Great Rivers of Florida Cruise

Eight-Day / Seven-Night Cruise
Departing from Jacksonville, FL

Designated an American Heritage River, the St. Johns is one of the few north-flowing rivers above the equator. Along this river, you'll sail a route that adventurous passengers first followed on 19th-century paddlewheelers in search of a tropical paradise. With the advent of the railroads, tourism headed further south and the St. Johns meandered serenely and untouched thereafter.

The artesian mineral springs that feed its waters have created an extraordinary environment for flora and fauna, with creeks, lagoons and lakes opening before you in magical splendor. Journey to the heart of the Ocala National Forest where you’ll observe alligators, playful manatees, and majestic bald eagles all in their natural habitats.

Early Bird Discount: Book early and Save $400 or more per stateroom on this cruise.

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Great Rivers of Florida Cruise Map

Explore the impressive wildlife and native scenery on this exciting  river cruise through northern Florida.

Cruise Highlights 



Lake George

Green Cove Springs

St. Augustine

Amelia Island


Day 1
Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)

Jacksonville Florida Cruise

Departing for Palatka, you will enjoy a journey along the waters of St. Johns River, one of only three rivers in the nation that flows north. This river is home to over 200 species of birds including the bald eagle, swallowtail kite, and wood stork. Discover why the St. Johns River - with unlimited recreation, celebrated history, and protected wildlife - has been distinguished as one of the fourteen American Heritage Rivers.

Day 2
Palatka, FL

Florida River Cruise Sights

Once known for its worldwide shipping commerce of citrus and timber, Palatka also attracted a vast number of tourists and wealthy northerners looking to relocate to Florida. Today, it remains a charming river town with restored plantation houses standing as a testament to distinguished residents that once called Palatka home. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the beautifully landscaped Ravine Gardens State Park.

Day 3
Cruising the St. Johns to Lake George (Ocala National Forest)

Florida Everglades Cruise

Continue to cruise St. Johns River to Lake George, which shares a border with the Ocala National Forest. The lake hosts a variety of wildlife ranging from migratory water birds to a number of marine animals. Local springs in Lake George feed enough salt to the system to make the habitat suitable for marine species like Atlantic stingray, striped bass and blue crab.

Day 4
Green Cove Springs, FL

Green Cove Springs, FL Cruise

In the 1800s, Green Cove Springs attracted a surge of vacationers from the North, drawn to the warm mineral springs reputed to have medicinal qualities and healing powers. Steamboat services brought high society, searching for a warm retreat from the winter’s harsh climate. Today, visitors can explore the historic district, which includes vintage homes and gorgeous surroundings.

Day 5
Cruising the Tolomato River

Cruise the Tolomato River

Experience one of the most impressive stretches of inland waterways in the United States, the Tolomato River. See many spectacular sites, including a rare view of the Atlantic Ocean, visible over the Barrier Islands. Join our invited naturalist on the open observation decks for views of native wildlife, captivating sunsets, hidden villages, and miles of pristine landscapes.

Day 6
St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine river Cruise

In the late 1800s, oil millionaire Henry Flagler built out St. Augustine in an attempt to fulfill his vision of establishing an American Riviera along Florida's eastern shores. Although this "golden era" ended in the early 1900s, Flagler's legacy remains. Explore historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of a city once used as a remote outpost by the Spanish Empire.

Day 7
Amelia Island, FL

Amelia Island Cruise

Discover the unspoiled beauty of Amelia Island, with miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, featuring restored 19th century Victorian homes and shops. Stroll along the tree-lined avenues and explore Amelia Island's charm.

Day 8
Amelia Island / Jacksonville, FL

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

Great Rivers of Florida cruise video

Take a scenic trip through the rivers of Florida with this engaging video. See lush landscapes on picturesque waterways including the St. Johns River, Lake George, Green Cove Spring and the Tolomato River. Journey into the heart of the Ocala National Forest and see alligators and manatees in their natural habitat.

Date # of Nights Departure Location Ship
Nov 19, 2016 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Nov 26, 2016 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Feb 25, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Mar 4, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Mar 11, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Mar 18, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Mar 25, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Nov 25, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Dec 2, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Dec 9, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Dec 16, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now

American Glory

The American Glory offers discerning travelers the most unique and modern style of small ship cruising. Each unique and off-the-beaten path port visited, gives guests a glimpse into the cultural heritage that is the fabric of our great nation. The country-club atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history and culture. The spacious public lounges and observation decks are frequented by guests who wish to mingle with friends new and old.

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • AAC w/ Balcony $5,490
  • AAL w/ Balcony $4,950
  • AA $4,635
  • A $4,100
  • Single w/ Balcony $5,525
  • Single $5,030

Rates subject to change

Thanksgiving Cruise

Journey through the magnificent rivers and lakes of Florida this Thanksgiving on an 8-day cruise to St. Augustine, Amelia Island and more. Board the festivelt decorated American Star and revel in the holiday spirit with our specially prepared menu that includes warm cider, baked brie with cranberry compote and roasted turkey with giblet gravy. As part of the American Cruise Lines Give-Back Program, $50 for every Thanksgiving cruise guest wil go towards the Connecticut Food Bank, to help those in need. 

Thanksgiving Cruise
November 19, 2016

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