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The USA’s great wa­ter­ways have long been at the cen­tre of the na­tion’s his­tory, mu­sic and lit­er­a­ture. Now Amer­i­can Cruise Lines is of­fer­ing afi­ciona­dos a taste of Amer­i­can cul­ture on a va­ri­ety of themed cruises that re­trace the river trails of ex­plor­ers, Lewis and Clark, au­thor Mark Twain’s Old Man River, and the Blue and the Gray armies of the Amer­i­can Civil War. Adding to the in­cred­i­ble line-up are also the mu­sic cruises along the Mis­sis­sippi; the birth­place of jazz and the Blues, as well as the Nashville Coun­try and Blues Cruise with vis­its to the le­gendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Ten­nessee. For a taste of New Eng­land’s craggy mar­itime coast, Amer­i­can Cruise Line has also un­veiled its Lob­ster­bake and Crabfest cruises, which char­ter the in­lets of Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. For wine con­nois­seurs, the Food and Wine culi­nary cruises along the Columbia and Snake Rivers cover every taste sen­sa­tion and cul­ti­vated vine from the rugged North­west States. Of­fer­ing 35 itin­er­ar­ies on 10 small cruise ships, modern river­boats and au­then­tic pad­dle­wheel­ers, each pack­age also in­cludes guest his­to­ri­ans, au­thors and ecol­o­gists to en­rich the on­board ex­pe­ri­ence.

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