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Visiting the United States is an adventure in itself. Renowned for its great cities, thriving entertainment industry, delicious cuisine, and welcoming people, it also has a lesser-known side that can be discovered through its impressive rivers, lakes, oceans, and waterways. This 2023 and 2024 sail the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, beautiful Hawaii, and remote Alaska, or explore the breathtaking landscapes along the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Columbia, and Snake rivers. For even more cultural and natural experiences, cruise through New England or cross over to eastern Canada via the St. Lawrence River and Seaway. Get ready to be amazed at every turn. The many diverse aspects of the United States make it a one-of-a-kind destination. Contact our experts to start planning your unforgettable cruise today!
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Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise$640013Apr 24, 2023On this 13-day small ship tour onboard Safari Endeavour, explore the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. Whales and wildlife, kayaking, and hiking are …
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Last Frontier Adventure$40958May 26, 2023Chichagof Dream's 8-day Last Frontier Adventure offers more time in the woods and a higher level of adventure. On this journey, visit Baranof Island, …
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Last Frontier Adventure$38958May 13, 2023This Last Frontier Adventure aboard Admiralty Dream is an 8-day small-ship cruise that offers more time in wilderness areas and a higher level of …
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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay$79008May 27, 2023Embark on the Safari Explorer for an 8-day cruise to Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island, and Peril Strait as you cruise from Juneau to …
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Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn$53959May 13, 2023Sail through Alaska's Inside Passage on this 9-day Alaskan cruise on the Baranof Dream. Visit the ports of Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, and visit Glacier …
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Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness$75608May 13, 2023Explore Southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Venture on its 8-day Alaska cruise from Juneau to Sitka. Hike over the spongy earth and float …
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Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise$790013Sep 9, 2023Thirteen days take you through the Inside Passages and Glacier Bay National Park, encountering remote wilderness, Native culture, and history. Set …
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Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition$84958Sep 1, 2023Sail through Alaska’s most abundant wildlife areas and stunning glacial fjords on a week-long expedition aboard Kruzof Explorer. Kayak, hike, and …
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St. Louis to Minneapolis$61199Jul 1, 2024Explore the segment of the Mississippi River that inspired legendary American author Mark Twain on this 9-day cruise from St. Louis to Minneapolis. …
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New Orleans to Memphis$23999Feb 12, 2023The American Queen hosts this 9-day Lower Mississippi River cruise from New Orleans, Louisiana to Memphis, Tennessee. Experience southern culture …
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Roundtrip New Orleans$56199Mar 4, 2024Board the American Duchess paddlewheeler for an unforgettable 9-day lower Mississippi River cruise round-trip from New Orleans. Discover the history, …
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Memphis to St. Louis$31199Jul 9, 2023Board the American Queen and join this delightful 9-day journey from Memphis, Tennessee to St. Louis. Cruise the Mississippi river and explore the …
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America’s Great River$1129915Jun 24, 2023Cruise America's great river on this 15-day itinerary aboard Viking Mississippi. Journey from St. Paul, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana and …
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Minneapolis to New Orleans$1210916Jul 22, 2024Board American Duchess to join this 16-day cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. Set sail from Minneapolis, Minnesota and cruise to New Orleans, …
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Heart of the Delta$39998Feb 11, 2023The Viking Mississippi hosts this 8-day voyage from New Orleans, Louisiana to Memphis, Tennessee. Immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the …
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New Orleans to Memphis$56199Mar 11, 2024Board the American Duchess historical river ship on this 9-day Mississippi River cruise from New Orleans to Memphis. See landscapes, cultures and …
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Rivers of Adventure and Wine$48008Sep 2, 2023Join this incredible 8-day cruise roundtrip from Portland aboard the Wilderness Legacy to discover the award-winning wines that come out of the Red …
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Clarkston (Spokane) to Vancouver (Portland)$36199Apr 9, 2023The American Empress hosts this 9-day voyage from Clarkston to Vancouver. Cruise the Columbia and Snake rivers, historic sites, and dams. Explore …
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Journey on the Columbia & Snake Rivers$64308Sep 25, 2023The National Geographic Quest hosts this 8-day voyage from Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington. Along the way, pass through Hells Canyon, visit …
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Vancouver (Portland) to Clarkston (Spokane)$36199Apr 2, 2023The American Empress hosts this 9-day voyage from Vancouver, Washington to Clarkston, Washington. Cruise the Columbia and Snake rivers, historic …
