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The Disney Wonder cruise ship sails past glaciers (Credit: Handout)

The Disney Wonder cruise ship sails past glaciers at the Tracy Arm Fjord as part of its Alaskan itinerary. Over seven nights, it visits Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord.

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The Disney Wonder cruise ship sails past glaciers
(Credit: Handout)

The Disney Wonder cruise ship sails past glaciers at the Tracy Arm Fjord as part of its Alaskan itinerary. Over seven nights, it visits Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord.

A winding water slide is a must-do thrill
(Credit: Carnival Cruise Line)

A winding water slide is a must-do thrill aboard the Carnival Glory.

Avalon Waterways river cruise on the Mosel river
(Credit: Avalon Waterways)

Avalon Waterways river cruise on the Mosel river through the German town of Cochem.

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Avalon Waterways river cruise on the Rhine River
(Credit: Avalon Waterways)

Avalon Waterways river cruise on the Rhine River in Lyon, France.

The 436-passenger American Queen, the largest steamboat in
(Credit: Great American Steamboat Company)

The 436-passenger American Queen, the largest steamboat in the world, owned by the Great American Steamboat Co.

The American Queen, the largest steamboat in the
(Credit: Great American Steamboat Company)

The American Queen, the largest steamboat in the world, owned by the Great American Steamboat Co.

The 436-passenger American Queen is the largest steamboat
(Credit: Great American Steamboat Company)

The 436-passenger American Queen is the largest steamboat in the world.

The American Queen
(Credit: Great American Steamboat Company)

The American Queen

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The river boat, Mississippi Queen, passes beneath Mounds
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The river boat, Mississippi Queen, passes beneath Mounds Park as it nears downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. (July 3, 2004)

Passengers take in the view of the river
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Passengers take in the view of the river from the chart room of the Mississippi Queen, in Nashville. (June 1, 2002)

With the paddle wheel churning up water, The
(Credit: AP)

With the paddle wheel churning up water, The Mississippi Queen heads up the Ohio River. (Oct.17, 1995)

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