American Cruise Lines sails riverboats and small cruise ships on the rivers and through the coastal waters of the United States. A popular option for river cruise fans that don’t want to fly to Europe to do one, American Cruise Line’s themed voyages are almost like a step back in time, bringing a unique cruising experience.
What looks to be one of the most appropriate fits for American is their Mark Twain-themed riverboat sailing. That one is so popular that they added an additional sailing…which makes sense. Think about it: Riverboat, Mark Twain; yes a good fit.
But now American Cruise Lines has a new 8-day themed cruise, one that “captures the heart and soul of the classic American summer,” said American Cruise Line in a press release.
Called, appropriately, The Old Fashioned Summertime cruise, this one is on the new Queen of the Mississippi on July 13 and August 10 sailing from St Paul to St Louis and showcasing the upper Mississippi river. Like a time machine-infused itinerary, this one promises to “transport guests to a simpler time rooted in laughter, fresh air and relaxing fun. Guests will sip on freshly brewed iced tea or freshly squeezed lemonade, and enjoy ice cream socials and kite flying off the top deck.”
Sound interesting? Other highlights and special events include:
- Afternoon picnic – A classic summer pastime, while in port guests will enjoy a picnic in the sun, complete with checkered picnic cloths and woven baskets fully-loaded with delicious food.
- Cookout on deck– Nothing says American summer like a classic cookout. Guests will enjoy corn on the cob, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and soda pop!
- Complimentary copy of The Big Summer Cookbook: 300 fresh, flavorful recipes for those lazy, hazy days – This wonderful recipe book will help guests keep the classic American summer alive, even after their cruise.
- Outdoor movie screening – Guests can look forward to viewing classic films in the evening on the top deck, while enjoying the pleasant summer breeze.
“There’s no better time of year than summer to enjoy this portion of the Mississippi River,” said Timothy Beebe, vice president, American Cruise Lines. “Between the scenery, weather and classic summer theme, our guests are in for quite a treat. A truly unmatched summer experience awaits them.”
What looks to be an unexpectedly interesting part of the sailings is going through the Mississippi river lock system. River cruise ships going through locks is something European river cruise travelers know all about. I’ll never forget my first river cruise sailing on Viking River Cruises out of Amsterdam, waking up in the middle of the night, looking out of my cabin window and seeing a wall of cement. Surprise! You’re learning about locks!