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Potomac River Vacations

Few vacations are able to offer such intimacy as Potomac River cruises. A Potomac River cruise is a truly remarkable U.S. vacation experience. A major advantage of taking a Potomac River cruise is that the river cruise ships are able to go deep into the heart of the United States’ Mid-Atlantic region, where larger cruise ships simply cannot reach. Take part in the one-of-a-kind, intimate atmosphere on board these ships, as you visit the river towns and locations that would be impossible to enjoy as much any other way. Plus, the cruise lines that offer river cruises have fabulous, regionally-inspired cuisine, matched perfectly by an attentive and well-trained staff.

There are many destinations in which you can enjoy a Potomac River cruise. You can experience destinations such as Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. as you’ve never dreamed you could!

As you navigate the Potomac, you will discover everything from thriving cities to colonial landmarks. Step back in time with an American Revolution-theme cruise by examining historical towns such as Williamsburg or Yorktown. Explore beautiful parks and waterfalls across the region, and witness the childhood home of George Washington. A typical Potomac River cruise is 10 nights long, and many offer pre-cruise packages that let you settle into your itinerary the night before embarkation.

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Highlighted Potomac River Cruise Attractions

The following are just a few of the many things to do while sailing a Potomac River Cruise:

Great Falls

Located right outside the Washington D.C. area, Great Falls is a must-see landmark for nature lovers! Witness gorgeous scenery of rapids and waterways along with picturesque views of Virginia and Maryland. In addition to beautiful trails for hiking and biking, the Great Falls is also a perfect spot for fishing and kayaking.

Mount Vernon

Tour Mount Vernon, the historic home of George Washington. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, the estate runs along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. See how the first United States President lived centuries ago with his wife, Martha, in a vast property spanning over 500 acres. Guided tours and events are conducted throughout the year by staff in ancient colonial costumes, creating a fun and friendly environment for all.

National Harbor

The National Harbor offers fun for everyone. Take a turn on the 180-foot-high Ferris wheel, enjoy a movie by the water at an outdoor theater, or test your luck at the country’s largest gaming floor outside of Las Vegas. Savor magnificent dining at several top-notch restaurants and shop at high-end boutiques. Plus, you can also extend your vacation by staying at a luxury resort along the wondrous waterfront destination.

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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  • Ships: 12 (100 - 200 Guests)
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  • River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (100 - 200 Guests)
  • Destination Immersion®
  • Gratuities Included
  • Select Spirits, Beer & Wine Included

Cruising year-round from across the United States of America, American Cruise Lines is an expert on American cruising. Having a seven ship fleet, their itineraries span from coast to coast, and even cover most of the waterways in between. With ships built in America and having crews comprised solely of Americans, American Cruise Lines surely lives up to their name. With hundreds of itineraries that explore a variety of interesting ports of call, there's something for everyone when traveling with them.

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