American Launches Discover America for 2013

Combined cruises explore the country from coast to coast By: Marilyn Green
Cruisers can follow the rivers of the west on Queen of the West with American Cruise Lines. // © 2012
Cruisers can follow the rivers of the west on Queen of the West with American Cruise Lines. // © 2012

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American Cruise Lines has announced the introduction of its Discover America Cruise Collection, an assortment of itinerary combinations and themes that draw on the line’s river cruises in the South, on the Mississippi and in the Pacific Northwest. The Discover America combination packages feature specialty pricing and travel credits on back-to-back cruise bookings. 

The 15-day Wild, Wild West itinerary, departing June 13, combines the Mississippi with the Northwest Columbia and Snake Rivers onboard two paddlewheelers. On Queen of the West, guests will follow the rivers that helped shape the West, tracing the footsteps of the legendary explorers Lewis and Clark. On the new Queen of the Mississippi, passengers experience life and travel on the river as Mark Twain did in days gone by, giving them an unusually comprehensive view of historical exploration and travel in America. 

For an added historic touch, American’s 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi will soon be enhanced by a 132-year-old Nichol steam calliope from Washington, a paddlewheel that operated on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from 1880 to 1938. The fully functioning, steam-powered instrument is currently being restored.

Another combined itinerary is the 15-day Coast to Coast: Historic South and Golden Isles and Columbia and Snake Rivers. Guests travel cross country from the desert canyons and historic landmarks of the West to the Civil War battlefields, plantations and charming cities of the South. On both cruises guests will see history come alive with the cruise departing May 4.

The 22-day Great American River Run brings together cruises on the Mississippi River, Columbia and Snake rivers and Great Rivers of Florida, an all-in-one exploration of the United Sates, departing April 13.

“America is an impressive country filled with truly unique cruising options which most people are unaware of. The Discover America Cruise Collection aims to change that,” said Timothy Beebe, vice president. “There is a tremendous amount of history and culture in America, and so much to discover. We take pride in introducing and re-introducing the great places of the U.S. to our guests from the unique viewpoint of its waterways.”

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