Have been on numerous cruises & on several river cruises previously. Thought I would try the "Mighty Mississippi", so I booked on the biggest steamboat ever to sail that river. Trip was New Orleans round-trip, New Years Eve ... Read More
Have been on numerous cruises & on several river cruises previously. Thought I would try the "Mighty Mississippi", so I booked on the biggest steamboat ever to sail that river. Trip was New Orleans round-trip, New Years Eve (week).
The "free night" before is a ploy to attempt to sell you add-on tours to make-up for the usually pitiful included tours at each port. Oak Alley & Natchez included tours were good, but the others were a joke. They pride themselves on their own fleet of tour buses. The drivers were very pleasant, but some of the local tour guides must have been the only folks they could find for the job - let's just say they were "very local". We took two add-on tours - one was v. bad, the other "not a good value".
We booked another cruise with Alex, their on-board salesperson. Put up a deposit & received confirmation & room assignment. Several months later, they defaulted on their agreement, and had sold our cabin to another party at a higher fare. We're considering legal action.
Many of the reviews I've seen (after our cruise) talk about how the food is disappointing, but I thought it was one of their finer points. The wine however tasted like turpentine - if and when you could finally get a glass. The champagne I'm convinced was. Rarely do I leave/waste a glass of wine, but this time it seemed appropriate.
They allow you to go to the engine room viewing area at will. The engineers are very knowledgeable and friendly, if not proud of the equipment. Very interesting.
The common areas are exceptionally well done, and quite spacious for a river cruise. Entertainment was good. The "riverlorean" was very good, but bridge tours were only allowed while at port when you were off on a tour. You had to miss a tour if you wanted to see the bridge.
The cruise was not really that bad, but over-priced, and I have a big problem with anybody/company that defaults on their end of a deal. Read Less