Holiday and Christmas Markets
Dec 02, 2018 – Dec 10, 2018
December 09, 2018 – December 17, 2018
December 16, 2018 – December 24, 2018
Fares from $1,999*
Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. Our exclusive lineup of Christmas Markets is the perfect venue to listen to holiday music while browsing seasonal goods and the all-American southern artistry of local craftsmen. At the center of our thoughtfully designed Holiday - Christmas Markets is an enchanted experience at Nottoway Plantation where you will enjoy live music and dancing, indulge in decadent desserts and witness the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee. Make our home your home for the holidays...
Day 1: Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the many treasures of New Orleans.
Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in New Orleans.
Day 2: New Orleans, LA
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!
The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM located in the Pre-Cruise Hotel. During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin!
After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!
Day 3: Nottoway, LA
Magic is in the air at Nottoway Plantation as the melodies of Christmas echo through the halls of the great mansion and carry across the lush grounds. Your evening at Nottoway Plantation is full of enchanted holiday traditions including festive Christmas Markets offering a glimpse into holidays past, a traditional Southern Ball performance, and an exclusive Holiday Gala where you can enjoy cocktails, indulge in decadent desserts and dance the night away. This romantic evening is capped off with the lighting of traditional bonfires along the levees.
Day 4: St. Francisville, LA
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Today, St. Francisville retains its historical, small-town charm and their festive holiday celebrations are no exception. Stroll through the streets of St. Francisville, adorned for the season as jolly carolers stroll along the bustling sidewalks. The streets come alive with holiday charm as yuletide music fills the air. Stop in at the St. Francisville visitor’s center for a warm welcome to this southern gem.
Day 5: Natchez, MS
This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.
Day 6: Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.
Day 7: Greenville, MS
Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta. Located on the banks of Lake Fergusson, Greenville is a short drive to Indianola, the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has its fair share of Blues integrated into its culture. Many authors and writers were born or reside in the small town of Greenville; local legend says that the Greenville water grows writers. The author of the Muppets actually got started here along with a long list of other impressive, renowned writers! The town is also known for their gardening, which they were recognized for growing the largest carpet plant in the nation; and museums of which the town has one for practically everything! This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!
Day 8: Liesurely River Cruising
Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!
Day 9: Memphis, TN
Enjoy Memphis at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.
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Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering these cozy havens. Ample shelving and storage spaces keep your necessities out of the way but easily accessible.
Starting at $1,999*
Deluxe Outside Stateroom
An expansive bay window overlooking the ever-changing scenery of America’s heartland is the main draw of this spacious category. Curl up in front of the window with a new novel and savor a moment that belongs to only you.
Starting at $3,299*
Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Open Verandah
With your own private veranda, these staterooms are so enjoyable you might decide to extend your journey. Sit in your cozy armchairs and prop your feet up on the ottoman as you read through the River Times, our daily program, and discover the delights that await you.
Starting at $3,999*
Suite with Open Verandah
Our suites give you the feeling of a fine Southern estate home, complete with authentic Antebellum décor and antiques. Indulge in a soothing soak in your tub and then retire to your cozy armchair, prop your feet up on the ottoman and read through the River Times, our daily program, to discover the delights that await you. As a guest of this fine suite, you will also receive the benefits of exclusive suite-level Commodore Services.
Starting at $4,399*
Luxury Suite with Private or Open Verandah
Our spacious, elegant suites are furnished with authentic Antebellum décor and fabulous antiques providing the warm ambiance of a fine Southern estate home. Open your French doors and delight in sweeping river views as you sip a beverage and share conversation in your cozy sitting area. With two configurations to choose from, either one large room suite with private veranda or two adjoining rooms with open veranda, these intimate suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together. As a guest of our luxury suite, you will also be treated to exclusive suite-level Commodore Services, as well as personal river butler service.
Starting at $6,099*
Your Cruise Fare Includes:
Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
Complimentary hotel stay the night before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the vessel
All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
24-Hour Room Service
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway
Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches