There is not much to choose from if you like to cruise small ships and wish to remain in or near the U.S. Blount Cruises offers wonderful itineraries on Eastern U.S. Lakes and rivers and coastlines. Advantages include a small passenger list, great ports to locations you might never take the time to see otherwise, and good food served at the table for all three meals. Wine, beer and soft drinks are free and you can BYOB.
There are disadvantages.
The cabins are excruciatingly small. We upgraded and received only 68 square feet of cabin space, not including a toilet/shower combo. UPGRADE as much as possible if you want to breathe, don't like engine noise, don't like air conditioning/heating noise or do like fresh air.
Small. Window does not open. Bedding was old and worn. Double bed very small. AC was noisy. Engine noise very noticeable. Little storage.
Above the window was a panel that could be used to seal it off in bad weather. It was filthy.
Towels were thin and smelled musty.
Cabin attendant was very nice and accommodating, cleaning everything well when asked.