This cruise was fabulous. We were blown away by the outstanding crew. When you meet them once, they remember your name when you see them again. Open dining was terrific because you could sit at any table -- there was no assigned seating. All of the passengers dined at the same time.
The cocktail hour each evening had anything you wish to drink and I mean from A to Z. When you went, you walked in and went over to the bar, they remember you from the night before as well your drink of choice...and even had it poured before we ordered. The hors d'oevres were sumptuous and were served throughout the entire hour, and the variety was great -- we had so much to choose from. Also, the breakfast service on our balcony was a nice touch. In fact, the same breakfast menu offered in the dining room was available on our balcony. On other cruises we've taken, the room service menu was limited, but this was certainly not the case aboard Queen of the Mississippi. Everything was available to us.
Our stateroom was very large, fitting a queen size bed, full dresser, night stands and a sitting area. Getting around was very easy.
Aboard the cruise, a riverlorian was present, and she was very knowledgeable of the Mississippi and our ports of call, and gave terrific explanations of landmarks and sights. We saw the Vicksburg battlefields from the Civil War on a bus tour which the riverlorian joined us on. She did a great job narrating and pointing out everything notable. Incidentally, the riverlorian's husband was aboard Queen of the Mississippi playing the banjo and he too was fabulous.
Summing up our experience, it was wonderful. There's not a negative thing to say about our cruise. The ship was beautiful as were the ports of call. And the crew, as I mentioned before, was fabulous. They really made the cruise. We can't wait to go again.