American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced today its Spring Cruise Collection, a various selection of cruises handpicked to showcase the beautiful 2013 spring season. Cruise itineraries include the Mississippi River, Historic South & Golden Isles, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Great Rivers of Florida, and American Cruise Lines’ brand new itinerary, Puget Sound & San Juan Islands. The addition of this new cruise offering makes the Spring Cruise Collection the most extensive one offered to date.
Lower Mississippi River: Springtime cruising on the Mississippi River is a spectacular time to experience the American Heartland. Historic rivertowns come alive as sprawling acres of gardens bloom with regional flora. Guests will take a relaxing journey aboard the elegant Queen of the Mississippi, their minds wandering back in time on this authentic riverboat, as they soak up the warm Mississippi sunlight and marvel at the breathtaking views around every bend of the river. Featured Dates: March 23, April 6 (New Orleans – Memphis)
Historic South & Golden Isles: Spring in the South is an awakening of color and wildlife. Azaleas line shady lanes and plantation gardens erupt with color. Migratory birds and waterfowl soar above while guests travel through the vivacity of spring on the Intracoastal Waterway, and visit the historically-rich gem cities of the South along the way, including Savannah, Charleston and Hilton Head. Featured Dates: March 30, April 13
Columbia & Snake Rivers: Aboard Queen of the West, an authentic paddlewheeler, guests are introduced to the stunning springtime beauty of the Pacific Northwest and its rich tapestry of ever-changing landscapes, thriving wildlife habitats and fascinating human endeavors. Deep river canyons, lush forested slopes and sparkling waterfalls make this a place like no other, and one best experienced in the spring. Featured Dates: April 6, April 20
Great Rivers of Florida: This cruise along the St. Johns River is the perfect escape to a tropical paradise. In the springtime, Florida is a botanical haven, with bright, blooming flowers amid the palm trees that border the river. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy close-up views of indigenous wildlife from the top deck of the ship including manatee and alligators. Warm mineral springs, sub-tropical blooms and historic ruins make this the perfect spring getaway. Featured Dates: March 9, April 13
Puget Sound & San Juan Islands: Guests will leave relaxed and rejuvenated after eight days enjoying the delicious crisp springtime air of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. They’ll feel the warm sun on their backs and the cool calming wind as they explore one of the most magnificent cruising regions in the U.S. Nestled between Canada’s Vancouver Island and the U.S. mainland, are hundreds of islands – many of which are uninhabited – and home to a diverse natural wonderland filled with wildlife, including sea lions, hawks, and whales. Both refreshing and enlightening, this itinerary is perfect for a relaxing springtime adventure. Featured Dates: April 13, April 20
“The springtime is one of the best times to experience small ship cruising with American Cruise Lines,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “This particular collection rounds up a selection of unique itineraries which sail through some of the most beautiful places in the U.S., most enjoyable in the spring months. Each cruise offers an experience unlike any other.”