TENNESSEE RIVERS CRUISE – Chattanooga to Nashville
DATES: 2024 – American Symphony – May 10*, 17, 24*, 31; Jun 7*, 14, 21*, 28; Jul 5*, 19*, 26;
American Splendor – Aug 6*, 13, 20*, 27; Sep 3*, 10;
American Melody – Oct 4, 11*, 18, 25*; Nov 1
American Serenade – Oct 22*, 29,
2025 – American Symphony – Apr 29*; May 6, 13*, 20, 27*; Jun 3, 10*, 17; Jul 22*, 29; Sep 16*, 23, 30*; Oct 7, 14*, 21
American Splendor – Jul 29*; Aug 5; Sep 9*, 16
DURATION: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
EMBARK: CHATTANOOGA, TN
DISEMBARK: NASHVILLE, TN
SHIPS: American Melody; American Serenade; American Splendor; American Symphony
On this cruise through the Tennessee Valley, admire the stunning natural backdrop as we pass through the Appalachian Mountains and the Land Between the Lakes. Experience the rich history and culture of the region on board our spectacular American riverboat. Renowned musicians will serenade you with a variety of music that was born of the river, as its banks were once home to a booming recording industry and the area was considered, “The Hit Recording Capital of the World.”
In Chattanooga, guests can explore local attractions such as the famous Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and Coolidge Park, accompanied by our expert local guides. You will also visit Savannah, the largest town on the Tennessee River and home to the nation’s most well-preserved battlefield, Shiloh National Military Park.
Along with Civil War history, music-inspired cities, and incredible southern cuisine, you will cruise the Cumberland River through the Tennessee River Gorge and be amazed by the sights and sounds this region of the Mississippi has to offer.
American Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes
- Dining service
- Complimentary cocktail parties
- Entertainment aboard the ship
- Guests are not expected to leave a gratuity on board
- Shore tours (unless otherwise noted)
- Port charges and fees
- Beverages other than those mentioned
- Items of personal nature, gift shop purchases
- Pre and post cruise extensions and hotels not included
- Travel Insurance
ARRIVE CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
Pre-Cruise: On our Tennessee Rivers cruise itineraries, we offer a 1-Night Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area.
Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date.
CHATTANOOGA – EMBARKATION
Nestled between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the scenic Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s most splendid cities. Enjoy a Welcome Reception on board as you begin your journey cruising along this breathtaking river with the majestic Appalachian Mountains serving as a beautiful backdrop.
Southern charm abounds in the Old Decatur Historic District. Admire houses built from the 1800s to the present, ranging in style from the French-influenced Empire period to Edwardian Cottage and beyond. On your way, peruse the many unique shops found along Bank Street and 2nd Avenue. Visit the fascinating area museums, including the Cook Museum of Natural Science, the Carnegie Visual Art Center, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Florence is one of four cities that make up the ”the Shoals,” an area spanning two counties and separated by the Tennessee River. Explore the charming downtown, with locally owned stores featuring everything from handmade jewelry and bohemian chic fashion to antique collectables. Stop at the Wine Seller for a tasting or sip Java at the popular Bookmarks Coffee Shop in the public library. There are a variety of venues in which to enjoy live entertainment including the Shoals Theatre and FloBama Music Hall. Explore the home of W.C. Handy, known as the “Father of the Blues,” and visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, the only Wright building that is open to the public in the Southeast.
Part of Hardin County, Savannah is the largest town on the Tennessee River, with a celebrated southern heritage. Home to the nation’s most well-preserved battlefield, Shiloh National Military Park, the town also has a rich Civil War history. Admire the city’s historic district featuring 42 unique, now privately- homes, including the Cherry Mansion which served as the headquarters of General Ulysses S. Grant at the time of the Battle of Shiloh. Other points of interest include the Savannah Theater, Savannah Cemetery, and recently revitalized Main Street.
The beautiful Tennessee River empties into the Ohio River, and the Cumberland River and the Mississippi converge nearby, making Paducah an important port centralized at the axis. More than 50 murals highlight the region’s rich history. Learn the importance of the town as headquarters for Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant as he embarked to secure Union control of the rivers. Only a block away, the excellent River Discovery Center illuminates the importance of the rivers to this historic port.
CRUISING LAKE BARKLEY AND THE CUMBERLAND RIVER
Cruising the Cumberland River’s Lake Barkley is a special day that you will cherish. The 1966 completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 57-foot Barkley Lock and Dam pooled the Cumberland River back for 134 miles and created a curving, stunning collection of coves totaling more than 1,000 miles of shoreline.
From the legendary Ryman Auditorium to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville hosts an array of museums and performance venues that pay tribute to its heritage as the home of Country Music. The lively streets are lined with art galleries and unique shops that welcome you at every turn and the sounds of talented performers hoping for stardom echo from every pub. Enjoy transportation and tickets to the renowned live show at the Grand Ole Opry featuring longtime Opry performers in addition to rising stars!
Nashville is well worth a pre- or post-cruise stay to further explore attractions such as the incredible Country Music Hall of Fame, the Patsy Cline Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum. Walk in the footsteps of country music history with a VIP guided backstage tour of the legendary 1880 Ryman Auditorium. Visit President Andrew Jackson’s fascinating Hermitage home, the Tennessee State Capitol, a full-size replica of the Parthenon, or the opulent Gaylord Opryland Hotel’s nine acres of indoor gardens, rivers, and waterfalls. Throughout your stay, savor the town’s warm welcome, the extensive options for delicious southern cuisine, and a plethora of musical entertainment venues.
