Holiday Voyages

2023 holiday season on the river

Wrap yourself in a cosy world of enchantments this holiday season, while savouring the all-inclusive amenities of our authentic paddlewheel riverboats. Experience quaint river towns transformed into a holiday wonderland. Best of all, spend the holidays with those you love while making memories to last a lifetime.

Throughout our Holidays on the River voyages, you will experience the magic of the holiday season. Our traditional Thanksgiving departures capture the essence of American heritage surrounded by stunning river views. Guests will indulge in a traditional feast featuring all the beloved classics such as roasted turkey, a selection of Southern dressings, green beans, sweet potato pie, bourbon pecan pie, and more.

Or, take part in an all-new experience on our 2023 Christmas Markets voyages where you can immerse yourself in all the festivities of the season and experience our first-of-its-kind authentic European-styled Christmas village, created especially for American Queen Voyages. On our lower Mississippi voyages, guests visiting the quaint port of Natchez will stroll through craft stalls for everything from handcrafted ornaments to yuletide delights. The magic of the holidays don’t stop in Natchez, though. Each charming port will be putting their best holiday magic on display. Back aboard your river vessel during the Christmas season, the joyful spirit fills our boats with twinkling lights, decorations and performances of holiday classics to fill your heart with the warmth of Christmas. You can also ring in the new year in style and dance the night away as you bid farewell to the year and welcome the new.

American Empress

Join us for an amazing Southern Thanksgiving celebration cruise that captures the essence of American heritage surrounded by stunning river views. Indulge in a traditional feast featuring
all the beloved classics such as such as roast turkey, four types of dressing, white truffle mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, sweet potato pie, bourbon pecan pie, and more. More culinary delights await on this experience to kick off the warmth of the holiday season honouring cherished traditions and giving thanks.

thanksgiving Cruises

American Queen®

18 Nov | New Orleans to Memphis

American Countess®

19 Nov | New Orleans to Memphis

American Empress®

19 Nov | Spokane to Portland

 

Christmas Markets Cruises

American Queen®

25 Nov | Memphis to New Orleans

02 Dec | New Orleans to Memphis

09 Dec | Memphis to New Orleans

16 Dec | Roundtrip New Orleans

22 Dec | Roundtrip New Orleans

American Countess®

26 Nov | Memphis to New Orleans

03 Dec | New Orleans to Memphis

10 Dec | Memphis to New Orleans

 

 

From handcrafted ornaments to yuletide delights, this cruise offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local holiday traditions. In Natchez, special European-style authentic Christmas markets have been created especially for American Queen Voyages. Enjoy strolling through craft stalls for a gift or treats to enjoy back on board. Sights and sounds abound at the Nottoway Resort bringing back the traditional bonfires on the riverbank for a festive sendoff. Giving Trees at different ports will help local charities. Hanukkah will also be observed so guests can enjoy traditional treats, including homemade latkes.

The magic of the holidays comes to life on one of our Christmas cruises that transport you to a winter wonderland on the river. Delight in festive onboard decorations, twinkling lights, and the joyful spirit that fills the boat. Enjoy performances of holiday classics and indulge in delectable seasonal treats. Whether sipping hot cocoa on deck or joining in cheerful carolling, this cruise promises to create memories that will fill your heart with the warmth of Christmas.

Christmas Cruises

American Queen®

22 Dec | Roundtrip New Orleans

 

new year’s celebrations

American Queen®

 

Ring in the new year in style aboard a festive holiday cruise from American Queen Voyages, where every moment sparkles with excitement and anticipation. Indulge in a gala New Year’s Eve dinner, sip on Champagne, and dance the night away as you bid farewell to 2023 and welcome the new. This New Year’s celebration cruise promises to usher in 2024 with a bang.

enhance your shoreside experience

Enhance your shoreside exploration with some carefully curated, holiday-themed Premium Experiences and City Stay Packages. Enjoy enhanced experiences such as A Jewelled Christmas in Natchez, at The Towers of Natchez, MS, and immerse yourself in an elegantly decorated holiday wonderland featuring over 100 Christmas trees! To enjoy those holiday feelings for as long as possible, our official City Stay Packages are available in Memphis and New Orleans. In Memphis, enjoy special holiday events at the famous Peabody Hotel, live music, and an evening, holiday light experience. In New Orleans, the lavish holiday decorations abound at The Intercontinental and complement the live Christmas jazz music performed in the lobby while leaving plenty of time to enjoy a self-guided Holiday Spirits Walking Tour of the city.

always all-inclusive

Return scheduled flights from London

2-night Pre-cruise Hotel Stay+

Premium City Highlights Tour (Embarkation Day)+

Transfers

Unlimited Included Guided Tours

Acclaimed Cuisine in Multiple Venues

In-room Dining Available

Unlimited WiFi

Bicycles* and Hiking Sticks

Live, Daily Onboard
Entertainment & Enrichment

Pre-Paid Gratuities

Open Bars & Lounges

Port Taxes & Fees

Unlimited Beverages

*River Cruises Only

+1-night on Minneapolis -New Orleans and Snake & Columbia itineraries/No City Highlights Tour

 

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2019 Cruisers’ Choice for Best in U.S. & Canada

2018 Best New Ship (American Duchess)

2012 – 2018 Best Shore Excursions

2014 – 2017 World’s Top River Cruise Lines Finalist

2012 – 2015 Best Cruise Value: Specialty Cruise Lines

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