The 102-passenger Spirit of Adventure kicks off the season on March 19, sailing up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis, calling on ports all but one day of the voyage, in line with the Cruise West immersion mantra. Boarding a new passenger set the same day, the ship snakes further up the Mississippi to visit Native-American trading routes, the stomping grounds of Abraham Lincoln, and finally, Nashville still one of the most legendary and lucrative musicians communities nationwide. Starting from $3,499 per person, with shore excursions, these rare seasonal sailings are only available through May 2011.
The following October, the Spirit will rest its hull on the Hudson River for just one month. Making a round-trip voyage from New York City, the vessel will leave behind the dazzling Manhattan skyline, to observe the onset of fall in the states prized Hudson Valley region, paying visits to national parks, historic mansions, and more. Rates start from $3,200 per passenger, including shore excursions.