US Cruises

Cruises within the US include both Hawaii and Alaska, mostly served by the larger ships. Cruising on the rivers of America is a unique Americana experience which, unfortunately, has suffered a huge deficit of inventory since 2008 when Majestic America and River Barge went out of business.

The landmark vessel of American cruising was the legendary Delta Queen who first lost its ability to sail with passengers due to the loss of the exemption she had been given to sail for the last 30 years. Though she cannot sail any longer please check our Civil War Sesquicentennial itineraries to see that we are using her as our hotel base in Chattanooga, TN in April 2010. We will continue to offer themes on the Delta Queen for other four night programs to include history, music, and personalities. She is the same glorious vintage vessel and her charm endures whether she sails the river or sits there in Coolidge Park with beautiful views of the river.

Some of the companies offering cruises on America's waterways are American Cruise Lines, American Canadian Caribbean Cruise Lines, Cruise West, Great Lakes Cruise Company and Travel Dynamics International.
River cruising in the US is offered on small ships of approximately 100 passengers or less. Chefs often prepare food with the regional specialties with open seating dining. Many of the ships have a bring your own bottle policy and will offer set ups and sometimes complimentary wine with dinner (they just can't sell liquor onboard). There are no casinos and entertainment is often a local person of interest or a piano player or local musician. Often there are historical themes with onboard lectures given by local historians or writers. Most often the shore excursions are included and if not, they are very reasonably priced.

Hudson River cruises are usually offered during the spectacular fall foliage season and book up very fast. American Cruise Lines has three ships operating this itinerary that begins and ends in New York City in October. Special highlights include: Hyde Park, Millionaire's Row, Albany, Sleepy Hollow and Catskill, NY.

Antebellum South cruises begin or end in Charleston and Jacksonville and include Savannah and the remote islands along the inland waterway. Themes include the Civil War, antebellum homes, and coastal wildlife and cruises operate from March to December.

Chesapeake Bay cruises begin in Baltimore and include Williamsburg,Yorktown, Annapolis, and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. These cruises operate from May to November.

New England cruises depart from Providence, RI or Bangor, ME and include visits to the islands of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Gloucester, Bar Harbor, Portland, and other quaint New England cities. Highlights include lobster, lighthouses, great beaches, gingerbread cottages and maritime museums. Cruises operate from June to September.

Philadelphia and the Potomac
Discover the glorious cities and towns that helped to shape early American history including some which have served as our nation's capitol. The cruise begins in Philadelphia, a city boasting centuries of political, economic, social, and cultural achievements and full of historical landmarks. Along the cruise you'll visit places such as St. Michaels, MD known as the ‘town that fooled the British,' America's sailing capital, Annapolis, MD, and Mt. Vernon, VA the former plantation home of our first president, George Washington. Cruise operates from April to July.

Great Lakes cruises range from 6 night getaways from Chicago to deluxe cruising on the grand Clelia II from Toronto to Duluth. Highlights include Mackinaw Island, the Upper Peninsula, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Thunder Bay. Themes include music, history, geology, photography and technology.

Columbia and Snake River cruises focus on the journey of Lewis and Clark as well as wildlife and adventure. Cruises are operated by Cruise West and American Cruise Lines who recently purchased the Queen of the West paddle-wheeler.

Please note that due to the small nature of these ships and the uniqueness of their itineraries, they sell out quickly. Early booking discounts are offered with American Cruise Lines and late bookings offer no incentives.

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