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Cajun Christmas Cruise

American Duchess

Cajun Christmas Cruise

Christmas in the American South is unlike anywhere else in the country, especially aboard the one-of-a-kind American Duchess paddlewheeler. Step aboard the American Duchess during the holiday season as we explore the Southern Mississippi and celebrate Christmas, Cajun style, along the bayou. From local traditions and music to exclusive culinary masterpieces, you find the spirit of the season at each river bend. Enjoy ports of call in New Orleans, St. Francisville, and Nottoway Resort.

The Holiday Advantage
Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
Professional Tour Directors
Professional Tour Directors
Motorcoach & Professional Driver
Motorcoach & Professional Driver
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
Call to Book 1-800-826-2266

Choose Your Departure Year:

Day 1 : Arrive in New Orleans

We check in at the InterContinental New Orleans Hotel for a one-night stay. This luxurious hotel is located just two blocks from the French Quarter. The remainder of the evening is at leisure. Your Holiday Vacations Tour Director and American Queen Steamboat Company representatives are available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sightseeing suggestions to maximize your time in this unique city.

Day 2 : Embark on the American Duchess

Before embarking on our cruise we spend the morning adventuring through New Orleans on an exclusive narrated driving tour that acquaints us with this unique city brimming with history and culture, art and music. We pass through the iconic French Quarter and elegant mansions of the Garden District including antebellum-era plantations adorned with old-fashioned Christmas ornaments like fruit, magnolia leaves, and candles. Stop at Jackson Square and find lunch on our own in this National Historic Landmark, famous for the authentic French Market’s café au lait. After lunch we board the American Duchess for a four-night cruise along the Lower Mississippi River.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : Christmas on the Mississippi

Merry Christmas! Celebrate this splendid day at leisure cruising by small river towns and lush landscapes. Throughout the day we feel holiday cheer as we savor traditional holiday cuisine and partake in delightful onboard festivities such as decorating Christmas cookies, making ornaments, holiday bingo, and caroling.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : St. Francisville

Our port of call is St. Francisville, a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era. Established in 1809, St. Francisville is playfully described as “two miles long and two yards wide” with a lot to offer in a small space. It is rare to visit a small town that includes 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places including exquisite plantation homes nestled in rolling countryside and bustling shops on Main Street. This quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own. Lovely oaks with Spanish moss grow throughout the town, creating a comforting, one-of-a-kind Southern atmosphere. Throughout the day we have access to a hop-on-hop-off style tour with stops including Royal Street, Old Market Hall, West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, and Grace Episcopal Church. Stop at the unique shops, historic homes, beautiful churches, and breathtaking parks!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Cajun Swamp Tour

Today's port of call is Nottoway Resort, an opulent antebellum mansion built in the 1850s that is now an upscale hotel. Upon arrival we depart on an included shore excursion that explores the back bayous and swamps of Louisiana. Our local guide will discuss the affluent southern Louisiana lifestyle during the era when sugarcane reigned. For the next hour and a half, our knowledgeable Cajun captain will guide us through the tranquil waters of Manchac Swamp. See moss-draped cypress trees, lush vegetation, and alligators in their natural habitat. For the remainder of the day guests may go on another optional excursion or simply relax during our time at port.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : The Big Easy

Disembark the American Duchess this morning in New Orleans and visit the National WWII Museum, a powerful reminder of the value of humanity inspired by the world’s largest and bloodiest military conflict. Contemplate history while viewing exhibits and multimedia galleries that showcase and honor the vast sacrifices that all our veterans make. This evening we settle in at the Bienville House Hotel for a two-night stay, just blocks away from Bourbon Street, with the afternoon and evening at leisure.


Day 7 : Mardi Gras World & Jazz Lunch

Begin the day with a visit to Mardi Gras World, a working warehouse where teams work year-round on the extraordinary parade floats featured during Mardi Gras. Since 1947, artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras celebration with over 500 fabulous floats. We learn about this exciting holiday before continuing through the float den for an up-close view of artists’ work on their spectacular floats and props. Then take in sounds of the region during a Holiday Vacations Farewell Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters. Relax and celebrate our New Orleans getaway with our new friends as we dine on classic Creole cuisine and listen to a live jazz ensemble in the city where jazz was born! We have our final evening in New Orleans at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 : Return Home


