American Queen

2. 12 Years a Slave (Nine nominations including Best Film and Best Director)

London born and former Turner Prize winner, Steve McQueen, has captured the ambience of the antebellum Deep South during the era of slavery by bringing this gripping, true tale of Solomon Northrup to life. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o star in this story of fortitude and perseverance.

Take a seven-night cruise on the American Queen riverboat sailing on the Mississippi River from £2,495pp inclusive of scheduled flights from London, transfers in the US, full board, excursions, port charges and one night pre-cruise in a hotel. Click here to find out more about the American Queen Steamboat Company or to book call 01223 568904 (Light Blue Travel).

12 years a slave

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