Our introduction to our trip was great! We brought our cousins from Cincinnati aboard for lunch. We realized that we were just below the Begals stadium and the Red Sox stadium! As we departed, then our trip on the Ohio river began! Our stateroom was the largest we have ever had, with enough room for more clothes than we brought with us. We loved the balcony, as we could open our side and join our friends in the next room. The four of us enjoyed having breakfast on the balcony one morning as we sailed down the Ohio and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and breeze.
The tours planned by American Cruise Lines were great. We enjoyed the historic town of Maysville, Ky, even though I grew up 40 miles from there. We learned a lot about the town we didn't know. The old homes are beautiful, and the Miniature Museum was fascinating.
Portsmouth, Oh was a neat town with lots of history. The murals on the flood walls are exceptional. Our tour guide was very knowlegable about the history of the area. Then on to Gallipolis, OH where the shops were very interesting. The townspeople in all of the ports were exceptionally friendly! When we arrived in Wheeling, WV, we were surprised at the size of the town. For years we had driven around it on the Interstate, never stopping to really see the town. The tour was quite interesting, court house where the state government was decided upon. All of the ports were clean, accessible, and had friendly people around the area.
Our rooms were kept clean, our bed was comfortable, we had a great time, and returned very rested. We are taking another Am. Cruise Lines trip Nov. 2013
In summing up the trip, we loved it. We played bridge each evening in one of the lounges. The cocktail hours each day were very nice with excellent hors d'euvres! The only criticism we have is that our soups were not good, but we understand that has been corrected by hiring a new chef :-) Thank you, American Cruise Lines for a great trip!!
P.S. I noticed in one of the unfavorable reviews that one person was upset that she didn't see any wood on the Mississippi Queen. The American Cruise Lines made every effort to follow "Coast Guard" guidelines in building the Mississippi Queen and, therefore, it is fireproof as much as possible. We had the privilege of seeing this ship being built in Salisbury, MD. Even the ceilings are fireproof! Also the paddle does move and provides about 30% of the power. The ship also has side thrusters so that it can land easily. It sounds to us that the person who wrote the negative review needs to be on a Carnival Pary cruise. She infers that it is only for the ill and infame, but we don't consider ourselves in that catagory and had a wonderful trip!!
We walked on our own and thoroughly enjoyed Bar Harbor. The eating places are excellent. We had the best Clam Chowder ever!!