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Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes$58808Apr 2, 2023The Sea Bird takes you on this 8-day Pacific Northwest cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, including zodiac & kayak excursions, hiking and …
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Roundtrip Portland$35097Nov 26, 2023Sail roundtrip from Vancouver, WA, and savor a panoramic experience of the Pacific Northwest region's history, harvests, and landscapes on this 7-day …
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Great lakes of North America$57908Sep 4, 2023Set sail aboard Le Bellot for an 8-day cruise to discover the Great Lakes of North America. Admire the splendid colors of early autumn from Toronto …
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Chicago to Montreal$720913Sep 29, 2023Begin this grand exploration of North America’s Great Lakes from the dazzling city of Chicago, discover all the wonders of this city and embark on …
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Chicago to Toronto$568911May 15, 2023Explore the wonders of the Great Lakes on this 11-day voyage aboard the Ocean Navigator from Chicago, Illinois to Toronto, Ontario. Sail on Lakes …
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Milwaukee to Montreal$836915Sep 16, 2023Explore the midwest on this 15-day Milwaukee to Montréal Cruise aboard Ocean Navigator. Discover the stunning beauty of Michigan's upper peninsula …
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Chicago to Toronto$568911May 26, 2023Join this grand exploration of North America's Great Lakes on this 11-day cruise aboard Ocean Voyager. From Chicago, Illinois, cruise Lakes Michigan, …
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Chicago to Montreal$720913Aug 23, 2023Explore the highlights of the Great Lakes on this 13-day discovery cruise from Chicago, Illinois to Montreal, Quebec aboard the Ocean Navigator. Sail …
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Symphony on the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes – with Smithsonian Journeys$1316015Oct 16, 2023Le Bellot hosts this 15-day specially tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world, departing from Toronto. Set sail and …
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A Voyage Along the Great Lakes – with Smithsonian Journeys$74508Aug 28, 2023Set sail aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville for an 8-day cruise to discover the Great Lakes of North America. Admire the splendid colors of early autumn from …
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Boston, MA to Nassau, Bahamas$808916Nov 2, 2023On this 16-day journey along the United States' Atlantic Coast, board the Ocean Voyager. Sail from Boston, Massachusetts to Nassau, Bahamas. Explore …
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Montreal to Gloucester$588911Oct 9, 2024Pass across the St. Lawrence Seaway and into Canada and the United States on Ocean Voyager. Maritime Canada and New England are well-represented on …
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Boston to Saint John$43099Oct 19, 2023Board Ocean Voyager on this unforgettable cruise from Boston, Massachusetts to St. John, New Brunswick. Along the way, explore New England ports and …
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Boston to Saint John$43099Oct 18, 2023Join Ocean Navigator on this spectacular cruise from Boston, Massachusetts to Saint John, New Brunswick. Along the route, visit New England ports and …
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Portland to Toronto$570912May 7, 2023Embark on a spectacular 12-day sailing expedition aboard the Ocean Voyager from Portland's spectacular waterfront, that combines active fishing …
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Chicago to Montreal$720913Sep 29, 2023Begin this grand exploration of North America’s Great Lakes from the dazzling city of Chicago, discover all the wonders of this city and embark on …
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Chicago to Montreal$720913Aug 23, 2023Explore the highlights of the Great Lakes on this 13-day discovery cruise from Chicago, Illinois to Montreal, Quebec aboard the Ocean Navigator. Sail …
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Chicago to Toronto$568911May 15, 2023Explore the wonders of the Great Lakes on this 11-day voyage aboard the Ocean Navigator from Chicago, Illinois to Toronto, Ontario. Sail on Lakes …
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United States Small Ship Cruising Guide

While the United States of America is largely known for its modern metropolitan cities, like New York, Las Vegas, & Los Angeles, many people don't realize how much natural beauty hides in the towering mountains, glacial frontiers, and expansive wilderness of this North American nation. Experience the United States from sea to shining sea, as you take part in activities like:
Top 5 Reasons to Cruise the United States:
  1. Scenic beauty: Enjoy stunning natural landscapes and unique wildlife not found on land such as the Columbia River Gorge, San Juan archipelago and Deception Passglacial fjords, Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds, Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, and Waterfall Coast in Baranof Island.
  2. Relaxation: Find peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.. Unwind while admiring Lake Michigan and Niagara Falls, or watch the sunrise from the intimacy of a veranda aboard one of America’s Top Paddle River Boats
  3. Adventure: Participate in on-board activities, shore excursions and water sports. Activities include kayaking, hiking, trekking, camping, white-water rafting, and many others. Adventurers will not be found wanting. 
  4. Convenience: Visit multiple destinations without the hassle of packing and unpacking. Port towns, National Parks, remote destinations, iconic cities, and other unique locations are explored during all the top United States cruises.
  5. Luxury: Indulge in high-end cruising, upscale amenities, fine diningwine tasting,  and entertainment on and off the ship.

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