$6k trip to Stockton? Company pitches pricey river cruise between SF, Valley

For the low, low price of $6,095, you can soon call Stockton a cruise destination.

For $5,397, you can book a 15-day Avalon European river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, with stops in Cologne, Linz and Vienna, among others, along the way.

Or, for a minimum of $6,095 per person, you can cruise from San Francisco to Stockton to see… the Stockton 99 Speedway.


The 8-day river cruise from American Cruise Lines leaves from the port of San Francisco and visits Stockton, Sacramento and Napa via the San Joaquin, Sacramento and Napa rivers. Three of the eight days are spent in San Francisco.

The vessel, the American Jazz, has 99 staterooms to house 190 guests. The first departure date is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2023 and the cheapest room will set you back $6,095 per person. The most expensive room, the grand suite, costs an astounding $11,680 per person.

According to the itinerary, cruisers will be taken to the Haggin Museum in Stockton, as well as a “NASCAR Style Driving Experience and Ride Alongs at the Stockton Speedway.” In Sacramento, there will be multiple excursions to museums, and in Napa there will be, of course, a wine tasting. There is one day spent just on the river and the San Francisco Bay with no excursions. “Cooking demos” and a “local California Cuisine Cookbook” are included with the price.

The trip has taken on its fair-share of jest, given its price tags and stops compared to more exclusive cruise trips.

“In a sign that people are ready to do anything to get out of the house…. a $6,000 per person week-long cruise will start in 2023 with stops in Stockton and Vallejo,” former Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad joked on Twitter.

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