Are these cruise ships really seven of the world’s great places to visit?

I thought our readers would enjoy this article written by Rosemary McClure that originally appeared in the LA Times. By Rosemary McClure If you’re a fan of cruising, new ships keep rolling out with bigger and better amenities. But would you include any on a list of the world’s greatest places? Time magazine did. It named seven ships in its second annual list of 100 Great Places to Visit last week. Ships such as Norwegian Joy, which frequently …

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American Cruise Lines Names 4th Modern Riverboat AMERICAN MELODY

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  GUILFORD, CT—August 12, 2019—American Cruise Lines announces American Melody as the name of the 4th new ship in their revolutionary Modern Riverboat Series. American Melody will showcase all the beautiful modern styling and state-of-the-art technical features synonymous with American’s groundbreaking series. The 4th ship in American’s exciting 5-ship series will have the distinctive opening bow and retractable gangway featured on the first 3 ships in the series—American Song, American Harmony, and American Jazz. American Melody is …

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1st modern riverboat in U.S. history, American Song, has departed on inagural cruise from New Orleans

American Song, the 1st modern riverboat in U.S. history, departed from the Port of New Orleans this past Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Underway at 100% capacity, this historic new riverboat is off to a great start and is cruising the Mississippi River on its 8-day inaugural sailing between New Orleans and Memphis.  American Song’s 184 guests are enjoying an unforgettable cruise with stops at Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Natchez, and Vicksburg, arriving in Memphis Friday, …

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American Cruise Lines names 2nd new riverboat American Harmony

American Cruise Lines is pleased to announce American Harmony, the 2nd ship in its revolutionary Modern Riverboat Series. The Line began construction on American Harmony earlier this year, a sister-ship to the state-of-the-art American Song.  A special sneak peek video tour of the ship’s interior and this remarkable series is available at https://vimeo.com/258981154 American Song, the 1st ship in the series, makes its inaugural cruise October 6th, 2018 on the Mississippi River. Just last week, one of …

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Construction has begun on the 2nd modern riverboat in the American Cruise Lines’ series

American Cruise Lines has announced that construction has begun on the second modern riverboat in the series of five. The second riverboat is the sister-ship to state-of-the-art American Song, the first modern riverboat available in the U.S., which will make its inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River this October. The Line’s commitment to building only new ships has given it a decided advantage in the U.S. market, where most other companies refurbish older ships which do not …

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The Great American Cruise- American Cruise Lines keeps it domestic

Thinking of taking a cruise, but don’t want to fly internationally?  There are a large number of domestic ports, so most of us can sail on a cruise without ever having to fly.  (See a map of U.S. cruise ports here.)  From these ports, you can cruise close to home, or go almost anywhere in the world. If you really want to stay domestic, though, you might start taking a look at U.S. river/coast cruises.  There are …

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Queen of the Mississippi Cruise, Day 8 From St. Paul, MN

ABOARD QUEEN OF THE MISSISSIPPI-What a great day we had in St. Paul, to conclude our Upper Mississippi voyage onboard Queen of the Mississippi! Mel and I feel sorry for passengers who rushed to fly out Saturday morning without paying a visit to Minnesota’s capital city. After ditching our bags at the downtown Doubletree by Hilton hotel, we made a beeline to the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. Founded in 1853 and featuring more than 300 vendors, it’s …

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Onboard Queen of the Mississippi: Day 7 Red Wing, MN

ABOARD QUEEN OF THE MISSISSIPPI-Red Wing is a good candidate for “the little town that could” title. With a miniscule population of 16,000, it has a huge reputation for its resourcefulness and productivity. Settled by Scandinavian immigrants in the 1840s, it soon became the primary wheat market in the world. It was here that Alexander P. Anderson invented puffed wheat and puffed rice. Red Wing shoes and boots have been made there for nearly a century – …

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Onboard Queen of the Mississippi Day 6 – La Crosse, WI

La Crosse gets our nod as the most attractive and inviting town or city we’ve visited so far on our voyage up the Mississippi. The place is just plain pretty, and it possesses the sort of friendly, wholesome all-American atmosphere that makes you feel like you’d enjoy living there. The Queen docked at lovely, leafy Riverside Park – the city’s showpiece riverfront park – and a picture-perfect setting on this brisk October morning with the fall colors …

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Intro to American Cruise Line upper Mississippi cruise aboard the Queen of the Mississippi

Twice in recent years I’ve joined paddlewheeler cruises from New Orleans to St. Louis and thoroughly enjoyed those slow-paced voyages along the lower reaches of America’s mother of all rivers. So now it’s time to see the rest of Big Muddy, from St. Louis to St. Paul. My vessel of choice for this 7-day voyage, October 10-17, is American Cruise Line’s (ACL) Queen of the Mississippi, a gleaming white, five-deck 150-passenger replica of the 19th century steamboats …

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