Day 1 Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)
Departing for Palatka, enjoy a journey along the waters of St. Johns River, distinguished as one of the fourteen American Heritage Rivers and one of only three rivers in the nation that flows north. Discover the unlimited recreation, celebrated history, and protected wildlife of this river, home to over 200 species of birds, including the bald eagle, swallowtail kite, and wood stork.
Day 2 Palatka, FL
Once known for its worldwide shipping commerce of citrus and timber, Palatka attracted a number of wealthy northerners looking to relocate to a warmer climate. Today, it remains a charming river town with restored plantation houses that stand as a testament to distinguished residents that once called Palatka home. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the beautifully landscaped Ravine Gardens State Park.
Day 3 Cruising the St. Johns to Lake George (Ocala National Forest)
Continue your cruise from St. Johns River to Lake George, which shares a border with the Ocala National Forest. The lake hosts a variety of wildlife ranging from migratory water birds to marine animals. Local springs in Lake George feed enough salt to the system to make the habitat suitable for marine species like Atlantic stingray, striped bass, and blue crab.
Day 4 Green Cove Springs, FL
In the 1800s, Green Cove Springs attracted a surge of vacationers from the North, drawn to the warm mineral springs reputed to have medicinal qualities and healing powers. Steamboat services brought members of high society, searching for a warm retreat from the winter’s harsh climate. Today, visitors can explore the historic district, which includes vintage homes and gorgeous surroundings.
Day 5 Cruising the Tolomato River
Travel along one of the most impressive stretches of inland waterways in the United States, the Tolomato River. Witness many spectacular sites, including a rare glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean, visible over the Barrier Islands. Join our onboard naturalist on the open observation decks for views of native wildlife, captivating sunsets, hidden villages, and miles of pristine landscapes.
Day 6 St. Augustine, FL
In the late 1800s, oil tycoon Henry Flagler developed St. Augustine in an attempt to fulfill his vision of establishing an American Riviera along Florida's eastern shores. Although this "golden era" ended in the early 1900s, Flagler's legacy remains. Explore historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of a city once used as a remote outpost by the Spanish Empire.
Day 7 Amelia Island, FL
Discover the unspoiled beauty of Amelia Island, with miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, featuring restored 19th-century Victorian homes and shops. Explore Amelia Island's charm as you stroll along the tree-lined avenues.
Day 8 Amelia Island / Jacksonville, FL
Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.
Let American Cruise Lines help you ring in the new year as we explore the great rivers of Florida. On your ship decked out in holiday decor, enjoy special menus and musical entertainment throughout the cruise. We will also host a unique southern style New Year’s Eve gala.
On this epic cruise, sail a route that adventurous passengers first followed in the 19th century in their search for a tropical paradise. Start your voyage on St. John’s River, a designated American Heritage River, and one of the few north-flowing rivers above the equator.
Then travel to Palatka, a charming town with restored plantation houses and beautiful parks. As you cruise from St. Johns River to Lake George, journey to the heart of the Ocala National Forest and observe alligators, playful manatees, and majestic bald eagles in their natural habitat.
Take a horse-drawn carriage through Green Cove Springs like the travelers of yesteryear and explore the historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of St. Augustine. As you stroll along its tree-lined streets, bask in Amelia Island’s charm and admire its many restored 19th-century Victorian homes.
A journey of historic cities and beautiful landscapes
Unobstructed views of passing scenery
Staterooms up to 350 sq. ft.
Cocktail hour each evening
All gourmet meals
Award-winning enrichment programs
4 unique shipboard lounges
Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Gratuities aboard the ship
Personalized service from a dedicated crew
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