The Most Enchanting Riverboat Cruises in the US

3 years ago

If you’re looking to enjoy a riverboat cruise in the USA you will have plenty of choices. You can take a paddlewheel cruise down the Mississippi, or head to Alaska; you can explore New England and the northeast.

Our top picks for riverboat cruises in the US are right here!

Mississippi Cruises

The American Queen Steamboat Company offers paddlewheel cruises down the majestic Mississippi river aboard the American Queen or American Duchess. You’ll be cruising in Victorian opulence. Fittings aboard include chandeliers, polished wood, and rich upholstery. Cruises range from 5-23 days. The American Queen Steamboat Company has a choice of themed voyages down the Mississippi. You can take the Big Band cruise, or opt for the Civil War cruise or the Mark Twain cruise; or simply go for the full length Mississippi River Voyage. There are Thanksgiving Festival cruises and Christmas and New Year cruises. There are also pre and post-cruise city stay packages on offer. Whichever you choose you can be sure it will be memorable.

Columbia River Cruises

USA River Cruises has a wonderful array of cruises available. You can take a small ship cruise down the Columbia River and experience the magnificence of the Pacific North west. Follow in the trail of Lewis and Clark and explore a countryside of vineyards and waterfalls, canyons and deserts. If you’d prefer to island-hop you can take in the beauties of the San Juan Islands that are set like jewels between Washington State and British Columbia. Cruise down Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca where beautiful forests and a variety of wildlife can be found.

The American Steamboat Company also offers Columbia and Snake River cruises. Sail down the Columbia Gorge and through the breathtaking scenery of the Cascade Mountains. Near Portland you will see the amazing collapsed volcanic crater of Mt. Saint Helens. There are salmon in the river. Deer, elk and bison graze along the river’s environs.

Cruise from New York to Montreal

Cruise through a series of historic canals, rivers and bays on a 14 day trip from New York to Montreal. This is a small ship cruise that takes you from the New York Harbor through the Hudson Valley up the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. En route you will visit West Point and the famed West Point Military Academy. The ship stops at Poughkeepsie where you can tour the Vanderbilt Museum or Hyde Park. From Poughkeepsie you will cruise to Troy, and on to the Erie Canal. The ship stops at Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame among other attractions. By day 8 you’ll be cruising in to Canada through the St. Lawrence Seaway. Here you will sail past the mouth of the Saguenay River, where you will see fjords and amazing wildlife including and birds, whales and seals. From here the ship cruises on to Montreal, Quebec, where you will disembark.


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