Memphis to New Orleans
Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. The romance of the antebellum era and lively Cajun culture are found everywhere you turn. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time as will the Civil War battlefields. When cotton was king and plantation life was at its zenith, our young nation went to war with itself, pitting brother against brother, North against South.
Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the Old South. Our Antebellum South voyages carry you along the lower Mississippi River where it is easy to imagine that time has stood still. From New Orleans to Memphis, sugar cane is still grown as it was a century ago and lovingly restored mansions and plantations grace the Great River Road.
Surround yourself with a whole new list of things to be thankful for with this special holiday cruise on the American Queen. Enjoy a cornucopia of traditional treats. Encompassed by elegant décor and new friends with the river rolling by, you'll have a deep appreciation for all your many blessings.
Holiday - Christmas Markets
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. Sip a glass of eggnog as you listen to the sweet sound of local choirs and bands serenade the American Queen upon departure from the enchanting ports of Vicksburg and Natchez. Receive a warm welcome from strolling carolers upon arrival to charming St. Francisville. Our exclusive lineup of Christmas markets offers a little something for everyone including music, seasonal goods and locally produced crafts for you to enjoy. You will also delight in a private dinner celebration at Nottoway Plantation followed by a grand Holiday Ball aboard the American Queen.
While onboard, gather with fellow guests for stimulating Book Club events held throughout the week to exchange ideas and discuss your favorite works. You will be joined by special guest authors and literary experts whose fascinating lectures and open discussions applaud our southern literature heritage. A vast selection of popular works will be on-hand for your enjoyment; so choose your favorite, relax and let your imagination run wild.
Music of America
Discover the sights and sounds of America's rivers and the roots from which sprung a variety of musical genres. Enjoy special onboard entertainment and focused lectures highlighting the music of the regions through which you are traveling. Whether it's the sounds of New Orleans Jazz, the strains of the uniquely American musical art form the Delta Blues, the Rock and Soul of Memphis, or the homegrown Country Music melodies from Nashville it all harmonizes with the rhythms of the river.
Southern Musical Heritage
Whether it is the sound of New Orleans "Dixieland" Jazz, the strains of the uniquely American musical art form the Delta Blues - one of the earliest styles of blues music hailing from the Mississippi Delta, the Rock and Soul of Memphis, or the homegrown Country music melodies from Nashville, it all harmonizes with the rhythms of the river.
Amid the glittering elegance of an American Duchess Creole Christmas cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures amidst a wonderland of holiday décor both onboard and ashore.