The Great United States

61 Days/60 Nights
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August 15, 2024 –  October 14, 2024
New For 2024
  • 61 Days
  • 20 States
  • 3 Ships
August 15, 2024 –  October 14, 2024

Cruising the nation’s legendary rivers and picturesque coastlines, guests will experience one comprehensive itinerary that links together many of American Cruise Lines’ most fascinating and popular cruises. Guests will explore 20 U.S. states aboard three small ships, traverse four U.S. time zones, and cruise coast to coast along four U.S. rivers for an unparalleled adventure.

Start your journey with the Columbia & Snake Rivers and three National Parks. Roll along the Mississippi River with Mark Twain and Elvis before venturing to explore the charming harbor towns of New England and New York during peak fall foliage season. Onboard, guests enjoy spacious staterooms, private balconies, elegant restaurants and casual cafes, multiple indoor and outdoor lounges including wide-open top decks for breathtaking views of the passing scenery.

All elements of the travel experience are fully curated, and all arrangements handled with the utmost care by the American Cruise Lines' dedicated travel team, ensuring guests have a seamless journey from beginning to end on this monumental U.S. River cruise.

Cruise Fare Includes:

  • 61 Day Exploration of America
  • Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay
  • Daily Excursions and Entertainment
  • All meals and beverages
  • WiFi everywhere
  • All flights between cruise segments (2 flights)
  • All hotels between cruise segments (4 hotel nights)
  • American Cruise Lines jacket and gear pack
  • All tips, gratuities, and port charges

Prices start at $51,000

View Itinerary Details

Click on a day to see available excursions.

  • Day 1 Portland, OR
    Day 1 – Portland, OR

    Begin your journey in this vibrant region with majestic Mount Hood serving as a stunning backdrop. Situated between the waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the area's history is forever entwined with the fortunes of these great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed the waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water.

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    Welcome Aboard

    As you embark upon your journey, enjoy a Welcome Aboard Reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Meet the crew, your onboard experts, and fellow guests. Learn more about the wonderful adventure ahead of you.

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  • Day 2 – Board American Harmony
  • Day 3 Mount St Helens, WA
    Day 3 – Mount St Helens, WA

    Explore Kalama, a small town nestled in between the big cities of Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. While here you can peruse one of the many antique stores, take a walk along the Columbia River, or visit one of the nearby wineries. Perhaps the most impactful of all landmarks in the region is Mount St. Helens. From high on an overlook, bear witness to the awesome power of the volcano whose eruption in 1980 scorched 230 square miles of forest land and forever changed the landscape and the lives of those in the surrounding towns.

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    Mount St. Helens Experience - Complimentary

    May 18, 1980 is a day etched into the history of the United States, as the powerful eruption of Mount St. Helens drastically changed the landscape of what is now referred to as the National Volcanic Monument. On your scenic journey to the Mount St. Helens, learn about the eruption, how it affected the landscape and surrounding communities, and how the environment has responded naturally to the disturbance. Admire spectacular views of the pumice plain and blast site.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 4 Astoria, OR
    Day 4 – Astoria, OR

    A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. In the winter of 1805-06, the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discover Expedition was headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site and was eventually named a National Monument. With its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes, Astoria has been called the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest" and has a revitalized downtown ideal for shopping and dining.

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    Columbia River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion

    Experience the Columbia River Maritime Museum on a self-guided excursion. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is the official maritime museum of the state of Oregon and also prides itself as being one of the finest maritime museums on the West Coast. 

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Fort Clatsop Experience

    On this excursion, you will learn the history of the area while visiting Fort Clatsop, the site where the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered in 1806.  Explore the Visitor Center and take a walk outside to view the Fort that was built during this famous expedition. 

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Cape Disappointment State Park

    Enjoy a scenic journey to Cape Disappointment State Park and visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, situated high on the cliffs 200 feet above the pounding Pacific surf.  A series of mural-sized “timeline” panels guide visitors through the westward journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition using sketches, paintings, photographs, and the words of Corps members themselves. 

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Astoria Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion

    Explore downtown Astoria on your own aboard this convenient shuttle which makes several stops on a continuous loop throughout the day including:

    - Downtown Astoria - for shopping and exploring

    - Heritage Museum - featuring Clatsop County’s rich and exciting history in permanent and changing exhibit galleries

    - Astoria Column - a tower overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River, from which you can enjoy the majestic views of the countryside from land

    - Flavel House Museum - once the home of Captain George Flavel, this 1885 Queen Anne home features original Eastlake influenced woodwork, period furnishings, and exotic hardwood

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Astoria Walking Exploration

    Your knowledgeable guide will greet you at the dock to begin your exploration along Astoria's Riverwalk. Enjoy views of the majestic Columbia River with cargo ships at anchor and constant river traffic. Continue along the main downtown street and view several excellent examples of early 20th-century commercial architecture, including the towering Astor Hotel and the highly ornate, terra-cotta clad Liberty Theater. Stroll along city sidewalks to the Garden of the Surging Waves, which celebrates the town’s Chinese history. Enjoy the Beaux Arts-style Clatsop County Courthouse and the former Clatsop County Jail, which is now the Oregon Film Museum. The jail, used from 1914 to 1976 is not only noted for being the longest used, freestanding jail in Oregon, but also seen in the many movies filmed here, most famously, The Goonies. Your excursion will end at the well-known Flavel House. Completed in 1886, it is considered one of the finest examples of Queen Anne Stick style architecture in the Pacific Northwest.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 5 The Dalles, OR
    Day 5 – The Dalles, OR

    The Dalles, the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail, nestles along the Columbia River with a beautiful view of both Mount Hood and Mount Adams, each towering more than 11,000 feet above your cruise ship. To the pioneers of the 1800s, this rugged terrain was treacherous, but to today's visitors, it is fascinating.   

    Venture ashore on your own to explore the historic downtown, steps from the ship, featuring fascinating museums, intimate cafes, local pubs, and a collection of historic murals which embellish the streetscape. Or enjoy guided excursions to learn about the area’s rich history, view a unique art collection in a magnificent building perched on a bluff above the river, or spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.

     

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    Bonneville Dam

    Throughout your journey on the Columbia River, you will transit 8 locks, lifting the ship more than 700 feet vertically. Building upon the lectures of our onboard experts throughout the week, this excursion provides guests with an in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the engineering that enables the Dam to generate enough hydroelectric power to provide nearly 500,000 homes with electricity.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center - Complimentary Excursion

    Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, which showcases the area's unique history and cultural diversity. From the Native American tribes that inhabited the gorge to the expedition of Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers, learn of the bountiful life on the gorge as you explore this amazing museum.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Multnomah Falls - Complimentary Excursion

    Plummeting 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. Experience the sights and sounds of this magnificent waterfall, fed by rain, snow-melt, and underground springs on Larch Mountain.

    Admire the falls from the Visitor Center or take a short hike to Benson Bridge, one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in Oregon, to feel its misty spray and get a great photo.

    Multnomah Falls also offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to view the basalt rock formations exposed by Ice Age Floods.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Guided Gorge Kayak Excursion

    Experience this amazing guided excursion along a local river fed by blue aquifer melt from Mount Adams. Along the way, view eagles, herons, ospreys, ducks, fish, and occasional otters. Paddle up the mellow river, taking a break to swim and take photos. Gently float back down stream trying to spot as many fish as possible, finishing your journey with a scenic look down the Gorge. 

    Activity Level: High | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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  • Day 6 Cruising the Columbia River Gorge
    Day 6 – Cruising the Columbia River Gorge

    The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting through the Cascade Mountain Range with amazing natural contrasts of rain forest and desert, sea-level passage and alpine meadows. As a the largest federally protected National Scenic Area in the United States, the Gorge boasts stunning waterfalls, basalt cliffs, lakes, streams, rivers, and fields of wildflowers.

    In the 1800's, Lewis & Clark traveled down the scenic Columbia River Gorge on their journey westward, with the Oregon Trail pioneers following soon after. Today, the area offers a variety history museums and art centers, fine dining, theaters, wineries, many recreational opportunities, as well as some of the most impressive landscapes in the world.

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    Bonneville Dam

    Throughout your journey on the Columbia River, you will transit 8 locks, lifting the ship more than 700 feet vertically. Building upon the lectures of our onboard experts throughout the week, this excursion provides guests with an in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the engineering that enables the Dam to generate enough hydroelectric power to provide nearly 500,000 homes with electricity.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center - Complimentary Excursion

    Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, which showcases the area's unique history and cultural diversity. From the Native American tribes that inhabited the gorge to the expedition of Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers, learn of the bountiful life on the gorge as you explore this amazing museum.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Multnomah Falls - Complimentary Excursion

    Plummeting 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. Experience the sights and sounds of this magnificent waterfall, fed by rain, snow-melt, and underground springs on Larch Mountain.

    Admire the falls from the Visitor Center or take a short hike to Benson Bridge, one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in Oregon, to feel its misty spray and get a great photo.

    Multnomah Falls also offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to view the basalt rock formations exposed by Ice Age Floods.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 7 Richland, WA
    Day 7 – Richland, WA

    Pendleton is known for its beautiful countryside, indigenous Native American tribes, and the network of underground tunnels created a century ago for illicit activities. The area is also famous for its lucrative wool trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit The REACH Museum in Richland which illustrates the culture and history of the region through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and tours.

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    The REACH Museum

    Visit the REACH Museum and discover Eastern Washington’s rich landscape and history, from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age. Explore the featured galleries and rotating exhibits inside, as well as the amazing outdoor area with breathtaking views of the majestic Columbia River and surrounding scenery. Discover the geological impact of the Ice Age floods and basalt lava flows to the area. Learn about the Manhattan Project at Hanford and its continuous influence on the region. Continue to the 9-11 Memorial in Kennewick which is home to a 30 foot 6,000 pound steel column recovered from the World Trade Center Twin Towers, a sobering reminder of the tragic events of the day.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    The Pendleton Experience

    Come join us for a lively look into Pendleton's infamous and entertaining past. No town has a more colorful history. Find out why Pendleton was known as the entertainment capital of Eastern Oregon as you follow your guide underground to the Shamrock Card Room, Hop Sing's (Chinese Laundry), the Empire Ice Cream Parlor, and through the tunnels beneath the sidewalls to the Empire Meat Market. Stand under prism glass and go through a secret passageway to a prohibition Card Room. Continue through the tunnels to the Duck Pin Bowling Alley where you will learn about the Triple Nickels and Doolittle Raiders who trained here. If you are interested in learning about Pendleton Air Base, visit the Pendleton Air Museum a few doors down. 

