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You’ve chosen a specific cruise destination for a reason, whether you adore the food, music, stunning terrain, or local wildlife found there. You want to make the most of your trip by immersing in your favorite parts of the region. Theme cruises provide the means to do so, taking you deeper – deeper into local culture and history, deeper into new lands where memories are made in each moment.

Whether you dream of dancing the Second Line under the stars on a Mississippi Jazz Tour or learning first-hand about the epic battles of the Civil War, USA River Cruises has options for you! Choose our iconic Elvis-themed cruise, from Memphis, TN, to New Orleans, LA, or a Thanksgiving Cruise aboard the American Queen. Whether your trip is a much-needed vacation with your beloved or a holiday getaway, our theme cruises provide exciting and varied options for everyone in your group.

USA River Cruises’ ships traverse the globe, offering some of the most sought-after international theme cruises on the market today. Looking to experience the arts? Our Paris and Normandy cruise stops in Giverny, the home of Monet, offering a chance to see timeless art in the place where it originated. Thirsty for the world’s finest wines? Our Danube, Rhine, Seine, and Douro cruises offer breathtaking views and delicious tasting opportunities in regions rich in world-renowned grapes. Want to spend a magical Christmas season in a faraway place? Our Christmas Markets cruises tour the most festive ports in Europe, where you can purchase gifts for loved ones in the charming, bustling streets of historic towns and partake in local treats and traditions.

Ready to take the plunge? We’re adding new theme cruises every week. Contact our friendly, knowledgeable agents today!

Rivers of Wine Columbia River Cruise

Rivers of Wine Columbia River Cruise

Wine Experts Onboard!! $350 Off Per Cabin on Select 2017 Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2017

Board the S.S. Legacy and experience Northwest wine on four of its rivers: Columbia, Snake, Willamette and Palouse. As the Pacific Northwest continues to make a name for itself in the wine world,- More...

Holiday-Christmas Markets

Save up to $800 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2017 Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2017

Think of it: the most opulent riverboat in the world, cruising the Mississippi River, decorated for a Victorian Christmas! The American Queen will be transporting you from New Orleans to Memphis (or- More...

New Year’s Eve Aboard the American Queen

New Year's Eve Aboard the American Queen

Book & Pay In full and Save $800 Off Per Stateroom!!
Book by: 05/31/2017

For your new year's resolution, you're going to travel. And to start the year off right, ring in the new year onboard the American Queen! You'll celebrate the entire week, but everyone will gather- More...

Thanksgiving Aboard the American Queen

Save up to $600 Off Per Stateroom on Select Departures!!
Book by: 05/31/2017

Thanksgiving Aboard the American Queen Give thanks for not having to cook the turkey, do the dishes, or clean up the house for company! Whether you want a holiday to yourself, or you take the- More...

Cruise the Deep South: New Orleans, Round Trip

Save up to $1000 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2017 Departures!!
Book by: 04/29/2017

New Orleans is situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, guardian of the treasures that abound along the river's edge. Let the America or the Queen of the Mississippi be your river guide,- More...

Chesapeake Bay

Book 9 Months in Advance and Save up to $400 off Per Stateroom!!
Book by: 04/30/2017

This 8-day small ship cruise will immerse you in history along the Eastern Shore of Maryland.- More...

Maine Coast & Harbors

Maine Coast & Harbors

Save up to $1000 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2017 Departures!!
Book by: 04/29/2017

There's an undeniable magic found along the coast of Maine, a panorama of astonishing beauty and lasting allure. Explore the best of Maine on this 8 day/ 7 night small ship cruise.- More...

Upper Mississippi River Cruise: St. Louis – St.Paul

Upper Mississippi River Cruise: St. Louis - St.Paul

Two magnificent paddlewheelers are cruising the Upper Mississippi River: the Queen of the Mississippi and the America (new to the river 2016). Escape the heat of Summer with the cool breezes from the- More...

Civil War Theme Aboard the American Queen: Nashville to Chattanooga

Civil War Theme Aboard the American Queen: Nashville to Chattanooga

  There is no more defining moment in the history of the South than the Civil War. The Mississippi River was often at the forefront of the war, because of its strategic advantages for- More...

In the Path of Lewis & Clark: Rail & Sail

In the Path of Lewis & Clark: Rail & Sail

Join us on a very special one-time voyage of discovery this September that combines a journey aboard our own private vintage Streamliner train, the 'Great Western Limited' from California to- More...

Antebellum South Cruise

Antebellum South Cruise

The Old South is about traditions, nostalgia, and hospitality. You'll experience all three on these American Queen cruises. On the lower Mississippi River, you'll visit small river towns, big,- More...

Explore Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands

Explore Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands

Transit through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise Seattle’s picture-perfect waterfront. Enjoy leisurely time for watching orcas, gray whales, sea lions, seals, sea birds, and eagles, and to- More...

Autumn Colors Aboard the American Queen: Chattanooga to Nashville

Autumn Colors Aboard the American Queen: Chattanooga to Nashville

  Cruising in Autumn is magic! As you roll down the river, watch the colors change across the landscape. Glimpse the white steeples peeking up through the leaves, and the colors run up and- More...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Sold Out for 2017! Watch for 2018 Departures. There is nothing more synonymous with the Mississippi River than Mark Twain. Originally born Samuel Longhorne Clemens in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark- More...

Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

Are you the type of cruiser who just wants to sit back and watch the world float by? Let's cross the Upper Mississippi off your cruise to-do list with this 9-day getaway, roundtrip from Minneapolis.- More...

A Taste of Bordeaux

A Taste of Bordeaux

Join us aboard the AmaDolce on a wine cruise, roundtrip from Bordeaux, France! Our Cruise Package Includes: 1-night pre-cruise hotel in Paris, France high-speed TGV train to Bordeaux - More...

Lower Mississippi River Cruise: New Orleans – Memphis

Lower Mississippi River Cruise: New Orleans - Memphis

Explore historic and modern river life on this unique exploration of the Lower Mississippi River. Cruising from NOLA to Memphis, or reverse, you'll catch the heartbeat of the river. Enjoy Cajun- More...

Provence Wine Cruise

Provence Wine Cruise

2017 Provence Wine Cruise! Provence is one of the most well-known wine-growing regions of France, and a fantastic cruise destination for wine lovers! What's Included: 7-night cruise from- More...

Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal

Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal

Explore the natural wonderland of both of Panama's coastlines! You'll kayak, paddle board and snorkel among the Guna Yala Islands in the Caribbean and Las Perlas Islands in the Gulf of Panama.- More...

Musical Heritage of the Delta

Musical Heritage of the Delta

Become engulfed in the true south: from the fertile cotton fields and vast sugar cane plantations to the pillared mansions and bygone battlefields. Through it all echoes the musical history of the- More...