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, cruise port charges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night before our cruise at the InterContinental Hotel New Orleans
  • 2 nights after our cruise at the Bienville House Hotel in New Orleans

Attractions & Highlights

  • New Orleans guided city tour
  • Ports of Call
    • St. Francisville
    • Nottoway Resort
    • New Orleans
  • St. Francisville Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
  • Included Shore Excursion – Life in the Bayou: Cajun Swamp Tour
  • The National WWII Museum
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Time at leisure in New Orleans

15 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • All meals included aboard ship
  • Farewell Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters in New Orleans

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • Four-night cruise on the Lower Mississippi River aboard the American Duchess paddlewheeler

Tour Dates & Pricing


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Double Veranda Suite


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Single Veranda Suite


Final Payment Date: 08/15/2022

Tour Map for Cajun Christmas Cruise

Departure Cities

Airport Pickups

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Birmingham - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Fayetteville/Bentonville - Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

Little Rock - Little Rock National Airport

Phoenix - Sky Harbor International Airport

Los Angeles - Los Angeles International Airport

Orange County - John Wayne Airport

San Diego - San Diego International Airport

San Francisco - San Francisco International Airport

Denver - Denver International Airport

Hartford - Bradley International Airport

Washington - Ronald Reagan National Airport

Washington - Washington Dulles International Airport

Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Fort Myers - Southwest Florida International Airport

Jacksonville - Jacksonville International Airport

Miami - Miami International Airport

Orlando - Orlando International Airport

Tallahassee - Tallahassee International Airport

Tampa - Tampa International Airport

West Palm Beach - Palm Beach International Airport

Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Cedar Rapids - Eastern Iowa Airport

Des Moines - Des Moines International Airport

Boise - Boise Airport

Chicago - O'Hare International Airport

Moline - Quad City International Airport

Evansville - Evansville Regional Airport

Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne International Airport

Indianapolis - Indianapolis International Airport

South Bend - South Bend International Airport

Wichita - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Lexington - Blue Grass Airport

Louisville - Louisville International Airport

Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

Lafayette - Lafayette Regional Airport

New Orleans - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Shreveport - Shreveport Regional Airport

Boston - Boston Logan International Airport

Baltimore - Baltimore Washington International

Detroit - Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Grand Rapids - Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Airport

Lansing - Capital Region International Airport

Saginaw - MBS International Airport

Duluth - Duluth International Airport

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Rochester - Rochester International Airport

Kansas City - Kansas City International Airport

Springfield - Springfield-Branson National Airport

St Louis - St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Gulfport - Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Jackson - Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

Billings - Billings Logan International Airport

Bozeman - Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Missoula - Missoula County Airport

Charlotte - Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Greensboro - Piedmont Triad International Airport

Raleigh - Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Bismarck - Bismarck Airport

Fargo - Hector International Airport

Grand Forks - Grand Forks International Airport

Lincoln - Lincoln Airport

Omaha - Eppley Airfield

Newark - Newark Liberty International Airport

Albuquerque - Albuquerque International Airport

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

Albany - Albany International Airport

Buffalo - Buffalo Niagara International Airport

New York - Kennedy International Airport

New York - La Guardia Airport

Rochester - Greater Rochester International Airport

Syracuse - Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Cincinnati - Cincinnati-NKY International Airport

Cleveland - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Columbus - John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Dayton - Dayton International Airport

Oklahoma City - Will Rogers World Airport

Tulsa - Tulsa International Airport

Portland - Portland International Airport

Allentown - Lehigh Valley International Airport

Harrisburg - Harrisburg International Airport

Philadelphia - Philadelphia International Airport

Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh International Airport

Charleston - Charleston International Airport

Greer - Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Rapid City - Rapid City Regional Airport

Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Knoxville - McGhee Tyson Airport

Memphis - Memphis International Airport

Nashville - Nashville International Airport

Austin - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Dallas - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport

San Antonio - San Antonio International Airport

Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City International Airport

Norfolk - Norfolk International Airport

Richmond - Richmond International Airport

Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Spokane - Spokane International Airport

Appleton - Appleton International Airport

Baldwin - Groome Transportation

Eau Claire - Groome Transportation

Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport

Hudson - Groome Transportation

La Crosse - Groome Transportation

Madison - Dane County Regional Airport

Menomonie - Groome Transportation

Milwaukee - Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Mosinee - Central Wisconsin Airport

Charleston - Yeager Airport