Sail Date: July 2017
I was travelling with a travel group out of Hewitt, TX My friend and I travel quite a bit and are always looking for something different. When this opportunity became available we were very excited. We have been on several ocean ... Read More
I was travelling with a travel group out of Hewitt, TX My friend and I travel quite a bit and are always looking for something different. When this opportunity became available we were very excited. We have been on several ocean cruises but had never been on a river cruise. The rooms were very nice and our gal assigned to our room did an excellent job of taking care of us! The food was excellent both in the dining room and the front porch. I celebrated my birthday on board and the waiter did a great job surprising me. The entertainment was fun to watch and was varied. Everyone was so personable. We just really felt like we were part of the family. Our only disappointment was that when we went to buy one of your sweatshirts you didn't have any mediums left in navy. I have called the company to see if we can purchase them on line. I will have to say this was the most relaxing vacation we have taken! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Traveled with 86 year old Mother in law, Sister in law, her husband and my husband. Fantastic cruise! So relaxing and comfortable. You want for nothing on this ship! Beautifully appointed Staterooms and each room offers a nice sized ... Read More
Traveled with 86 year old Mother in law, Sister in law, her husband and my husband. Fantastic cruise! So relaxing and comfortable. You want for nothing on this ship! Beautifully appointed Staterooms and each room offers a nice sized balcony and beautiful view of the River. Interesting Ports of call. Learned so much about Mark Twain and the history of the Mississippi River. Met so many interesting and wonderful people! Very courteous and friendly staff. Meals were a culinary delight! Had breakfast delivered to room each morning so we could enjoy coffee on the balcony watching the world go by! Cocktail hour was always fun with delicious hor d'oeuvres and lively conversation. Jim was our Riverorian/Naturalist on board. He gave such interesting talks covering the history of the Mississippi River, the local environment and wildlife. My favorite was the Seminar on the Monarch Butterfly and also Bald Eagles. Was exciting to see so many Bald Eagles on the trip! Richard Geary (aka Mark Twain) was also entertaining and added so much to the trip! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We have not done cruised this river before. It is not offered that often and we just wanted to see some of the cities and sites on the itinerary. We had a hotel included for the night before we boarded the ship, the Queen of the ... Read More
We have not done cruised this river before. It is not offered that often and we just wanted to see some of the cities and sites on the itinerary. We had a hotel included for the night before we boarded the ship, the Queen of the Mississippi Paddle-Wheeler, in St. Louis and traveled to Pittsburgh. The embarkation was handled smoothly and so was the disembarking. If you have never gone through the locks on a large river, it is an interesting experience. We toured the Trail of Tears Museum in Cape Giradeau, MO. Very well done. The highlight for us was to tour Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. There were 2 tours offered in Cincinnati and both were interesting. The service on the ship was excellent. Food is very good and one has the option to choose 1/2 portion of each meal. Be warned,,,desserts are outstanding! Each of the lounges has coffee, tea, juices, sodas, water and snacks available at all times. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We've always wanted to cruise the full length of the Ohio River and this cruise was a wonderful opportunity to do so. The ship is small enough to get to know passengers and very comfortable. Built specifically for American Cruise ... Read More
We've always wanted to cruise the full length of the Ohio River and this cruise was a wonderful opportunity to do so. The ship is small enough to get to know passengers and very comfortable. Built specifically for American Cruise Lines, the cabins are generous in size and well designed. Food was excellent. We appreciated the option of half-sized portions of the main course at noon and evening meals. Our riverlorians were quite knowledgeable and presented appropriate and informative talks. A surprise hatch of mayflies became an occasion for a presentation on the many aspects of this interesting species. The tours were well-organized with good choices but the option of just relaxing on the boat was also very welcome. My husband moves slowly and with some difficulty. He had no trouble getting around. All the excursions were able to accommodate even someone in a wheelchair. Deckhands were always available to assist when we left and reboarded the boat. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We wanted to stay in the US this year for vacation and since we had not visited the states where the ship docked, we felt this would be a good fit. We are also interested in the Civil War and we thought that would make the cruise more ... Read More
