Polished carrier Cruise West breathes new life into a dying breed of heartland voyages. Celebrated by a few small, local cruise lines like the Spirit of Peoria, grand old Mississippi and Hudson River sailings will join Cruise Wests exotic naval repertoire in spring 2011. Rediscovering a pair of great Eastern-American waterways by way of a small upscale cruiser and ingenious, jam-packed seven-night itineraries, passengers come face to face with the ghosts of the American Revolution and the Civil War, the unbound wilderness, and the rusty trumpets of southern blues impresarios.
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.