Groups in search of a true Americana experience can step aboard American Cruise Lines’ special theme cruises that explore U.S. culture and history.
The cruise line’s fleet of ships already caters to groups with onboard meeting space and enrichment classes, but this year, the company is expanding group business with new dedicated group coordinators alongside group discounts (depending on the group size). “In 2018, American Cruise Lines will grow its fleet to 10 ships with even more under construction,” says Susan Shultz-Gelino, the cruise line’s director of business development. “We are expanding our sales department and group travel strategies to keep up with the brand’s rapid growth.”
That means its easier than ever for groups to explore some of the country’s most cultural and naturally beautiful elements via the same waterways that Lewis and Clark once explored. Here are five themed cruises that highlight the America’s best.
Mark Twain Cruise
Explore Mark Twain’s Americana with a cruise along the Mississippi River. A stop in Hannibal, Mo., Twain’s hometown, is full of references to his literary classics. A Mark Twain impersonator will add to the experience as attendees make their way to the homes of Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher.
Nashville Country & Blues
It doesn’t get much more American than country and blues music—both of which have deep roots along the Mississippi River. This cruise takes attendees from the honky-tonk bars of Nashville to the St. Louis blues scene, where Miles Davis, Roosevelt Sykes and Ike Turner got their starts.
Hudson River Fall Foliage
Experience New York at its finest, when the leaves are starting to change color, by taking this cruise from New York City to Albany. Attendees will enjoy stops along the way with guided shore excursions to some of the best foliage viewing spots.
Tulip Festival Cruise
While fall is the Northeast’s optimal time to visit, spring is best for a visit to the Pacific Northwest. Take this Puget Sound cruise to explore colorful tulips and floral displays during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, where attendees can stop to learn tips from master growers.
Food & Wine Cruise
Also available in the Pacific Northwest, the Food & Wine Cruise features delicious seafood and regional wines, matched by views of natural landmarks and topography that contribute to the uniqueness of the wine varietals.