    Explore the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute to learn about the storied past, contemporary culture, and bright economic future of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes. With world-class exhibits and interactive displays, local, regional, and national history is interpreted through the voices, collective memories, objects, and images of the native people. In the expansive Museum Store, discover the creativity of dozens of tribal artists as well as books, music, huckleberry treats, and exclusive Tamastslikt limited-edition collectible Pendleton blankets. Along the way, enjoy conversations with elders, traveling exhibits, storytelling, and hands-on displays. Between sites, enjoy a complimentary lunch. 

    This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please call (800) 894-8570 for information.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Sacajawea Interpretive Center - Complimentary Excursion

    Explore this fascinating destination, located at the very place where Lewis and Clark Expedition camped for two nights, amidst a thriving community of Native Americans. Learn about the activities that took place at the site through interactive exhibits about the Corps of Discovery and Sacagawea, woman known for her helping the Lewis and Clark Expedition Team. Stroll the green, tree-shaded grounds, and read the seven story circle installations by internationally known artist Maya Lin.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 8 Clarkston, WA/ Hells Canyon
    Day 8 – Clarkston, WA/ Hells Canyon

    After breakfast and disembarking the ship, experience an exhilarating jet boat ride through Hells Canyon. After your adventure, travel north for an overnight stay in Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, located on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, in the heart of a vibrant, beautiful downtown. Check in and relax in your hotel, before dinner at popular local establishment.

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  • Day 9 – Travel Day
  • Day 10 Glacier National Park
    Day 10 – Glacier National Park

    After a complimentary breakfast, we will depart for West Glacier. On your travels, stop at St. Regis Travel Center to stretch your legs and check out the small onsite trout aquarium. Next stop at Famous Dave’s BBQ for a delicious lunch. Before arriving at the hotel, explore the Apgar Visitor Center in Glacier National Park. In the evening, enjoy dinner, featuring Montana-inspired fare. Enjoy a 2-night stay in a hotel, conveniently located near the west entrance to Glacier National Park.

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    Going-To-The-Sun Road

    Enjoy this full day adventure with transportation and narration by Glacier Institute, the educational partner of the park. Spanning 50 miles and crossing the Continental Divide, the main road through Glacier National Park is one of the top scenic drives in the United States.

    Stop at points of interest and designated viewpoints to admire impressive glaciers, beautiful valleys, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains and colorful wildflowers. Along the way, enjoy lunch in Rising Sun, Montana, an eatery within the park.  

    Conclude your day with a delicious dinner at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

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    Apgar Visitor Center

    Apgar is a village located in Glacier National Park at the lower end of Lake McDonald and two miles from the West Glacier entrance. Upon arrival at the Visitor Center, check out the onsite bookstore and enjoy a short “ranger talk.” Enjoy featured exhibits about the park’s native plants and animals.  

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  • Day 11 – Travel Day
  • Day 12 Explore Yellowstone National Park
    Day 12 – Explore Yellowstone National Park

    After breakfast at the hotel, spend a full day in Yellowstone National Park, the World’s First National Park, known for its unique hydrothermal and geological features. This nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area is set atop a volcanic hot spot and is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined, with over 290 waterfalls, including the impressive Upper Falls of Yellowstone River.

    Led by your Adventure Guide, explore the upper portion of the Grand Loop in Yellowstone National Park with stops at colorful Norris Geyser Basin, Tower Fall, and the historic Mammoth Hot Springs.

    In the evening, enjoy dinner before retiring at the hotel in Island Park, Idaho.

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    Mammoth Hot Springs

    Terrace Mountain at Mammoth Hot Springs is the largest known carbonate-depositing spring in the world. From an easily walkable boardwalk trail, view this large complex of approximately 50 hot springs on a hill of travertine. Colors range from a pristine white to pink to dark red.

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    Norris Geyser Basin

    Explore Yellowstone National Park’s hottest and most changeable thermal area, making it one of the most extreme environments on the face of the Earth. Thanks to a combination of minerals and life forms, the colors are impressive too, ranging from milky blue to reddish orange. The views of this geological phenomena demonstrate the power of the Yellowstone Caldera and provide endless photo opportunities.

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    Tower Fall

    The drive to this amazing fall offers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of park wildlife, including as buffalo, elk, and black bear. Upon arrival, admire its magnificence and feel the misty spray as the fall plunges 132 feet to the rocks below.

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  • Day 13 Experience Yellowstone National Park
    Day 13 – Experience Yellowstone National Park

    Continue your adventures in Yellowstone, exploring the lower section of the Grand Loop, Upper Falls of Yellowstone, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.

    From the Canyon of Yellowstone to the largest lakes in the park, discover sections of the Yellowstone Caldera that were created 640,000 years ago and the West Thumb Caldera that erupted 174,000 years ago. Throughout the day, you will experience the natural diversified beauty of the area and the wildlife who call it home.

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    Falls of Yellowstone

    The awesome sight of this 109-foot cascade of surging water demonstrates its power and how the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was created. The Upper Falls has stood the test of time as it flows over rocks, which are remnants of a lava flow and are resistant to erosion.

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    Fishing Bridge Museum & Visitor Center

    Completed in 1931, The Fishing Bridge Museum was built to reflect the beauty of nature itself and with a structure that appears to rise out of a rock outcrop. Known for its "parkitecture," stone-and-log architecture, the museum became the prototype for park buildings around the country.  

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    West Thumb Geyser Basin

    Discover the largest geyser area on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Here, you can view Potts Basin, a very dynamic area, with dozens of geysers of all sizes. Abyss Pool is a hot spring in the basin, known for its impressive deepness and Fishing Cone a geyser that was named after nineteenth-century visitors would boil their freshly caught fish right in its center, a practice that is no longer allowed.

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  • Day 14 Explore Yellowstone and Travel to Grand Teton National Park
    Day 14 – Explore Yellowstone and Travel to Grand Teton National Park

    After breakfast, spend more time exploring the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park. Stop at Fountain Paint Pot Trail and visit the world’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful. Later, enjoy lunch and free time to explore this area.

    Depart for Grand Teton National Park, admiring the scenic views along the way and stop at Colter Bay Visitor Center to learn about the park and the peaks that tower over the bay.

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    Fountain Paint Pot Trail

    As you follow this half-mile long boardwalk loop, witness all four of the hydrothermal features found in the park, including, mud pots, geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles. The many Fountain Paint Pot Area geysers erupt so frequently that you are almost guaranteed a great show on your short hike.

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    Old Faithful

    Sixty-percent of the world’s geysers are found in Yellowstone National Park, but none more famous than Old Faithful. With soaring bursts that erupt about every 90 minutes, it is one of the parks most predictable geysers. In 1870, members of an expedition team led by General Washburn were so amazed by its predictability they named it Old Faithful.

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    The Colter Bay Visitor Center

    Located on the shore of Jackson Lake, the visitor center is now home to the David T. Vernon Indian artifacts collection. This exhibit celebrates Indian artwork and educates visitors on the long history of humans in Jackson Hole.

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  • Day 15 Grand Teton National Park
    Day 15 – Grand Teton National Park

    After breakfast, your Adventure Guide will lead you through the highlights of Grand Teton National Park, which boasts 310,000 acres of lush valley, mountain meadows, alpine lakes, and majestic mountains. Nomadic Indians, Native American tribes, early American explorers, and permanent settlers once called this national park home.

    Explore the Craig Thomas Discovery Center, followed by lunch and a visit to the scenic Jenny Lake, the centerpiece of the park, tucked away at the base of the Teton Range. In the evening, celebrate your amazing journey with fellow travelers during a farewell dinner.

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    Craig Thomas Discovery Center

    Stop at this visitor center, with the Teton Mountain Range providing a beautiful backdrop. Enjoy a variety of exhibits and artwork with the interwoven themes of place, people, preservation, and mountaineering, including a collection of Native American Indian artifacts. A raised relief map of the park provides a birds-eye-view of the valley, canyons, lakes and peaks. Attend a Ranger Talk, during which you can learn more about the region and even get some stargazing tips.

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  • Day 16 New Orleans, LA
    Day 16 – New Orleans, LA

    On our New Orleans Round-Trip cruise, we offer two convenient Pre-Cruise options, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Choose from our Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans Pre-Cruise Package or our Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay in New Orleans.

    Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date.

     

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    Hotel Stay

    Each Mississippi itinerary comes complete with a Hotel Stay, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. 

    On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

     

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  • Day 17 – Boarding American Symphony
  • Day 18 Houmas House, LA
    Day 18 – Houmas House, LA

    The historic Houmas House takes you back to the pre-Civil War era of stately mansions and expansive plantations. Featuring over 38 acres of lush gardens, ponds, and ancient oak trees, this shore excursion is rich in beauty and history. Enduring floods, war, and the Great Depression, Houmas House underwent a renovation in 1940 and today offers a detailed look into the legacy of the South.

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    Houmas House & Gardens

    Admire the southern splendor of “The Sugar Palace,” as you step into 16 rooms filled with rare period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Explore the mansion, which has been restored to the antebellum era, reflecting the opulence and wealth that this sugarcane farm boasted during the 1800s. Learn about plantation life and the 250-year history of the manor, including its architectural evolution to becoming a grand estate. 

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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  • Day 19 Baton Rouge, LA
    Day 19 – Baton Rouge, LA

    Experience the wonder of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital, and one of the most historic and unforgettable cities in the South. Known as the Red Stick, Baton Rouge has everything you would expect to find in a state capital, but with a down-home flavor that is part of its charm. 

