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Celebrate the Holiday Season with American Cruise Lines

Join us for a magnificent celebration aboard one of four unique holiday cruises. Your ship will be adorned in festive decor and feature delicious holiday inspired menus prepared by our amazing chefs. Each Christmas and New Years cruise celebration includes a complimentary night aboard the ship before your cruise with a specially planned dinner ashore at an iconic local restaurant. 

Christmas Cruises


Houmas House Christmas Celebration

Sapelo Island Oyster Roast

New Orleans Roundtrip Cruise

Cruise departs: December 19, 2015

Surround yourself with friends and glorious holiday décor onboard Queen of the Mississippi while exploring each port on this magical holiday celebration. This year’s special events include a tour of the magnificent Oak Alley Plantation in its holiday splendor, along with a holiday concert in the music room of the beautifully preserved JN Stone House in the Historic Natchez.  Celebrate the holidays with a traditional Reveillon-style feast with mouth-watering regional favorites prepared by our expert chefs. 

Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise

              Cruise departs: December 19, 2015

Explore the holiday traditions of the Historic South as we celebrate Christmas on the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the beautiful Independence this year. Join us for delightful holiday themed events including a tour of the Amelia Island Gingerbread house, Charleston's Holiday Festival of Lights and a private dockside Oyster Roast on the gorgeous Sapelo Island. Relax and let American Cruise Lines provide you with an amazing holiday celebration. 


Sample Christmas Menu


  • ​Southern Corn Bread,  Sweet Potato Biscuits and Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
  • Gingered Butternut Squach Bisque with Prosciutto Ham
  • Mississippi Quail with Cheddar Cheese Grits - (Reveillon) with mushrooms, country ham, and a marsala wine sauce


  • ​Seared Duck Breast with a Raspberry Demi-Glace - and a dried fruit compote, rice pilaf and braised greens
  • Pan seared Red Fish - (Reveillon) and crawfish with lump crab ragout, rice pilaf and braised greens
  • Roast Prime Rib of Beef - with baked potatoes, vegetable medley, horseradish sauce and au jus


  • ​Chocolate Fudge Cake - with a cranberry coulis
  • Spiced Pumpkin Mousse - (Reveillon) with a gingersnap crust and caramel
  • Sugar free pumpkin mousse
  • Assorted Ice cream

New Year's Cruises


Sax Player in New Orleans

Bonfires on the Levee

New Orleans Roundtrip Cruise

Cruise departs: December 27, 2015

Experience the holiday charm of the South as you travel the Mississippi River on a special New Year's celebration cruise. Exclusive on board entertainment, sumptuous menu choices and spectacular onshore experiences await you and fellow guests as you celebrate the arrival of 2015 in style. Ring in the New Year with friends old and new during our magnificent New Years Eve Gala, or spend the evening on one of our spacious top decks, watching the sky light up in a gorgeous fireworks display. 


  Arrive on December 27 for a pre-cruise celebration at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans.

Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise

              Cruise departs: December 27, 2015

Discover the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway as you travel from Charleston to Jacksonville on a special New Year's celebration cruise. Spend the holiday enjoying a delicious dinner at our New Years Even Gala and watch the Savannah skyline light up in an epic firework display as the band plays to ring in the new year. Share a champagne toast with your fellow passengers at the delightful New Years Eve Gala. 


 Arrive on December 27 for a pre-cruise celebration at McCrady's in Charleston, SC.

Onboard Entertainment 

The 2014 holiday cruises features nightly live entertainment, including performances by:

    Victory Belles

Victory Belles: (Pictured above)
Enjoy a trip down memory lane with The National WWII Museum's charming vocal trio as they take guests on a nostalgic journey through WWII era musical classics. 
Ready, Willing and Able: 
This four part ensemble articulates the  sights,  sounds and mood of New Orleans with their unique brand of smooth jazz. 
The New Orleans All Stars: 
Formed in New Orleans over 25 years ago, this  lively big brass band performs an eclectic mix of  traditional and contemporary jazz hits.

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  • Another wonderful trip on one of your outstanding cruises. We always look forward to the next one!
    Thomas and Jeannette D., Historic South & Golden Isles New Years Cruise
  • The service was truly first class. The waitstaff was always smiling. One never waited for service.
    Theodora S., Historic South & Golden Isles Christmas Cruise
  • Great service from top to bottom!
    Leroy C. and Mary R., Historic South & Golden Isles New Years Cruise 

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