Become a Cruise Insider
Tips, deals and more in your inbox.
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

North America River Cruises

North America River Cruises

If it's good enough for Mark Twain, it's good enough for us. Follow in the great wordsmith's wake on a paddlewheel cruise down the mighty Mississip', and stop in for ribs in Memphis, a blues concert in the Delta or some jazz in New Orleans. You can also find river cruises on northern rivers like the Ohio, and if carpe diem is what floats your boat, head west to the Columbia and Snake Rivers for some serious scenery.
9 Things to Know about U.S. River Cruising
Ready to roll on the river? Learn what sets a U.S. river cruise apart from every other kind of cruise.
Slideshow: River Cruise Queens of the Mississippi
Historic ambiance and southern cooking are just a few of many reasons why cruisers love the Queens of the Mississippi.
Come Aboard My Hudson River Cruise on American Spirit
See why you don't need a big, flashy mega-ship and unnecessary add-ons to enjoy cruising.

Sponsored links

Itineraries
Cruise Lines
Choose a River
Planning
Ports
Reviews
Forums
100% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Seattle -> San Juan Islands -> San Juan Islands -> Seattle
78% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
New Orleans -> Oak Alley -> Natchez -> Vicksburg -> St. Francisville -> Baton Rouge -> New Orleans

Cruise Lines for North America River Cruises

Choose a North America River Cruise

  • The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and is bordered by Virginia and Maryland; popular stops include Williamsburg, VA, St. Michaels, MD and Annapolis, MD.
  • The Columbia River flows from British Columbia‚Äôs Rocky Mountains, through Washington State, and ends in Oregon; Lewis and Clark traveled along the Columbia River during their famed expedition.
  • The Hudson River flows along eastern New York, with a portion serving as a boundary between New York and New Jersey; stops include New York City, Albany and West Point.
  • The Mississippi has had a recent renaissance with the launch of new riverboats traveling its waters; the river reaches a total of ten states in the U.S., from Minnesota to Louisiana.
  • The St. Lawrence River flows through Ontario, Quebec and New York; cruises along the St. Lawrence travel the borders between New England and Canada.

North America River Cruise Planning

No articles available.

Ports

No ports available.

River Cruise Reviews

  • 08/15
    We started poorly. The hotel in Paris was not able to have our rooms ready by the 3 p.m. deadline. Instead, we were not allowed into our room until well after 5 p.m. Our wake-up call did not materialize and thus we missed our assigned bus ride to ... Read more
  • 08/15
    We booked the four night cruise on the Murray River Princess and travelled with my husband, my sister and our elderly mum. Hubby and I booked the Stateroom as we were after a bit more luxury. It had been recently refurbished with very nice ... Read more
  • Fantastic Week   The Texan
    08/15
    From the moment we boarded the 'Emerald Sun' we were made to feel welcome, due to a traffic jam on the way from Munich to the ship we arrived too late for lunch. However the chef provided me with a delicious curry. The ' Cruise Director' - Ray - ... Read more
  • 08/15
    My sister and I did the River of Gold itinerary in Portugal's Douro River valley. I enjoyed the smaller ship designed for the river as at 108 passengers it was a nice size - not too small and certainly not too many. The crew was exceptional; I can't ... Read more
  • 08/15
    This was our 2nd river cruise with AMAWaterways, and just a wonderful as our first. We flew into Zurich, and took the train to Lucerne for two nights pre-cruise. We did it on our own, which was very easy. Then took the train to Basel, where we ... Read more
  • 08/15
    My wife and I sailed on the August 9 departure of the American Empress, a 7-night journey that began in Vancouver WA (across the river from Portland OR) and ended in Clarkston WA, about 2 hours south of Spokane. The cruise exceeded my expectations ... Read more
  • Authentic Paddlewheeler   olebiddy2000
    08/15
    My sisters and I AKA "The Texas Happy Ladies" just returned from our 15th trip on the AQ. We traveled on the upper Mississippi. St. Paul to St Paul. We had a wonderful time. The lure of the boat is the fact that it is the only ... Read more
Read all 1,773 reviews for River Cruises

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.