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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!


  • Save up to $3,000 per couple off 2021 cruises with American Queen Steamboat Company. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save up to $2,000 per couple off select American Cruise Lines sailings. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive a free Ultimate Beverage Package (complimentary beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails up to $12 in value per drink available all day aboard the ship) and free prepaid gratuities on select American Duchess sailings with American Queen Steamboat Company. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive one free hotel night before your cruise with American Cruise Lines, plus transfers to your ship on the day of departure when you book one month in advance. 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 American Cruise Lines departures when you book nine months in advance. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive free shore excursions on select American Cruise Lines river cruises. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Enjoy a free open-bar cocktail hour every evening before dinner with American Cruise Lines. 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**
    Civil War (American Countess, Chattanooga to Memphis)   8   Chattanooga, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2021 (Chattanooga to Memphis)   9   Chattanooga, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Kentucky Derby Cruise 2021   9   Cincinnati, OH   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War Cruise (Louisville to Clarksville, American Duchess)   9   Louisville, KY   Clarksville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Founder's Cruise 2021 (Louisville to St. Louis)   9   Louisville, KY   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    An American Music Festival 2021 (Louisville to Clarksvile)   9   Louisville, KY   Clarksville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Music of the 50s and 60s 2021   9   Louisville, KY   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Culinary Experience 2021 (Louisville to Memphis)   9   Louisville, KY   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Racing on the River (Louisville to Pittsburgh, American Duchess)   9   Louisville, KY   Pittsburgh, PA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Star-Spangled Cruise 2021 (Louisville to Pittsburgh)   9   Louisville, KY   Pittsburgh, PA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Ohio River Exploration 2021 (Louisville to Pittsburgh)   9   Louisville, KY   Pittsburgh, PA   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Founder's Cruise 2021 (Louisville to Alton)   9   Louisville, KY   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Culinary Experience 2021 (Louisville to Alton)   9   Louisville, KY   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Community Outreach 2021   9   Louisville, KY   Alton, IL   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War (American Countess, Memphis to Chattanooga)   8   Memphis,TN   Chattanooga, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    An American Music Festival 2021 (Memphis to Clarksville)   9   Memphis,TN   Clarksville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Civil War 2021 (Memphis to Chattanooga)   9   Memphis,TN   Chattanooga, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Country Christmas 2021   9   Memphis,TN   Clarksville, TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon to Blues (Memphis to Louisville, American Duchess)   9   Memphis,TN   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    The Art of Discovery 2021   9   Memphis,TN   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Big Band 2021 (Memphis to Louisville)   9   Memphis,TN   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Bourbon 2021 (Memphis to Louisville)   9   Memphis,TN   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Music Cruise (Nashville to Memphis, American Duchess)   9   Nashville, TN   Memphis,TN   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    An American Music Festival 2021 (Clarksville to St. Louis)   9   Nashville, TN   St. Louis, MO   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Star-Spangled Cruise 2021 (Nashvile to Louisville)   9   Nashville, TN   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Lewis and Clark (Pittsburgh to Louisville)   9   Pittsburgh, PA   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Ohio River Exploration 2021 (Pittsburgh to Louisville)   9   Pittsburgh, PA   Louisville, KY   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Ohio River Cruise (Pittsburgh to St. Louis)   11   Pittsburgh, PA   St. Louis, MO   ACL   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    American Culinary Experience 2021 (Alton to Cincinnati)   9   St. Louis, MO   Cincinnati, OH   Steamboat   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Ohio River Cruise (St. Louis to Pittsburgh)   11   St. Louis, MO   Pittsburgh, PA   ACL   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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