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    Port Hudson Historic Site

    Led by an expert historian in a once in a lifetime opportunity, explore locations that were critical to the Battle of Baton Rouge and hear about the history surrounding Vicksburg in the Civil War. You will learn about the culminating battle and Campaign to open the Mississippi River. Visit Fort Desperate, the only location on the battlefield assaulted twice, see an interpretive demonstration, have the opportunity to hold bullets and artillery shells fired during the battles, and have a private guided exploration of the museum

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    A Walk Through The Capital City

    Experience the sights, sounds, and wonders of Baton Rouge, the Capital City of Louisiana. Led by a local expert guide, admire iconic and historical landmarks while exploring many of the well-known downtown neighborhoods on foot. Enjoy fascinating stories of the area’s culture, politics, history, and legends while embracing the rich art, architecture, and nature on the route. Walk past the levee, USS KIDD, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, the Capitol Building, and through Spanish Town.

    Activity Level: High | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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    Louisiana Art & Science Museum - Complimentary Excursion

    Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. The art galleries showcase changing fine art exhibitions and selections from a permanent collection. The Ancient Egypt Gallery houses ancient artifacts and a Ptolemaic-era mummy that rests in a re-created rock-cut tomb. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium features sky shows, large-format films, visual music shows, and galleries devoted to space science.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Baton Rouge City Experience with Rural Life Museum - Complimentary Excursion

    Being your excursion with a narrated city exploration with views of the impressive Governor's Hall and the New State Capitol. Admire the Old Louisiana State Capitol also known as the State House. Enjoy views of Magnolia Mound, a French Creole plantation house built in 1791 and a rare example of the architecture influenced by early settlers from France and the West Indies.

    Next you will be driven to the LSU Rural Life Museum; a museum dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of materials from the cultures of 18th and 19th-century rural Louisianans. The museum highlights how the rest of the south lived in comparison to the mansions and plantations visited throughout this itinerary. Experience life in a rural setting in the early lives of Louisiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. You will leave the facility with a better understanding of the differences in the material, social, and economic cultures during this time period, and of today's lifestyles. 

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial

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    Cajun Pride Swamp Excursion

    Enjoy a narrated boat ride in the Manchac Swamp, a privately owned wildlife refuge. Relax in a comfortable, covered boat, with walking room and open viewing from any seat. Swamp creatures are unafraid and responsive to our captain’s voice. In the safety and comfort of the boat, you will be able to get within a few feet of our “jumping gators.” Other animals to be on the lookout for include nutria, ibis, turtles, herons, raccoons, egrets, and more.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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    Southern Agriculture Experience

    From crawfish to cane, explore a third-generation farm that is one of the most unique, innovative agriculture operations in Louisiana. Learn about the Four Oaks family farm that is the top crawfish producing farm in the heart of Cajun country. Witness live field demonstrations of crawfish harvesting, sugarcane planting, and crop management. When you return from the field, you will be treated to a superb tasting of crawfish and produce harvested on the farm. This is a true sensory experience where you will see, smell, and taste the products made farm-to-table. End the experience with a traditional crawfish boil! 

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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  • Day 20 St. Francisville, LA
    Day 20 – St. Francisville, LA

    Established in 1809, St. Francisville is a quaint southern town overlooking the Mississippi River. One of the largest shipping ports on the Mississippi River prior to the Civil War, St. Francisville is a small town with grand appeal. Experience the town’s rich history as you tour historic plantations, including the famous Rosedown, or explore the areas' captivating gardens.

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    Audubon Historic Site

    Enjoy a hands-on experience in the gallery and at several outbuildings, including a home exploration, a cooking demonstration with samples, a blacksmith demonstration, a short exploration of the grounds, and a museum visit. 

    Explore the unique home where Audubon resided. Audubon Historic Site is located on Oakley Plantation where John James Audubon lived and worked 1821, completing or beginning 32 of his bird paintings while in residence. During this time, he was commissioned to teach illustration to the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Pirrie, owners of Oakley. Although his engagement was brief and there is no record of his success in teaching Miss Pirrie, Audubon worked on several of his paintings while in the lush, natural, and peaceful setting of Oakley, filling his sketch pad with notes and drawings for his famous series of bird illustrations.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessibility: No

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    Rosedown & Catalpa Legacy Experience

    Explore and learn about the legacy and lineage of the Turnbull family at Rosedown and Catalpa. On the National Listing of Historic Landmarks, Rosedown is located in one of the most historic corridors of South Louisiana. The presence of the Mississippi River along its shores created rich soil overtime which proved extremely valuable during the cotton boom. As you stroll through this grand estate, local guides will regale you with stories of the families who lived there and plantation life in the 1800s. Enjoy exploring one of the few and largest privately maintained formal gardens of the 19th century.  

    Visit Catalpa and hear from Mary, a descendant of the original owners. She will host you in her gracious home filled with the treasures of five generations and recount stories of the family and growing up in this beautiful place. Fine portraits, exceptional antiques and beautiful old china, porcelain and silver are original to either Catalpa or Rosedown, home of the owner's grandmother. Conclude your exploration with a special beverage that has been served for years at Catalpa. 

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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    The Myrtles - Complimentary Excursion

    At first glimpse Myrtles, built in 1796, envelopes one with a complete sense of peace and tranquility. However, it is reputed to be one of the most haunted homes in America. Surrounded by centuries-old live oak trees, the mansion features a 125-foot verandah, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass, open-pierced frieze work crown molding, Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, Carrara marble mantels, gold-leafed French furnishings and ghosts.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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  • Day 21 Natchez, MS
    Day 21 – Natchez, MS

    Settled in 1716, Natchez is rich in history and southern hospitality. Enjoy a guided exploration of this fascinating city which has retained its antebellum charm since its surrender during the Civil War. Visit Frogmore, a historic cotton plantation still in use today, or attend a special piano concert in the J. N. Stone music room.

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    Natchez Local Loop- Complimentary Excursion

    Board this convenient shuttle, making stops at:

    • Fort Rosalie & Trading Post - Fort Rosalie was built by the French in 1716 within the territory of the Natchez Native Indians and it was part of the French colonial empire, becoming the first settlement in present day Natchez, Mississippi. Walk the hallowed grounds of the long-gone fort and enjoy perusing the gift items of the modern trading post. 
       
    • Historic Natchez in Photos - Visit the Stratton Chapel Gallery in down¬town Natchez behind First Presbyterian Church. View an outstanding collection of photographs taken from as early as 1860, including family portraits, steamboats, and street scenes.
       
    • Main Street & Franklin Street - Explore the few one-of-a-kind antique shops or just walk among the many beautifully restored historic buildings of this lovely town.
       
    • Historic Natchez Bluffs & Gazebo - Sitting 200 feet above the banks of the Mississippi River, the Gazebo offers the best vantage point from which to take in the river’s natural splendor.
       
    • Rosalie House - Visit Rosalie, an antebellum mansion in downtown Natchez. Excursions begin at the top of every hour. Make sure to wear your lanyard for complimentary entry.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Tombs & Tales

    Explore the Historic Natchez Cemetery. Established in 1822, the occupants of this important cemetery tell tales of the history, grandeur, mystery, and tragedy of Natchez. Surrounded by majestic live oaks and set on the bluffs high above the Mississippi River, the beautiful grounds offer stunning panoramic views. Enjoy a guided walking excursion through the oldest section of the cemetery and hear fascinating stories about the residents buried there.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial

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    Cotton & Music, Then & Now

    Nineteen historical buildings, dating from 1790’s to 1900, are a restored tribute to Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins, a modern 1,800-acre working cotton estate with a computerized farm and gin. Before beginning your exploration, meet the owner who will explain the farming and ginning operations. Participate in picking cotton and removing the seeds and tour a rare, steam engine gin listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.

    Be seated in the hand-hewn log cabin and listen to narration and the vocalist’s songs highlighting the history of southern plantations, including the Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, and accurate statistics of the enslaved and planter families. After an enlightening overview of the historical Frogmore owners, explore the cotton fields and authentic cabins to learn the origin of southern cuisine, the day-to-day operations and how their labor force evolved into sharecropping, a way of life for 100 years. Enjoy a complimentary beverage as you browse an original plantation store.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessibility: Partial

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    Great River Outdoor Adventure

    Experience a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure at the Double C Ranch, perfect for nature-lovers and wildlife-enthusiasts. Aboard your private sport utility vehicle, guided by a local professional, enjoy breathtaking views as you travel through scenic hardwood forest, cattle fields, farmlands, and pine plantations. Back at the ranch, watch in awe during live tomahawk throwing, bullwhip popping, archery, and lasso throwing demonstrations. After, get some pointers on form and technique and prepare to shine and surprise yourself as you give it a try! Take home a survivor certificate and photos to share.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessibility: No

    This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please call (800) 894-8570 for information.

     

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    Historic Longwood Exploration

    Longwood, the only octagonal mansion in the region, epitomizes the rise and fall of the South. As the Civil War began, the workmen stopped construction and the house was never completed. View the finished lower level still adorned with original family furnishing and the upper stories and rotunda that are still a work in progress. This truly is a place where time has stood still, preserved for all to experience.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessibility: Partial

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    Natchez Trails & Tamales Experience

    On your way to Ellicott Hill, view Fort Rosalie, the site of the Natchez Indian Battle. Our local historian/scholar will paint an intriguing picture of the first French settlers arriving in Natchez in 1716, meeting with the indigenous Natchez tribe, forging a friendship soon to be lost, resulting in war and retaliation. Upon arrival at Ellicott Hill, visit the site of where the first American flag was raised over this vast new American territory with a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. Learn about the colonization of Natchez, its history and culture, as well as the history of tamales. The Natchez indigenous tribes are said to have taught the enslaved Africans how to make tamales, and from there the rest is culinary history. Enjoy two Mississippi Hot Tamales, regional beer or lemonade, and explore this historic building which dates back over three centuries. A Major Andrew Ellicott impersonator will bring this experience to life.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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  • Day 22 Vicksburg, MS
    Day 22 – Vicksburg, MS

    U.S. history is alive in Vicksburg. This “Queen City of the Bluff” offers plenty of opportunities to take a step back in time. Civil War battlefields, century-old churches, cotton fields, and restored train depots are just a few of the many intriguing landmarks that await your visit. Marvel in the beautiful antebellum-style homes and learn about  Vicksburg’s rich history as displayed on the riverfront murals.

