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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’s 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.

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River Cruise Reviews

  • 09/15
    This was our second Viking River Cruise and we were excited at the beginning because our first cruise had been such a delight. We took the Portraits of Southern France cruise in late September/early October 2015. We were warmly welcomed when we ... Read more
  • FANTASTIC TRIP!!!   dotdik
    We just got back from 7 GLORIOUS DAYS on the S. S. Legacy. Leaving from Portland, we journey through the locks of the Columbia River . . .to the Willamette River, and finally to the Snake River. There we boarded jet boats for 50 miles each way ... Read more
  • Wonderful vacation   Susanhamel
    We cruised on AmaSerena on the Dnaube during September and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship was new and well laid out. Our Crusie Director, Dejan Stancic was outstanding....professional, pleasant, helpful and a delight to deal with. Our cabin on ... Read more
  • Hats off to Viking!!!!!   Pictontraveller
    This was our second Viking cruise (first one was to Egypt two years ago), so we were aware of their standards of "care/service". They continued to impress on this Viking Grand European Cruise. We took advantage of the transfer process at ... Read more
  • 08/15
    We like wine and we like history, so the wine-themed cruise "Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History" aboard the SS Legacy seemed a perfect choice for us, especially because we'd never taken a river cruise so knew it would be ... Read more
  • Fantastic Journey   Rondrit
    We sailed the four rivers of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. The newly christened ship was gorgeous and the staff was fantastic. Kane, the cruise director was phenomenal with a wealth of information and extremely hospitable. We had a balcony ... Read more
  • 08/15
    I sailed on the first Mark Twain theme cruise on the American Queen August 23rd. I suffer from vertigo which becomes massively worse if I lie down and turn my head. This means that I must sleep sitting up, usually in a recliner. I had requested ... Read more
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