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Shore Excursions


Shore excursions are a terrific way to experience river cruising. We spend a lot of time planning shore trips that allow you to learn more about the rich history and unique culture of each port-of-call.

We want your cruise to be as rewarding as possible and with the opportunity to explore local landmarks, you'll gain fascinating insight into many of America's most intriguing locations.

From the pristine and protected Pacific Northwest and the magnificent Mississippi River to the beautiful New England Coast and the rich heritage of the Southeast, we have plenty of shore activities that will give you an inside look you won't find on any other river cruise. 

Use the drop down menu below to select a Cruise Region and Destination to see available shore excursions.

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Shore Excursions

Mississippi River

Explore the rich history and breathtaking beauty of one of the most famous rivers in the world. Our guided shore excursions along the Mississippi River include a tour of the antebellum mansion at Oak Alley plantation and a fascinating visit to Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg. Experience this great American waterway with shore excursions that reveal the history and importance of this pivotal river. 

We offer a number of Mississippi River cruises that offer an in-depth look at the regions that make this area so popular. Our New Orleans Round Trip and New Orleans to Memphis cruises give guests a unique look into the deep South with intriguing ports-of-call.   
  Oak Alley Plantation 
Pacific Northwest

One of the most pristine regions in the world, the Pacific Northwest is a spectacular cruise destination. We offer guided shore excursions that let you view up close and personal the natural beauty of this area including a visit to Fort Clatsop where early pioneers Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1805 and a tour of Friday Harbor on the Puget Sound known for its whale watching. 

History buffs will enjoy our Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises that retrace this historic trek of Lewis and Clark. Nature enthusiasts will relish the chance to experience Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands while those looking for breathtaking scenery will enjoy our cruises to Southeast Alaska and the Alaska Inside Passage. 

East Coast

From the rustic beauty of the Maine Coast and New England Islands to the colorful scenery of the Intracoastal Waterway and the great rivers of Florida, you can experience the many highlights of the American east coast. Enjoy a tour of Acadia National Park nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor and partake in the beauty of a narrated tour of the 155 scenic acres of Virginia Beach. 

Other intriguing shore excursions on the East Coast include a tour of Charleston's historic downtown district and a narrated tour through Camden Hills State Park. Providing unique insight and interesting narratives, our East Coast shore excursions make every cruise more enjoyable. 
   Bar Harbor Nature Cruise

Onboard Experts

On each cruise we select special onboard experts to pass along their knowledge of the regions we sail. Through lectures, open discussions and activities you will gain better insight into the waterways, ports-of-call and landmarks on each cruise. Our onboard experts are always happy to answer questions and provide facts and information to make your cruise the best it can be.     Todd Weber


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