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    Vicksburg National Military Park- Complimentary Excursion

    A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863. Stop at the impressive Illinois Monument, modeled after the Roman Pantheon. The exploration concludes at the Visitors Center where life-sized exhibits and artifacts from the Siege of Vicksburg are on display.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial

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    Antebellum Vicksburg Experience

    Come along and feel what life was like in the 19th century on this excursion into Vicksburg’s oldest historic neighborhood. Visit Christ Episcopal Church (circa 1839) and view its beautiful Tiffany windows amidst its Gothic revival architecture. The Rector will recreate the stories and history of this church including how the surrounding cannonball fire rang out all around during the siege of Vicksburg.

    The second stop is a short walk alongside the neighborhood’s brick streets to Duff Green Mansion (circa 1856). The owner, Harley Caldwell, invites you into her home as a guest of honor. Imagine that you are part of a dinner party hosted by Duff Green and his wife, Mary, back in the 1800’s as you listen to Harley discuss the history of the house and what was happening in Vicksburg at that time. This is the one mansion where the ropes are gone, and you can sit on the furniture and make yourself at home.  Experience Vicksburg’s good old fashioned Southern hospitality out of Harley’s silver punchbowl.

    A short motor coach ride will take you to the last stop of this excursion, Tully’s Cave. The residents of Vicksburg moved into caves for 47 days as the city was bombarded with cannonball fire throughout all hours of the day. Walk through a cave and learn why most of the residents survived the attack.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial

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    Historic Vicksburg Comes to Life

    Bringing to life the history of this river city from before 1820 to present day, you will explore early Vicksburg in one of the most historical areas of our city. As you leisurely walk the brick streets your guide will draw your attention to antebellum homes with varying architecture, museums with rich history, native flora, and history of past citizens. You will make a stop to enjoy a tasty root beer float at the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, where Coca-Cola was first bottled and spend a little time in the Old Cout House Museum. The exploration wouldn't be complete without a final stop at Anchuca, an incredible 1830's antebellum mansion turned bread and breakfast. This is a great opportunity to take in some fresh air and exercise as well. 

    Activity Level: High | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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    Vicksburg Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion

     Board this convenient shuttle making stops at:

    • Jackson Street Gallery - Turn ordinary into extraordinary! Visit Jackson Street Gallery at Mulberry in the newly renovated and restored Mulberry Hotel and Loft Apartments. Over 200 original paintings by Mississippi artists await you in a splendid setting with on-site bar. 
       
    • Local Shops – Stroll through downtown Vicksburg and browse a few local shops.
       
    • Old Courthouse Museum – Built in 1858, this museum is a national historic landmark showcasing Vicksburg’s cultural heritage over the past 71 years. The museum’s collection includes the original Teddy Bear given to a local child by Theodore Roosevelt, a sash worn by both George Washington and Jefferson Davis during their presidential inaugurations, a vast collection of Civil War artifacts, Native American and pioneer implements, and much more.  
       
    • Biedenharn Coca–Cola Museum – This unique museum celebrates the history of one of the nation's most beloved beverages. Built in 1890, the building is the location where Coca-Cola was bottled for the first time in 1894 and features the type of equipment that Joseph Biedenharn used at the time. View Coca-Cola memorabilia, peruse the gift shop, and treat yourself to an ice-cold Coke float.  
       
    • Vicksburg Civil War Museum – Visit the Vicksburg Civil Museum and see an impressive collection of weapons, ammunition, uniforms, and other Civil War materials. 
       
    • Lower Mississippi River Museum – Experience life on the Mississippi River. Through both interactive and static displays, discover how different communities, farming families, and the US Army Corps of Engineers have all utilized the river in the past and learn about the future for the Mississippi River Valley. Examine the science behind water movement and view some of the river's fish up close in the museum’s 1,515-gallon aquarium.
       
    • Catfish Row Museum – Learn diverse aspects about Vicksburg – from its music, history, and storytelling to its vibrant food heritage.
       
    • Old Depot Museum – The museum exhibits examine earlier modes of transportation, the Siege of Vicksburg, and many other elements of the city’s history. Inside the museum, you will find railroad memorabilia, a collection of model Civil War gunboats, original war-themed paintings by Herb Mott, a detailed diorama of the Siege of Vicksburg, and models of architecture styles employed throughout Vicksburg’s past.  

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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  • Day 23 Greenville, MS
    Day 23 – Greenville, MS

    Known as the Heart and Soul of the Mississippi Delta, the city of Greenville offers visitors unique insight into traditional southern living. Enjoy a relaxing trip through the historic sites of the largest city in Mississippi, including Cotton Row, the Mount Holly Plantation, and the Weatherbee House.

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    B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center - Complimentary Excursion

    The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta between Greenwood and Greenville. Opened in mid-September 2008 and built to honor the life and music of one of the most accomplished musicians of our time, the museum serves as a vital resource to the State of Mississippi and the City of Indianola. The museum’s exhibits and educational programs were designed to preserve the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Greenville Experience - Complimentary Excursion

    Explore three museums in the city of Greenville at your leisure. The Greenville History museum is housed in the restored Miller Building and provides a glimpse into local history from the late 1800’s to the 1970’s. The 1927 Flood Museum commemorates one of the country’s worst natural disasters in history, the break in the levee, which is reported to have put flood waters over the rooftops of houses 75 miles away. At the Jewish Temple Museum, learn how this religion began to flourish within the region.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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  • Day 24 Tunica, MS
    Day 24 – Tunica, MS

    Walk from the ship to the scenic Tunica RiverPark to enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mississippi River. The grounds are rich with native wildlife and flora, and the stunning architectural features of the RiverPark Overlook provide breathtaking views of the river. Take a walk on one of the nature trails, including a paved path along the Mississippi River (Promenade Trail), a dirt path/boardwalk (Boardwalk Trail) around a small lake, and a single track path through the forest (Wildlife Trail). Visit the onsite Mississippi River Museum, which features authentic artifacts and exhibits, showcasing the history, nature, and culture of the region.  

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  • Day 25 Memphis, TN
    Day 25 – Memphis, TN

    Excitement resonates as you reach America’s third-largest inland port, famous for Blues, BBQ, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. The city has been at the forefront of several American cultural movements such as Civil Rights and Rock ‘n’ Roll. In fact, the city’s Beale Street is often called “America’s Most Iconic Street” due to its significance to our country’s history and contributions to the music industry. 

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    The Graceland Experience

    For any fan of Elvis, this is the ultimate way to experience Graceland and to learn about his life and musical career. Visit Graceland Mansion and four new exhibits on the property, including the Elvis Presley Car Museum. Climb aboard one of his custom airplanes, remodeled to suite his lifestyle. Enjoy authentic Memphis cuisine at one of the themed restaurants on the property. Following Graceland, enjoy a brief city motorcoach exploration of Memphis. This excursion is perfect for any rock ‘n’ roll music lover. 

    This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please call (800) 894-8570 for information.

    Activity Level: High | ADA Accessible: Partial 

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    National Civil Rights Museum

    Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The museum’s mission is to share the history of the American Civil Rights Movement, a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Explore interactive exhibits and historic collections to learn how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom today.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Memphis Local Loop

    Explore the captivating city of Memphis at your leisure with our convenient shuttle, making stops at:

    • Beale Street – One of the most iconic streets in America, Beale Street is three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops in the heart of downtown Memphis.
       
    • Peabody Hotel - This Memphis icon, opened in 1869, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is world-famous for its five resident ducks, who march daily through the lobby.
       
    • Edge Motor - Discover the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic cars, including how these cars reflect the eras in which they were designed, built, sold, and driven. 
       
    • Memphis Pyramid - Much more than just a retail space, this 535,000-sq. ft. pyramid offers many unique experiences, including the world’s tallest freestanding elevator, an underwater-themed bowling alley, an aquarium, and a variety of one-of-a kind dining destinations.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Memphis City Exploration- Complimentary Excursion

    Relax and let your motorcoach guide show you the highlights of this fascinating city on the bluff. Memphis is located on the Mississippi River at the northern end of the Mississippi Delta where the Blues were born. Its history is linked to cotton and music. Along your exploration, stop at the Lorraine Motel, the location where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

    The next photo opportunity will be at the famous Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. You will also have the option to walk through the Peabody Hotel and see the famous ducks in the fountain. Enjoy some time at the Memphis Pyramid, housing an impressive Bass Pro Shop, a Lodge, Restaurants and more. During the excursion, you will be driven through the streets of downtown Memphis. You will see Victorian Village, Orpheum Theater, Rock N Soul Museum, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Cotton Row, Beale Street, Lauderdale Courts, early home of Elvis Presley, Sun Studio, and the Auto Zone Park. Travel by the National Civil Rights Museum and stop to see The Lorraine Motel.  

    Activity Level: Moderate  | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum & Music Hall of Fame

    The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum was the first exhibition ever to have been developed by the Smithsonian Institution with another museum. The exhibition tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create music that would influence American culture and the world. Visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Explore the museum and exhibition which introduces guests to some of the greatest musicians of all time, each who contributed the city’s musical legacy. Enjoy never-before-seen memorabilia, rare video performances and interviews, interactive exhibits, and more.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 26 – Cruising the Mississippi River
  • Day 27 Cape Girardeau, MO
    Day 27 – Cape Girardeau, MO

    Enjoy the charming features of this historic town that was a French trading post and lively river port in the late 1800s. Today it boasts Civil War sites and a tranquil setting commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Marvel at the outdoor murals reflecting the area's rich heritage and enjoy shore excursions to Crisp Museum and the Old Vincent Church.

