There’s No Place like Home for the Holidays

Cruise Close to Home with American Cruise Lines

Holiday cruises along U.S. Rivers and coastlines are becoming a much sought-after getaway option. As the largest cruise line in the U.S., American Cruise Lines is the nation’s leader in river and coastal cruising, with the newest and most environmentally friendly fleet. Unlike large ship cruises, small ship cruising is an intimate and personalized experience where crew and fellow guests can fast become friends. For those who enjoy the personalization, safety, and comfort of celebrating close to home, there are a variety of itineraries during the Christmas and New Year’s season, that American Cruise Lines offers.

Christmas and New Year’s cruises feature festive décor throughout the ship, seasonally-inspired cocktails and meals, as well as special onboard activities such as cookie decorating, the singing of carols, or a gift exchange with fellow guests. Ports of call along these itineraries often are ornamented for the season and offer exciting celebrations such as a festival of lights or ice carving contest.

A cruise along the Lower Mississippi River is a great way to celebrate Christmas or ring in the New Year. This region has no shortage of sought after-destinations, including the French Quarter of New Orleans, the grand estate and gardens of Oak Alley, Elvis’ Graceland, and the famous Sun Studios. On a Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise from Charleston, SC to Amelia Island, FL, the warm weather coincides with the warm camaraderie of fellow travelers. Celebrate the season exploring the delightfully decorated squares of Savannah or “Millionaire’s Village,” in Jekyll Island, once a winter retreat for the wealthiest families in America.

The Colonial Christmas Cruise along the Chesapeake Bay is also a great cruising option for Christmas. Colonial Williamsburg, America’s 18th century Christmas town, is a great stop along the way, featuring cobblestone streets lit each evening with crackling bonfires and single candles in the windows of historic homes. While cruising this region, guests can get in the spirit as they dock in Washington, DC, and visit the illuminated Capitol Tree or peruse the countless holiday markets in our nation’s capital.

Call a Cruise Specialist today at 888-322-7057 or visit for more information on American Cruise Lines holiday cruises.


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3 months ago

In 1976, I spent 6 months on a “cruise” with Marines and sailors. In 1977, spent overnight on a ship on a training mission, again with Marines and sailors (in both instances all males and I was one of the Marines). For some reason, I have not had any desire to take anymore cruises. For those who might enjoy it, I hope it is a profitable and even enjoyable experience for them. I have been privileged to travel throughout the US with my family. Proverbs 3, v. 5 – 6.

Al Drake Jr
3 months ago

How about a cruise up here in the northwest? I’ve never been on a cruise. Italy someday would b nice. Europe is not for me at this time, but I’d consider a not to far away cruise.
I live in WA state.

Clark Kent
3 months ago
Reply to  Al Drake Jr

Howzabout a freeway cruise up I-5 from Vancouver to Blaine? Or I-90 from Seattle to Spokane? No seasickness, bad buffets, or boring shuffleboard.

David Millikan
3 months ago

No place like the UNITED STATES of AMERICA for the Holidays or any other time.

Clark Kent
3 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Or take a ‘cruise’ from Venice (Florida) to Rome (Georgia).

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