Cruising Is Back- Part 5

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CHARLOTTE – American Cruise Lines runs some very lovely small ships up and down America’s Coastline and rivers. The ships typically hold 35 to 60 passengers and pricing includes meals, snacks, some excursions, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner. Onboard entertainment features local soloists or small bands. The itineraries appeal to passengers who would prefer not to travel far from home to embark. Onboard gatherings can be delightful as they are intimate. There are some special places on board where passengers can just sit and enjoy the scenery. Prices have a very wide range as they depend on the itinerary and number of days. Fall voyages along the Northeast coast are very popular.

American Queen Voyages

Having recently reorganized from different names, you may not recognize this famous company, but they are the US Rivers company to match. They operate Paddle Wheel and steamboats on the Mississippi and several rivers in the northwest. Replete with Calliopes on some ships, Organs, Pianos, and small bands, they try to replicate the bygone era of river cruising. There is nothing more magical than sitting near the rear of the ship, watching the paddlewheel turn, all with towns like Natchez, Memphis, St Louis, and New Orleans drifting by. Cruise fares include meals and snacks, some alcohol, excursions, and 1-night Hotel Stay at your embarkation point. Typical fares run from $2500pp.They are currently offering a substantial discount on select summer cruises. Many of the embarkation ports are within driving distance. They appeal to senior citizens and singles.

Phil and Barbara operate Leisure Travel Experts here in Mint Hill and are proud members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce.

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