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    Cape Girardeau Experience - Complimentary Excursion

    Join a local guide on a narrated exploration of Cape Girardeau, a city that began as a small trading post over 200 years ago. Visit Old St. Vincent’s Church and admire its Renaissance architecture, and then Southeast Missouri State University’s Crisp Museum which features fine art exhibitions, Native American artifacts and interpretive regional history displays.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial

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    Mural Walk - Complimentary Excursion

    The Mississippi River Tales Mural is the largest and most dramatic of Cape Girardeau's murals and is located on a portion of the floodwall. Covering nearly 18,000 square feet, this 1,100-foot-long mural features 24 historically-themed panels that vividly portray Cape Girardeau's rich history and heritage. Along the way, descriptive markers provide an explanation of each panel.

    Activity Level: High | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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  • Day 28 – Cruising the Mississippi River
  • Day 29 St. Louis, MO
    Day 29 – St. Louis, MO

    St. Louis is often referred to as the “Gateway to the West.” Take in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the Gateway Arch, the largest man-made monument in the U.S. Enjoy St. Louis' many world-class attractions, including the Art Museum, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Missouri History Museum. End your day by relaxing at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s most popular public gardens.
     

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    St. Louis Gateway Arch Experience

    Relive the story of the Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels who made America possible. Featuring over 200 years of history within six themed exhibit areas, this innovative and interactive museum celebrates America’s pioneering spirit and explains the westward expansion of the U.S., with an emphasis on St. Louis’ role in that era.

    Shaped by the inspired design of Finnish-America architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch monument celebrates the expansion West and the pioneers who made it possible. Since its completion in 1965, millions of visitors have taken a trip to the top to enjoy stunning views. Begin your adventure with our new, interactive pre-boarding exhibits featuring 60s-era animation and Gateway Arch trivia. Then, be transported 630 feet to the top of America’s tallest man-made monument. Or, if you prefer, enjoy the movie Monument to a Dream.

    Note: Only available on cruises ending in St. Louis/Alton, as well as on the Complete Mississippi River and Grand Heartland cruises.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Missouri History Museum - Complimentary Excursion

    Explore the most popular exhibits at the Missouri History Museum including “The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward” and “Many Memories: 100 Years on the Stage.” Time will also be allowed for the Seeking St. Louis galleries on display. Self-guided exploration will allow you to view the exhibits at your leisure and give you time to shop.

    Note: This excursion is only available on cruises ending in St. Louis/Alton as well as the Complete Mississippi and Grand Heartland.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 30 Cruising the Mississippi River
    Day 30 – Cruising the Mississippi River

    Curl up with a good book in one of our spacious lounges. Or relax on the sun deck and enjoy the passing landscapes as we make our way along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Hannibal.

  • Day 31 Hannibal, MO
    Day 31 – Hannibal, MO

    Discover Hannibal, “America’s Hometown,” and the inspiration behind many of Mark Twain’s literary characters. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn come to life in this charming Missouri town, where you can run your hand along Aunt Polly’s fence, explore Injun Joe’s Cave, and get reacquainted with one of the world’s most beloved authors. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans, filled with specialty shops unique to Hannibal.

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    Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum - Complimentary Excursion

    As you arrive in Hannibal, the boyhood home of famous author Mark Twain, relive the author’s experiences that heavily influenced his writings. Visit the actual home that Mark Twain grew up in, which is surrounded by the legendary whitewashed fence of Tom Sawyer. The vivid stories told by Mark Twain come to life at this interactive museum. Visit the Becky Thatcher House, the Huck Finn Home, and the Tom and Huck Statue at the foot of Cardiff Hill. Stop at the Interpretive Center, home to 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Hannibal Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion

    Explore downtown Hannibal on your own. Take time for shopping and strolling through town. Our convenient shuttle will also take you to the following:

    Hannibal History Museum - Through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and historic photos, learn the story of Hannibal's remarkable past.

    Mark Twain Boyhood Home &Museum - Enjoy a guided exploration of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. This is truly a piece of Americana.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Hannibal City Exploration and Rockcliffe Mansion

    Step back in time and relive the adventures of Mark Twain’s days in Hannibal. Your guide will share the history of Hannibal and will show you sites of historical importance. While on your excursion, visit Rockcliffe Mansion – this American “castle” has a breathtaking view overlooking the Mississippi and is on the National Register of Historic Homes.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: No

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    A Walk With Mark Twain

    Join Richard Garey as Mark Twain and stroll through the streets of Hannibal, the hometown that inspired Mark Twain’s famous literary novels. Learn about its history through the author’s own words and observations and then enjoy a special performance of “Mark Twain Himself” at the Planter’s Barn Theater.

    Activity Level: High | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 32 – Cruising the Mississippi River
  • Day 33 Muscatine, IA
    Day 33 – Muscatine, IA

    Located in East Central Iowa, Muscatine County's eastern edge touches the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River and is the only place where this north to south river runs east to west. Perhaps Muscatine is best known for its history as the largest button manufacturing area in the world. Learn about this idyllic town’s rich past and revel in its natural beauty, led by our engaging local guides. Explore the charming downtown, located only two blocks from our dock, where you peruse local boutiques, coffee shops, and eateries.

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    Muscatine Local Loop

    Explore the area at your leisure with our convenient motorcoach making stops at: 

    • The Environmental Learning Center - Nested on 85 acres, the center offers numerous natural history exhibits featuring live reptiles, amphibians, and fish of eastern Iowa, and live raptor programs. The park also offers walking paths that wind past ponds, woodlands, prairie, as well as the Learning Center, Historic Old Barn, and Muscatine Arboretum.
       
    • The Muscatine Art Center – This unique destination showcases paintings made by artists recognized around the world, fascinating objects connected to Muscatine’s past, beautifully crafted decorative arts, charming period rooms, and a Japanese Garden installed nearly a century ago. The historic house was constructed in 1908 as a gift from lumber baron Peter Musser to his daughter Laura Musser and her husband Edwin McColm. The period rooms on the main floor of the house allow visitors to step back in time. Objects belonging to the Musser-McColm family, historic furnishings, and paintings from the Mississippi River collection capture the imagination.  
       
    • The National Pearl Button Museum – Learn the story of the unique home-grown industry which dominated the economy of Muscatine from the 1890s to the 1950s. In the first decade of the 20th century, this small river town produced one-third of the world's pearl buttons, over 1.5 billion per year. Each and every one was cut from the shell of a freshwater mussel found in the Mississippi River.

    Activity Level: Low / ADA Accessible: Yes

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    Environmental Learning Center

    Nested on 85 acres, the center offers numerous natural history exhibits featuring live reptiles, amphibians, and fish of eastern Iowa. The park also offers both paved and grass walking trails, two fishing ponds, and the Muscatine Arboretum.

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  • Day 34 Dubuque, IA
    Day 34 – Dubuque, IA

    Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest and steepest scenic railway or try your luck in one of Dubuque's state-of-the-art casinos. View colorful Victorian mansions, stroll through a whimsical downtown area, and visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

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    Dubuque Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion

    This convenient shuttle will transport you from the ship to the center of town and back. At your leisure, explore the many districts of downtown Dubuque, including Cable Car Square, the Historic Millwork District, and Historic Old Main District, once a hideaway for notorious gangster Al Capone. Visit the Summer Farmers Market which has been located in the Upper Main district since 1845. Running daily on a continuous loop.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Delight in Dubuque

    Delight in an exploration of some of the highlights of Dubuque. First, stop at Steeple Square Event Center, one of the oldest catholic churches in Dubuque which was renovated into a vibrant community gathering space. Next, arrive at Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden for a guided exploration of the beautiful landscapes. Visit the Convivium Urban Farmstead, a center which celebrates the efforts of local gardeners with onsite cooking and gardening classes as well as a restaurant that serves local produce. Ride the Fenelon Place Elevator, the shortest steepest railway in the United States. Don’t forget the camera, it’s a great opportunity to get a photo of the ship at dock in the Port of Dubuque from above the bluffs.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium - Complimentary Excursion

    Take an entertaining and informative journey along the mighty Mississippi at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The museum’s interactive exhibits will give you an inside look at the Mississippi River's past, present, and future. On this guided exploration, learn about the lives of the pioneers, explorers, and artists who once lived along the Mississippi River. Get close to nature, as you make your way through six large aquariums.

    Activity Level: Medium | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Field of Dreams Experience

    Travel to the Field of Dreams Movie Site, built by Universal Studios and known for the famous quote, “If you build it, he will come.” Released in 1989, Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, was a movie that inspired millions and became an Academy Award nominee for “Best Picture of the Year.” Explore this famous site, including the baseball field, the magical corn, and the farm house in which the movie was made. After, visit the gift shop for some take-home movie memorabilia.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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  • Day 35 – Cruising the Mississippi River
  • Day 36 Winona, MN
    Day 36 – Winona, MN

    Step into 19th-century America in Winona, Minnesota, located in the picturesque bluff country on the Mississippi River. Explore this vibrant small town with the perfect blend of urban edge and old world charm. From rolling fields of prairie flowers to some of the most architecturally important buildings in Minnesota, enjoy all there is to see and do here.

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    Discover Winona - Complimentary Excursion

    Enjoy a guided, in-depth exploration of the historic and intriguing sites around greater Winona. Stops include the Winona County History Center, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Garvin Heights lookout with amazing views of this stretch of the Mississippi River Valley, and more.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Downtown Winona Walking Experience - Complimentary Excursion

    Take a guided walk through Winona's historic downtown to admire great architecture, hear surprising stories, and play a fun game or two. 

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Winona Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion

    Running on a continuous loop, this guided exploration shuttle takes you from the ship to Winona's hot spots including history and art museums, historic places with beautiful architecture and stained glass, and to the heart of Downtown so you can shop, eat, and stroll at your leisure.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Winona Boat Exploration

    This narrated Winona boat exploration not only entertains but educates about the famed waterway, the history of Winona and its relation to the Mississippi River. Bring your camera and binoculars to view local wildlife like eagles, deer, turtles, snakes, and beaver on this mesmerizing river cruise.

