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Cajun Christmas Cruise

Christmas in the American South is unlike anywhere else in the country, especially aboard the one-of-a-kind American Queen paddlewheeler. Step aboard the American Queen 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.

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 Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel for a one-night stay. 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 Queen

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 Queen for a four-night cruise along the Lower Mississippi River.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : Cruise the Mississippi

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Pointe Coupee (New Roads)

New Roads is a historical town named after a “new road” the Spanish built in 1776 between the Mississippi and the False River, northwest from Baton Rouge. Over the years, they've celebrated a vibrant Creole culture crafted by the French, African, and other nationalities that first called New Roads home, way back when they were founded over three centuries ago. Known as the “Little Carnival Capital” of Louisiana, New Roads followed New Orleans’ example by staging Mardi Gras celebrations as early as 1881. A Louisiana Main Street community, New Roads is also home to several historic estates, particularly along the False River, revealing breathtaking natural beauty and a great spot for fishing, boating and waterskiing.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Natchez

Natchez is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of historic homes – found on every street corner. It seems as if history fell asleep and awoke unscathed by the changing of times in this magical port. Natchez is home to over 1,000 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the homes survived the American Civil War and their history flows in abundance along the Mississippi. Natchez has a long and fascinating history, dating back to 1716, making her the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi. Even before Natchez was settled by Europeans, the area was home to the Natchez Indians, noted for being the only Mississippian culture with complex chiefdom characteristics to have survived long into the period after the European colonization of America began.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Vicksburg

Today’s port of call is in Vicksburg, Mississippi. This town is brimming with American history which is highlighted on our included hop-on, hop-off tour. Visit the Church of the Holy Trinity that features 34 stained glass windows and inspired architecture or the Vicksburg National Military Park and its marble Illinois Monument. This site is where the Siege of Vicksburg took place, when the Union Army made its critical push to obtain a favorable position during the American Civil War.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : New Year's Eve in Baton Rouge

Our stop in the historic city of Baton Rouge is packed with included activities. Get a feel for the bustling city with a hop-on, hop off tour featuring a stop at the Capitol Park Museum which showcases artifacts from Louisiana’s colorful history. Immerse yourself in history by hopping off the tour bus and spending a few hours touring the USS Kidd, a 376-foot long 1945 Fletcher-Class Destroyer now converted into a museum. Next reflect on the cultural contributions and hardships of 18th and 19th-century rural life in Louisiana at the sprawling LSU Rural Life Museum. Tonight we bring in the New Year with a special on-board celebration.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Nottoway

Our stop today is at the American Queen Voyages exclusive port of Nottoway. Delight in the grandeur of a bygone era on a tour of Nottoway Resort, the largest pre-war, antebellum mansion. Originally home to sugarcane magnate Randolph Nottoway in 1895, the 53,000 square-foot structure has been fastidiously restored to showcase everything from 12 grand columns to delicate, minute details of the plaster frieze moldings. On top of that, it will be decked out with holiday décor for an additional festive touch.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : The Big Easy

Disembark the American Queen 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 10 : 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 11 : 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 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
  • 2 nights after our cruise at the Bienville House Hotel in New Orleans

Attractions & Highlights

  • New Orleans guided city tour
  • Ports of Call: Pointe Coupee, LA; Natchez, MS; Vicksburg, MS; Baton Rouge, LA; Nottoway, LA; New Orleans, LA
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off Tours at most ports of call
  • LSU Rural Life Museum tour in Baton Rouge
  • The National WWII Museum
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Time at leisure in New Orleans

24 Excellent Meals Featuring

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

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • Seven-night cruise on the Lower Mississippi River aboard the American Queen paddlewheeler

Tour Dates & Pricing


Price Per Person

Double Interior Stateroom


Double Veranda Suite


Single Interior Stateroom


Single Veranda Suite


Final Payment Date: 08/17/2022

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