The American Queen Steamboat Company is celebrating Cajun and Creole traditions with "Three Old Fashioned Holidays" on the American Queen. There limited availability remaining with sailings from New Orleans roundtrip or between New Orleans and Memphis, Tennessee.
Holiday itineraries offer guests the old Louisiana tradition of bonfires on the levees, special Christmas shows in the Grand Saloon, door-decorating contests, the reading of the Cajun Night Before Christmas and Mississippi woodcarver Jim Moore carving a Victorian Santa onboard. Seasonal dining includes a Creole Réveillon Christmas Dinner, prepared by Culinary Director Regina Charboneau’s team, as well as a shore side Cajun deep fried turkey cooking demonstration.
Voyages in 2013 are the following:
• The nine-day Old Fashioned Holidays voyage begins in Memphis, Tenn. to New Orleans on Dec. 6 and an upriver voyage is available from New Orleans to Memphis, Tenn. beginning Dec. 20 with itineraries calling on Vicksburg, Miss.; Natchez, Miss.; and Helena, Ark.
• One special nine-night New Orleans roundtrip Old Fashioned Holidays voyage departs Dec. 13, at the ports of Oak Alley, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Houmas House, La; Natchez, Miss.; and Baton Rouge, La.
The Réveillon menu will be served in the J.M White Dining Room, and includes Daube glace or veal grillades, egg dishes, breads, puddings and often included turtle soup and oysters. Chef Charboneau’s menu will also include Sazerac and Champagne cocktails, tomato aspic with fried oysters, deviled eggs with lump crabmeat and caviar, pheasant gumbo, pork grillades over savory grits, almond tarts and bouche Noel.
The nine-day Old Fashioned Holidays fares begin at $2,495 per person based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and other amenities.