    Activity Level: Low 

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  • Day 37 Red Wing, MN
    Day 37 – Red Wing, MN

    Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the Upper Mississippi River, Red Wing's beauty has inspired craftsmen and artisans for over 150 years. Red Wing offers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment, and activities. Enjoy a show at the historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre or observe the beauty of nature at one of Red Wing’s 38 parks.

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    National Eagle Center - Complimentary Excursion

    Visit the National Eagle Center, offering additional up close viewing of non-releasable bald and golden eagles. Learn about the ecology, biology, and natural history of these magnificent creatures.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Red Wing City Exploration - Complimentary Excursion

    Travel back in time as you explore the beautiful city of Red Wing. Led by our local expert guide, view some of the most impressive Victorian homes of the period as well as the historic St. James Hotel. Visit the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and admire the numerous true vintage pieces on site such as stoneware, dinnerware, folk art, and more! Stop at the Sheldon Theatre, among the oldest operating theatres in Minnesota and host to thousands of large national touring acts, international artists, and local performers alike.

     Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessibility: Yes

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    Red Wing Local Loop – Complimentary Excursion

    Explore the highlights of Red Wing on this convenient shuttle to:

    • Pottery Museum of Red Wing - Visit this fascinating museum, dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the colorful and rich story of the clay industry along the Mississippi River. Admire the numerous true vintage pieces of artisan-crafted stoneware, dinnerware, folk art, and more.
       
    • Goodhue County History Center - Established in 1869, this museum is home to the first county historical society in Minnesota. Learn about Goodhue County’s rich and vibrant history spanning centuries. View two and three-dimensional exhibits that represent every decade of the county’s history, including rare examples of Mississippian and Woodland pottery, as well as terracotta and stoneware products from the pottery companies of Red Wing.
       
    • Shopping Area - Stroll around and enjoy the quaint downtown shops. This area is home to the world’s largest boot (over 20 feet tall!) at Red Wing Shoe Flagship store.
       
    • Red Wing Arts - Visit this creative art center and gift store, in the historic Red Wing Depot, which celebrates community and creativity and features local art and exhibits.

     Activity Level: Low / ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 38 – Travel Day
  • Day 39 Portland, ME
    Day 39 – Portland, ME

    Portland is a region that perfectly blends the present with the past. The Old Port waterfront is made up of working fishing wharves and converted warehouses that now host a variety of eclectic restaurants and shops. 

    Begin your adventure with a calm afternoon on the sun deck looking for whales and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Maine’s rugged coast. Cape Elizabeth marks the entrance to the Portland Harbor where you can witness spectacular views as you start your journey with us.

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    Welcome Aboard

    As you embark upon your journey, enjoy a Welcome Aboard Reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Meet the crew, your onboard experts, and fellow guests. Learn more about the wonderful adventure ahead of you.

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  • Day 40 – Boarding American Independence
  • Day 41 Bucksport, ME
    Day 41 – Bucksport, ME

    Explore the historic seaport town of Bucksport, with a beautiful waterfront ornamented with scenic gardens and reflective fountains. Bucksport was a central hub for paper-making industry once upon a time. Though, the town’s paper mill closed in 2014, it now serves as a training center for the Maine Maritime Academy.

    The town is also particularly well-known for the Penobscot River and the iconic Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty. From this vantage point, view spectacular 360-degree views of the Bay, the Maine countryside, and the distant western mountains.

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    Hunters Beach and Brook Trail Nature Walk

    Enjoy a nature-filled walking experience with a State of Maine Certified Wilderness Guide. Walk along Hunters Beach and through Hunters Brook Trail known and discover the amazing geologic and natural history of this unique ecosystem. Learn about the flora and fauna, watch for porcupines and owls, and observe seals in the waves. The naturalists are extremely knowledgeable and will bring a sense of adventure to your walk!

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessible: No

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  • Day 42 Bar Harbor, ME
    Day 42 – Bar Harbor, ME

    The natural beauty that surrounds Bar Harbor is accented with ocean cliffs, glacier‐formed lakes and valleys, stunning mountain vistas, and pine forest. This beauty has been captured in the works of Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and many other great artists.

    Lobstering is a centuries‐old industry that continues to thrive in Bar Harbor as well as boat building, another traditional business that is an important part of the economy.  Though Bar Harbor region is best known for its outdoor activities, it is also home to small museums, cultural attractions, and historically significant landmarks.

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    Acadia National Park Exploration

    Acadia National Park encompasses 47,633 acres of granite-domed mountains and ocean shoreline. Enjoy an excursion that features two stops inside the Park: The top of Cadillac Mountain (highest point on the eastern seaboard at 1500+ ft.) and Thunder Hole with a spectacular ocean view. This excursion will take you to the must see places of Acadia, all the while providing you with the stories behind the sights. 

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Hunters Beach and Brook Trail Nature Walk

    Enjoy a nature-filled walking experience with a State of Maine Certified Wilderness Guide. Walk along Hunters Beach and through Hunters Brook Trail known and discover the amazing geologic and natural history of this unique ecosystem. Learn about the flora and fauna, watch for porcupines and owls, and observe seals in the waves. The naturalists are extremely knowledgeable and will bring a sense of adventure to your walk!

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessible: No

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    Lobster Fishing & Seal Watching Cruise

    Come aboard the Miss Samantha, a 56’ vessel with ample bench seating, a touch tank for ocean critters, and an open bow for photography and viewing opportunities. Watch experienced fisherman haul in lobster traps from the ocean floor as a professional naturalist describes everything and answers all your questions about lobster fishing and marine wildlife. Once the traps are hauled in, you can touch lobsters, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea stars, and anything else comes up from the sea floor. About half way through the cruise, you will head off to a small island to view seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the nearby water. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 43 Rockland, ME
    Day 43 – Rockland, ME

    Rockland is an exciting town with a vibrant art culture and thriving lobster industry. Spend your time touring one of Rockland's unique museums, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Explore downtown Rockland which features an eclectic collection of art galleries or relax on a park bench and watch classic schooners sail through the harbor.

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    Sail, Power, & Steam Museum Exploration - Complimentary Excursion

    Just before enjoying the Lobsterbake Luncheon at Sharp’s Point South, visit the Sail Power & Steam Museum, a working “hands on” museum with sail making and rigging rooms. Enjoy “make ‘n break” gas stationery and steam engines, old ship building tools, hand tools, and architectural builder’s half models.

    The museum has a complete boat shop with caulking tools, a working sail maker’s bench, and a navigation room with two working radars. Also in the museum is a shipwreck room featuring wrecks of 1898, a real working lime kiln, and an extensive model display of schooners and steam boats of the Penobscot.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Lobsterbake Luncheon - Complimentary Excursion

    One of the highlights of our New England itineraries is the traditional Lobsterbake. This tradition pre-dates America itself, beginning thousands of years ago with the Native Americans. 

    Our version of this long held New England summer tradition is very much the same, featuring fresh lobsters, steamed clams and mussels, warm corn on the cob, and baked rolls, prepared on a fire along the beach. In addition to the finest seafood in the area, we also feature live music presented by talented local musicians.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Rockland City Museum Exploration - Complimentary Excursion

    Explore the museums of Rockland with visits to Owls Head Transportation Museum and Farnsworth Museum. The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages, and engines are on permanent display. Enjoy the museum’s outstanding collection, view late 19th-century automobiles, or even ride in a Model T.

    The Farnsworth Museum features the permanent collection, “Maine in America,” which focuses on Maine artists and The Wyeth Center. The Farnsworth Art Museum is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths: N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 44 Camden, ME
    Day 44 – Camden, ME

    Full of classic schooners, this charming village is considered the "Tall Ship Capital of Maine." Enjoy the warm summer sun and refreshing sea breezes as you relax and watch beautiful ships sail into the harbor. Walk Camden’s streets lined with shops and art galleries. Bring your camera to capture sweeping ocean vistas, placid coastlines, and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, and the surrounding islands from atop Mount Battie.

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    Camden Hills State Park Experience

    Known as the Jewel of the Maine Coast, Camden is nestled between the Penobscot Bay and the rugged Mount Battie. Enjoy a narrated journey through Camden Hills State Park and a stop at the top of the mountain for stunning panoramic views of shining lakes, the busy harbor, and the islands of the Penobscot Bay. The exploration continues through the villages of Camden and Rockport, as well as the notable Rockport Belted Galloways. Next, stop at Rockport Harbor's Marine Park, featuring historic lime kilns, lobster boats, and the statue of Rockport's famous seal Andre.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    Camden Historical Walking Exploration - Complimentary Excursion

    Join a local guide for a walking exploration of Camden, the prettiest harbor on the Maine Coast.  As you weave through the streets, learn about the history of this quaint port from its industrial beginnings through its current status as the hub for yachting in Maine. View beautiful architecture and landscaping designs along the way. After the walk, explore Camden at your leisure.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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    Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise

    Take a cruise from Camden Harbor with Captain Dominic aboard the Periwinkle. Watch a live lobster fishing demonstration and learn about these iconic Maine crustaceans-with the opportunity to hold a live lobster! Enjoy scenic views of Curtis Island Lighthouse, idyllic landscapes, and abundant wildlife that may include sea birds, eagles, seals and porpoise. Sit back, relax, and take it all in, or volunteer to help the crew for the true experience!  

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: No

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  • Day 45 Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Day 45 – Boothbay Harbor, ME

    Known as the “Boating Capital of New England,” Boothbay Harbor overflows with fishing vessels and pleasure crafts in equal numbers. Walk along Boothbay Harbor’s flower-lined streets, dotted with art galleries, antique stores, and specialty shops. Don't forget to visit the famous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

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    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Guided Exploration

    Hidden on the Boothbay peninsula is New England's most extensive botanical garden. Immerse yourself in more than 300 acres of stunning gardens, walking trails, and educational resources. From the Native Butterfly and Moth House to the Rhododendron and Perennial Garden, there is something for everyone.  

