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American Queen Steamboat Company operates a large selection of themed cruises on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. They focus on a variety of topics, like Southern culture, the music that developed along the rivers, gardens, Oktoberfest and Mark Twain.
Food and wine cruises explore a region's culinary traditions, and passengers are invited to participate in tastings, food pairings, onboard cooking demonstrations and discussions with experts. Wine cruises in Europe focus on the vineyards and wineries along the Danube, Rhine, Douro, Seine, Saone and Rhone rivers, and along waterways in the Bordeaux region. Avalon and AmaWaterways have beer-tasting cruises. In the U.S., American Cruise Lines offers wine cruises in the Pacific Northwest.
Fall foliage cruises take place along the Mississippi River, the Hudson River and other North American waterways, when riverbanks are ablaze in brilliant hues of crimson, gold and orange.
Christmas markets cruises take in the famous outdoor holiday bazaars of Europe. You can stroll among decorated stalls that sell handcrafted ornaments, toys and woodcarvings and enjoy treats such as gingerbread, grilled sausages, roasted chestnuts, warm pretzels and mulled wine. You also can celebrate aboard a New Year's Eve river cruise.
Tulip time cruises are in March and April, when the flower fields of the Netherlands peak in color. A highlight of these itineraries through Holland and Belgium is a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, an 80-acre park planted with more than 7 million bulbs.
Music cruises celebrate a variety of genres. Look into the lives of composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss and the Old World cities that inspired them. There are itineraries that stop in Vienne, France, during its world-renowned July jazz festival, and departures devoted to opera. Some Mississippi River cruises explore America's musical heritage, with sailings centered on bluegrass, country, the blues or the songs of Elvis.