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Save up to 50% on Ohio River Cruises

The French called the serene blue depths of the Ohio River "la belle riviere," the beautiful river. Thomas Jefferson agreed, describing it as "the most beautiful river on earth" and citing "its current gentle, waters clear, and bosom smooth and unbroken by rocks and rapids…" Explore this waterway yourself aboard a river cruise.

The 981-mile-long river passes through or borders six states on its way into Cairo, IL, where it joins the mighty Mississippi. In the late 1700s, the westward-flowing waterway became the main route for pioneers and settlers heading west from Pennsylvania, and numerous cities like Cincinnati and Pittsburgh cropped up along the riverbanks.

Often, cruises spend time on the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, taking you past the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Visit historic Louisville, KY, where the river is at its widest and deepest, and float along calm waters past farmlands, waterfront parks, railroad tracks and bluffs on your way to sites like the Floodwall Mural of Portsmouth, OH, or historic Cape Girardeau, MO, once a French trading post.

These trips are especially good values, because your stateroom, onboard meals and some sightseeing are included in a single upfront rate.


Book Now and Save on Ohio River Cruises!


  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on select American Queen sailings in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full by August 31, 2014. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $600 per couple off select 2015 voyages with American Queen Steamboat Company when you book and pay in full by September 19, 2014. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $800 per couple off certain sailings with American Queen Steamboat Company when you book and pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.

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

  • Save $400 per couple off select American Cruise Lines departures when you book three months in advance. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive one free hotel night before your cruise when you book select American Queen Steamboat Company sailings 60 days in advance. 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**
    Bourbon & Bluegrass (St. Louis to Cincinnati)   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Fall Foliage (St. Louis to Jeffersonville)   8   St. Louis, MO   Jeffersonville, IN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Riverboat Rally (Jeffersonville to Nashville)   8   Jeffersonville, IN   Nashville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Country Music Cruise (Nashville to Chattanooga)   8   Nashville, TN   Chattanooga, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War (Chattanooga to Memphis)   8   Chattanooga, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon & Bluegrass (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (St. Louis to Cincinnati)   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mississippi River Cruise 2015 (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon & Bluegrass 2015 (St. Louis to Cincinnati)   8   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Good Old Summertime 2015 (Cincinnati to St. Louis)   8   Cincinnati, OH   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2015 (Nashville to Chattanooga)   8   Nashville, TN   Chattanooga, TN   Steamboat   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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