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American Queen Offers Holiday Cruise to Graceland

July 18, 2012

Enjoy a holiday voyage up the historic Mississippi River and celebrate the Christmas spirit at Graceland's 2012 Lighting Ceremony. The "Walk in Elvis' Steps" American Queen cruise kicks off on November 24, 2012. You can book your trip today by visiting or by calling 1-888-749-5280.

Enjoy a 10-day leisurely cruise from New Orleans to Memphis in style with luxurious accommodations and fabulous Southern cuisine all while visiting the charming and historic ports of America’s Heartland along the way. View grand Southern plantation homes and townhouses in their traditional holiday dress all while acclaimed musicians and singers come aboard to thrill you with their tributes to Elvis and his classic hits.

Special entertainment and surprises will highlight a musical icon and Memphis' best known entertainer. Elvis fan favorite Terry Mike Jeffrey, Memphis native Any Childs and Elvis Week performer Brad Birkedahl will come aboard to perform your favorite Elvis tunes. Elvis fans can also enjoy a performance by 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion, Brandon Bennett, who will take you on a journey through Elvis’s career.

Once you arrive in Memphis, you'll be sure to get into the holiday spirit when you’re invited to experience a tour of Graceland while it is decked out for Christmas, Elvis' favorite time of the year. Enjoy a special ceremony that will light up the outside of the mansion for the holiday season, followed by an exclusive party for American Queen guests.

American Queen's Godmother, Priscilla Presley, helped christen the boat in April with the traditional champagne bottle launch. See video and photos of all of the day's events.

View a complete itinerary, voyage description, fares, and more by visiting Also stay tuned to for exciting details about this year's 2012 Lighting Ceremony here at Graceland.