The number of Germans taking river cruises grew at a higher rate than that of those choosing ocean cruises during 2018.

On Fat Tuesday (March 5) with Mardi Gras in full swing, Queen of the Mississippi, American Cruise Lines' 150-passenger paddlewheeler, will depart New Orleans amid the city's annual festivities.

At twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, AmaWaterways' AmaMagna is already a remarkable vessel. But its construction journey adds to that.

Having boosted 2018 profit by 60% and turnover by 6%, river cruise operator A-ROSA Flussschiff is expanding to a new river this year and is planning a new vessel.

Scylla AG, one of Europe's leading river cruise operators, is getting new leadership as the current managing director, Manuela van Zelst, is leaving to embark on a new career.

American Cruise Lines is offering three premium pre-cruise packages with select sailings throughout the year. From exhilarating jet boat tours to luxury hotels and Graceland, these programs offer a memorable way to begin cruises from Memphis, Boston and Clarkston, Washington.

Fred. Olsen River Cruises is launching its second season of European river cruising in 2019 aboard 156-guest Brabant with a number of offers, including no supplement for singles on selected sailings.

Ahead of introducing William Wordsworth and George Eliot in the spring, Riviera River Cruises unveiled a sales incentive for North American travel agents.

The Port of New Orleans set a new record in 2018 with 1,182,111 cruise passenger movements, up 2.3% from the year before. A 23% surge in guests taking Mississippi River cruises helped buoy the total, with new and larger ships set to sail from New Orleans both in the Caribbean and on the river in 2019.

A remarkable transformation of three vessels is taking place at Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana. There, a paddlewheeler is being built for American Queen Steamboat Co. (AQSC), and the two coastal vessels of Victory Cruise Lines are being refurbished under the new ownership of AQSC.

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