We wanted to stay in the US this year for vacation and since we had not visited the states where the ship docked, we felt this would be a good fit. We are also interested in the Civil War and we thought that would make the cruise more interesting for us. The cruise was expensive, but we hoped it would be "top shelf" making it worth the money spent. There were no transfers offered from the airport to the hotel, but it was easy enough to ride Uber. We were disappointed, however, that the hotel chosen by the cruise line was in the suburban part of the city rather than the downtown where we could have walked around, visited museums, etc. Breakfast at the hotel was not included, but transportation to the boat the following day was. We were quite surprised when we boarded the ship and saw how worn out it looked. The décor was disappointing and the furniture dirty (especially dining room chairs), not comfortable), and basically needing to be replaced. The carpets looked like they needed a good cleaning. We were shocked to learn the ship is only 2 years old. It has not been well maintained. The food was good to mediocre, leaning more towards mediocre. We were never offered second helpings and, more often than not, reminded we could order "half" portions. Lunches always were made from leftovers of the dinner the night before. Selections were limited but, most disappointing, the food just wasn't very good in both taste and presentation. We enjoyed the Civil War lecturer but the "riverlorians" (never heard that word till this cruise) were a bit hokey. The entertainment was geared toward the older senior citizens and was not often well attended except for those that wanted to take advantage of the open bar. There was no wine selection. They only served Mondavi's Woodbridge wine which I do not think of as good quality. When I asked if I could have different wines, I was told there would be an upcharge to do so. Meanwhile, the bar was well stocked with good hard liquors which made the lack of wine choices all the more perplexing. The ports of call were good and all of the tours excellent. I also must comment that the ship's staff was attentive, friendly, and professional. Disembarking was really poor. We had paid for a tour of New Orleans and then transportation and drop off downtown. We arrived to board the bus 15 minutes early and were told there were no more seats. The explanation was, "someone must be on wrong bus." We were eventually placed on another bus (the one going to the airport) and did get a tour of the city. This is one time, however, when the tour guide wasn't very good or professional. I really went into this cruise with high hopes of doing more trips with this company but I most certainly will not after my first encounter. It is truly a niche market and I hope that other lines will join the market and offer more quality trips on the US rivers. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We wanted to try a river cruise within the US and upon discovering the Civil War themed cruise on the Mississippi, hoped this would be informative and fun. It was even better than we had hoped. Only about 140 people on board so we truly ... Read More
We wanted to try a river cruise within the US and upon discovering the Civil War themed cruise on the Mississippi, hoped this would be informative and fun. It was even better than we had hoped. Only about 140 people on board so we truly met almost everyone. Our cabin was larger than expected and quite comfortable. Great food, excellent cruise staff and very good historians and people with river knowledge on board. We actually learned a lot about the river and history of the War Between the States. We especially enjoyed the cocktail hour conversations with the historian and the well planned shore excursions. Nearly all of the excursions we went on were included in our cruise price. The included pre-cruise accommodations and transportation was also quite good with an unexpected city tour before boarding our ship in Memphis. We've already booked our next adventure with this cruse line! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Because it did the Mississippi. I enjoy visiting historic site. The battlefield and plantation were so fun and interesting.Everyone was very helpful and pleasant. The room were always clean and the service was excellent. I have never ate ... Read More
Because it did the Mississippi. I enjoy visiting historic site. The battlefield and plantation were so fun and interesting.Everyone was very helpful and pleasant. The room were always clean and the service was excellent. I have never ate so much in my life.Food and drinks were excellent.The tour guide at each site were very helpful and each knew a little bit of info about the site that was different from what you normally would hear. Overall I would rate the trip as an excellent experience and highly recommend it to anyone looking to do that trip.Make sure you take a pair of bigger pants. The Mississippi is a beautiful river and the sights and scenery is amazing and it is all right here in the USA. I liked the fact I did not have to leave the USA and still have an excellent trip. I hope to someday do the Colombia and Snake river trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We went from Memphis to New Orleans on the Mississippi River. WOW! We were very impressed with the ship and the service. They cater to your needs and with the ship only holding 150 passengers, they can REALLY cater to you. We felt coddled ... Read More
