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American Queen Steamboat Co. Christmas Market Cruises are Here!

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | American Queen Steamboat Company | Bobbi Dempsey | June 15, 2016

American Queen Steamboat Co. Christmas Market Cruises are Here!

PHOTO: AQSC has a multitude of holiday market cruises. (Courtesy American Queen Steamboat Company)

It may seem like the winter holidays are a long way off, but this is actually the perfect time to think ahead and start making your travel plans for that time of year.

One great option: any of the tours offered by American Queen Steamboat Company, which recently unveiled a selection of cruise specials for the 2016 Holidays/Christmas season.

The holidays tend to be a magical time of year anyway, but this is a great way to make them extra special. This is a unique and exciting way to experience the best of the Antebellum South while relaxing aboard the luxury and old-fashioned splendor of the American Queen cruise ship. You will feel like you are traveling as elite adventurers did in years gone by.

All of the packages involve a nine-day cruise. If you want to get an early start and travel in November, you have two options. There’s a Thanksgiving Festival trip that departs on Nov. 20, going from New Orleans to Memphis. Or on Nov. 27, there’s a trip going the same route in reverse that will especially appeal to fans of The King, as this one is an Elvis-themed cruise.

READ MORE: Check Out AQSC’s Other Themed Cruises

December offers four different cruise options. On Dec. 4 and 18, there are departures from New Orleans, and another tour leaving Memphis on Dec. 11. All of these trips have a Holidays-Christmas Markets theme. It will be impossible not to get drawn into the holiday spirit while on any of these trips. The atmosphere conjures up visions of an old-fashioned holiday. You will get to sip eggnog, listen to holiday carols and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit.

The itinerary includes stops at various towns in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. This gives you a chance to pick up unique gifts at any of the charming shops you can visit, including many that offer handmade items of the finest craftsmanship. Then there’s a tour leaving Memphis on Dec. 25 that also includes a New Year’s Celebration.

Each trip also offers several opportunities to opt for additional premium shore excursions along the way. This gives you the chance to customize your adventure, while also allowing you to choose the particular experiences and attractions that interest you most. Among the options include a Life in the Bayou Cajun Swamp Tour, a Grand Southern Plantation Tour or A Jeweled Christmas in Natchez.

When you join in any of the tours, you will also have the option to extend your stay by adding a few extra days to stay in either New Orleans or Memphis. The special deals include packages that have this additional stay built in, making this a really great opportunity for a special trip at a great price.

The special deals are available now, but cabin reservations are moving quickly so you might want to act fast.


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