The river cruise industry is gearing up for another fantastic year! New ships, new cruise lines, and new destinations are always exciting opportunities to explore. Here are a few that you’ll find with USA River Cruises!

New Ships

American Eagle: Sister ship to the Queen of the Mississippi, this brand new paddlewheel will be cruising the Mississippi River starting in March. Cruise the Entire Mississippi RiverConsidering how many cruise dates were sold out in 2014, it’ll be good to have another option on the river. Also, since so many people want to expand their cruise trip, the American Eagle will offer one 14-night cruise and one 21-night cruise in 2015. For 2016 (yes, you can book now), the company has announced one 14-night cruise and 21-night cruise for the American Eagle, and two 14-night cruise dates for the Queen of the Mississippi. Exciting news for all our clients who want to cruise the entire length of the Mississippi in one cruise!

AmaSerena and AmaVista: Both ships are sister ships to other ships already cruising Europe. Built in the Netherlands, these longboats will debut in 2015 on European waters. AmaSerena’s schedule has been announced, and it’ll be cruising on the Rhine, along with other European rivers.

Viking Oceans: Viking announced earlier that they are building an ocean liner. Its first cruise will be in 2015! And due to the enormous response that Viking got, they are building two more ocean liners, as well. But Viking never sits still. Could there be more coming? I’m not telling… yet.

The Viking Star - New Cruise Ship for 2015

New Destinations

S.S. Legacy: ss-legacyThe Legacy has been a great addition to the Columbia River, and will be doing a new itinerary for 2015: “Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History.” Similarly to their other Columbia River itinerary, it is 7-nights, roundtrip from Portland. But you’ll spend more time on the coast, more time in the gorge, and not go all the way to the Idaho border. A wine expert will be onboard. There will still be non-wine related activities, but the focus for the most part will be the great wine region that Washington and Oregon have become!

Safari Voyager: The Safari Voyager was mysteriously missing from 2014 cruises, but now we know why: the ship was getting ready to head to Costa Rica! We’ll put the information on our website soon, so watch for it!

La Pinta: The Galapagos Islands is strictly protected, and very few ships are allowed to cruise there. But you can book your 2016 Galapagos adventure with us onboard La Pinta. Yes, it’s not until 2016. But let’s start planning early!