Are you planning your next family or couple’s vacation?

Well, why not venture out to sea with a bottle of vino on a wine cruise? River cruises, in particular, provide a lovely opportunity to explore different United States destinations.

River wine cruises make for excellent getaway options for wine-loving couples. Besides, what seems more romantic than sipping on some vino while watching the sunset over the river with the person you love most?

In case you might need a little more convincing, this post will dive into five reasons you and your partner should consider embarking on a river wine cruise for your next romantic vacation.

Where Can I Find a River Wine Cruise?

Before we review the reasons why you should take a river wine cruise, let’s discuss where to find the perfect one.

American Queen Voyages offers some of the best wine cruises in North America, providing guests with all-inclusive overnight accommodations and various luxe amenities. Travelers depart from Portland or Spokane, exploring the Columbia River, Snake River, and Washington state’s wine country aboard the beautiful American Empress.

We also give away a complimentary bottle of vino upon arrival for those with our Commodore Services. In addition, many of our port destinations have wineries and vineyard tours nearby, such as Maryhill Winery’s waterfront tasting room in Vancouver, Washington.

Reasons Why You & Your Partner Should Go on a River Wine Cruise with American Queen Voyages

1. Our River Wine Cruise Features All-Inclusive Accommodations

One of the most practical reasons to embark on a river wine cruise with American Queen Voyages is to take advantage of all-inclusive accommodations. This means that all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, hotel to vessel ground transfers, daily entertainment, guided tours, and a one-night pre-cruise overnight hotel accommodation are covered in your initial rate. Furthermore, you can choose to go on other specialty excursions like the Red Mountain Vine To Wine Experience at an additional cost.

2. You Can Learn More About Different Wines

Undoubtedly the best reason to embark on a river wine cruise is to learn more about vino. We visit The Dalles and Clarkston wine regions throughout our voyage, both known for having an ideal temperate climate to produce some of the highest quality Reds and Rieslings in the nation.

Clarkston’s Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Region, nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains, is home to sixteen vineyards growing red and white grape varieties. We always recommend that our guests check out the award-winning Basalt Cellars and Parejas Cellars in Downtown Clarkston.

The Dalles, a city in Oregon right off the Columbia River, is known for its natural beauty and blossoming wine region. We suggest visiting the Jacob Williams Winery, which offers breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge, and the Sunshine Mill, a 130-year-old former snack factory turned winery hosting daily tastings and weekend drive-in movie nights.

3. You Can Learn About Wine and Food Pairings

You cannot drink so much wine without eating plenty of food! American Queen Voyages takes culinary and wine cruises to the next level, offering in-room dining, an onboard dining room, and the opportunity to enjoy off-site meals at acclaimed restaurants when ported. As we mentioned earlier, the cost of these onboard meals is already covered by your all-inclusive river wine cruise rate.

4. You Have Plenty of Time for Sight Seeing In Between Wine Tastings

When you are not indulging in food and vino, you and your partner can spend your free time exploring the boat or noteworthy sights when docked at different ports. American Queen Voyages works hard to plan exciting itineraries for all our cruises, especially our themed voyages like wine cruises.

5. You May Relax and Unwind

Lastly, the best part about taking an American Queen Voyages river cruise is that you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate before heading back to dry land. Plus, relaxation is much easier to achieve paired with your partner, great wine, even better food, and spectacular river views.


How Do I Book a River Wine Cruise?

If you are itching to embark on a wine cruise after reading this post, we are happy to share that you can reserve your stateroom with USARiver Cruises! All-inclusive Veranda fares for our river wine cruise begin at $4,199 per guest. 

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