by MTT Nancy, Nancy Julian
To avoid the hassle of international flights and travel, you might want to consider a U.S. river cruise. It’s important to understand that operating a U.S. based river cruise company is not an easy proposition as these ships must be built in the United States as well as have a U.S. crew. That said, there are several companies that provide quality river cruises in the United States with more coming on board. Viking has committed to building a ship for cruising in the U.S. and having it in service by the end of 2016.
Blount Small Ship Adventures
This small ship line boasts small passenger counts, such as the Southern Charm cruise on the 88 passenger Grand Caribe. This voyage, which is 16 days and 15 nights, takes you from Jacksonville, Florida to Warren, Rhode Island, and points in between, starting at $4,999. As with most river cruise ships, this cost includes your stateroom, meals (including beer and wine with lunch and dinner) historians and many excursions.
American Cruise Lines
A big bonus of river cruising is being able to navigate smaller, more shallow channels. This leads to truly magnificent views from the ship and easy access to ports. See Alaska up close and personal aboard American Cruise Line’s American Spirit. Less than 150 passengers will be on board with you and you’ll be treated to a hotel room the night before you depart. Then set sail for an 8 day, 7 night adventure to such places as Glacier Bay, Haines, and Petersburg, Alaska. Cost per person starts at $4,620.00.
American Queen Steamboat Company
This line voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio & Tennessee rivers and Columbia and Snake River. These ships have a passenger count of about 400 or less. Try an 8-day New Orleans to Memphis cruise and enjoy a free night in New Orleans and free breakfast in the morning before you board. You’ll be immersed in history and charm as you stop in places such as Natchez, Vicksburg and Helena while enjoying complimentary beer and wine with dinner as well as specialty coffee drinks at no extra charge. Prices start at $2,249.00 per person.
Explore the rich history of America up close and personal on these and many other itineraries.
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