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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.
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  • 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.


  • Dubuque
    Dating back to 1785 -- when French-Canadian fur trapper Julien ...
  • Greenville
    Known for the writers who grew up or lived here -- ranging from ...
  • Hannibal
    Most well known as the childhood home of Samuel L. Clemens (aka Mark ...
  • Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Louisiana
    Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Louisiana
    Houmas House Plantation and Gardens -- located on the east bank of ...
  • La Crosse
    La Crosse
    Located in a small, flat prairie valley and surrounded by 500-foot ...
  • Memphis
    To much of the world, Elvis Presley's Graceland is the main image of ...
  • Natchez
    Set on a 250-foot-high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, ...
  • Nottoway, Louisiana
    Nottoway, Louisiana
    Nottoway Plantation has added "& Resort" to its name, with a Greek ...
  • Oak Alley
    Oak Alley
    Known worldwide from photos depicting the alley's 28 live oaks ...
  • Red Wing
    Red Wing
    Officially established in 1857, Red Wing -- a stop on many Upper ...
  • St. Francisville
    St. Francisville
    Located about an hour north of Baton Rouge and an hour south of ...
  • St. Louis
    St. Louis
    St. Louis sells itself to visitors as the Gateway to the West. From ...

River Cruise Reviews

  • 07/16
    My wife and I chose a river cruise from Amsterdam to basle with emerald a first river cruise for us and I would highly recommend it guests were a mixture of people from uk Australia and Canada in the main and everybody we talked to were really ... Read more
  • 07/16
    Booked this cruise with my daughter as a college graduation present and it was a gift to us both. This was our first cruise and, although I don't have another experience to compare it to, it was a wonderful experience. This cruise line really ... Read more
  • 07/16
    We took the Torgil for a cruise on the Douro. I commend the staff who executed the Viking program with professionalism and efficiency. I also will say that the cabin was quite nice although I would have liked the bird poop and other dirt to have ... Read more
  • 07/16
    Viking was highly recommended to us and did not disappoint. The ship was splendid, the organisation impeccable, food excellent, staterooms (we had a balcony) as good as any you could wish for, the excursions varied to suit most tastes (you can ... Read more
  • 07/16
    This was our first, and definitely not the last. Been on the big ship cruises many times, and did not know if we would like this type of cruising. We now prefer it. The ship is immaculate, comfortable and has everything you need. The crew was ... Read more
  • 07/16
    When trying to decide which cruise line and river to choose for our first river cruise we talked to several seasoned travelers/agents and they recommended AmaWaterways along with the Rhine River and boy were they right on both counts. The Rhine ... Read more
  • 06/16
    My wife and I decided to start our vacation with the Luftner option to visit Prague before our cruise. We arrived at the Luftner selected Prague Hotel and was immediately disappointed that there was no Luftner representative. Instead, the hotel ... Read more
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