Cruising in the USA

If you’ve been considering a cruise, you’ve probably thought about one in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or even Alaska. One idea you probably haven’t thought of is cruising around mainland USA. Blount Small Ship Adventures has created an intimate cruising experience (ships hold under 100 passengers) around the United States. They focus on exploring “America’s great waterways” and by using smaller ships they can go places big ships can’t.

I’ve mapped out 3 of their trips for 2012 that I think everyone should know about:

Florida Beaches and Keys

Florida Beaches & Keys Cruise

8 days, 7 nights, $1750+

I love this cruise because you get to explore the best parts of Florida during a beautiful season, April 30-May 7. You visit Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Miami, Key West, and St. Petersburg. There’s plenty of museums, restaurants, and beaches on your journey. This ship for this cruise is the Grand Caribe and it offers bike rentals to make exploring the cities easier.

Southern Antebellum

Southern Antebellum Cruise

8 days, 7 nights, $2299+

This cruise explores some of the best spots in the Southeast. You’ll start in Jacksonville, Florida and spend your second day at Amelia Island, Florida, a town known for its Queen Anne architecture. Moving onto Georgia, you’ll visit St. Marys, Jekyll Island, and Savannah. In Savannah you can enjoy a trolley tour or one of the many art galleries. Your last stops will all be in South Carolina, Beaufort and Charleston, where you can visit the first sites of the Civil War.

Islands of New England

Islands of New England Cruise

6 days, 5 nights, $1699

Heading to the Northeast, this cruise includes New England in July. You’ll start in Rhode Island and head to Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts, a town with fewer than 100 residents. You’ll spend another day at Nantucket Island, where you can search for whales, and Martha’s Vineyard, with beaches, galleries, restaurants, and more. You’ll move on to New Bedford, Massachusetts, a whaling town where Herman Melville once worked before writing Moby Dick. After Massachusetts you’ll head back to Rhode Island, where you can see Mohegan Bluffs at Block Island, and The Breakers, in Newport. This cruise offers bikes for rent and even an optional photography workshop to help you capture on film (or file) all the beautiful things you’ll see.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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