Featured Photo by Bernardbobo

Holidays On The River With USA River Cruises

Spruce up your holiday plans by taking an amazing river cruise over the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays. You will have the opportunity to visit holiday themed markets and events in towns and communities where your boat stops along the river, as well as experience holiday specials on your cruise. A holiday river cruise on the Mississippi will make the holiday season one you won’t soon forget and allows for a unique experience with the ones you love most.

Photo by Zeljkodan

Take a Thanksgiving or a Christmas cruise on the American Jazz from New Orleans to Memphis, or the reverse. With a total of eight stops along the way, you can enjoy the Christmas or Thanksgiving spirit in each community and experience all the different holiday traditions and cuisines. Notable stops include New Orleans, LA, where you’ll encounter Cajun-inspired holiday food and numerous festivities, and Natchez, MS where you can see the historical houses all dressed up in lights and participate in the many holiday celebrations and events.

River Cruise: Roundtrip New Orleans

Visit sites along the Mississippi River in Louisiana on this roundtrip river cruise during the Thanksgiving season. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in Thanksgiving turkey trots, appreciate the history of the river towns, and try plenty of traditional Thanksgiving dinner alternatives with a Louisiana twist. All while enjoying the tastes, sounds, service, and views aboard the spectacular American Countess paddle wheeler.

Photo by Bukki88

Christmas in the south is something everyone should experience once, and you can while also living the river life for an entire week on the American Queen. River towns like Nottoway, Natchez, and Vicksburg have plenty of little Christmas markets where you can stop in and pick up some last minute gifts and get into the holiday spirit. Holiday lights, decorations, and celebrations can be found at every stop, especially in New Orleans where holiday celebrations and events are elevated to the next level. Enjoy a stress free holiday while cruising the Mississippi River and celebrating Christmas the Louisiana way.


Don’t just take anyone’s advice as to what your river cruise should look like. The cruise agents at USA River Cruises have over 25 years of experience (and take a lot of cruises themselves). Not only do they take care of your entire travel experience, but they will help match you with the cruise that best suits your needs. Plus, USA River Cruises purchases in volume, and helps you get the best price.


USA River Cruises
10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 125,
Vancouver, WA 98685