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USA River Cruises

Explore the United States on some of the nation's great waterways, as intimate vessels carry you to fascinating river towns and port cities.

Passengers on a Mississippi River cruise will savor the soul of a nation, visiting some of its most renowned cities. Learn about Civil War history in Vicksburg or the origin of blues, country and jazz in cities like Memphis and New Orleans. Some of these itineraries will also sail the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Enjoy the gentle waters of the Ohio River as you sail past St. Louis' legendary gateway arch or visit distinguished Louisville, Kentucky. Guests sailing the Tennessee River, a large tributary of the Ohio River, will see beautiful bridges and possibly pass through the Tennessee River Gorge.

The Hudson River traverses the State of New York flowing north to south, and sailings on this river will travel to famous Big Apple hot spots. Passengers can visit West Point Military Academy or stroll through New York City on a walking tour.

The Erie Canal links Lake Erie to the Hudson River, and guests sailing this waterway will observe its flourishing waterscape and beautiful birds.

Guests cruising the Columbia River will travel through Washington and Oregon. Discover Hells Canyon aboard a covered jetboat or view the Columbia River Gorge as you are immersed in the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

A river cruise offers each guest an insider's look at the rich culture of America. You'll enjoy a leisurely sailing that's easy to budget because your accommodations, most meals and guided sightseeing at each stop are included in one price, paid upfront.


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  • Save $400 to $2,400 per couple on 2018 river cruises with American Queen Steamboat Company in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $400 to $1,800 per couple on 2019 river cruises with American Queen Steamboat Company in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save 5% to 30% off select Blount sailings. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $600 to $1,200 per couple off select American Cruise Lines sailings. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $600 per couple off select Alexander+Roberts itineraries when you pay in full at the time of booking. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Single travelers save $300 per person off select Alexander+Roberts trips when you book and pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $1,400 to $2,000 per couple off select American Queen Steamboat Company sailings when you pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $400 per couple off American Cruise Lines departures when you book nine months in advance. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Enjoy free shore excursions on every sailing with American Queen Steamboat Company. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive one free hotel night before American Cruise Lines sailings when you book 9 months in advance. Click here for eligible departures.