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 46 Bath, ME
    Day 46 – Bath, ME

    Long known as the “City of Ships,” Bath finds its identity in shipbuilding. From its architecture and cultural offerings to its urban downtown, Bath’s shipbuilding roots define its character. Walk Bath’s streets and admire the seaport’s tree-lined avenues, graced with classic examples of American architecture. Or explore the nationally acclaimed Maine Maritime Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits about Maine’s nautical history.

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    City of Ships Exploration

    History awaits on an immersive and interactive exploration of quaint downtown Bath, led by a local educator. Learn Bath's fascinating story by walking among the charming period buildings, hearing unique stories, and uncovering hidden gems. This excursion is designed for those who love history and offers something for everyone. You will leave with a new appreciation for Bath, Maine, and American history.

    Activity Level: High

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    Maine Maritime Museum Exploration

    Explore the Maine Maritime Museum at your leisure and experience Maine’s rich seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec River. From watercraft and lobstering, to shipbuilding and sea trade, see how a shipbuilder’s family lived in the 1890s, smell the sawdust from historic ships, and discover the wonders and mysteries of Maine’s maritime culture.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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  • Day 47 Boston, MA
    Day 47 – Boston, MA

    Start your journey, in Boston, Massachusetts, a vibrant city with historic neighborhoods that tell the story of American history. Explore Faneuil Hall, where citizens of Boston first gathered to rally for the cause of independence from Great Britain and where George Washington toasted the nation there on its first birthday. Visit the North End, the oldest neighborhood, home to the famous Old North Church and Little Italy. Take time for shopping at Quincy Market and enjoy the diverse lineup of street performers.

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    A Day of Cruising

    There are a variety of activities scheduled on board when the ship is underway, which vary depending on the itinerary and scheduled date. Enjoy destination-focused enrichment programs with special guest speakers who present topics related to the region and ports of call, including Art Classes, App-titude Classes (Tech Made Easy), Cooking Demonstrations, Mixology (practice of making great cocktails,) Trivia, Game Shows, and more.

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  • Day 48 Plymouth, MA
    Day 48 – Plymouth, MA

    Plymouth is a coastal town, and the site of the first Pilgrim settlement, founded in 1620. Plymouth Rock, a boulder in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, marks the place where settlers are thought to have landed on shore. The Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic, is usually anchored at the park.

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    Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Complimentary Excursion

    During this privileged excursion, explore the impressive campus and immerse yourself in its state-of-the-art, 360-degree full bridge simulator, view the Emergency Response Operations Training Center, and learn about the Academy's green technologies while standing at the base of its massive 280-foot wind turbine.

    Enjoy a presentation by The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center which celebrates the rich history of 20th Century maritime radio and explores the advances in science and technology that continue to transform our lives. 

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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    The Hyannis Experience

    During this carefully curated excursion, explore the charming village of Hyannis with stops at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Veterans Memorial Park, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, and St. Francis Xavier Church. Take time to stroll down picturesque Main Street and peruse some of the many locally-owned shops. Lunch is included. 

    This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please call (800) 894-8570 for information.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes
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    Historic Patuxet and Plymouth Colony

     A walking tour presented by Plimoth Patuxet Museums has been customized to connect your Plymouth experience to America's Founding Story. Visit Plymouth Rock, Cole's Hill and Massasoit's Statue; Leyden Street (original street of Plymouth Colony), Governor Bradford's statue, Brewster Gardens and Town Brook (water supply for the Pilgrims) and Town Square and Burial Hill (location of the Fort/Meeting House).

    Step aboard the historic Mayflower II. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mayflower II is a full-scale replica of the 17th-century merchant ship that brought the Pilgrims in 1620.  Also, see and learn how corn was stone-ground in 1636 at the Plimoth Grist Mill. Then, enjoy taking home a piece of history with freshly made cornmeal available for purchase at one of the 3 retails stores along the waterfront. Stop at the mill to purchase Plimoth artisan products.  

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Partial 

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  • Day 49 Cruising Buzzard Bay
    Day 49 – Cruising Buzzard Bay

    As you cruise from Plymouth to New London, delight in the stunning New England landscapes that stretch out before you from the comfort of your private balcony. Delight in the company of fellow travelers in the lounge, or simply read a favorite book in the library

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  • Day 50 New London/Mystic, CT
    Day 50 – New London/Mystic, CT

    Dating back to the Revolutionary War, New London has been the backdrop of some of the most significant scenes in American History and was once the second largest whaling port in the world. Learn about the city’s storied past, which has been preserved and honored at historical landmarks and museums. Visit nearby Mystic, home to the nation’s leading maritime museum as well as an amazing aquarium, showcasing thousands of animals from beluga whales to African penguins.

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    New London Harbor & the United States Coast Guard Academy

    Travel by motorcoach to see the main highlights of this charming port city. Drive through Main Street viewing New London’s top sights, iconic landmarks, and unique neighborhoods. Stop by Fort Trumbull, built to protect the New London Harbor from British attack, later serving as part of the country’s coastal defense system. Venture to The United States Coast Guard Academy for a walking tour with a local guide.

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    Mystic Aquarium

    Visit one of the nation’s leading aquariums. Learn about our ocean planet, while exploring the many indoor and outdoor exhibits. Feed a ray, see the only spotted seals in the continental United States, experience a California sea lion show, visit African penguin chicks, and more.

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    Mystic Seaport Exploration

    Visit Mystic Seaport Museum, the nation's leading maritime museum, with 19 acres situated along the Mystic River. Step aboard the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, a designated National Historic Landmark and the last wooden whaleship in the world. Explore a recreated 19th-century seafaring village, where you can meet blacksmiths, coopers, printers, and carvers hard at work. Discover world-class exhibitions of history, art, and more in one of the onsite galleries.

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  • Day 51 Old Saybrook, CT
    Day 51 – Old Saybrook, CT

    Explore Essex’s scenic waterfront district and storybook streets, ornamented with early colonial and federal architecture. Visit the Connecticut River Museum to gain an understanding town’s maritime history and venture to the Essex Stream Train & Riverboat, the only steam train and riverboat connection in the U.S. Travel to neighboring Old Saybrook, located where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. Settled in 1635, it is one of Connecticut's oldest towns and was the longtime residence of actress Katherine Hepburn.

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    Florence Griswold Museum

    Visit the home of Florence Griswold, where the Old Lyme Art Colony flourished in the early 1900s. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993, the museum brings to life the work of American Impressionist artists in the place where they once lived and painted. Explore this remarkable campus which encompasses 12-acres of historic buildings, grounds, gardens, and walking trails.

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    Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

    Travel to The Valley Railroad, a heritage railroad founded in 1868. Get onboard a vintage coach as a steam locomotive pulls you through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. Next, board the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise along the scenic Connecticut River. Travel by the historic Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky‘s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train will welcome you back on board for the return trip to Essex Station.

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  • Day 52 Sag Harbor, NY
    Day 52 – Sag Harbor, NY

    Described as one of the best-kept-secret small towns on Long Island, Sag Harbor is proud of its history and works hard to preserve, commemorate, and share their past. Settled in the early 1700s, Sag Harbor had the first commercial port in the United States, the first newspaper printed on Long Island, and the first volunteer fire company in New York. Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street, visiting the unique shops and basking in the artsy ambiance of the village.

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    Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

    Sag Harbor was once the 6th largest whaling fleet in the nation, and the largest in New York State. Discover this small, engaging museum, which features artifacts from the whaling days of Sag Harbor, including navigational tools, scrimshaw, model ships, and changing exhibits throughout the year.

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    Sag Harbor On Your Own – Complimentary Excursion

    Sag Harbor is truly one of Long Island’s hidden gems. Stroll down Main Street and discover the many unique boutiques and mouthwatering restaurants. Art enthusiasts will enjoy perusing the variety of galleries around the village. Wine connoisseurs can sip away happily at one of the local wine bars.

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  • Day 53 Port Jefferson, NY
    Day 53 – Port Jefferson, NY

    Discover this waterfront town which perfectly blends natural beauty with a rich maritime heritage. Settled in the 1600s as a rural town, Port Jefferson transitioned into a shipbuilding center in the 1800s, eventually becoming the largest shipbuilding industry in Suffolk County. Admire the magnificent historic buildings and homes that once belonged to prominent sailors and shipbuilders. Visit The Village Center which was formerly a shipyard, where builders worked tirelessly to create and immediately launch ships into the Long Island Sound. Well-known circus owner P.T. Barnum once owned land running through the Village.

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    New York Harbor Cruise - Premium

    Enjoy an evening cruise on the New York Harbor. Along the way cruise close to the iconic Statute of Liberty, lit up against the starry night sky. View the beautiful sparkling New York City Skyline and iconic landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Freedom Towers, Ellis Island, and more.

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    Mather House Museum

    Port Jefferson was first settled in the 17th century and remained a rural community until its development as an active shipbuilding center in the mid-19th century. Explore the Mather House Museum Complex, which features the home of the Mather family, prominent 19th-century Port Jefferson shipbuilders, a Marine Barn & Sail Loft, the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden, and more.

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    Port Jefferson Brewing Company Exploration

    Enjoy Port Jefferson's only hops brewery, located in the heart of the village, directly across from a bustling ferry landing. Sample their wide variety of beers in the nautical-themed tasting room which offers 12 taps pouring from a handsomely handcrafted wooden-boat bar.

     

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  • Day 54 New York, NY
    Day 54 – New York, NY

    New York City is the perfect destination to start your cruise along the Hudson River. Referred to as the city that doesn’t sleep, New York City is home to Broadway theaters, world-famous museums, iconic department stores, and Radio City Music Hall.  

    After boarding your ship, enjoy a delightful afternoon cruising from this bustling metropolitan area to the idyllic Hudson River region.

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    Crime & Cannoli

    Join a local New Yorker for a food and crime tour of one of New York’s most famously nefarious neighborhoods, Little Italy, and get a behind the scenes look at its dark underbelly. Begin with a brief ride up to Little Italy, followed by a walking and eating tour, including at least four dedicated food stops to sample cannolis and true New York pizza, among other delicious dishes. Along the way, explore sites and figures related to La Cosa Nostra. 

