This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country of the Red Mountain region. You will experience both climates on this voyage sailing west via the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the only break in the Cascades between British Columbia and Southern Oregon. At each port, you can embrace the culture and history of this region on an included shore excursion.
Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.
The Ohio River served as a thrilling avenue of American Discovery. Explorers became heroes, bigger-than-life exploits were transformed into legends, and American identity was forever tied to the West. The wilderness region is just as evocative today with an abundance of history to explored. Delve into the early days of American exploration and acquaint yourself with the heroic Lewis and Clark Expedition. Special guest historians will be onboard to provide you with a sense of the challenges and triumphs that the nation’s early pioneers faced.
Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the lower Mississippi River where it is easy to imagine that time has stood still. Onboard the American Queen, specially decorated for the holidays, ring in the New Year with a special New Year’s Eve gala complete with music and champagne toast at midnight.