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There are many factors that go into choosing the right cruise, including departure dates, cabin availability, and cruise theme! Not all cruises have themes, but there are destinations that lend themselves quite easily to a theme. Cruising to Memphis would make it easy to talk about Elvis and other American music traditions from the region. Cruising to Alaska or Mexico is fantastic for nature and wildlife photography! European cruises open up to so many possibilities: wine, tulips, religious sites, historical time periods, etc. Theme cruises happen year round. Here’s a few of our most popular themes, and when you can take them in 2015:

Civil War

Civil War theme cruise - CannonI’ve heard it said that the Civil War never ended in the South… Well, I don’t know about that. But I do know that our cruise ships often focus on Civil War memorials, visiting battle fields, plantations, and other historic hot spots. You’ll learn so much from the local guides, park rangers, historians, and other experts that will bring the American Civil War to life! Some 2015 cruises that focus on Civil War are:

American Eagle

Queen of the Mississippi

Independence

American Queen

Lewis & Clark

Lewis & ClarkThere are no more important American explorers than Lewis & Clark – or at least, that’s what my history teachers convinced me. Their great trek West has captured imaginations for generations. You can also relive their historic trek, at least along the Columbia River to Ft. Clatsop, where they wintered before returning home.

S.S. Legacy

  • Legacy of Discovery – Portland, roundtrip. Enhanced Theme Dates: May 16, 23; October 31; November 7.

American Empress

Queen of the West

  • April 4 – Clarkston to Portland
  • April 11 – Portland to Clarkston
  • April 18 – Clarkston to Portland
  • May 30 – Clarkston to Portland
  • August 22 – Clarkston to Portland
  • October 17 – Clarkston to Portland
  • October 24 – Portland to Clarkston

Sea Lion/Sea Bird

  • September 21 – Portland to Clarkston
  • September 22 – Portland to Clarkston
  • September 28 – Clarkston to Portland
  • October 3 – Portland to Clarkston
  • October 4 – Portland to Clarkston
  • October 10 – Clarkston to Portland
  • October 27 – Portland to Clarkston

Barb playing Cajun washboard in the Cajun bandMusic

Music is the universal language, and cruising to different locations will expose you to different music genres! The Mississippi Riverboats are excited to show off their regional music as they cruise. You could be a part of the music, like our client (right) playing with a cajun band on her Mississippi river cruise!

American Queen

  • February 20 – New Orleans, roundtrip. Big Band Swing.
  • March 27 – New Orleans to Memphis. Delta Blues.
  • August 8 – St. Paul, roundtrip. Music of the 50s and 60s.
  • October 24 – Chattanooga to Nashville. Country Music.
  • October 31 – Nashville to Memphis. Country & Blues.
  • December 5 – Memphis to New Orleans. Elvis.

S.S. Legacy

American Eagle

Queen of the Mississippi

European Cruise

  • September 19 – Blue Danube Discovery. Budapest to Prague. Jazz.Variety of birds

Wildlife & Photography

The natural beauty of the world is a wonder. Enjoy learning about new wildlife, in the air or under the sea. Or get your cameras for workshops or lessons on great photography.

 

Grande Caribe/Grande Mariner

Safari Endeavour

Wilderness Adventurer

Wine and BeerThe Saloon on the S.S. Legacy

What is better than cruising down the river with a glass of wine or a bottle of craft beer? Not much! There are so many opportunities and regions enjoying wine and beer, and cruise ships are now visiting wineries and breweries, as well as bringing experts on board. Learn and enjoy on these great cruises:

Wilderness Adventurer

S.S. Legacy

American Spirit

Queen of the West

American Queen

  • July 4 – St. Louis to Cincinnati. Bourbon.

European Cruises

  • March 30 – Tulip Time. Amsterdam, roundtrip. Beer.
  • November 12, 14, 17 – The Romantic Danube. Vilshofen to Budapest. Wine.
  • March 25; April 1, 22; November 11 – Paris & Normandy. Paris, roundtrip. Wine.
  • November 15, 22 – Provence & Spain. Paris to Barcelona. Wine.
  • March 29; October 14; November 6, 11 – The Enchanting Rhine. Amsterdam to Basel. Wine.
  • March 20, 27 – Enticing Douro. Porto, roundtrip. Wine.
  • November 8, 10, 13 – Melodies of the Danube. Budapest to Vilshofen. Wine.
  • December 11 – Christmas Time Cruise. Prague to Budapest. Beer.

Fall FoliageFall Colors on the Hudson

There’s nothing better than cruising past the bright colors of Autumn! The Northeast is a popular choice, although there are other options. Book these now – limited seasonal cruise dates sell out fast!

 

Grande Mariner/Caribe

American Queen

Independence

American Star

American Glory

American Spirit

Pearl Mist

There are so many more themes, but these are definitely our most popular. Which themes are your favorite? Wine? Fall Colors? Tell your agent which is your favorite, and we’ll start planning your 2015 adventures now. 800-578-1479

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