    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    Our Pacific Northwest   11   Portland, OR   Spokane, WA   A+R   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Highlights of the Columbia River (5 Day, Portland Roundtrip)   5   Portland, OR   Portland, OR   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Highlights of the Mississippi River   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hudson River (Fall Foliage, 7 Day)   7   New York City, NY   New York City, NY   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hudson River (Fall Foliage, 8 Day)   8   New York City, NY   New York City, NY   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Great Rivers of Florida   8   Jacksonville, FL   Jacksonville, FL   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Civil War Cruise, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Christmas Cruise, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (New Years Cruise, New Orleans Roundtrip)   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (Fall Foliage, St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (Mark Twain Cruise, St. Paul to St. Louis)   8   St. Paul, MN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upper Mississippi River Cruise (Mark Twain Cruise, St. Louis to St. Paul)   8   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Thanksgiving Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Thanksgiving Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Civil War Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Civil War Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Culinary Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Culinary Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Music Cruise, New Orleans to Memphis)   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lower Mississippi River Cruise (Music Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Fall Foliage, Portland to Clarkston)   8   Portland, OR   Clarkston, WA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Portland to Clarkston)   8   Portland, OR   Clarkston, WA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (St. Louis to Nashville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Nashville, TN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Fall Foliage, Clarkston to Portland)   8   Clarkston, WA   Portland, OR   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Clarkston to Portland)   8   Clarkston, WA   Portland, OR   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cumberland River Cruise (Nashville to St. Louis)   8   Nashville, TN   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Gateway Cruise (St. Louis to New Orleans)   11   St. Louis, MO   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Gateway Cruise (New Orleans to St. Louis)   11   New Orleans, LA   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Gateway Cruise (Food & Wine Cruise, New Orleans to St. Louis)   11   New Orleans, LA   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Ohio River Cruise (St. Louis to Pittsburgh)   11   St. Louis, MO   Pittsburgh, PA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Northwest Pioneers Cruise (Portland to Clarkston)   11   Portland, OR   Clarkston, WA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Ohio River Cruise (Pittsburgh to St. Louis)   11   Pittsburgh, PA   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Northwest Pioneers Cruise (Clarkston to Portland)   11   Clarkston, WA   Portland, OR   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand Heartland Cruise   15   St. Paul, MN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Complete Mississippi River Cruise   22   New Orleans, LA   St. Paul, MN   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Locks, Legends, & Canals of the Northeast (New York to Montreal)   14   New York City, NY   Montreal, Canada   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Locks, Legends, & Canals of the Northeast (Montreal to New York)   14   Montreal, Canada   New York City, NY   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    The Saguenay (New York to Montreal)   14   New York City, NY   Montreal, Canada   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    The Saguenay (Montreal to New York)   14   Montreal, Canada   New York City, NY   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Great American Waterways: New York City to Chicago   16   New York City, NY   Chicago, IL   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Great American Waterways: Chicago to New York City   16   Chicago, IL   New York City, NY   Blount   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Portland/Vancouver Roundtrip, Thanksgiving Departure)   5   Vancouver, WA   Vancouver, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Portland/Vancouver Roundtrip)   5   Vancouver, WA   Vancouver, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration   5   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Highlights 2019 (6 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   6   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration 2019 (6 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip, American Duchess)   6   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    New Year's Celebration 2019 (6 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip, American Queen)   6   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Springtime in the South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Christmas Cruise   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of America (Nashville to Memphis)   8   Nashville, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    America's Music (Nashville Roundtrip)   8   Nashville, TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Music Holiday 2019 (Roundtrip Nashville)   9   Nashville, TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lewis and Clark 2019 (Pittsburgh to Louisville)   9   Pittsburgh, PA   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland (Chicago to St. Louis)   9   Chicago, IL   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Thanksgiving on the Cumberland   9   Nashville, TN   Chattanooga, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Music Holiday 2019 (Nashville to Memphis)   9   Nashville, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lewis and Clark 2019 (Louisville to St. Louis)   9   Louisville, KY   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Culinary Experience (Louisville to Alton)   9   Louisville, KY   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    America's Music (Nashville Roundtrip)   9   Nashville, TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers 2019 (Clarkston to Portland/Vancouver)   9   Spokane, WA   Vancouver, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain's Mississippi 2019 (Minneapolis to Alton)   9   Minneapolis, MN   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Music Holiday 2019 (Memphis to Nashville)   9   Memphis,TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lincoln's Illinois   9   St. Louis, MO   Ottawa, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain (Minneapolis to Alton)   9   Minneapolis, MN   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Art of Quilting   9   Memphis,TN   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon (Memphis to Louisville)   9   Memphis,TN   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Blues to Country - America's Music   9   Memphis,TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War (Chattanooga to Nashville)   9   Chattanooga, TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Fall Foliage, Vancouver to Clarkston)   9   Vancouver, WA   Clarkston, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Vancouver to Clarkston)   9   Vancouver, WA   Clarkston, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers 2019 (Portland/Vancouver to Clarkston)   9   Vancouver, WA   Clarkston, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    An American Christmas 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Duchess)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis, American Duchess)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Duchess)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2019 (Chattanooga to Memphis)   9   Chattanooga, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2019 (Memphis to Chattanooga)   9   Memphis,TN   Chattanooga, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Queen)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis, American Queen)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Heartland Heritage   9   Minneapolis, MN   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Spokane to Vancouver)   9   Spokane, WA   Vancouver, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The 50s and 60s Remembered (St. Louis to Memphis)   9   St. Louis, MO   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon (Cincinnati to Memphis)   9   Cincinnati, OH   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary C)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain's Mississippi 2019 (St. Louis to Red Wing)   9   St. Louis, MO   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Heartland Heritage 2019 (Minneapolis to St. Paul)   9   Minneapolis, MN   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mark Twain's Mississippi 2019 (St. Louis to St. Paul)   9   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    A Taste of Mardi Gras 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Plantation Holidays 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Plantation Holidays 2019 (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers 2019 (Portland/Vancouver Roundtrip)   9   Vancouver, WA   Vancouver, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    An American Christmas 2019 (Memphis to New Orleans, American Queen)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Highlights 2019 (9 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   9   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of America (Memphis to New Orleans)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Springtime in the South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary B)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary B)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Thanksgiving Festival   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Musical Heritage   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (New Orleans to Memphis)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Holiday - Christmas Markets (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Creole Christmas   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    America's Heartland (St. Louis to Red Wing)   9   St. Louis, MO   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Columbia & Snake Rivers (Fall Foliage, Spokane to Vancouver)   9   Spokane, WA   Vancouver, WA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Art of the Mississippi (Minneapolis to St. Louis)   9   Minneapolis, MN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Sampler (9 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   9   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Big Band (9 Day, New Orleans Roundtrip)   9   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Springtime in the South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary A)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Springtime in the South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (New Orleans to Memphis, Itinerary A)   9   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Southern Literature   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Antebellum South (Memphis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   9   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (Minneapolis to New Orleans, Itinerary A)   16   Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (Minneapolis to New Orleans, Itinerary B)   16   Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi 2019 (Minneapolis to New Orleans)   16   Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Racing on the River 2019 (Memphis to Pittsburgh)   16   Memphis,TN   Pittsburgh, PA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (New Orleans to Red Wing)   23   New Orleans, LA   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi (New Orleans to Red Wing, Itinerary B)   23   New Orleans, LA   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi 2019 (St. Paul to New Orleans)   23   Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Mighty Mississippi 2019 (New Orleans to Red Wing)   23   New Orleans, LA   Red Wing, MN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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