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River Cruises in US and Europe
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American Cruise Lines offers small ship cruising on rivers and the intercoastal waterway in the Eastern United States, South USA, and Florida.

Sail the Hudson River in the fall and see the vibrant fall colors, visit the islands of New England,  enjoy nature along the coast of Maine, shop in the quaint Northeast coastal villages of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, experience historical America in Charleston and Savannah.

Because the ships are small, with no more than 104 passengers, they are able to offer unique personalized voyages.  The ambiance is initiate, relaxing, and gracious.

True to its name, this cruise line sails on the smooth inland rivers and eastern coastal waterways of the United States of America, Maine to Florida rivers. 
New:  Mississippi River and Alaska Inside Passage.
Ships are new and fully comply with the new USA safety regulations.

The ships visit quaint villages along the east USA coast, charming Southern towns, and vibrant Florida cities.  There is an emphasis on history, culture, and the natural beauty of the United States.  Lecturers, authors, historians, and wildlife experts treat guests to behind the scenes tours and provide area information during the cruise.

American Cruise Lines now also offers wonderful itineraries cruising Alaska's Inside Passage cruising Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands "steamboat" cruising  the Columbia Snake River "steamboat" cruising the Mississippi River.

Majestic America (Steamboats)
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American Waterways (AMA) Small Ship European Cruises /  Europe River Cruises 

Why choose a European river cruise  --  besides the casually elegant surroundings and intimacy of a small ship?

  • Your cabin is your hotel and it almost always enjoys a location in the heart of town
  • Travel from one village to another in style. Don't contend with the hassles of driving yourself, cramped motor coaches or early morning train departures.
  • Pack and unpack only once.
  • Excellent meals, good company and comfortable accommodations all at one attractive price.

Explore Europe's castles, cathedrals and picturesque villages.  Discover fascinating history and authentic experiences with comprehensive sightseeing plus your own exploration. It's a simple way to travel.

Enjoy a river cruise in Europe that features a theme of music, golfing, gardening, cycling or walking. Experience a cruise with classical music along the Danube, traditional performances or perhaps a Viennese waltz. Listen to the songs made famous by Edith Piaf on the Seine or indulge in a visit to the ship's wellness spa.  See Paris, Normandy,  Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and more all from the comfort of you luxurious stateroom with its French balcony.

Who will be my fellow passengers?  Persons who want an in-depth, personalized experience in Europe.  All ages find canal barge cruises suit their special needs.  Those who want to relax can sip a cool drink and watch the scenery and locals as the barge drifts down the waterway.  Those who want to learn about history and culture meet locals and visit historical sites.  Those who want activities enjoy village walks, hill climbs, or bicyling.

AMA Waterways cruises also has cruises in Russia, Vietnam / Cambodia / Mekong Delta, and Africa.
The Spirit of Peoria is a small paddle-wheel steamboat that offers two and three day trips on the Illinois River.   Day trips and riverboat charters are also available.  Sit back and relax as the Spirit of Peoria gently paddles its way along the scenic Illinois River Valley. Enjoy the wonder of natural beauty and history on this unique mode of transportation.

Riverboat trip prices include:
  • All Taxes and gratuities
  • All meals, lodging and snacks featuring:
  • Signature entrees such as chef carved prime rib
  • Gourmet cheeses accompanied with a glass of wine
  • Unlimited soft drinks, coffee, and tea aboard the cruise
  • Old-fashioned entertainment featuring:
  • Professional Storytelling
  • World-class ragtime piano
  • River history
  • Baggage handling
  • Friendliest crew on the river
So many times in our lightening fast world there's a pause, to dream of a time when life moved at a different, slower, more refined pace. If we look, many of those times can still be found in vacations and cruises that offer us the spirit of yesteryear or the opportunity to cruise to interesting ports in the United States, Caribbean and Europe -- but without clocks, crowds, lines or stress.

