HOLIDAY JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI - 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. Our exclusive lineup of Christmas Markets is the perfect venue to listen to holiday music while browsing seasonal goods and the all-American southern artistry of local craftsmen. At the center of our thoughtfully designed Holiday - Christmas Markets is an enchanted experience at Nottoway Plantation where you will enjoy live music and dancing, indulge in decadent desserts and witness the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee. Make our home your home for the holidays...
• Holiday - Christmas Markets*
Your Cruise Fare Includes:
Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
Complimentary hotel stay the night before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the vessel*
All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
24-Hour Room Service
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway
Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
Available for Purchase: Additional Pre-voyage Hotel Night
Available for Purchase: Optional Post-voyage Hotel Night
Terms and Conditions
One included pre-voyage hotel night is provided as part of the voyage fare on all voyages nine (9) days or longer. Additional pre-voyage hotel nights may be purchased for an additional charge. Guests are required to present a credit card upon hotel check-in to cover their incidental charges. Post-voyage hotel nights are not included in the voyage fare and may be purchased for an additional charge. A maximum of three pre-voyage and three post-voyage hotel nights are allowed for any booking. In lieu of an included pre-voyage hotel night on any voyage, a $50 per person onboard credit is available upon request and dependent upon voyage date. On a back-to-back voyage, two included hotel nights or a combination of one included hotel night plus a $50 per person onboard credit will be granted in lieu of taking a second included hotel night. A hotel credit will not be offered if a hotel is unable to accommodate additional hotel nights. Additional room night availability is based on the AQSC standard annual rate and is not guaranteed. The AQSC pre-voyage hotel may offer a direct promotional rate throughout the year that is lower than the AQSC standard annual rate.
*May not be applicable to voyages less than nine (9) days. Please check itinerary for details.
Day 1 - Hotel Stay - New Orleans, LA
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with the many treasures of New Orleans. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in New Orleans.
Day 2 - New Orleans, LA
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey! The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM located in the Pre-Cruise Hotel. During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin! After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!
Day 3 - Nottoway Plantation, LA
Magic is in the air at Nottoway Plantation as the melodies of Christmas echo through the halls of the great mansion and carry across the lush grounds. Your evening at Nottoway Plantation is full of enchanted holiday traditions including festive Christmas Markets offering a glimpse into holidays past, a traditional Southern Ball performance, and an exclusive Holiday Gala where you can enjoy cocktails, indulge in decadent desserts and dance the night away. This romantic evening is capped off with the lighting of traditional bonfires along the levees.
Day 4 - St. Francisville, LA
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Today, St. Francisville retains its historical, small-town charm and their festive holiday celebrations are no exception. Stroll through the streets of St. Francisville, adorned for the season as jolly carolers stroll along the bustling sidewalks. The streets come alive with holiday charm as yuletide music fills the air. Stop in at the St. Francisville visitor’s center for a warm welcome to this southern gem.
Day 5 - Natchez, MS
This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests will enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical houses located in Natchez, as they explore the beautiful downtown areas.
Day 6 - Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir.
Day 7 - Leisurely River Cruising
Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemens Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queens Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!
Day 8 - Tunica Landing (Memphis, TN)
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. You may want to consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.