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Don’t you love traveling with people who share the same interests as you? And what if the entire cruise itself was centered around your hobbies or passions? Well, that’s what a theme cruise is all about. We’ve found that although there are holiday, wine and culinary theme voyages on European river cruises, the biggest selection of theme cruises is right here at home in America. In fact, American Queen Steamboat Company offers a wide selection of theme trips on its Mississippi River cruises.

While we enjoy any river theme cruise, our favorites are tied to the holidays, history or the life and traditions of the river. Here are our Top 5 River Theme Cruises:

PLANTATION HOLIDAY MARKETS

Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum south during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. Christmas markets are the perfect venues to listen to holiday music while browsing seasonal goods and the all-American southern artistry of local craftsmen. Enjoy an enchanted experience at Nottoway Plantation, where you will enjoy live music and dancing, indulge in an assortment of hors d’oeuvres or decadent desserts and witness the ceremonial lighting of bonfires on the levee followed by a special fireworks display.

MARK TWAIN

Discover America Mark Twain-style from the perspective of the river. After all, it’s along the great Mississippi and its tributaries that Mark Twain discovered his own undying fascination with and love for America. Many would argue that Samuel Clemens, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, is quite simply one of America’s greatest authors. On a magnificent journey along the Upper Mississippi River, delve deep into the life and work of Samuel Clemens and witness his legendary words and wit brought to life onboard by an expert tribute artist who will leave you with the lasting impression that you just had an in-depth conversation with the legendary author himself. We love American Queen Steamboat Company because they include hop-on hop-off tours that allow you to explore Twain’s childhood hometown of Hannibal, Missouri; the town from where much of the inspiration for his beloved classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is derived.

BOURBON

A bourbon-themed cruise offers you a rare opportunity to experience an extraordinary journey through America’s heartland and into the roots of Kentucky’s bourbon region. This special themed voyage will take you behind the scenes and into the history books to show you where bourbon comes from, how it is made and the ways to distinguish the unique characteristics of different distilleries. While onboard, you can enjoy all things bourbon with special tastings, treats, and cooking demonstrations. Both onboard and ashore, each day presents an eclectic blend of music with special performances, creative workshops and a wealth of enrichment that can’t be found anywhere else.

CIVIL WAR

Civil War-themed cruises take you on an amazing journey where historic skirmishes pitted brother against brother in a nation once divided. You will have the opportunity to delve into the tactics, both military and political, that shaped the events of the American Civil War. Learn of the Mississippi River’s strategic value as both a transportation and communication route and explore the state of the country as it was in 1866 and how it still affects us today. Watch tribute artists bring key figures to life and listen to distinguished Civil War historians offer enlightening lectures on a multitude of Civil War topics. Join a thought-provoking journey designed to broaden your knowledge and provide insight surrounding the times and the causes that precipitated the conflict. Each Civil War voyage pays tribute to our American history in reminding us all of the fallen soldiers who gave their lives in a war that changed our nation.

ANTEBELLUM SOUTH

Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the Lower Mississippi River, where it is easy to imagine that time has stood still. From the early 1800’s until the Civil War, the country’s economy began shifting and a cotton boom made plantations the center of southern commerce. With its rich soil, warm climate and ample moisture, the land is among the most fertile in the world and agriculture flourishes. From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, all along the great River Road, sugar cane is still grown as it was a century ago. In the late 1800’s Mark Twain noted on his adventures down the mighty Mississippi that there were so many plantations and dwellings along the river that it looked like a spacious street. Towering homes lay nestled in large patches of moss-draped oak trees and, still today, you can catch a glimpse of what Mark Twain once saw as you cruise along the River and then tour historic locations and iconic plantation homes.

Isn’t it about time you stopped dreaming of an American river cruise and hopped aboard a theme voyage on a Mississippi River cruise? Select Waterways are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1.844.SWCRUISE (1.844.792.7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

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