North American River Cruises

Experience the Southern charm while cruising down the mighty Mississippi, with soul food, smooth jazz, and historical sights or head to the Pacific North West and witness some serious scenery while cruising along the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

American Rivers

With hundreds of rivers and tributaries to cruise along; the Ohio, Mackenzie and Colorado just being a small handful, there is something in America for everyone. Cruising on American rivers offers you a unique opportunity to discover the historical, cultural and architectural marvels that are dotted all over the land.


Take a trip down South and enjoy the vibrant music scenes on the meandering Mississippi or Nashville River. The Columbia River gives you a beautifully picturesque experience through the Rocky Mountain Trench and then past Washington State where you are sure to be blown away the lush green landscape and left wanting to return again and again .

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  American Queen Steamboat Cruises
Travelling from New Orleans via Natchez, Mississippi
Travelling from New Orleans via Natchez, Mississippi
8 Nights with the American Queen
 December 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from On Request
6 day trip on board the American Duchess from New Orleans
6 day trip on board the American Duchess from New Orleans
5 Nights with the American Duchess
 29.12.2019
p.p.from On Request
9 day voyage on board the American Empress from Spokane, Washington
9 day voyage on board the American Empress from Spokane, Washington
8 Nights with the American Empress
 October 2019 - November 2020
p.p.from On Request
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Clarkston
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Clarkston
8 Nights with the American Empress
 September 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from On Request
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Spokane, Washington
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Spokane, Washington
8 Nights with the American Empress
 March 2020 - November 2020
p.p.from On Request
  Cruises in the North West
9 day voyage on board the American Empress from Spokane, Washington
9 day voyage on board the American Empress from Spokane, Washington
8 Nights with the American Empress
 October 2019 - November 2020
p.p.from On Request
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Clarkston
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Clarkston
8 Nights with the American Empress
 September 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from On Request
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Spokane, Washington
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Spokane, Washington
8 Nights with the American Empress
 March 2020 - November 2020
p.p.from On Request
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Vancouver, Washington
9 day cruise with the American Empress to Vancouver, Washington
8 Nights with the American Empress
 November 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from On Request
Journey with the American Empress from Vancouver, Washington
Journey with the American Empress from Vancouver, Washington
5 Nights with the American Empress
 November 2019 - December 2020
p.p.from On Request
  Cruises in the East
Cruising from New Orleans with the Majesty of the Seas
Cruising from New Orleans with the Majesty of the Seas
7 Nights with the Majesty of the Seas
 20.03.2021
p.p.from $1,170
8 day trip on board the Majesty of the Seas from New Orleans
8 day trip on board the Majesty of the Seas from New Orleans
7 Nights with the Majesty of the Seas
 June 2020 - October 2020
p.p.from $786
Journey with Royal Caribbean from New Orleans
Journey with Royal Caribbean from New Orleans
7 Nights with the Majesty of the Seas
 11.04.2020
p.p.from $958
Voyage with Royal Caribbean from New Orleans
Voyage with Royal Caribbean from New Orleans
7 Nights with the Majesty of the Seas
 January 2020 - March 2021
p.p.from $734
8 day journey on board the Majesty of the Seas from New Orleans
8 day journey on board the Majesty of the Seas from New Orleans
7 Nights with the Majesty of the Seas
 February 2020 - February 2021
p.p.from $864
Ports along North American Rivers
New Orleans, Louisiana, USAfrom
$734
The "Cradle of Jazz" is a city influenced by Spanish and French culture. Every year, the city hosts the famous 'Mardi Gras' festival.
Nottoway, Louisiana, USAfrom
On Request

Nottoway Plantation, also known as Nottoway Plantation House is located in White Castle, Louisiana, United States. The house is a Greek Revival and Italianate-styled mansion built by John Hampden Randolph in 1859, and is the largest extant antebellum plantation house in the South with 4,900 m² of floor space. Nottoway is well known for it’s beautiful gardens which are home to 120 fruit and citrus trees, 12 magnolia trees, poplar and oak trees, and 75 rose bushes. A must for anyone with green thumbs.

Highlights of Nottoway
  • A Greek Revival and Italianate-styled mansion
  • A real slice of American history
  • Beautiful gardens
Natchez, Mississippi, USAfrom
On Request

Established first as a French fort site overlooking the Mississippi River in 1716, then laid out as a new town by the Spanish in the 1790s, Natchez became part of the United States in 1798. Natchez is more than history. It’s what you love about South — easy elegance and casual charm, true hospitality, historic homes, lush gardens and moss-covered oaks and delicious down-home fare

Highlights of Natchez
  • St. Mary Basilica
  • The interesting architecture of Longwood House
  • Visit the Dunleith Historic Innl
Vicksburg, Mississippi, USAfrom
On Request

Vicksburg is a city in and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Vicksburg is located at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Yazoo River. Every summer, Vicksburg plays host to the Miss Mississippi Pageant and Parade. Every spring and summer, Vicksburg Theatre Guild hosts Gold in the Hills, which is in the Guinness World Records book for longest running show. Vicksburg is home to the McRaven House, said to be "one of the most haunted houses in Mississippi".

Highlights of Vicksburg
  • Visit the U.S.S Cairo Museum
  • Vicksburg National Military Park
  • See the famous Ceder Hill Cemetery
St Francisville, Louisiana, USAfrom
On Request

St. Francisville is a town in and the parish seat of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States. The town of St. Francisville was established in 1809, and a number of historic structures from that period still exist. St. Francisville is a popular tourist destination, with a number of restored historic plantations open daily for tours. In 1810, St. Francisville served as the capital of the Republic of West Florida for 74 days after planters ousted the Spanish government ruling in that area.

