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Spring Ahead - Start Planning For Domestic Small Ship Cruises

Spring Ahead - Start Planning For Domestic Small Ship Cruises

By Alexa Paolella, American Cruise Lines

There are few places in the U.S. where you can view more beautiful displays of spring flowers than the tulips along the shores of Puget Sound, or the cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital. American Cruise Lines offers several domestic small-ship explorations each spring during these extraordinary bloom-times. Wonderful cruise options include Tulip Themed cruises in Puget Sound along a Grand Puget Sound itinerary, or a Puget Sound & San Juan Islands itinerary.

And for those who like to enjoy U.S. history along with seasonal views of extraordinary flowers, American also offers a Cherry Blossom Themed cruise along the line’s American Revolution itinerary on the Chesapeake Bay, which also includes a rare docking inside Washington, D.C. at The Wharf.

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Photograph courtesy of American Cruise Lines.

Tulip Time in the Pacific Northwest

Celebrate the arrival of spring along Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, a time when the region is bursting with vibrant colors. Small ship cruise guests can experience the one of a kind Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, featuring hundreds of acres of tulips, daffodils, cherry blossoms, and apple blossoms, flowering in perfect harmony, during a world-renowned blooming event. On board, guests are treated to demonstrations by a master gardener, from quick tips to thorough hands-on experiences. Guests can enjoy a guided visit to Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. and explore picturesque historic seaside towns while enjoying private balcony views of the region’s majestic lakeside views and landscapes—all of which make the coastal Pacific Northwest especially magnificent to visit in spring.

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American Constitution, photograph courtesy of The Wharf, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms on the Chesapeake

Admire the beautiful floral display that adorns our nation’s capital every spring. As you stroll along West Potomac Park and the Washington Monument grounds, admire the many cherry blossom trees which embellish the landscape and are a living part of our nation’s exceptional and complex history. Following American Cruise Lines’ American Revolution itinerary, guests can travel to Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown, known as the “Historic Triangle.” Guests can enjoy the region’s exceptional spring blooms from private balcony accommodations, while also visiting and docking in our nation’s capital. Guests will also visit Mount Vernon, George Washington’s iconic 18th-century home, and enjoy a guided tour of Annapolis, one of the country’s most charming seaport towns.

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