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River Cruises in US and Europe
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American Queen Steamboat Company: Two paddleboats cruise United States rivers.  The American Queen Steamboat sails on the Mississippi River and the American Empress sails on the Columbia Snake Rivers.. Sailing on the American Queen Steamboat and American Empress is  like going back in time -- with the opulance of the 1800 era but with the modern conveniences of today. Expect fine dining, showboat entertainment,.  Shore excursions are included in every  port as well as optional choices for a nominal cost. Riverlorians keep you informed about river history and culture. The cruises are 8 nights and 9 days and include a complimentary pre-cruise hotel. Longer full Mississippi River cruises are available.  For more information, call 877-658-2582 for a free brochure.

The American Queen steamboat / paddle boat features a diverse range of elegant and well-appointed accommodations reminiscent of an antebellum mansion. From economy inside staterooms to lavish luxury suites, each is decorated with high-quality, Victorian-style furnishings and features plush bedding dressed with the finest linens, tasteful amenities and all of the modern conveniences you expect such as large mirrors, ample storage, wall-to-wall carpet, flat screen TV, nightly turn-down service, individual climate control, private bath. All staterooms feature coffee makers with Starbucks coffee. Room size, decor and layout will differ with category.  Triple rooms are available.  Staterooms also can connect.  Click link for more information about the American Queen Steamboat Company itineraries and boats -- including deck plans and staterooms.

American Cruise Lines, Small Ship  and Paddle Boat Cruises
American Cruise Lines offers personalized, small ship and steamboat / paddle boat, river cruises throughout the United States. There are 3 steamboat / paddle boats:  Queen of the Mississippi, Queen of the West,  American Eagle and America.  These steamboats are modeled after the opulent steamboats of the 1800's but guests enjoy all the conveniences of our modern era.  Riverlorians are on board with their historic and legendary stories.  Steamboat cruises sail on the Mississippi River - Queen of the Mississippi, and the Queen of the West on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest.

Also, there are small ship cruises in Alaska as well as the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. The American Spirit is the boat that sails in these areas. Alaska, Puget Sound and San Juan Islands are perfect for nature lovers -- home to sea lions, haawks, whales, eagles, swans, ducks and more.  Ports include Anacortes, WA; Friday Harbor, WA; Victoria, BC; Port Angeles, WA; Port Townsend, WA; Poulsbo, WA.

The Queen of the West and the new American Eagle steamboats sail on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest, following the travels of Lewis and Clark.
Ports of Call:

  • Astoria, OR:: The oldest  American settlement west of the Rockies. Headquarters for Lewis & Clark in winter of 1805 and 1806.
  • Rainier, OR:  Visit Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument
  • Columbia River Gorge: Breathtaking river canyon with spectacular waterfalls (in season) and charming villages.
  • Steveson, WA: Experience the thrill of navigation the Bonneville Locks.
  • Dalles, OR: Area where Lewis & Clark camped -- Rock Fort Camp
  • Pendleton, OR / RIchmond, WA: View the original old West.
  • Clarkston, WA: Boasts having the most inland seaport in North America -- pristine wilderness views.

This cruise line has United States owners and crew.

The Alaska 7-night cruises visit Skagway, Haines, Glacier Bay, Kake, Petersburg, Tracy Arm, Sawyer Glacier.  The 11 night cruise also includes Anacortes WA, Strait of Georgia, Queen CharlotteStrait, Misty Fijords, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Frederic Sound.  Shore excursions are complimentary; however guests are free to purchase optional sigihtseeing.

The Queen of the Mississippi and brand new America float along the Mississippi River at about 6 knots and provide the best in relaxation as passengers settle into their deck rockers and watch the mainland with its egrets and other birds, farmlands, and forests.  Enjoy afternoon tea (if you are able after a large breakfast and lunch as well as all-day snacks and beverages.) Gourmet dining in the evening after an included cocktail hour is a good way to relax throughout the evening.  Enjoy nightly entertainment and then sit on deck with a cocktail (or soda) watching the shadowed shore while hearing the lap, lap of water against the boat -- well, nothing could feel more luxurious and serene.

Eastern and Southern Small Ship Sailing on Inter/Intracoastal Waterways.  Three small ships operate in the northeastern United States:  the Independence, the AmericanStar, the American Glory. 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.  The ships visit quaint villages along the east USA coast, charming Southern towns including Charleston and Savannah, and vibrant Florida cities. Sail the Hudson River in the fall and see the vibrant fall colors, visit the islands of New England,  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.

Blount Small Ship Adventures:  Small ships = uncrowded port towns, personalized service, experiencing local culture with like-minded passengers who may end up as friends before the cruise is over.  An American owned company and crew.

Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheel Cruises.  Steamboat / Paddleboat cruises on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.  Cruises are from 1 Night / 2 Day to 4 Night / 5 Day trips.  Cruises go from Peoria to Starved Rock State Park and from Peoria to St. Louis area.  These cruises are extremely popular and get high reviews from past cruisers.  All inclusive pricing is nominal for this cruise experience.  An American owned company and crew.

AMAWaterways, River Cruises: Small ship luxury cruise vacations on rivers in Asia, Europe, Africa.  Information on boats, itineraries, all inclusive inclusions, prices.

Avalon Waterways, Small ship boats and their detailed information. Worldwide cruises on rivers in Europe, Asia, South America and more.   Pricing of Cruises

Pearl of the Seas Cruises, Pearl Mist Luxury Small Ship.  United States and Canada cruises. Small ship Caribbbean and South America cruise itineraries. New -- Cuba cruises. Ship is new with luxury components. An American owned company and crew.

Train Trips in Canada: Rocky Mountaineer luxury train travel in western Canada
American Queen Steamboat
Queen of the Mississippi
Queen of the West Show Room
Queen of The West
American Spirit
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.