Highlights of St. Francisville
  • Visit the Feliciana Society Museum
  • Stroll through the Afton Villa Gardens
  • Rosedown Plantation
Paducah, Kentucky, USAfrom
On Request

Paducah is the largest city in Kentucky and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. It is located at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River. Before European settlement, the Chickasaw and their ancestors lived on the land, using the river and confluence for trade. During the American Civil War, it was occupied by Union force under General Ulysses S. Grant. In 2013, UNESCO designated Paducah as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art

Highlights of Paducah
  • Indigenous carving at Wacinton Sculpture
  • Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum
  • The beautiful Floodwall Murals
Cascade, Norfolk Island, Australiafrom
$1,695

Cascade is a town on the historically fascinating island of Norfolk, Australia. All over the island there are relics from another time, as it was once a convict settlement. This small town is perfect for appreciating the blue waters and amazing coastline but not too far from here you will find the Norfolk Island Cemetery and the local Art Gallery. Perfect places to uncover the ancient history and culture of the island. Home to the Norfolk island pine, you will discover a range of tropical trees and plants exclusive to Norfolk.

Highlights of Cascade, Norfolk Island
  • Visit the Norfolk Island Museum to learn more about the region’s history
  • Watch the cargo boats unload at the bay
  • Try some fresh produce or purchase a handcrafted souvenir at the Arts and Crafts market
New Madrid, Missouri, USAfrom
On Request

New Madrid is a city in New Madrid County, Missouri, United States , located on the Kentucky Bend of the Mississippi River. As the oldest city west of the Mississippi, the town offers a slice of classic Americana. Anyone interested in history will wants to visit the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, a 19th century plantation, and the Native American Ceremonial Mound, which has been dated back all the way to 1500. Of course, you should use your time here to take in the mighty Mississippi as the town offers great photo opportunities.

Highlights of New Madrid
  • Great photo opportunities of the Mississippi
  • 16th Century Native American Ceremonial Mound
  • Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site,
St. Lawrence River, Canadafrom
$7,799

The St. Lawrence River is one of the larger rivers in North America. It is the body of water that connects the famous Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean through the channel of the Great Lakes Basin. The River also runs and meanders along the international boundary between Ontario and New York state, connecting America with her neighbour Canada while travelling through the French speaking province of Quebec. There is a lot of history surrounding St. Lawrence, and it played a key roll during the 18th and 19th century in aiding the war effort and transporting British troops. The River is abundant with sealife such as the fin whale and minke whale to name a few of the resident whales.

Highlights of St. Lawrence
  • Sea kayaking excursions
  • Easy access to Canadian cities like Quebec and Ontario
  • Stunning ancestral villages which date back to New France
Alton, Illinois, USAfrom
On Request
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States. It is famous for its limestone bluffs along the river north of the city, for its role before and during the American Civil War, and as the hometown of jazz musician Miles Davis and Robert Wadlow, the tallest known man in history.
Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canadafrom
$9,499
Trois Rivieres is located in the province of Quebec, Canada at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence Rivers.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USAfrom
On Request

As the "Capital City," Baton Rouge is the political hub for Louisiana, and is the second-largest metropolitan city in the state. It is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, research, motion picture, and growing technology center of the American South. Located on the banks of the Mississippi and only an hour down the road from the jazzy New Orleans and Lafayette, it's a great place to discover the eccentric culture of Louisiana. Some of the most notable landmarks are the Old Governor's Mansion and the Louisiana Memorial Plaza

Highlights of Baton Rouge
  • Visit the historic Magnolia Mound Plantation
  • Pay a Louisiana State University
  • Enjoy stunning views from Louisiana's Old State Capitol
La Crosse, Wisconsin, USAfrom
On Request

La Crosse is a city in Wisconsin, United States. Lying alongside the Mississippi River, La Crosse is the largest city on Wisconsin's western border. It was a town that was originally settled in by French fur traders who would travel up the Mississippi River, Hence the French name, which has remained since the late 17th century. Recognized as a regional technology and medical hub, La Crosse frequently acquires top rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, and education.

Highlights of La Crosse
  • See some vintage cars at Dahl Auto Museum
  • Gorgeous views from Grandad Bluff
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dubuque, Iowa, USAfrom
On Request

Dubuque is a city in and the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. One of the few large cities in Iowa with hills, it is a major tourist destination, attracted to the city's unique architecture and river location. It is located at the junctions of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, otherwise known as the Tri-State Area. It got its name from a Quebecois pioneer who settled there in the late 18th century, Julien Dubeque.

Highlights of Dubeque
  • Visit the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  • Mines of Spain Recreation Area
  • Fabulous views at Eagle Point Park
St. Louis, Missouri, USAfrom
On Request

St. Louis is a city and port in the U.S. state of Missouri. After the Louisiana Purchase, it became a major port on the Mississippi River. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism. The architecture of St. Louis exhibits a variety of commercial, residential, and monumental architecture. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, the tallest monument constructed in the USA . The Arch pays homage to Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis' position as the gateway to the West. Architectural influences reflected in the area include French Colonial, German, early American, and modern architectural styles.

Highlights of St. Louis
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site
  • Pay a visit to the spectacular Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
  • Check out the National Blues Museum
American Rivers

There are only two cruisable rivers in North America. However, this lack of choice is more than compensated by the breath-taking scenery and beautiful sights you will experience on a cruise through North America. The Mississippi, it’s most well-known river, is most popular for North American river cruising. Cruises through the Colombian river and its tributary, The Snake, are also popular amongst cruisers. Explore the most historic, cultural and adventure-packed ports of call and experience for yourself what North American river cruising has to offer.