A Christmas cruise with American Queen Voyages takes in every inch of the holiday spirit and now is the perfect time to consider booking your 2023 Christmas cruise with us. Everything from gingerbread cookies and steaming hot chocolate to twinkling lights and snow flurries can be found. To add to the magic, sailing with us at this time of year presents nothing short of a winter wonderland. As you venture down the Lower Mississippi River, you will visit spectacular ports of call, including Cleveland, Vicksburg, Natchez, Greenville, Tunica, Mississippi; St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Nottoway, Louisiana. Each day presents new festive activities to indulge in that are certain to spread that warm holiday cheer.
Dine on a Traditional Réveillon Dinner
Culinary Ambassador Chef Regina Charboneau, known for her delicious buttermilk biscuits, has even more up her sleeve. On select festive cruises, Chef Regina will bring old traditions onboard in the form of a traditional Creole réveillon dinner. The dinner typically includes egg dishes, sweetbreads, daube glacé, almond tart, delicious wines, and much more.
Stay Warm with a Bonfire on the Levee
Embrace the winter chill with a bonfire on the levee. On select cruises, cuddle up to the steamy fire for an authentic holiday experience. Enjoy the extra time in port by exploring the town at night or watching the currents of the river pass you by. In the background, the boat will sit waiting to welcome you back with delicious festive beverages.
Join in with Christmas Sing-Alongs
Get ready to sing your heart out with Christmas sing-alongs. Sing classics, such as “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Whether you are a natural-born performer or secretly sing in the shower, the holiday sing-along is a fun activity to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. As you sing with your fellow cruisers, you will make memories that last a lifetime.
Attend a Christmas Gala
Get ready to put on your dancing shoes! On select cruises, there will be a holiday gala full of fun surprises. Get in the spirit as you dance the night away and listen to your favourite Christmas songs as you bask in the glow of the string lights.
Craft Festive Ornaments
Exercise your creativity with ornament making. Get inspired by the holiday decor in each quaint river town and bring your vision to life. Keep it traditional or add a modern twist; the options are endless. As you create, get to know your fellow cruisers and embrace the spirit of Christmas.
Decorate Gingerbread Cookies
Indulge in sweet treats and decorate gingerbread cookies. Play with different frosting colours, an array of candies, and other edible edifices before tasting your creation. Match your gingerbread cookies to your gingerbread house or vice versa. Let your creativity shine through!
Build a Gingerbread House
Combine old traditions with new ones by building a gingerbread house on our riverboat. Grab your frosting, candy, and sprinkles, and get ready to become an architect for the day. Match your gingerbread house to your gingerbread man or switch it up. While you craft the perfect gingerbread house, stay warm with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Enjoy Festive Entertainment
Hear your favourite Christmas classics during the dedicated holiday show. Enjoy the Broadway-inspired entertainment taken up a notch with extravagant costumes, iconic songs, and festive sets. Grab a drink, get comfortable, and prepare for an evening of holiday fun. Sing and clap along to the seasonal classics as our live performers play their hearts out.
Sit in on a Holiday Movie Marathon
Keep old traditions alive with a Christmas movie marathon. Elevate your experience aboard one of our elegant vessels while feeling like you are back in the comfort of your home. Sit in on the whole movie marathon full of holiday film classics, or pop in and out as you please. On our Christmas sailings, you get to spend the holidays your way. And with an array of festivities, the fun never ends.
Participate in Door Decorating
Last but certainly not least, participate in holiday door decorating. Show off your creativity with the help of ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, and tissue paper, among other materials. Get in on the fun, then stroll around the riverboat to see what festive doors your neighbours came up with. The experience of walking around the community to see holiday lights is replicated onboard with holiday doors.
Have we tempted you with a festive getaway in 2023? If so, call our agents today on 01223 568904.