There is always something special about the holidays on the river – passing through river towns and ports – experiencing all of the lights, decorations and traditions unique to these communities. On board the American Duchess, American Queen® and newest paddlewheeler to join the fleet, the American Countess™, guests enjoy the smells of gingerbread lofting from the galley and Christmas carols sung during the festive holiday season. This upcoming holiday season will feel extra special as the paddlewheelers sail again.

The American Queen Steamboat Company (now American Queen Voyages) crew prides itself with thoughtfully curated voyages celebrating the season with memorable enrichment programming, as well as shoreside experiences that immerse guests in the sights and sounds of this festive time of year. Creating an atmosphere that embraces the genuine and hospitable spirit of the season so that guests can experience the time-honored traditions of the South while creating new memories is a priority.

A Festive Atmosphere

This season, sailings will include traditional holiday dinners, stunning historic mansions and landscapes, world-class music and more on board these limited-edition sailings. Nine-day, festive-themed sailings for 2021 abound between Memphis and New Orleans on three paddlewheelers.

From the warm and inviting comforts of the richly appointed staterooms and suites to the grandeur of grand lobbies and dining rooms to the magnificent views of the Mississippi River landscapes – guests will discover a world of holiday delights on board the Yuletide Charms voyages. The Yuletide Charms will introduce guests to a whole new list of things to be thankful for – from gathering with family, friends, and fellow passengers to enjoying a grand holiday meal with all the trimmings and visiting gracious towns, stunning mansions and more.

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming 2021 dates for the nine-day Yuletide Charms itinerary include: Nov. 21, Dec. 12 and 19 on board the American Queen; Dec. 19 on board the American Duchess; Dec. 11, 18 and 25 on board the new American Countess.

Due to its status as the first fully vaccinated U.S. river cruise line, American Queen Voyages’ holiday sailings will also follow the cruise line’s newly updated SafeCruise policies For more information on the 2021 holiday sailings or to book a cruise on the American Queen®, American Duchess, American Empress® and American Countess, please contact your travel agent at USA River Cruises.