American Cruise Lines, which operates newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced the 2015 holiday cruises; Thanksgiving Cruise, Southern Holiday Traditions and Christmas Cruise, and New Year’s Eve Cruise.
“Traditions play an important role in the South, especially during the holidays,” said Judy Roman, Vice President, and American Cruise Lines. “Our cruises offer a truly exceptional way to enjoy the sights, flavors and traditions of the holiday season from the point of view of America’s southern waterways.”
Nov. 21st - Mississippi and Historic South & Golden Isles
American Cruise Lines has again partnered with Connecticut Food Bank to help feed the hungry by donating $50 per ticket sold on designated Thanksgiving cruises. In previous years, the line raised as much as $10,000 for the program, which helps put food on the tables of needy local residents and spread joy this holiday season.
In addition to helping those in need, guests will enjoy a Thanksgiving celebration in some of the most spectacular areas of the Mississippi or Historic South. Onboard, a team of world class chefs will prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal and guests can join our Executive chef before to learn how he makes the cornucopia.
Southern Holiday Traditions and Christmas Cruise
Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19th – Mississippi and Historic South & Golden Isles
New Orleans Roundtrip: This year’s special events include a tour of Oak Alley Plantation in its holiday splendor, and 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 Christmas cruise on December 19th will feature a complimentary pre-night celebration, including dinner at Antoine's, one of New Orleans’ most historic and famous restaurants.
Historic South & Golden Isles: Guests will explore the holiday traditions of the Historic South as they celebrate the Christmas season 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. The Christmas cruise on
December 19th will feature a complimentary pre-night celebration, including dinner at the elegant Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
New Year’s Eve Cruise
Dec. 27th - Mississippi River and Historic South & Golden Isles
American Cruise Lines offers one of the best and most memorable ways to ring in the New Year, including a holiday lights tours at Oak Alley and Houmas House Plantations (New Orleans roundtrip).
New Year’s Eve cruises feature a complimentary pre-night celebration on December 26, which includes welcome festivities and exclusive dinners at the renowned McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston (Historic South) and Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans (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 New Year’s Day brunch will also be featured.