The Best Christmas Themed Cruises

River Views®, a River Cruise Blog


This year, why not start a new holiday tradition and celebrate the season with your loved ones out on the water? Thanksgiving and Christmas river cruises are a great time to take in sights and cities around the country. At the American Queen Steamboat Company, we have we have put together some amazing Christmas cruises and Thanksgiving cruises for families who enjoy everything from nature-watching to music to holiday shopping.

Holiday Cruises in the Pacific Northwest

Both nature and history lovers will have an amazing holiday as our vessels explore the Pacific Northwest's waterways. The Columbia River area is famous for stunning natural views of dense forests and rolling hills. Winter holidays are especially enchanting here, where cool nights are lit up by the warm lights of the towns along the river.


The South is famous for its hospitality, and this shines the brightest during the holiday season. Are you looking for a Thanksgiving spread of traditional Southern food? What about taking a trip back into America's historic plantations with a Christmas cruise?


Thanksgiving Pacific Northwest Splendor

Nov. 12, 16, and 20: Roundtrip Vancouver, WA (with premium excursion to Portland) on the American Empress


Thanksgiving on the Cumberland

Nov. 18: Nashville to Chattanooga on the American Duchess


Thanksgiving Festival

Nov. 18: New Orleans to Memphis on the American Queen


Civil War

Nov. 25: Chattanooga to Nashville on the American Duchess

Plantation Holidays

Dec. 09: Memphis to New Orleans on the American Duchess
Dec. 16: Roundtrip New Orleans on the American Duchess


Music Over the Holidays

Holiday music can range from traditional Christmas carols to relaxed jazz and upbeat rock. These music-themed cruises let you explore the catchy sounds of the South. Climb aboard and take a tour of the 'Birthplace of Rock'n'Roll' or the 'Music City Experience.'


Southern Musical Heritage

Nov. 25: Memphis to New Orleans on the American Queen


American Music

Dec. 02: Nashville to Memphis on the American Duchess


Christmas Cruises

What do you picture when you think about Christmas cruises? Is it trees decked in lights and tinsel, holiday music, gifts, and hot chocolate on cold nights? We have Christmas Market cruises that let you experience the best of the season, from shopping for loved ones at the Nottoway Plantation to celebrating in style in New Orleans.


Christmas Markets

Dec. 02: New Orleans to Memphis on the American Queen
Dec. 09: Memphis to New Orleans on the American Queen
Dec. 16: New Orleans to Memphis on the American Queen


Christmas Cruise

Dec. 23: Roundtrip New Orleans on the American Duchess


Creole Christmas

Dec. 23: Memphis to New Orleans on the American Queen


Celebrate the Season With American Queen Steamboat Company

Whether you want to celebrate the holiday season in the midst of the Pacific Northwest's splendor or the charm of the deep South, you can find the right cruise with American Queen Steamboat Company. Our cruises include:
  • Journey through the Pacific Northwest along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, taking in the magnificent mountains and enchanting forests.
  • Connect with the South's rich heritage, from great food to Civil War battlefields and graceful plantations.
  • Get your toes tapping with a music-themed cruise where you can enjoy the best of the King, the birth of American Blues, and more.
  • Hit the water and celebrate Christmas in New Orleans and along the Mississippi River.
Our amazing holiday cruises fill up fast, so visit our website at the American Queen Steamboat Company today to see which exciting offers are available.