Great Rivers of Florida

Cruise the serene waters of St. Johns River and enjoy the brilliance and beauty of its islands, seaports and cities, experiencing a side of Florida few others do. Discover Amelia’s pristine, quartz beaches; Green Cove Spring’s healing mineral springs, sparkling lakes and enchanting forests; and Palatka’s stunning Ravine Gardens State Park—brimming with azaleas and camellias in winter bloom. Immerse yourself in the history of the region exploring the influences of the War Between the States, Seminole and Civil Wars, and post-war affluence and opulence. Enjoy exquisite architecture, rich culture, charming city shops, unspoiled beaches and bountiful landscapes on this memorable journey.

Cruise Details

Clock8 Days & 7 Nights

Double Occupancy from $3,725 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $5,280 pp

CalendarNovember 24, 2018 | December 1, 2018 | December 8, 2018 | November 23, 2019 | November 30, 2019 | December 7, 2019

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*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.

Your Itinerary

    1Embark in Amelia Island, FL
    This afternoon enjoy a leisurely cruise on the St. Johns River to Palatka. Sit atop the large observation deck and marvel at the magnificent wildlife along the shores.

    2Palatka, FL
    Once known as “The Gem of the St. Johns”, Palatka attracted America’s rich and famous after the Civil War. The welcoming town is now steeped in history of the War Between the States and is known for its worldwide shipping commerce of citrus and timber. Grand homes and restored houses stand as magnificent testament to distinguished residents that once called Palatka home. Nature enthusiasts may enjoy hiking the Florida trail and picnicking in the stunningly landscaped Ravine Gardens State Park, brimming with thousands of azaleas and camellias in winter bloom.

    3Cruising the St. Johns to Lake George (Ocala National Forest)
    Lake George shares a border with Ocala National Forest. The local springs feed enough salt into Lake George that marine wildlife live here, including Atlantic stingray and blue crab.

    4Green Cove Springs, FL
    High ground along the St. Johns’ banks and a flowing mineral spring attracted the first inhabitants to this area nearly 7,000 years ago. With the introduction of the railroads in the 1800’s, Green Cove Springs quickly became a favorite stop for wealthy Northerners searching for a warm retreat from winter’s harsh climate. Today Green Cove Springs boasts cool mineral springs, shimmering lakes and thriving forests that provide enchanting natural beauty. This charming city offers a variety of activities and sites for visitors, including the Clay County Historical and Railroad Museum, Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park.

    5Cruising the Tolomato River
    Tolomato River is an inland waterway, between the coastline and the Barrier Islands. Have your camera ready for glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean, visible just past the islands. The naturalist will be on the observation deck, pointing out the native wildlife and answering questions.

    6St. Augustine, FL
    Established in 1565, St. Augustine is recognized as America’s oldest surviving European settlement. With its historic ruins, public rose gardens, subtropical flora, tranquil waterways, freshwater lakes and championship golf courses, St. Augustine is always a passenger favorite. In the late 1800’s, oil millionaire Henry Flagler built a number of elegant hotels and churches in the old city in an attempt to fulfill his vision of establishing an American Riviera along Florida’s eastern shores. Although this “golden era” ended in the early 1900’s, Flagler’s legacy remains, and his buildings grace St. Augustine as both monuments to early American opulence and architectural ingenuity. Spend the afternoon exploring the unique architecture, narrowed streets and balconied houses of a city once used as a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. You may also choose to join an organized tour of the historic villages of this fantastic city, including the fabled Fountain of Youth Park and the famous Potter’s Wax Museum.

    7Amelia Island, FL
    Discover the unspoiled beauty of pristine Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes, surrounded by calm waterways and the Nassau Sound. Throughout its history Amelia Island was home to Spanish explorers, French Huguenots and British settlers before enjoying its “golden age” during the late 1800’s when several wealthy Americans relocated to the picturesque island. Once a bustling Victorian seaport, Fernandina Beach, the island’s only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles just steps from your ship. Join a walking tour of Centre Street’s Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th century Victorian homes and shops. Or take a leisurely stroll along the shady tree-lined avenues and explore Amelia Island’s charm at your own pace.

    8Disembark in Jacksonville, FL
    Disembark after breakfast.

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Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)$6,200 pp
AAC (Private Balcony)$4,795 pp
AAL (Private Balcony)$4,575 pp
AA$3,850 pp
A$3,725 pp
Single (Private Balcony)$5,280

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*Prices may vary due to seasonality

Onboard Experience

The American Cruise Line fleet of ships are the newest and most environmentally friendly small ships in the US. The cruise line prides itself on their hospitable staff, and that you’ll be graciously received no matter which ship you cruise on. The large staterooms with interior entrances ensure you have a relaxed, private area to watch the river from, or visit any of the many onboard lounges. Daily entertainment will be brought onboard, including musicians, historians and naturalists.

Regionally-Inspired Menus

American Cruise Lines uses fresh, local ingredients to show off the culinary glory of the region you’re cruising in. On the Mississippi River, that could mean Andouille Gumbo, a po’boy with red beans and rice, and bourbon pecan pie. In New England, you could find Littleneck clam ceviche on the menu followed by a spiced apple pudding with maple whipped cream. In the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find fresh fish on the menu, including shrimp bisque or Dungeness Crab cake, and a marionberry cheesecake that’ll make your mouth water! Your ship will provide you with a list of all the locally-sourced ingredients when you unpack.

Eagle Society

Once you’ve cruised aboard any American Cruise Line ship, you are an Eagle Society member. It’s free to be a member, but your loyalty to American Cruise Lines is greatly rewarded. You’ll receive Eagle Society luggage tags, and member-only gifts when you board each cruise. After 3 cruises, you’ll receive complimentary premium shore excursions. After 10 cruises, you’ll get a complimentary 11th cruise. There are special Eagle Society cruise dates every year. Plus all Eagle Society member benefits can be used when booking with USA River Cruises, plus you’ll still be eligible for our loyal customer benefits as well.

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Great Rivers of Florida

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