We went from Memphis to New Orleans on the Mississippi River. WOW! We were very impressed with the ship and the service. They cater to your needs and with the ship only holding 150 passengers, they can REALLY cater to you. We felt coddled and well taken care of. The food was out of this world...picked up locally grown and produced goods at every stop. The excursions were included in the price for the most part and were interesting and relevant to the stops we made. A five star trip everyone should take! Our waitress knew our likes and dislikes after the second day and had the wine we liked waiting for us at dinner and our tea, coffee, soft drinks at our table as soon as we sat down. She made suggestions on items we could get when there was something on a plate she knew we wouldn’t/couldn’t eat. We are already planning our next River cruise with this company. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
I just returned from a wonderful cruise onboard ACL's Queen of the Mississippi. We sailed from New Orleans to Memphis and were blessed with outstanding weather for 6 of the 7 days. I was travelling with my dad and was about 30 ... Read More
I just returned from a wonderful cruise onboard ACL's Queen of the Mississippi. We sailed from New Orleans to Memphis and were blessed with outstanding weather for 6 of the 7 days. I was travelling with my dad and was about 30 years younger than all of the passengers, but I still had a great time. This is a VERY relaxing cruise- there are no nightclubs or casinos and the evening show ends around 9pm. I found this to be a nice change of pace from every other cruise I have been on; I loved sitting on the top deck with a glass of wine and a book and watching the world pass by. Our balcony cabin was much larger than I expected and the bathroom was huge. The bathroom was stocked with lots of nice amenities, which were replenished daily. There was a Keurig coffee maker in the cabin, which was a nice touch. The balcony was a good size and there was plenty of storage in the cabin. Our cabin was 315, which was right next to the stairs, but I didn't hear any noise throughout the cruise. Food: I usually cruise on luxury lines and have been spoiled by the food on Crystal, however, ACL didn't disappoint. I thought the food was very tasty; it is regionally inspired, so we saw a lot of Cajun offerings. My dad isn't a big fan of Cajun food, so he could request something else, like a cheeseburger, and the chef would prepare it for him. They were very accommodating with special requests and dietary needs. Wine and beer flowed freely at lunch a dinner. Cocktail hour was from 5:30-6:30pm each night in the main lounge. This was a fun way to get to know the other passengers and talk about what went on during the day. During this hour, it was an open bar and our cruise kept the bartenders very busy. :) Tours: I did the city tours in Baton Rouge and Memphis and my dad did the military tour in Vicksburg. We thought the tours were well planned out and everyone seemed to enjoy them. Service: The service onboard was great. Captain Robert Hopkins was very friendly and interacted well with the passengers. Patrick, the Hotel Director was awesome, as was Christopher, who was training. The Cruise Staff were all very friendly and did a great job. DeMarus, in Housekeeping, was also the bartender at night and kept my glass full and remembered that my dad liked 2 cherries in his drink. Entertainment: Honestly, I was surprised at how good the entertainment was. I think most cruise ship entertainment is cheesy, but these were mostly local artists and whoever found them did a great job. The comedian was hilarious and the musical acts were very entertaining. All in all, this was a great trip and one that I will remember with my dad for a lifetime. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Our initial experience was bad in that the cruise line failed to pick us up at the hotel for transfer to the ship, taking our luggage but leaving us behind and then just shrugging this off with no real apology or effort to make the ... Read More
Our initial experience was bad in that the cruise line failed to pick us up at the hotel for transfer to the ship, taking our luggage but leaving us behind and then just shrugging this off with no real apology or effort to make the situation right. We felt this was very poor handling of the embarkation procedure and we could have easily missed the cruise just because of the cruise lines sloppy handling. We felt the cruise was greatly over priced and that the service, food and amenities offered were lacking for a cruise that cost more than a thousand dollars a day for each of us. The cabin was adequate but nothing extraordinary. The food was, for the most part, pretty ordinary and not up to what we expected for the price. We are veteran cruisers and have sailed with many lines, and would say as far as value received this cruise was a big disappointment. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose to drive to New Orleans and stay one pre-cruise night at the Omni. The next morning, we drove to the dock and parked in the cruise parking deck. You should know that parking is not free, nor is it cheep. This was the only down ... Read More