How can we know our present unless we know our past!  We offer paddleboat river steamboat cruises and small ship ocean and river cruises that emphasize history.   Small ship cruises allow guests to experience their natural surroundings, with ecological experiences.

7-Night Steamboat River Cruises in the United States Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

The  230-foot Queen of the West was the first overnight passenger paddlewheel boat to be built and operated in the West in 80 years. Designed to showcase the wide-open vistas, forested riverbanks and small towns of the Pacific Northwest, the Queen of the West has four decks offering panoramic views from every angle.  Spacious lounges offer guests a view of the dramatic deep canyon scenery on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Passengers who have had the pleasure of cruising on Queen of the West paddleboat in the past can still expect the same unparalleled experience they had aboard this grand ship. But now they can discover the additional features, such as exceptional cuisine and the highest level of personalized service, for which American Cruise Lines is known, making it the most successful small ship cruise line today.
Queen of the Mississippi cruises on a brand new Steamboat type boat.  Click For More Details
Please be advised that every reasonable effort has been made to keep all prices up to date and free of errors or omissions. Prices and policies from our vendors are subject to change without notice. Invoices will be issued at the time of booking to confirm all final rates and offers.
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Civil War Cruise Themes
The American Queen Steamboat

Experience the richness of this luxury vessel while you enjoy an antebellum experience but with all the pleasures of a modern era.  This all inclusive cruise line has it all:  food and beverages to feed the body and soul, United States history & culture in quaintly charming river towns, a variety of itineraries and themes -- including Civil War, great evening entertainment, and more. Click the link above for schedules and pricing.
Train Trips

Some of us remember when passenger trains (besides Amtrak) were a way to travel in the United States.  The trip was unhurried, relaxing, and a pleasant mode of transportation.

But, then, the passenger trains were declared obsolete, because they weren't fast enough to move persons from one end of the country to the other quickly, and airlines took over as the accepted mode of transportation.

But, people reminise about those days and think about what it would be like to take a train trip where they can walk around to stretch their legs and look at the passing scenery and towns through large picture windows as they sit in comfortable "easy chair" seats.

Now, it's possible to capitalize on that dream and see the USA and Canada in a relaxing atmosphere by choosing one of the beautiful rail journeys below.Call 877-658-2582 for more information.

These train trips are carefree.  Guides ensure that your luggage, hotel room and keys, and dining experiences are taken care of for you.  These guides are specialists who will enhance your appreciation of the area's history, culture, and wildlife.

Days are spent in comfort on the train and evenings are also comfortably spent in hotels along the train route instead of cramped sleeper cars on the train.  Transportation to/from  the hotels is included.

Blount Small Ship Adventures

Bount Small Ship Adventures offers very casual cruises.  There is no white glove dining and dining is casual with a cafe-style ambiance. Passengers wear casual clothing day and evening.  There are no luxurious staterooms. The entertainment is sparse.  The staterooms are adequate with air conditioning, a tiny private shower and washroom.  The ships have been remodeled within the last couiple of years. A maximum of 96 persons cruise on either the Grande Caribe or the Grande Mariner.

Blount Small Ship passengers choose Blount because of the casualness of the cruise and because of the unique itineraries offered. The cruises offer an opportunity for passengers to immerse themselves in the culture and style of the areas visited.  Also, the pricing is competitive.

They have recently remodeled both the Grande Caribe and the Grande Mariner so Stoney Creek Travel feels it is time to include them in our list of suppliers.
Pearl Seas is a new cruise line. The ship, Pearl Mist, is currently under construction and will be a luxury small ship that sails the waters of Canada for its first season.  Part of the year will also be spent in the Caribbean.

This cruise line's parent company is American Cruise Line which also has cruises along the intercoastal waterway in the eastern United States,  the Queeen of the Mississippi on the Mississippi River and its tributaries as well as cruises on the Columbia Snake Rivers in the western area of the United States and in Alaska.

The American Cruise Line cruises are renowned for casually elegant cruises that keep bringing past guests back year after year.