American Queen Steamboat Company Features Christmas Markets On Holiday Sailings

The American QueenThe American Queen Steamboat Company invites guests to enjoy the holiday season aboard the elegant American Queen as it travels along the Lower Mississippi River beginning this Thanksgiving lasting through the New Year.

Surrounded by southern history and culture, these nine-day voyages offer music as well as seasonal and locally produced crafts and goods. Exclusive to the American Queen holiday sailings this season are Christmas markets along the river as well as special onboard entertainment, strolling carolers in St. Francisville, La. and departure serenades from the levees of Vicksburg and Natchez, Miss.

“We are thrilled to offer these lively holiday cruises that incorporate the best of the Antebellum South during this magical time of year,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “With an exclusive lineup of festive cheer and entertainment, we couldn‚t think of a better way to ring in the holiday season and New Year than while aboard the American Queen on the Mississippi River.”

Holiday Sailings on the American Queen include:

New Orleans, La. to Memphis, Tenn. Nov. 20 – 28, 2016
Surrounded by new friends onboard with the river rolling by, guests can indulge in a delectable Thanksgiving dinner, partake in festive enrichment activities, delight in fabulous nightly entertainment and so much more.

New Orleans, La. to Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 4 – 12 and Dec. 18 – 26, 2016
Explore the holiday jewels of the Lower Mississippi amid the glittering elegance of the American Queen, and sip on eggnog while listening to the sweet sound of local choirs as they serenade the boat and her guests from the enchanting ports of Vicksburg and Natchez, Miss.

Memphis, Tenn. to New Orleans, La. Dec. 11 – 19, 2016
Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the gracious towns along the Lower Mississippi and as an exclusive event of this voyage, enjoy a Christmas Ball at the historic Nottoway Plantation in Nottoway, La. The “White Castle of Louisiana” will be adorned with complete Christmas décor and lighting throughout the grounds, public spaces and mansion for this festive evening. Guests may enjoy costumed carolers and dancers as they stroll the gardens and front lawn before entering the mansion for a private dinner featuring a combination of Cajun cuisine.

Memphis, Tenn. to New Orleans, La. Dec. 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Ring in the New Year with the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi while discovering the romance and antebellum charms of quaint towns including Natchez and Greenville, Miss.

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, fares on the American Queen begin at $2,149 based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

(American Queen Steamboat Company)