Given that it's the middle of summer, Christmas may be the last thing on your mind - but a little forward planning is essential to bag the very best festive breaks. With only 436 passengers, spaces are limited on the American Queen's special Christmas sailing on the Mississippi.
The famous paddle-wheeler plies Old Man River year-round, but it's most magical during the Holidays when the Deep South cities at which it calls are all dressed up in their seasonal best.
From Memphis to New Orleans via rock'n'roll history and graceful antebellum homes, the voyage takes in all the region's key highlights alongside special on-board activities such as ornament-making, cookie-decorating and a huge Christmas feast on the big day itself.
The 12-day holiday departs on Saturday 21st December and costs from £3,359 per person; this price includes flights from Heathrow, Manchester and Glasgow, transfers, 7 nights full-board on the American Queen in a veranda stateroom and two nights' hotel accommodation both pre- and post-cruise. For more information, call 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk