American Queen Steamboat Company’s 2015 Holiday Crusies feature newly added christmas markets

July 31st, 2015

The American Queen Steamboat Company is encouraging families and friends to spend the holidays onboard the grand American Queen this season. The most opulent riverboat in the world will travel the waters of the Mississippi River to and from Memphis, Tenn. and New Orleans, La. Guests of the American Queen will be surrounded by southern history and culture on these nine-day cruises that embark beginning this Thanksgiving.

New and exclusive to the American Queen holiday sailings this season are Christmas markets along the river in ports, offering music as well as seasonal and locally produced crafts and goods. All old-fashioned holiday themed sailings include special entertainment such as strolling carolers in St. Francisville, La., departure serenades from the levees of Vicksburg and Natchez, Miss. and the favorite Steamboat Syncopators singing holiday favorites throughout the journey as well as Christmas markets in Greenville, Miss. and Nottoway Plantation.

“We are excited to offer these new holiday cruises that incorporate the local traditions and festivities of our beloved river communities as a way to celebrate the 2015 season,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “The holidays are a special time of the year for everyone and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than cruising the Mississippi aboard the American Queen.”

Old-Fashioned Holiday Sailings on the American Queen include:

Memphis, Tenn. To New Orleans, La. Nov. 21 – 29, Dec. 5 – 13 and Dec. 19 – 27, 2015
Explore fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions as the American Queen cruises from Memphis to New Orleans. A highlight of the late-November voyage includes a Thanksgiving feast and celebration onboard the elaborately decorated boat.

New Orleans, La. To Memphis, Tenn. Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 and Dec. 12 – 20, 2015
The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur trades. Guests can take in the beautiful sights and sounds of these gracious towns and as an exclusive event of the December 12th 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.

Roundtrip New Orleans, La. December 26, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Ring in the New Year with the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi while discovering the romance and antebellum charms of famous plantations like Oak Alley, located in the Saint James Parish.

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