Small Boats

Selected Images from Small Boat Cruises

Two early cruises, one around New Zealand in 2003 and the other among the Virgin Islands in 2005, had me hooked on small-boat cruising. In my opinion, the only way to really see the Galapagos is by small boat, which I did in 2006. In 2009, I discovered American Cruise Lines, which offers river and coastal cruises in the US. So far I have taken eight of their cruises and have two more cruises scheduled for 2014.

I like small-boat cruises primarily because of the opportunity to meet and really get to know your fellow passengers. On a typical small-boat cruise you spend a lot of time with the same people. At each port there are only one or two excursions offered and with less than 150 passengers, there is only one seating for meals, tables are not assigned, and dress is always casual. Since on-board entertainment is also sparse, you have plenty of opportunities to talk to practically everyone on board.

Date Event,   Location Days Format
DONE 2015-08-01 Alaska's Inside Passage Cruise,  American Spirit 12 Slideshow
DONE 2015-07-24 Southeast Alaska Cruise,  American Spirit 8 Slideshow
DONE 2015-05-22 Danube Cruise,  Avalon Expression 14 Video
DONE 2014-08-02 Upper Mississippi Cruise,  Queen of the Mississippi 7 Slideshow
DONE 2014-08-02 Upper Mississippi Cruise,  Queen of the Mississippi 7 Video
DONE 2014-07-25 Ohio and Mississippi Rivers Cruise,  Queen of the Mississippi 8 Slideshow
DONE 2014-07-25 Ohio and Mississippi Rivers Cruise,  Queen of the Mississippi 8 Video
DONE 2013-05-15 Lower Mississippi Cruise,  American Queen 2 Slideshow
DONE 2012-09-30 Hudson River Cruise,  American Star 7 Video
DONE 2012-03-31 Florida Rivers Cruise,  American Glory 7 Video
DONE 2011-05-01 Potomac & Tidewaters Cruise,  American Spirit 7 Video
DONE 2011-05-01 Chesapeake Bay Cruise,  American Star 7 Video
DONE 2010-10-15 Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise,  Queen of the West 9 Video
DONE 2010-05-22 Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage Cruise,  American Star 7 Video
DONE 2010-05-15 Historic South & Golden Isles Cruise,  American Star 7 Video
DONE 2009-08-03 Grand New England Cruise,  American Glory 11 Video
DONE 2006-02-05 Galapagos Cruise,  Equador 8 Gallery
DONE 2006-02-05 Galapagos Cruise,  Equador 8 Slideshow
DONE 2005-12-24 Virgin Islands Cruise,  Nantucket Clipper 9 Gallery
DONE 2005-12-24 Virgin Islands Cruise,  Nantucket Clipper 9 Slideshow
DONE 2003-02-08 New Zealand Cruise,  Clipper Odyssey 12 Video
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