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.
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.
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.
Creole Christmas Cruise
Amid the glittering elegance of an American Duchess 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.
Join in the energy and traditions of New Orleans' most extravagant celebration while enjoying your included pre-cruise hotel stay during Mardi Gras. Take in the fabulous sights, sounds and flavors of America's largest street party as the flamboyant creations of a multitude of krewes parade by, and you make memories that will last a lifetime. Onboard, continue the festivities by learning about the history of Mardi Gras, creating your own colorful mask and enjoying a themed ball, musical performances and a jazz brunch.