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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.


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River Cruise Reviews

  • The Cruise That Never Happened   Worldtraveler2013
    Upon arrival at the port in Basel Switzerland we were greeted by a bus driver at the docks that told us due to recent rain the height of the Rhine made it impossible for the ship to dock in Basel. We were put on a bus and transferred to a hotel in ... Read more
  • great trip!   pmakofka
    for the experience of a river cruise we chose this one. The length seemed right and we wanted to see the south. Being able to do a pre & post stay was also why we selected this cruise. We have done about 10 cruises in the past- but not a ... Read more
  • 06/16
    We took this cruise as my wife had not been to Paris before. This was our first River Cruise and i cannot say one thing bad about Viking and their service. Just before we arrived i found out that our travel agent did not book the transfers. I called ... Read more
  • 06/16
    This was our first cruise. We boarded in Amsterdam, spending 2-days in the city. The Vidar had excellent service, food, and accommodations. The ship runs very quietly with no real motion at all. We woke up one morning opened the curtains and ... Read more
  • 06/16
    My husband and I and another couple just returned from a cruise from Chalone sur Saone to Nice on the Sapphire. This was our first on Scenic but we had cruised with Viking once. This was our friends first river cruise. Due to the high water level ... Read more
  • Fantastic Trip!!!   mcmansell
    The New England Islands cruise was fabulous!!!! We visited a number of islands and mainland locations that I had been wanting to see for a long time. Being able to see them on one trip and not having to pack and unpack was perfect. We had plenty ... Read more
  • 06/16
    We chose this cruise because the scenery is beautiful and because we love Portuguese food. The Duoro River in northern Portugal is spectacular: steep banks that have terraced vineyards right to the top, also olive and almond trees. The Scenic ... Read more
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