After boarding the American Queen to the sounds of live Dixieland music, we passed through the beveled glass French doors, and stepped back in time. The Mark Twain room was so beautifully appointed I just had to stop and say "WOW".
Our room was very comfortable with a king size bed, two chairs, an ottoman, and a desk with drawers. The bathroom was more spacious than other cruises. There was a flat screen TV (We only turned it on once as there was so much to look at outside our french doors). Internet service needs improvement as download speeds reminded me of dial-up service. A nice point is that amenities were included. We did not have to reach for our card every time we wanted a soda. Wine or beer was included with dinner; ice cream and cappuccino was available 24 hours a day.
Dining was a pleasure. Every meal was varied with excellent flavor and presentation. We were so lucky to have Michael Witzman and Darrell as our assigned servers. They knew how to take care of our needs and make every meal a delight. The last night the Dixieland band came and played while the staff and diners waved napkins and had a parade through the dining room.
Entertainment was very good with singers, dancers, piano players, jazz, and especially the calliope concerts. Mark Twain came to visit. We were also entertained by BJ Thomas one night and The Lovin' Spoonful on our last night. It was so much fun to sing along.
The port stops at Point Pleasant, WV and Maysville, KY were very enjoyable. We saw The Mothman, took a drive on an 82 year old Ford convertible, saw the River Museum, The Mansion, the Quilt Squares, Rosemary Clooney's hometown, and the most incredible display of miniature homes and interiors... but most of all we saw "hometown America". Small towns that reminded us from what America grew up to become.
It is so relaxing to travel down the Ohio River on the American Queen. It is a peaceful, elegant way to slow down and enjoy the view.