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Ohio River

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.

Limited-Time Offers on Ohio River Cruises!
  • AQSC: Save up to $1,200 per couple off select 2023 sailings in certain cabin categories, plus get $100 per cabin in free onboard credit. Expires April 30. Click here.
  • ACL: Save up to $1,200 per couple off select cruises. Click here.
  • AQSC: Save up to $3,000 per couple off sailings. Plus receive $100 per couple in free onboard credit. Expires April 30. Click here.
  • AQSC: Save up to $1,200 per couple off select 2022 sailings, plus get $100 per cabin in free onboard credit. Click here.
  • ACL: Save $400 per couple when you book nine months in advance. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free shore excursions on select river cruises. Click here.
  • ACL: Enjoy a free open-bar cocktail hour every evening before dinner. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive one free hotel night before your cruise, plus transfers to your ship on the day of departure when you book one month in advance. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.