From the mighty Mississippi to the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, America’s river cruises offer a host of dynamic landscapes, rich history and yummy cuisine. If you’re thinking of taking a river boat cruise, you’ll find that the United States has just as much to offer as Europe when it comes to river cruising. Two cruise lines in particular offer a host of luxurious river boat options: American Cruise Line and American Queen Steamboat Company.
American Cruise Line
With one of the highest re-booking rates, and a list of awards, American Cruise Lines has grown to become the largest U.S. cruise line, with 12 small, 100-200 passengers ships, including the first modern riverboat in U.S. history, American Song. Whether you prefer the autumn foliage of New England or the rugged Alaskan coastline, 35 itineraries from Alaska to Florida offer a range of destinations covering 25 U.S. States. Each cruise features an All-American menu complemented by the season and region prepared by the finest chefs. Carefully curated cruises with more than 160 guided shore excursions showcase unique culture with informal lectures, open discussions, evening entertainment and concerts. Here’s a look at a American Cruise Line modern riverboat.
The first modern riverboat in U.S. history which debuted in October 2018, American Song, offers a contemporary spin on the traditional paddlewheelers. With the the newest safety technology and more environmentally friendly ships, American Cruise Line works to minimize the carbon footprint left behind. Aside from feeling good about environmental standards, you’ll enjoy heavenly views from multi-story glass atrium and a sleek, sophisticated interior design. Retreat to your over-sized cabin featuring furnished balconies or simply catch the sunset from the bow terrace, a guest favorite. Regardless of where you find yourself on board, there are plenty of places to enjoy the scenery, including the Vista Lounge’s 270 degree views from 40 feet above the water.
Itinerary: Columbia & Snake Rivers/Pacific Northwest
American Queen Steamboat Company
Sail on one of the leading U.S. river cruises through American’s heartland and the Pacific Northwest on itineraries from six to 23 days. American Queen Steamboat Company has earned multiple accolades for the company’s high level of service, gourmet cuisine and renowned shore excursions. Here are just two examples of AQSC’s amazing riverboats.
The largest steam boat ever built, the American Queen exudes elegance and grace. A perfect contrast to the modern amenities and accommodations, you’ll find opulent touches echoing the American Victoria Era, such as glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques. Sit back and enjoy a book from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the ships library or settle in for a lavish show in the two deck tall Grand Saloon, a perfect blend of old and new.
Itinerary: Lower Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers and Upper Mississippi
American Duchess : Holiday Sailing
Escape the hectic holiday season in lieu of time honored Southern traditions along the Mississippi. On board the intimate American Duchess, you’ll enjoy a classic holiday dinner in the single seating Grand Dining Room and breathe in the slower days of the old South as sail past stunning antebellum mansions and plantations amid world class music and beautiful holiday decor.
Whether you choose a traditional paddlewheeler or a modern riverboat; a themed cruise or simply a short getaway on one of Americas famed rivers; one thing is for certain, as Jim Harrison said, “You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.”