We chose to drive to New Orleans and stay one pre-cruise night at the Omni. The next morning, we drove to the dock and parked in the cruise parking deck. You should know that parking is not free, nor is it cheep. This was the only down side of our cruise. The cabins on board were large and roomy with an excellent balcony view and a nice bathroom. Housekeeping did a fabulous job of keeping the room tidy and well stocked with fresh linens and toiletries. One of the best parts of this cruise was the small number of guests (135) as opposed to other large ships with many, many guests. We were given lots of personal service, and we were able to become friends with people from every corner of the U.S. Hunger was never an issue on this cruise. All meals were served in the dining room at lavishly set tables. We were able to order from a menu at each meal. Each meal included an appetizer, entree, and desert. Homemade cookies were served each morning at 10:00, and snacks and soft drinks were available throughout the day. Happy hour included great hor devoures. And, as if that wasn't enough, ice cream sundaes and popcorn were served during the evening entertainment. Evening entertainment was beyond excellent the first two nights and enjoyable on the other evenings. Our shore excursions were educational and interesting. We chose not to go to any of the excursions which required an extra fee. We only went to the excursions which were included in our prepaid package, and we were very satisfied with them all. We have been on large ship cruises to the Bahamas and around Hawaii, and by far small riverboat cruising beats them hands down. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I had always been intrigued with ACL because of the "small cruise sailing" reputation. I was very pleased with the size of the clientele and crew, (143 guests on this particular boat). This enabled one to actually get to know ... Read More
I had always been intrigued with ACL because of the "small cruise sailing" reputation. I was very pleased with the size of the clientele and crew, (143 guests on this particular boat). This enabled one to actually get to know fellow passengers AND crew in the weeks time. We spent an extra day exploring Memphis before we embarked. Once on board, everything was set up for us and we needed to do nothing but enjoy ourselves. The crew (including housekeeping, the wait staff, the GM etc.) was wonderful, very accommodating, very personable, and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the guests. The boat was beautiful, our stateroom was perfect, with a little deck and sliding glass door when you wanted to relax. The food was exquisite, the variety endless and there was NO SHORTAGE of food! It was fun to have alot of Southern cuisine choices, but you weren't held to that. Shore excursions were very adventurous and there was much variety. I like to learn on my trips, and I was enlightened about Southern culture, the Civil War, cotton ginning. The guides that we had on the tours were very knowledgeable and fun and willing to answer questions and entertain. As was the river laurien, Jim, who gave talks while on board about the river, the wildlife, the culture. Evening entertainment was awesome as well, once again, being regional and enlightening of the culture, whether it was music, comedy, dancing. There were many little touches on this boat that were subtle, but added to the experience, like softly piped in music; Elvis while closer to Memphis, to zydeco closer to New Orleans. We loved it. Disembarking in New Orleans also was really easy, with the staff taking care of everything so the guest didn't need to worry about anything. We stayed a few extra days in this wonderful city also. I would HIGHLY recommend American Cruise Lines to anyone ( and have) and will travel with them again. I am not a fan of the 5000 passenger cruise ships, so this enabled me to have an intimate cruise experience that was SO relaxing and comfortable. We met folks that we will continue to be in touch with. This was my first cruise experience and it will stay with me for a lon while! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
From the moment we boarded the Queen of the Mississippi in Memphis, we enjoyed the luxury of all aspects of the ship. The directors attention to details, the room, every meal experiences and the menu choices, all the members of the crew, ... Read More
From the moment we boarded the Queen of the Mississippi in Memphis, we enjoyed the luxury of all aspects of the ship. The directors attention to details, the room, every meal experiences and the menu choices, all the members of the crew, the excursions in various ports, entertainers, the atmosphere in general all combined to make for wonderful experiences and find memories. We met some lovely people from every corner of this great country - Alaska, Calafornia, Michigan, North Carolina and enjoyed getting to know them better over our delicious meals together.(Albeit, very difficult to hear across the table in the full dining room- acoustics need improving there). Most of all the wonderful sense of calm, relaxation and security we experienced at every moment. We sharing our adventure with everyone and strongly urge them to trust this river cruise line. Thank you, American Cruise for the smooth sailing south on the beautiful Mississippi! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Our original booking on the French American boat was cancelled at last minute and we were able to switch to this boat. I think we were lucky as once we were with the American Cruise Company everything was handled very well and efficiently ... Read More
