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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!
  • AQV: 2022 Cruise Sale! Enjoy huge savings of 50% on select cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Plus, get $100 per couple in onboard credit. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • AQV: Cabin Upgrade Sale! Save with discounts of up to $2,000 per couple on cabin upgrades. Plus, receive $100 per couple in onboard credit. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free onboard credits of $100 per cabin on sailings. Click here.
  • ACL: Save up to $1,000 per couple off select cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive one free hotel night before your cruise, plus transfers to your ship on the day of departure. Click here.
  • ACL: Memorial Day Sale! Enjoy waived port charges and fees on 2022 cruises. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free shore excursions on select cruises. Click here.
  • AQV: Single supplement is reduced on select departures. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.