9 September 2014

Cruise News: Festive Mississippi

A Mississippi mansion decorated for Christmas.
Photo: American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines has announced the details and events of its 2014 holiday-related river cruises. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruises will offer various festive activities that showcase the beautiful Mississippi and the spirit of the holidays.
A 22 November sailing for Thanksgiving features a special on-board feast with everything you’d expect of a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner: 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 to make it all.
A Mississippi mansion garlanded for Christmas.
Photo: American Cruise Lines
Also on the Mississippi River is a 20 December Christmas sailing. This year’s special events include a tour of Oak Alley Plantation in its holiday splendour, along with a holiday concert in the music room of the beautifully preserved J.N. Stone House in historic Natchez.  On board, guests will join a traditional Reveillon-style feast with regional favourites.  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 19 Decembe, including dinner at Antoine’s, one of New Orleans’ most historic restaurants.  

New Year's Eve fireworks.
Photo: River Cruise Insight
Finally, if you’ve missed the boat on thee celebrations, you have your last chance on a 28 December sailing for New Year’s Eve. You’ll enjoy lights tours at Oak Alley and Houmas House Plantations on a cruise round-trip from New Orleans. On board, 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 is also be featured. The New Year’s Eve cruise also features a complimentary pre-night celebration on 27 December, which includes welcome festivities and exclusive dinners at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans. Something to celebrate? Captain Rivers thinks so.

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