American Cruise Lines  operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, has announced details and events of its 2014 holiday cruises.

Thanksgiving, Nov 22 Sailings

Offered on the Mississippi River and Historic South & Golden Isles cruises which depart on November 22, American Cruise Lines has again partnered with Connecticut Food Bank to help feed the hungry by donating $50 per ticket sold on the designated Thanksgiving sailings. Last year, the line raised over $10,000 for Connecticut Food Bank through the program. The money raised will help put food on the tables of needy Connecticut residents. In addition to the rewarding feeling of knowing their bookings will help those in need this holiday season, guests will enjoy Thanksgiving in some of the most spectacular areas of the country and a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 

Christmas, Dec 20 Sailings

Offered on Mississippi River and Historic South & Golden Isles cruises which depart on December 20, American Cruise Lines is offering two unique ways to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

New Orleans Roundtrip: This year’s special events include a tour of Oak Alley Plantation, with a holiday concert in the music room of the J.N. Stone House in the Historic Natchez. Onboard, guests will join a traditional Reveillon-style feast. Gingerbread house and ornament making workshops will also be offered, as well as Christmas carol sing-alongs. This cruise also features a complimentary pre-night celebration on December 19, including dinner at Antoine's, one of New Orleans’ most historic and famous restaurants.

Historic South & Golden Isles: Guests will explore the holiday traditions of the Historic South as they celebrate Christmas on the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Independence. Holiday-themed events include a tour of the Amelia Island Gingerbread house, Charleston's Holiday Festival of Lights and a private dockside Oyster Roast on the gorgeous Sapelo Island. This cruise also features a complimentary pre-night celebration on December 19, including dinner at the elegant Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

New Year’s Eve, Dec 28 Sailings

Offered on Historic South & Golden Isles and Mississippi River cruises departing on December 28, American Cruise Lines offers New Year celebrations including a fireworks display over Savannah (Historic South) or lights tours at Oak Alley and Houmas House Plantations (New Orleans roundtrip). Onboard, Guests will enjoy a specially-themed New Year’s Eve cocktail hour, dinner and evening entertainment, as well as a midnight countdown and champagne toast. A festive New Year’s Day brunch will also be served. New Year’s Eve cruises also feature a complimentary pre-night celebration on December 27, which includes welcome festivities and exclusive dinners at the renowned McCradey’s Restaurant in Charleston (Historic South) and Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans (New Orleans Roundtrip).

For more information visit www.americancruiselines.com or call 800-814-6880.

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