Regionally Inspired Entertainers and Experts
Carefully selected onboard experts with knowledge in and passion for American history, ecology, and culture join us on each of our cruises. Their informal presentations, open discussions, and activities bring each region to life. They are available throughout each day to add context to your journey and will also attend shore excursions to give our guests behind-the-scenes insight into some of America’s most treasured destinations.
Nightly entertainment ranges from interactive lectures to live musical performances in one of the ships’ inviting lounges. Resident entertainers provide light music in the afternoon, while local musicians join us in the evening to perform music born along America’s legendary rivers and waterways.
There are also a variety of onboard activities scheduled throughout the day, depending on the itinerary, including Art Classes, App-titude Classes (Tech Made Easy), Cooking Demonstrations, Fitness, Trivia, and more.
As we cruise this legendary river, our experts will provide you with a deeper understanding of river history, culture, and lore. Learn about the Civil War as you walk the grounds on which it took place. Take part in discussions about the river’s role in the development of American music and discover how steamboats played a major part in America’s western expansion.
Columbia & Snake Rivers
Our onboard experts share tales of characters who helped shape the history of America along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, from Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery to Sacajawea and the legendary John Colter. Learn about the stunning eruption of Mount St. Helens and the leveling of the Columbia River as you transit its many lock and dam systems.
Indulge in the rich maritime history and cultural treasures of New England, with the help of our onboard experts. Through engaging presentations onboard and ashore, learn about early exploration and the history of America’s birthplace from the first settlers to the present. Discover the plentiful marine wildlife, the amazing Maine lobster industry, and the region’s unique ecology and geology.
From Baltimore to Jacksonville, topics of our onboard experts include a blend of natural and human history. Learn about the underlying geology of the area, coastal culture and ecology, native wildlife, and maritime heritage, including the history of pirates. Discover why many destinations along the way were once winter retreats for America’s wealthiest families.
Alaska holds some of the greatest scenery and wildlife on the planet. Seasoned Alaskan travelers, our onboard experts share their knowledge of the area in an entertaining and fun way. While cruising, discover fascinating facts on the region's flora, fauna, geology, and wildlife as well as the history of the native people.
Our onboard naturalists and historians bring meaning and relevance to each destination. Learn about the unique marine life and the incredible ecosystem of Washington's temperate rainforest, as well as the native art and culture of the region. As we cruise, listen to our onboard expert describe the native wildlife including whales, eagles, and seals from the sun deck.
100% American. Every port of call is in the U.S., every crewmember is American, and the story we tell along the way is about America. Each day is an opportunity to explore a new destination close to home.