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Cruise the Mississippi and conjure the halcyon days of riverboat travel on a themed journey aboard the mighty American Queen®.

American Queen® on the Mississippi River

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Sip Bourbon Where It’s Made

Go inside the bourbon-making experience at premier distilleries as you cruise the Mississippi and Ohio rivers from Memphis to Louisville on the Inside the Bourbon Experience cruise. Sip whiskeys with knowledgeable guides from industry pioneers like Maker’s Mark and Buffalo Trace. From Beale Street in Memphis to Civil War history in Louisville, this lively voyage delivers true Southern hospitality.
Don’t Miss: Enjoy a spirited tour of the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company in Louisville, the state’s second-largest bourbon distillery, which dates back to 1889.
Departs July 1, 2018, from Memphis

Cruise with a Mark Twain tribute artist

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Mark Twain’s River

Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, a memoir about his years piloting a steamboat before the Civil War, was published in 1883. On the An American Literary Icon cruise between Minneapolis and St. Louis, you’ll cruise the river with a Mark Twain tribute artist whose grasp of the great man’s wit and insight is simply uncanny. Visit Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and many of the sites that inspired his greatest works.
Don’t Miss: Take the included shore excursion to The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, where the adventures of Tom Sawyer took place.
Departs Sept. 16, 2018, from Minneapolis

Turkey Day with a Twist

Dip into the vast history and culture of the South on the engaging Thanksgiving Festival cruise. Spend two days in the Big Easy, soaking up the jazzy vibe of the French Quarter, before heading upriver to explore the antebellum South along the plantation-lined Great River Road. Channel your inner Scarlet and Rhett as you tour stately plantation homes and Civil War battlefields, including the legendary one in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Take a hassle-free hop-on, hop-off tour of Natchez, Mississippi, and experience the blues-tinged Delta in Greenville and the nearby birthplace of B.B. King. A full day on the river is the ideal way to unwind.
Don’t Miss: Celebrate a Southern-flavored Thanksgiving in the ship’s stunning J.M. White Dining Room followed by entertainment in the Grand Saloon, an opulent venue modeled after Ford’s Theater.
Departs November 18, 2018, from New Orleans

Bring in the New Year Rolling on the River

New Orleans is a party every day of the year, which makes it the perfect place to ring in the New Year. Cruise four days on this New Year’s Celebration voyage laced with small-town flavor and festive traditions. Savor the diversity and experience authentic Southern culture as you journey along the lower Mississippi River, where it’s easy to imagine that time has stood still. You’ll ring in the New Year with a special New Year’s Eve party, complete with music and a champagne toast at midnight, aboard this historic paddle-wheeler.
Don’t Miss: Enjoy an included tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion.
Departs December 30, 2018, from New Orleans

AAA Members save $100 per booking and receive up to $70 onboard credit per person.

Book a 2018 special holiday or themed Mississippi River cruise on the elegant American Queen® today. Call 877-396-7159 or contact a AAA Travel Counselor for more information.

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Rose Stadt, AAA Travel Counselor, Vallejo, Calif.

More and more people want to customize their escorted trips with longer stays in certain cities or visits to specific sites. I make sure the independent pieces fit seamlessly with the tour.

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