Cruising Close to Home

by Janean Flowe
areial photo of the American Queen Steamboat cruising down the Mississippi River

When we think of taking a cruise, we often imagine sailing off to far-flung locales. However, opportunities to explore our own backyard along riverways abound. AAA travel partners like Viking Cruises and American Queen Steamboat Company offer varied itineraries that provide a panorama of history and culture.

Debuting in August 2022, Viking Mississippi is Viking Cruises’ first custom vessel. Viking Mississippi features all outside staterooms, ample space and a clean Scandinavian design Viking is known for. It will ply the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul. Scheduled itineraries include stops in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Consider a Viking Expeditions sailing of the Great Lakes and Canada. Tours like Great Lakes Explorer, Niagara & the Great Lakes, Undiscovered Great Lakes and Canadian Discovery offer an in-depth look at the diverse natural beauty, scenic wildlife and other lures in Thunder Bay, Mackinac Island, Welland Canal and other spots.

Enjoy a tour into the heart of America aboard a luxury steamboat with American Queen Steamboat Company. Choose from itineraries that take you along the Mississippi Delta, the Illinois River, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers and Columbia and Snake rivers. Take in historic American gems and experience adventure along our country’s soothing waterways.

BOOK IT: Call your AAA Travel Agent at 800-374-2865 or visit today!

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