your cabin the day the Derby Cruise is announced — It will likely sell out the first day again! For a little Derby humor, surely you can “Justify” combining a river cruise with a trip to Churchill Downs!
7. Lobster Bake and Crab Fest Cruises:
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves, put on a bib, and gather round a table with a group of friends or colleagues and get your fill of lobster? This rite of passage can be enjoyed on a Maine Coastal Harbor cruise. Are you ready to enjoy the sweet taste of lobster with a warm butter sauce? If crab is your crush, cruising the Chesapeake Bay may be just for you. You can explore this region with a roundtrip itinerary from Baltimore with American Cruise Lines.
8. Northwest Tulip Cruises:
With a horticulturist onboard the American Cruise Lines’ Tulip Cruises, you are sure to gain much insight on the growing seasons and secrets for success with tulips. This cruise would be perfect for your garden club, especially since you will have the opportunity to visit Butchart Gardens in British Columbia.
So, do any of these river cruises in the USA sound like something you would enjoy? We would love to help you make memories on a river cruise in the USA. Contact us to start planning.
In the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
We design dependable, custom itineraries for travelers of all kinds. Whether you are looking to explore a new culture, or just want to unplug and recharge in the middle of nowhere, Watercolor Travel can help design the perfect trip for you.