American Cruise Lines Holiday Sailings Detailed

American Cruise Lines operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships on more than 35 itineraries around North America. Known for working closely with guests before, during, and after a cruise to create a highly personalized cruise experience, American Cruise Lines recently announced details for a variety of holiday cruises that include Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year‘s Eve.

Thanksgiving Sailings
Offered on the Mississippi River and Historic South & Golden Isles,  sailings which depart on November 22 include Thanksgiving Day in some of the most spectacular areas of the country. Onboard, a team of world class chefs will prepare a special feast with everything that could be expected at a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Guests will enjoy turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, apple pie and more. The day before, guests may even join the head chef to learn how he makes the cornucopia.

American Cruise Lines has again partnered with Connecticut Food Bank to help feed the hungry by donating $50 per ticket sold on the designated Thanksgiving sailings.

Christmas Sailings
Not exactly the Christmas Markets sort of experience we saw first-hand with Viking River Cruises, American Cruise Lines has Mississippi River and Historic South & Golden Isles cruises which depart on December 20, offering two unique ways to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

  1. New Orleans Roundtrip: This year’s special events include a tour of Oak Alley Plantation in its holiday splendor, along with a holiday concert in the music room of the beautifully preserved J.N. Stone House in the Historic Natchez.  Onboard, guests will join a traditional Reveillon-style feast with mouth-watering regional favorites prepared by expert chefs.  Gingerbread house and ornament making workshops will also be offered, as well as Christmas carol sing-alongs. This cruise also features a complimentary pre-night celebration on December 19, including dinner at Antoine’s, one of New Orleans’ most historic and famous restaurants.
  2. Historic South & Golden Isles: Guests will explore the holiday traditions of the Historic South as they celebrate Christmas on the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the beautiful Independence. Holiday-themed events include a tour of the Amelia Island Gingerbread house, Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights and a private dockside Oyster Roast on the gorgeous Sapelo Island. This cruise also features a complimentary pre-night celebration on December 19, including dinner at the elegant Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.


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New Year’s Eve Sailings
Offered on Historic South & Golden Isles and Mississippi River cruises departing on December 28, American Cruise Lines offers one of the best and most memorable ways to ring in the New Year, including a fireworks display over Savannah (Historic South) or lights tours at Oak Alley and Houmas House Plantations (New Orleans roundtrip).

Onboard, Guests will enjoy a specially-themed New Year’s Eve cocktail hour, dinner and evening entertainment, as well as a midnight countdown and champagne toast. A festive and sumptuous New Year’s Day brunch will also be featured. New Year’s Eve cruises also feature a complimentary pre-night celebration on December 27, which includes welcome festivities and exclusive dinners at the renowned McCradey’s Restaurant in Charleston (Historic South) and Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans (New Orleans Roundtrip).

More About American Cruise Lines
Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has most recently received world-wide recognition as the first line to revive paddlewheel river cruising in America. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit or call 800-814-6880. Find them on Facebook at or follow American Cruise Lines on Twitter at