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Musical Themes

From big band and classical to jazz and blues, music cruises appeal to a broad range of melodic tastes. Guests on a music cruise might enjoy special performances and the opportunity to meet musicians and recording artists onboard, while port stops and shore excursions explore legendary musical cities.

Classical music cruises through central Europe often visit Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, and Vienna, known as the "City of Music" and home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss. Jazz lovers might consider a Rhone River cruise that attends the Jazz Festival in Vienne, France, or a Mississippi River cruise visiting the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Some cruises offer a glimpse into a decade-long musical era, such as Motown in the ‘60s or the rock n' roll of Elvis and Fats Domino in the ‘50s.

Specials onboard shows and musically themed shore excursions are included in the price of your cruise. When added to accommodations, meals and sightseeing already included in the price, the result is an attractively priced, one-of-a-kind vacation.


Book Now and Save on These Theme Cruises!


  • Save $1,000 per couple on select Avalon river cruises in certain cabin categories when you book by May 19, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive a free two-category cabin upgrade on select voyages with American Queen Steamboat Company when you book and pay in full by March 31, 2015. Offer applies to select cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save 10% off 2016 Avalon cruises when you book by April 7, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive $500 per couple in air credit when you book select 2015 cruises and flights through Avalon. Book by May 19, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive economy airfare for $1,090 per person or business airfare for $3,490 per person on certain Tauck departures from select U.S. gateways. Book by March 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on board select Tauck river cruises. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Single travelers pay no supplement on Tauck river cruises in Category 1 cabins. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Single travelers receive $1,000 per person off the single supplement of select Tauck river cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Enjoy free shore excursions on every sailing with American Queen Steamboat Company. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Avalon Journeys Club members save 5% off the cruise/land price. Click here for eligible departures.

    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    Elvis (Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Country & Blues (Nashville to Memphis)   8   Nashville, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Country Music Cruise (Chattanooga to Nashville)   8   Chattanooga, TN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Big Band Swing 2016   8   New Orleans, LA   New Orleans, LA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Delta Blues Music 2016   8   New Orleans, LA   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Country & Blues Music 2016 (Nashville to Memphis)   8   Nashville, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon & Bluegrass 2016   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Blue Danube Discovery (Opera Cruise, Cruise-Only)   8   Budapest, Hungary   Nuremberg, Germany   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Burgundy & Provence 2016 (Jazz Cruise, Arles to Chalon-sur-Saône, Cruise-Only)   8   Côte d'Azur, France   Paris, France   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Legendary Danube 2016 (Opera Cruise, Cruise-Only)   8   Nuremberg, Germany   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise (Music Cruise, Memphis to New Orleans)   8   Memphis,TN   New Orleans, LA   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Legendary Danube 2016 (Opera Cruise)   11   Prague, Czech Republic   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Burgundy & Provence 2016 (Jazz Cruise, Côte d’Azur to Paris)   11   Côte d'Azur, France   Paris, France   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Musical Magic Along the Blue Danube   12   Budapest, Hungary   Prague, Czech Republic   Tauck   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Musical Magic Along the Blue Danube 2016   12   Budapest, Hungary   Prague, Czech Republic   Tauck   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Blue Danube Discovery (Opera Cruise)   13   Budapest, Hungary   Prague, Czech Republic   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand France (Jazz Cruise, Arles to Paris, Cruise-Only)   15   Arles, France   Paris, France   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Magnificent Europe (Music Cruise)   15   Budapest, Hungary   Amsterdam, Holland   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Magnificent Europe 2016 (Music Cruise, Amsterdam to Budapest)   15   Amsterdam, Holland   Budapest, Hungary   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand France 2016 (Jazz Cruise, Arles to Paris, Cruise-Only)   15   Arles, France   Paris, France   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand France (Jazz Cruise, Côte d'Azur to Paris)   16   Côte d'Azur, France   Paris, France   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand France 2016 (Jazz Cruise, Côte d’Azur to Paris)   16   Côte d'Azur, France   Paris, France   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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