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Celebrate Christmas with American Cruise Lines

There is nothing like spending the holidays in the South. The region’s historic cities are adorned with festive decorations and the sounds of traditional carols. This year, treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday getaway with American Cruise Lines. We will take care of the cooking and decorating, leaving you with plenty of time to relax and to enjoy the magic of the holiday season. Personalized service and all the amenities of home will be yours while exploring the beauty of the old South.


Mississippi River "Cajun Christmas" Cruise



Houmas House Christmas Celebration

New Orleans Roundtrip

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 Christmas Concert at the JN Stone House in the Historic District of Natchez, a tour of the magnificent Oak Alley Plantation in its holiday splendor, and a traditional Reveillon-style holiday feast with mouth-watering regional favorites prepared by our expert chefs. Plus you’ll experience the awesome spectacle of the Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee in Louisiana as they light the way for Santa Claus. 

Dec. 21 - Queen of the Mississippi

Special Events

Bonfires on the Levee 
Bonfires on the Levee - Experience this 200-year-old Christmas Eve tradition of bonfires on the Levee in Louisiana. Watch as the riverbanks light up with bonfires over 20 feet high and fireworks crackling overhead.

Oak Alley Plantation  tour during Missippi River cruise

Oak Alley’s Holiday Experience -
 Participate in Oak Alley’s 37th anniversary of celebrating the holidays in one of the South’s most beautiful settings. The mansion is decorated to the nines with fresh fruit, greenery, and seasonal floral arrangements to replicate the Creole tradition. 

Historic South Holiday Cruises

JN Stone House Concert - Watch and listen to the annual Christmas concert in the Billiard hall of the Historic JN Stone house. The Billiard Hall was originally built circa 1850 by David Stanton as the family’s private place for social gatherings.

Holidays in the Historic South



Sapelo Island Oyster Roast

Historic South & Golden Isles

Explore the warm and welcoming holiday traditions of the South as we explore the Christmas traditions of South Carolina, Georgia and Eastern Florida. This year’s special holiday events include a tour of the Amelia Island Gingerbread House, Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights and a private dockside Oyster Roast on the unforgettable Sapelo Island. Celebrate the season onboard with ginger bread house and ornament making aboard the magnificently decorated Independence.

Dec. 21 -  Independence


Special Events

Gingerbread Display in Amelia Island 
Amelia Island Gingerbread Display at The Ritz-Carlton - Take in the sight of the S.S. Amelia gingerbread pirate ship as it docks in the Lobby for the 2013 holiday season at the Ritz-Carlton. Enjoy Amelia Island’s holiday icon as a complimentary experience with American Cruise Lines.

Charleston Festival of Lights

Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights - Disembark among two million enchanting lights along the James Island County Park. Started in 1989, the annual three-mile array of unique holiday light designs are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. 

Charleston During Christmas Cruise

Sapelo Island Oyster Roast: Indulge your taste buds with Sapelo Island’s traditional Christmas activity of the annual Oyster Roast near the ship’s dock. Enjoy Sapelo Sea Farm oysters and clams prepared on large outdoor grills under open tents while enjoying the coastal views and warm breezes off the water.

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Mississippi River paddlewheel cruises on Queen of the Mississippi

  • 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