    Note: This excursion will be offered on embarkation day for cruises on American Star and American Independence. This excursion will be offered the day before disembarkation for cruises on American Constitution.

    Activity Level: High | ADA Accessible: Yes

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    9/11 Memorial & Museum

    Be greeted by your guide at the ship as you board your motorcoach to travel to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Located at the World Trade Center, this museum honors those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks, those who risked their lives to help others, and the courage of those who survived. Enjoy a guided exploration, during which this poignant story is told through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. After, explore the grounds on your own which include the Memorial Pools where the towers once stood, the Survivor Tree, and the 9/11 Memorial Glade.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 55 West Point, NY
    Day 55 – West Point, NY

    The United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America. Tour the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel, while viewing magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.

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    West Point Experience

    Discover America’s most notable military academy, considered by George Washington to be the most important military position in America. Its establishment as the United States Military Academy occurred in 1802 when Thomas Jefferson signed legislation to that effect. This guided exploration of the historic grounds of West Point includes Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and other stunning areas of campus. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking vistas and magnificent views of the Hudson Valley.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 56 Catskill, NY
    Day 56 – Catskill, NY

    The scenic beauty of the Catskills has long been an inspiration to artists, writers, and naturalists who draw inspiration from its tranquil forests and expansive mountain landscapes. Explore the Hudson River School Art Trail, which includes the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill village, and sites like Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock, which inspired 19th-century landscape painters.

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    Catskill Active

    This active shore excursion is in 2 parts:

    Hudson River Skywalk provides panoramic views from hundreds of feet in the air and is one of two pedestrian crossings over the Hudson River. As you look towards the mountains, see if you can identify the features of Rip Van Winkle sleeping. The walkway is over 2 miles round-trip.

    Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform: Witness the highest two-tiered cascading waterfall in New York and one of America’s oldest tourist attractions. It has been a featured topic of prominent books, essays, poems, and paintings of the early 19th century.

    Activity Level: High | ADA Accessible: No

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    Olana State Historic Site Exploration

    Traverse the historic formal approach to Olana's Main House and learn about the ideas that influenced Frederic Church and architect Calvert Vaux in sitting and designing this Middle Eastern-inspired Hudson Valley villa. Explore the intact, richly decorated historic interiors of the main floor, including the stunning central Court Hall, Isabel Church's Sitting Room designed around her husband's masterpiece, El Khasné, Petra (1874), and Frederic Church's richly appointed painting studio.

    Explore the landscape on a walking exploration along Olana’s upper carriage road loop. Learn about Frederic Church’s work as an artist and landscape designer, as well as his engagement with environmental conservation. Along this route, enjoy exquisite, panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley, Catskill Mountains in New York, Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, and the Green Mountains of southern Vermont.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessible: Partially

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    Thomas Cole National Historic Site

    A visit to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site provides entry into the world of the man who became the father of American landscape painting and founder of the Hudson River School of Art. Tour the 1815 Federal yellow-brick Main House and visit the historic rooms where the Cole family lived, including the West Parlor where Thomas Cole was married and the upstairs rooms where his children were born and where Cole died in 1848.

    Discover the Old Studio where Thomas Cole created many of his major works. The building was restored in 2004 and is now furnished with his original easels and other art-making equipment and tools.
         
    Enjoy an exploration of the formal gardens including a variety of flowers, including hollyhocks, larkspur, poppies, roses, china asters, dahlia, and valerian. Admire the wide variety of fruit trees, including a honey locust that grows close to the front porch of the house. View a small portion of what was once an extensive kitchen garden with vegetables, bush fruit, and grape vines.   
     

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Partial

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    FASNY Museum of Firefighting

    Explore this impressive museum, featuring over sixty fire engines on exhibit, as well as numerous examples of firefighting gear, as well as equipment and art, depicting the heroic history of firefighting in New York City. Current exhibits include Touchstone: Remembering the 20th Anniversary of 9-11, which contains artifacts from this tragic event. The exhibit The Romance of Firefighting includes one-of-a kind wooden hand pumpers with original artwork and intricate woodworking, and also features amazing oils on canvas. And don’t miss meeting Molly the Museum dog, the Museum’s resident Dalmatian.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 57 Troy, NY
    Day 57 – Troy, NY

    A former steel and textile manufacturing center, Troy once produced detachable collars for men’s shirts, giving the town the nickname “Collar City.”  Troy is also known as the home of "Uncle Sam" - the goateed, patriotic figure that grew to symbolize the U.S. government. In the late 1800s at the peak of the Industrial Revolution, Troy was the 4th-richest city in the U.S. Today the city is the perfect blend of old and new, offering farm-to-table dining, local breweries, unique shopping, and a vibrant performing arts scene, all while preserving a mix of Victorian, Greek-Revival, Gothic-Revival, and Georgian architecture. 

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    Historic Troy Walking Excursion

    The Central Troy Historic District has been described as "one of the most perfectly preserved 19th-century downtowns in the country," with nearly 700 properties in a variety of architectural styles, from the early 19th to mid-20th centuries. Thanks to a booming textile industry, Troy was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States during this time. Enjoy a walking tour with a local historian as you view the Victorian architecture of the area and learn how such remarkable structures are preserved over time. Step back in time to the Age of Innocence, while discovering the history of the town.

    Activity Level: High | ADA Accessible: No

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  • Day 58 Kingston, NY
    Day 58 – Kingston, NY

    When the steamboat debuted in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel. Kingston preserves the heritage of the region at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as "Millionaires Row," replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen as a summer retreat.

    Due to Hyde Park’s natural beauty and proximity to the city, families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes nearby. The area is most famously known as the birthplace of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is the site of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, as well as his home, Springwood Estate, which is designated as a National Historic Site.

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    FDR Mansion Experience

    Led by an expert guide, visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, one of the great historic homes of America. Learn about the fascinating history of this neo-Georgian home, filled with memorabilia of the Roosevelt family and the birthplace of the president in 1882.

    Enjoy a self-guided exploration of the FDR Library and Museum, which features exhibits that tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II, with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special interactives, immersive audio‐visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessible: Yes

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    Vanderbilt Mansion Exploration

    Historically known as Hyde Park, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates. For nearly two centuries, this home has been the epicenter to the socially prominent and the elite class of New Yorkers in late nineteenth-century America. Led by your guide, get a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period, and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as the Gilded Age. Discover the over 200 acres of the original property, including historic buildings, original furnishings, manicured landscapes, natural woodlands, formal gardens and associated documents. Explore the centerpiece of the estate, the mansion, a masterpiece of American Beaux-Arts design by the distinguished architectural firm McKim, Mead & White.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Yes

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    Apple & Cheese Tasting

    Expand your palette and knowledge of Hudson Valley foods during this informative and delicious cheese and apple tasting. New York state is the fifth largest producer of cheese in the United States, with a long history of dairy farms. The state is also famous for the variety and unique flavors of their apple orchards. Local experts will present a rich variety of cheeses and apples and discuss the history of both in the region. Stroll down the dock and step into a beautiful, hand-build barn to sample the bounty of the Hudson Valley.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Yes

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    Wooden Boat School Demo and Guided Museum Excursion

    On a guided exploration of the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Wooden Boat School, discover the unique marine history of the Hudson River. Explore the museum which houses unique artifacts from the age of steamships and canal boats to ice sailing and the tugboat industry. Learn about the lighthouses and keepers that kept the traffic on the Hudson River moving. During your excursion, get an introduction to the Wooden Boat School and enjoy a boat building demonstration of half hull lofting. The techniques used and taught in our Wooden Boat School are as old as shipbuilding itself.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 59 Sleepy Hollow, NY
    Day 59 – Sleepy Hollow, NY

    The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.

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    Gothic Lyndhurst Mansion

    Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Join us on a guided exploration of this remarkable example of the Hudson River’s grand and historic estates while enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Yes

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    Sleepy Hollow Exploration

    Celebrate fall with a visit to historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Washington Irving, the celebrated author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is buried. Learn more about his famous short story, his enduring legacy within the community, and visit Irving's final resting place.

    Activity Level: Low | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 60 New York, NY
    Day 60 – New York, NY

    As we approach New York City, admire its famous skyline with buildings that disappear into the clouds. Once you have docked in Manhattan, experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. American Cruise Lines has a variety of shore excursions to suite your preferences, from freestyle exploration to guided excursions.

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    9/11 Memorial & Museum

    Be greeted by your guide at the ship as you board your motorcoach to travel to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Located at the World Trade Center, this museum honors those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks, those who risked their lives to help others, and the courage of those who survived. Enjoy a guided exploration, during which this poignant story is told through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. After, explore the grounds on your own which include the Memorial Pools where the towers once stood, the Survivor Tree, and the 9/11 Memorial Glade.

    Activity Level: Moderate | ADA Accessible: Yes

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    Crime & Cannoli

    Join a local New Yorker for a food and crime tour of one of New York’s most famously nefarious neighborhoods, Little Italy, and get a behind the scenes look at its dark underbelly. Begin with a brief ride up to Little Italy, followed by a walking and eating tour, including at least four dedicated food stops to sample cannolis and true New York pizza, among other delicious dishes. Along the way, explore sites and figures related to La Cosa Nostra. 

    Note: This excursion will be offered on embarkation day for cruises on American Star and American Independence. This excursion will be offered the day before disembarkation for cruises on American Constitution.

    Activity Level: High | ADA Accessible: Yes

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  • Day 61 New York, NY/ Statue of Liberty Viewing
    Day 61 – New York, NY/ Statue of Liberty Viewing

    End your journey, where it began in the vibrant city of Manhattan. Reflect upon your wonderful adventure as you begin your travels home. Or, stay an extra day or two to explore more.

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    Explore More in New York

    Stay an extra day or two to enjoy all that New York City has to offer. Enjoy a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, view exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, or simply explore New York City, freestyle. Ask your onboard Hotel Manager for recommendations on area hotels, attractions, and more.

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