New Year’s 2021/22 USA – A Classic Mississippi River Cruise

Aboard American Queen Steamboat round trip from New Orleans

From New Orleans to Nottoway (Louisiana), St. Francisville (Louisiana), Natchez (Mississippi), Vicksburg (Mississippi) to New Orleans

The royal grandeur of the American Queen® America’s only steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat”

Rated #1 in the US by 2021 Travel & Leisure magazine

December 26, 2021 to January 3, 2022

With Hosts José Catalán and Lance Wilson

9 days from $1799 * when reserved by September 30

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The 436-guest American Queen, the largest and most opulent steamboat ever built, is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Her flagship red paddle-wheeler with ornate detailing embellishes her exterior. Any traveler who chooses to cruise on this iconic riverboat will soon find that her steady heart beats to the rhythm of music and discourse that resound within her walls.


Embark on a river cruise on the American Queen, the wondrous steamboat that introduces her riders to the waters that she calls home – the great rivers that have sustained towns, wildlife and memories throughout history.


*Per person, double for inside stateroom. Port Charges of $199 per person are extra. Window staterooms $700 per person extra; Verandah staterooms from $900 per person extra** Beverage package includes beverages up to $12.

Included features:

  • Deluxe hotel stay before your voyage - including breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Queen

  • Complimentary wine, spirits & beer anywhere onboard ($529 value)**

  • Regionally inspired dining in JM White dining room or Front Porch Café

  • 24-hour room service

  • Broadway-caliber entertainment and enrichment

  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions

  • Authentic Paddlewheel Riverboat


Day by Day Itinerary

December 26: Fly to New Orleans on American Airlines optional non-stop 3-hour flight from Phoenix (other cities are available) for $759 (subject to change). Air fare may be lower on Southwest Airlines. Includes deluxe hotel in New Orleans with breakfast, taxes and transfer to the ship.


December 27: New Orleans, LA Sail at 5:00 PM

Today is the big day! Spend your day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!

The Voyage Check-in will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM located in the Pre-Cruise Hotel. During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 3:00 PM, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin!

We would like to invite all guests to join us on an optional Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion at 10:00 AM as we begin an exclusive adventure through New Orleans before continuing to the vessel Dock at 3:30 PM. Reservations are required, so stop in at the Hospitality Desk for more information.  


After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi!


December 28: Nottoway, LA

Nottoway is the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion, with a rich history dating back to 1859. In a fabulous location along the Great River Road, this White Castle of the South transports visitors back to an era of glory and grandeur. Set among a natural backdrop of vibrant gardens and 200-year-old oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and 64 rooms, and flaunts an incredible 22 white square columns. The most popular room among guests is the White Ballroom, which is painted entirely in white with elaborate gold décor throughout. Rooms are trimmed in custom plaster frieze made from Spanish moss, clay, plaster, and mud, and are all original to the house. And as if that weren’t enough, this immaculate mansion was constructed with 365 openings – one for each day of the year. Nottoway Plantation captivates all with a brilliant blend of true Southern hospitality, history, and mystery. Enjoy one of the included shore excursions or sign up for an optional Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion.


December 29: St. Francisville, LA

Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artifacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own. Enjoy one of the included shore excursions or sign up for an optional Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion.


December 30: Natchez, MS

This charming river town was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner. Enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums and historical homes, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book “The 100 Best Towns in America.” Tonight welcome the New Year with friends in the included dinner and celebrations aboard American Queen. Enjoy one of the included shore excursions or sign up for an optional Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion.


December 31: River Cruising

Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlor, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river!

Welcome the New Year onboard with included Gala Dinner and entertainment.


January 1: Vicksburg, MS

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern attractions. Described as the key to the South by President Abraham Lincoln, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir. Enjoy one of the included shore excursions or sign up for an optional Premium Pre-Cruise Shore Excursion.


January 2: River Cruising

There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you onboard. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake, or take the time to mingle with fellow guests. 


January 3: New Orleans, LA Arrival 8:00 AM

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy New Orleans at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Shore Excursion with airport transfer.


Fly home on the optional American Airlines non-stop 3-hour flight from New Orleans to Phoenix.



Sample pictures of American Queen

The largest and most opulent steamboat ever built


Sample fares and descriptions when reserved by September 30


Deposit, cancellation, and change policies

A deposit of $500 per person is due within three days of your initial reservation for non-promotional fares on voyages nine (9) days or fewer. The balance of the voyage fare is due one hundred twenty-one (121) days prior to sail date, and all reservations not fully paid at such time will be canceled and subject to the cancellation provisions set forth in the cancellation policy below. Guests who must cancel or change their voyage or any part of their vacation package for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the fees as outlined below. All fares are based on double occupancy; on reservations in which one guest cancels, the remaining guest is responsible for paying any and all single supplements.

Days Prior to Departure per person fees: 121 days or more $250; 120-91 days 25% of gross fare; 90-61 days 50% of gross fare; 60-31 days 75% of gross fare; 30-0 days 100% of gross fare.

General terms: The transportation of guests and baggage on board the vessels of American Queen Steamboat Company® is governed by these Terms and Conditions and the Passenger Ticket Contract, which will be sent to you approximately four (4) weeks prior to your vacation and is available upon request or online at Your payment of deposit or full fare constitutes agreement to the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract, whose provisions shall prevail, which includes limitations and exonerations of the liabilities and obligations of Carrier. You should read and understand these terms and conditions carefully before making a deposit. The American Queen,® American Empress,® American Duchess™ and American Countess™ are operated by American Queen Steamboat Company, are regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, are American- flagged and employ American officers, crew and staff.

Health & safety: While there are many unknowns with COVID-19, it is possible for us to help protect our employees and customers, and thus enable a safe return to business by following certain safety measures and guidelines. To make sure we’re on the right track, we are working with Ochsner Health to address concerns regarding COVID-19 by using Ochsner’s Safe to Return Employer Solutions. In order to keep guests, crew and the communities it visits safe in the face of COVID-19, Ochsner has agreed to take on crew-testing and passenger-screening for the Mississippi River itineraries, in addition to providing AQSC medical consultation services and telehealth capabilities to guests on any of our vessels. We will also employ a panel of other medical providers in different regions. We've also implemented multiple processes to identify and combat the risk of COVID-19 on our boats. These include new steps in pre-cruise screening, crew screening and boarding processes. Both onboard and ground operations will feature enhanced cleaning procedures.


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For information and reservations please email Jose and Lance at