4 Reasons to Take a Holiday River Cruise

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holiday cruise on the American Queen
If you seek to escape the maddening crowds of the holiday season, enter the oasis of the gracious American Queen for a unique holiday experience that you will not soon forget. Decked out in her Victorian finery with lighted garlands, glittering trees, mouthwatering holiday cuisine and a host of Southern traditions, you would be hard-pressed to find a holiday river cruise quite like this. No other holiday cruise can match the heartwarming ambiance that makes you feel so welcome, so at home and so much like family while affording the opportunity to get acquainted with the best of the Antebellum South and classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. Here are the top reasons why you should choose to spend your next holiday cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen:

Decor – All that glitters is gold aboard the American Queen. Just imagine a frilly, snow-white wedding cake with elegant Victorian trimmings, twinkling lights and captivating, festive trees adorned with enchanting ornaments and exquisitely wrapped gift boxes perfectly placed beneath their branches. It is quite simply a floating, winter wonderland that stirs the child inside.

Entertainment - If you could have all of the sentimental music, caroling and sing-a-along that make the holidays special and combine it with brilliant performances that one might never expect as part of a holiday cruise, then you would be imagining life on the American Queen. In addition to these energized performances led by top entertainers, you may also encounter an old screening of a classic holiday film in the Grand Saloon as well as cookie decorating in the Front Porch Café.

Exclusive Nottoway Plantation Celebration – Enjoy the holiday season in one of the most lavish and luxurious settings that the South has to offer. Enter the stunning White Ballroom where a spectacular performance will be held depicting the extravagant southern balls held here during the planation era. You will then make your way to Nottoway's beautiful Randolph Ballroom where you will enjoy an elegant, four-course meal.

As you make your way back to the American Queen, you will take pleasure in the time-honored tradition of ceremonial bonfires which extend a warm, red glow across the waters of the Mississippi River. Spend the remainder of the night onboard dancing and singing to your favorite holiday classics at the grand Holiday Gala!

Christmas Markets - Our exclusive lineup of European-style Christmas markets offers a little something for everyone including music, seasonal goods and locally produced crafts for you to enjoy. You may experience these special markets in the ports of St. Francisville, Nottoway and Natchez.

Make our home your home for the holidays and see why people of all ages choose to take their holiday cruise with American Queen Steamboat Company during this magical time of year.