From history to cuisine to architecture, the American South has a unique culture. Plantation Holiday themed cruises let you get a taste of warm Southern hospitality over the winter season. That’s why, at American Queen Steamboat Company, we offer multiple plantation-themed river cruises. Because we offer many voyage options, you’re sure to find one that works with your schedule.


So what do our plantation holiday cruises cover? Let’s look at two of our most popular itineraries: Memphis to New Orleans and Roundtrip to New Orleans.

Both of these exciting river cruises take you along the Mississippi River. They include onboard dining and camaraderie, and plenty of shore excursions along the way. These cruises offer something for everyone in the family. History buffs will love visits to Civil War sites. Music fans can enjoy exploring the birthplace of the blues. Guests of all ages will love to experience our charming plantation river cruises.

Cruise Highlights

Helena, Arkansas

On Day 3 of the Memphis to New Orleans cruise, you stop by the picturesque town of Helena, Arkansas. Here you’ll find a true taste of Southern hospitality in places like the Pillow-Thompson House. This features authentic decorations and furniture from the 1800s.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Another highlight of this cruise is a visit to Vicksburg – an important site in the history of the Civil War. You can take an American Select Premium Shore Experience directly to the front lines at Vicksburg National Military Park. Vicksburg is also a thriving hub of culture that offers several museums with themes for anyone in your family. They range from interactive displays of the area’s natural habitat to a Coca-Cola-themed museum.

Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez is an important location along the Mississippi. It ,is the oldest city along the grand river, established in 1716. With such a rich history in the area, there are many attractions available for shore excursions. We highly recommend our American Select Premium Excursion to Frogmore Plantation, an 1800-acre cotton plantation that is still producing the crop today. You can take a guided tour of the area to learn about  traditional Southern plantation life. The site features a steam-powered cotton gin – an amazing feat of engineering for its time.


New Orleans, Louisiana

If you’re taking the Roundtrip New Orleans cruise, treat yourself to the post-cruise New Orleans City Stay. You will learn about the history of that vibrant city, from its rich food to culture to its world-famous Mardi Gras. Your luxury river coach  tour will take you to all the must-see sights, including the gorgeous French Quarter, the Garden District, and Jackson Square.

Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana

On Day 3 of the Roundtrip New Orleans voyage, you can hit the shore and explore the largest and most fabulous antebellum mansion in the South. Nottoway Plantation is an awe-inspiring sight at any time of the year, but it really comes alive during the holiday season. It offers a special Christmas market, where local artisanal bakers and craftspeople display their wares. If you’re looking for a unique and heartfelt Christmas gift, this is a great place to find one. You’ll also find century-old buildings, educational historic tours, and country cheer.

Christmas, Plantation-Style

At American Queen Steamboat Company, we offer exclusive holiday plantation tours that give you a glimpse into history and the charming culture of the American South. They include:

  • Civil War sites
  • ​Plantations, including the largest antebellum mansion in the South
  • Winter markets and entertainment

To book a holiday cruise, contact us to see which cabins are available.