Staying Close to Home

Hold that passport: You won’t need your passport on these USA cruises

The USA is a vast country with many different landscapes and waterways to explore. Many people do a lot of their traveling when they’re young and the world is all new to them. But once you’ve traveled abroad, you may begin to realize that there is so much you’ve never seen in your own backyard.  If you’d rather see more of the USA and discover the America we can easily take for granted, try a cruise that never leaves its borders.We’ve sampled 5 cruises available in different regions allowing you to explore the wide variety of small towns, big cities, wide-open spaces, and forested landscapes we call home is a great way to see America in all its glorious diversity – from sea to shining sea.

Mount Baker Puget Sound water with sailboat

From the snow-capped Pacific Northwest to California’s wine country and the sunny California coastline:

Cruise the western states of California, Oregon, and Washington in all its variety and natural stunning beauty:

  1. Lindblad’s The National Geographic Quest – a 100 guest cruise ship for the nature lover on the Columbia and Snake Rivers
  2. American Cruise Line’s Napa Valley cruise aboard the 190 guest cruise ship taking you from San Francisco and into the Napa Valley wine country  
  3. The American Constellation cruises the San Juan Islands on a 8 day/7 night cruise out of Seattle’s Puget Sound
  4. Lindblad’s The National Geographic Venture – a 100 guest cruise ship exploring California’s wildlife
  5. Cruise the Columbia River on a 9 day/8 night trip from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains aboard the iconic American Empress 
Mississippi River

To the heart of the midwest and the mighty Mississippi with paddleboats, an easy flowing river, and a field of dreams:

  1. Explore the Tennessee Rivers aboard the American Serenade on an 8 day /7 night cruise exploring the small towns between Chattanooga and Nashville 
  2. Explore the many charming small midwest towns along the Upper Mississippi aboard the American Symphony 
  3. Viking America’s Great River will take you the full length of the Mississippi River on a relaxing 14 day cruise aboard the Viking Mississippi taking you from St. Paul, Minnesota to New Orleans
  4. Discover the Grand Ohio River on a cruise aboard the American Heritage paddlewheeler between St. Louis to Pittsburgh 
  5. Cruise the lower Mississippi river on a 9 day/8 night cruise traveling New Orleans to Memphis aboard the largest paddlewheeler, the American Queen
Tybee island lighthouse

To the warm waters of the southeast coastline with sandy beaches, turtle sanctuaries, and very tall lighthouses:

  1. Get a real feel for the history of the southern shores from pre-Revolution to magnficent mansions of tycoons on the Historic South and Golden Isles aboard the 100 guest American Independence 
  2. Explore the inner waterways and discover amazing wildlife on the Great Rivers of Florida cruise aboard the 100 guest American Star
  3. If you crave a longer cruise, the new American Glory offers a 3 week cruise around Florida on their Complete Southeast Cruise taking you along the full southeast coastline from Baltimore to Key West and up to St. Petersburg, Florida
colonial Williamsburg blue sky brick building

Where you can walk in the footsteps of our founding fathers and discover revolutionary history in the Chesapeake Bay and New England towns:

  1. Dive deep into the Maine coastline on the Downeast Maine cruise aboard the American Eagle – an 8 day/7 night cruise round trip out of Bangor, Maine
  2. For a longer cruise, try the 15 day/14 night cruise on the East Coast Inland itinerary aboard the American Independence, American Star, or the American Eagle taking you from Baltimore, Maryland to Jacksonville, Florida
  3. Wander the charming streets and sandy beaches of Cape Cod islands on the Cape Codder cruise aboard the American Eagle or American Constitution
  4. Walk in the footsteps of our founding fathers on the American Revolution cruise aboard the appropriately named American Constitution
  5. Visit lesser-traveled port cities on the Yankee Seaports cruise aboard the new American Glory on an 8 day/7 night cruise exploring the past from Plymouth to Sag Harbor, New London to Port Jefferson
Alaska snow capped mountain blue water

And of course, to the unique USA landscapes outside the Lower 48:

Alaska and Hawaii Cruises:

  1. The 22 guest Safari Quest will take you on an 8 day/7 night cruise round trip out of Juneau, Alaska never leaving USA waters on this exciting Uncruise Glacier Country cruise 
  2. The Wilderness Explorer is a 76 passenger expedition ship offering a Glacier Bay & Haines Adventure round trip cruise out of Juneau with three days exploring the Glacier Bay National Park 
  3. Explore the southeast Alaskan coastline on a roundtrip cruise aboard the larger 170 passenger ship,  American Constellation on its Southeast Alaska cruise
  4. Sail roundtrip out of Los Angeles for a combination Pacific Ocean / Hawaiian Islands vacation aboard the relatively large small ship, the 930 guest Viking Star on its 16 night Hawaiian Islands Sojourn cruise 
  5. Begin your journey in Moloka’i and explore the small islands of Lana’i and western coastline of the big island aboard the intimate 36 guest Safari Explorer on an 8 night Hawaiian Seascapes cruise


As you can see, there is so much to explore when you look in your own backyard. You won’t need a passport to visit any of these amazing locations!  

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