Pre- and post-cruise arrangements are available.
Our series of modern American Riverboats has introduced the sophistication of a fine hotel to America’s rivers. Accommodating just 180 guests, each ship ensures a personalized experience on board with our dedicated crew and onshore led by our expert guides. This revolutionary fleet features the largest-in-class staterooms, including single occupancy options, with full-size bathrooms, private balconies, and large opening picture windows. These riverboats also boast a spectacular four-story glass atrium, indoor and outdoor dining venues, a large fitness center, multiple spacious lounges, and an incredible top deck showcasing a Skywalk with breathtaking river views.
Our modern American riverboats carries with it not just passengers, but a rich history and a deep connection to the heart and soul of America.
Largest Staterooms in the Industry
We take pride in the generous size of our staterooms which are the largest in the industry. Averaging over 350 square feet, each features the most modern amenities, including full-size bathrooms comparable to the finest hotels. After a day of exploration, guests can relax in their private sanctuary, complete with all the comforts of home.
Lounges with Panoramic River Views
A variety of lounges are available offering a space for every mood from the quiet in the study to the congenial camaraderie in the Sky Lounge. No matter which lounge you choose, you will be surrounded by panoramic views as you read a favorite book or discuss the day’s activities with fellow guests.
Our spacious staterooms feature private balconies with full-length sliding glass doors, the perfect place to unwind at the end of an enriching day. Each private balcony is furnished with table and chairs for dining, lounging, or simply enjoying breathtaking views as warm breezes to fill your room.
AMERICAN SERENADE, AMERICAN SYMPHONY, AMERICAN MELODY
These 3 sister ships were specifically designed to navigate the Mississippi River, and her tributaries. They feature panoramic views throughout, including an impressive four-story glass atrium in the center of the ship. Ranging from 250 to 650 square feet, all of the spacious staterooms feature full-size bathrooms, roomy closets, and private balconies where you can enjoy daily breakfast room service. Each also offers the Ellipse Café for casual dining, an option that has been very popular with our guests.
These ships also feature many spacious lounges, where you can share the day’s adventures with fellow guests, as well as an onboard fitness center. At the end of each incredible day, unwind in your luxurious Grand Suite or Veranda Suite and enjoy “suite treats” which have been delivered to your stateroom, such as mini cheesecakes or chocolate-covered strawberries.
Grand Suite Private Balcony
The luxurious Grand Suite measures 650 sq. ft. and offers panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sliding glass doors lead out to a private balcony complete with a private dining area, the perfect place to enjoy breakfast room service or watch the sun set. Each Grand Suite features a separate bedroom and living area, ideal for gathering with family and friends after an invigorating day of exploration.
Veranda Suite Private Balcony
With a generous 405 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.
AAM Private Balcony
Located on the third deck, these spacious staterooms feature
commanding views of the passing river landscapes. At 350 sq. ft.,
there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views from every angle.
AAC Private Balcony
AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the second deck and offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. At 316 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk and full-size bathrooms.
AAR Private Balcony
AAR staterooms on the main deck offer complete comfort with approximately 275 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy a full-size bathroom, large picture window, and door leading out to a furnished private balcony. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, ideal for getting together with friends.
Single Private Balcony
Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 250 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.
AMERICAN SPLENDOR – PADDLEWHEELER
American Splendor allows our guests to experience the nostalgia of classic paddlewheeler travel, while enjoying perfect comfort and the most modern amenities.
Recently renovated, American Splendor features serene color palettes, luxurious textiles and linens, new furniture and carpets, and artwork and flourishes. From the staterooms and suites to the lounges and dining rooms, the new décor pays homage to the legendary Mississippi River.
On board, guests can relax in a casual ambiance while admiring panoramic views of the passing scenery. With only 180 guests, fellow travelers will quickly become new friends.
Owner’s Suite Private Balcony
Each Owner’s Suite on American Splendor offers the finest accommodations on the Mississippi River with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular up to 445 sq. ft. of space is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself at home. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to an expansive private balcony offering private panoramic views throughout the room. Every modern amenity is at your fingertips, along with a spacious seating area, desk, and full-size bathroom.
AAM Private Balcony
Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing Mississippi landscape. At 328 sq. ft., there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor- to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views of the Mississippi from every angle. These staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk, and full-size bathrooms and are the epitome of comfort and relaxation.
AAC Private Balcony
AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the fourth deck and at 304 sq. ft offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape.
AAL Private Balcony
AAL staterooms can be found on the third deck of America. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with plush seating, full-size bathrooms, and a private balcony with large sliding glass doors that offer great views of the Mississippi scenery.
AAR Private Balcony
AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of American Splendor. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with full-size bathrooms and a private balcony complete with an outdoor seating area.
These 290 sq. ft. staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, these staterooms are equipped with modern amenities, full-size bathrooms, and closet space.
Single Private Balcony
Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 230 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.
A comfortable getaway, our Single suites offer individuals a spacious room with convenient amenities. At 203 sq. ft., these staterooms have interior entrances and large opening viewing windows where the sights of the Mississippi can be enjoyed.