Boutique small ship cruises offer the luxury and convenience of larger cruise ships, plus personalised service and a more intimate setting. In America, there are few grander or more nostalgic ways to experience the history, culture, landscapes and wildlife of its great waterways than by paddle-wheel riverboat.
This mighty river system, which drains 31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces throughout its 3,730-kilometre long course, has been a magnet for travellers for centuries. From the Upper Mississippi’s hidden treasures such as Le Claire and Galena to the antebellum charm of iconic cities of New Orleans, Memphis and Vicksburg, this is a journey that will have you agreeing with its most famous son, Mark Twain: “It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable.”
Instead of sailing all the way to St Louis, you can leave the Mississippi at the city of Cairo, and instead head up one of its main tributaries: the Ohio River, which itself stretches for over 1,000 kilometres through heartland America. Only in America can you sample award-winning Kentucky moonshine, visit a thoroughbred stud in bluegrass country and meet Noah and his animals at Cincinnati’s Ark Encounter: a biblical theme park, complete with zoo and ziplining – all in one journey!
The pristine Pacific Northwest is the ideal destination if you want to get away from it all and experience awe-inspiring, natural beauty. From the dense coastal forests of Washington and Oregon to the rolling wine country of Red Mountain wine country and the vertical canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, you’ll soak up the history and heritage of this amazing part of the world and the people who have inhabited it.
Whether you’re exploring the mighty rivers of the United States or the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Seas, boutique cruise ships can access ports that the larger ships can’t reach. From South Africa to the North Atlantic, Ohio to the Aegean, India to Iceland, your personal travel manager can help you find a small ship cruise that will take you just about anywhere.