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 Cruise Lines Cruises
5 day cruise with the Queen of the Mississippi to New Orleans
5 day cruise with the Queen of the Mississippi to New Orleans
4 Nights with the Queen of the Mississippi
 March 2020 - March 2020
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Breath-taking expedition from Portland with American Cruise Lines
Breath-taking expedition from Portland with American Cruise Lines
10 Nights with the American Pride
 April 2020 - May 2020
p.p.from On Request
Expedition with American Cruise Lines from Portland to Clarkston
Expedition with American Cruise Lines from Portland to Clarkston
7 Nights with the Queen of the West
 June 2019 - October 2020
p.p.from On Request
Cruise with the Queen of the West from Portland
Cruise with the Queen of the West from Portland
4 Nights with the Queen of the West
 October 2019 - October 2020
p.p.from On Request
Vibrant trip from St. Louis, Missouri with American Cruise Lines
Vibrant trip from St. Louis, Missouri with American Cruise Lines
10 Nights with the Queen of the Mississippi
 June 2019 - July 2020
p.p.from On Request
  Cruises in the North West
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
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
 June 2019 - November 2020
p.p.from On Request
Breath-taking expedition from Portland with American Cruise Lines
Breath-taking expedition from Portland with American Cruise Lines
10 Nights with the American Pride
 April 2020 - May 2020
p.p.from On Request
7 day cruise with the American Empress to Vancouver
7 day cruise with the American Empress to Vancouver
6 Nights with the American Empress
 November 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
 May 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from On Request
  Cruises in the East
Sail with the American Queen to New Orleans from Memphis, Tennessee
Sail with the American Queen to New Orleans from Memphis, Tennessee
8 Nights with the American Queen
 March 2020 - December 2020
p.p.from On Request
Trip from Minneapolis, Minnesota with the American Duchess
Trip from Minneapolis, Minnesota with the American Duchess
22 Nights with the American Duchess
 18.08.2019
p.p.from On Request
Cruising from Memphis, Tennessee with the American Queen
Cruising from Memphis, Tennessee with the American Queen
8 Nights with the American Queen
 March 2020 - November 2020
p.p.from On Request
Cruise with the American Queen to Memphis, Tennessee from New Orleans
Cruise with the American Queen to Memphis, Tennessee from New Orleans
8 Nights with the American Queen
 May 2019 - December 2020
p.p.from On Request
16 day cruise with the American Duchess to New Orleans
16 day cruise with the American Duchess to New Orleans
15 Nights with the American Duchess
 02.08.2020
p.p.from On Request
Our Recommendations
Gail
11 day journey from New Orleans
This All Inclusive cruise takes you on an 11 day Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky voyage on the Mississippi River from lively New Orleans to St. Louis. Along the way you'll visit Baton Rouge and Memphis.
Our advice:
A city influenced by Spanish and French culture, New Orleans is also known for its jazz music scene. Make sure to take some time to visit a few local pubs for some great music (did we mention jazz?)!

  • New Orleans - St. Louis, Missouri
  • American Rivers,North America
  • September 2019 - September 2020

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Nikki
Travelling to Clarkston from Portland
On this 8 day cruise you'll leave and return from Portland, Oregon and enjoy a journey in the Pacific Northwest wine region. Be sure to bring your camera, as there will be tonnes of beautiful scenery and wildlife to capture as you head up the Columbia River Gorge.
Our advice:
Walla Walla is a beautiful stop. The area is well known for wine producing (and tasting it is a must!). The area is also great for a leisurely bike ride or hike.

  • Portland - Clarkston
  • American Rivers,USA West Coast,Pacific,North America
  • June 2019 - November 2020

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Kelly
Sail with American Cruise Lines from Charleston
Let American Cruise Line take you on an exciting historical trip down south from Charleston, South Carolina to sunny Jacksonville, Florida. Wake up in a new location every day and enjoy the true, authentic southern experience. The best way to see it? Join the Historic Hop-on Hop-off ride to get the most out of beautiful cities like Savannah, Georgia.
Our advice:
Bring comfortable walking shoes - there's plenty to do and even more to see!

  • Charleston - Jacksonville, Florida
  • Caribbean,American Rivers,Canada and the USA East Coast,North America,Central America
  • November 2019 - May 2020

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Ports along North American Rivers
Saint Lawrence River, Quebec, Canadafrom
$1,599

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
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
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
St. Louis, Missouri, USAfrom
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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
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
Red Wing, Minnesota, USAfrom
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Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, on the Mississippi River. The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Red Wing on its 2008 distinctive destinations list, which adds twelve communities annually nationwide. Red Wing was added for its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment. The city is full of culture and is home to a number of popular music and art festivals including Rolling River Music Festival and Fall Festival of the Arts.

Highlights of Red Wing
  • Wonderful craftsmanship a the Pottery Museum of Red Wing
  • Observe beautiful views of the city at Sorin's Bluff
  • Take a trip to the Aliveo Military Museum
Hannibal, Missouri, USAfrom
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Hannibal is the largest city in Marion and Ralls counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The community is best known as the boyhood home of author Mark Twain and as the setting of his book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." This is greatly celebrated in the city and there are many tributes to Twain including the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse erected during the Great Depression and a number of statues dotted throughout the area

Highlights of Hannibal
  • Visit the birthplace of Molly Brown - Titanic survivor
  • The glorious Rockcliffe Mansion
  • Historic Mark Twain Cave tour
Dubuque, Iowa, USAfrom
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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
Portland, Oregon, USAfrom
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Portland is the largest city in Oregon and a major destinations for river cruises in the USA. Portland is an extremely eclectic city. As well as being a major destination for opera and classical music, Portland is also home to many contemporary bands. The city is also home to a number of museums and cruisers looking for their culture fix can enjoy a tour of the Portland art museum , amongst others. The cuisine in Portland is somewhat unorthodox; the city is regarded as the food truck capital of the USA and is home to a number of the best micro-breweries in the states.

Highlights of Portland
  • Major US music destination
  • A world renown philharmonic and museums
  • A unique food and drink culture
La Crosse, Wisconsin, USAfrom
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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
Paducah, Kentucky, USAfrom
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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
Nottoway, Louisiana, USAfrom
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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
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USAfrom
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is a unique and historical river cruise destination. Found on the bed of the Mississippi river, this small town has become a hotspot for international tourists since the boom in American river cruising. Tourists will get a real slice of Americana when visiting Cape Girardeau. One of the highlights is Fort D, one of only four surviving Civil War forts in the USA. There are also heaps of antiques markets and shops for you to get that souvenir from your trip to the states.

Highlights of Cape Girardeau
  • Antiques markets and shops
  • Fort D, a preserved Civil War fort
  • Unique Mississippi destination
Beaufort, North Carolina, USAfrom
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The coastal town of Beaufort is one of the most popular vacation destinations in North Carolina. Small parks and benches border the seemingly endless docks, and cafes have sprung up all along the harbor front. It is a vacationer and maritime lover's dream. It is also the place where in 1718 the infamous pirate Blackbeard ran his flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge aground close by Beaufort inlet. The city hosts an array of events every year including Beaufort Music Festival and Beaufort Wine and Food Festival.

Highlights of Beaufort
  • Visit the North Caroline Maritime Museum
  • Beaufort Historic Site
  • See the Fort Macon State Park
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.