Our original booking on the French American boat was cancelled at last minute and we were able to switch to this boat. I think we were lucky as once we were with the American Cruise Company everything was handled very well and efficiently and the cruise was delightful. The cabin was great and the ports and shore excursions were interesting. The ship was very well maintained, the staff was outstanding, and the ports of call were interesting. Learned lots about the pre and Civil War and found it all very informative. Would have liked a little more time in some of the ports to explore on our own. Loved having warm cookies every day at 10:00 AM and it was fun to have popcorn, ice cream sundaes, and floats at the evening entertainment. All is all this was a good small ship cruise experience and I definitely would sail with them again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
No matter what your interests are, you will find it on this cruise. For history lovers, there is Civil War galore. A visit to Vicksburg's National Military Park was fascinating. Nature lovers will love the swamp tour in Louisiana ... Read More
No matter what your interests are, you will find it on this cruise. For history lovers, there is Civil War galore. A visit to Vicksburg's National Military Park was fascinating. Nature lovers will love the swamp tour in Louisiana where alligators come close and birds are all around. Historic home buffs will love the plantations. You can even pick cotton at one, Frogmore. Or you can just rest on board. The ship has rocking chairs on all the decks for rest and river viewing. Your cabin has a balcony for the same and for breakfast al fresco. There is food all day long!! Breakfast about 8, homemade cookies at 10, lunch at 12:30, high tea at 3:30, happy hour with hors d"oeuvres at 5:30 followed by dinner at 7:30. During the evening's entertainment, you can have popcorn and root beer floats. Better learn to pace yourself or you'll have trouble waddling off the boat at the end of the cruise! The entertainment was local and so were the dinners. Lots of creole and cajun influences in both. The crew is so friendly and ready to please. It is a wonderful experience on the Mississippi!! I would gladly go on any American Cruise LIne's trip. They have cruising figured out for your best possible experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first cruise with American Cruise Line, but it will not be our last. Everyone on the cruise was so friendly, guests and crew, that you felt like being on a family reunion for the week. The Queen of the Mississippi had a golf ... Read More
This was our first cruise with American Cruise Line, but it will not be our last. Everyone on the cruise was so friendly, guests and crew, that you felt like being on a family reunion for the week. The Queen of the Mississippi had a golf cart aboard that they brought ashore at each stop to help those passengers that needed assistance getting to and from the buses.We needed a shower chair and it was in the shower when we arrived in our room. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony most days, eating the warm cookies that were served at 10am. It is the first cruise where we have attended all of the evening entertainment, because it started at 8:15 and each night was very entertaining. They had Mike & Kate, River Lorians onboard that gave talks about the river and history of the Civil War and places that we stopped that was very enjoyable. From Captain Robert Hopkins, who gave us a tour of the Pilot House to Cruise Director Austin Parham who organized us at the hotel and helped us aboard the Queen of the Mississippi to Deck hand Lindsay Crouch who drove my husband ashore in the golf cart many times, every staff person on the boat was extremely friendly and willing to help you with anything to make your time with them enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
The cruise on the lower half of the Mississippi River was a thoroughly enjoyable week. I wanted to observe traffic on the river, as well as check out what development is or isn’t (or once was) on the banks of the river. All of that was ... Read More
The cruise on the lower half of the Mississippi River was a thoroughly enjoyable week. I wanted to observe traffic on the river, as well as check out what development is or isn’t (or once was) on the banks of the river. All of that was just fascinating. Boarding the ship in Memphis was remarkably smooth, thanks to a very organized team who know their logistics. The side trips (Vicksburg battlefield, where Coca-Cola was first made and sold, plantation homes, and a swamp tour) were fine but not the point of the cruise for me. Thanks to the variety of the speakers available to us, the history of the river came alive. And yes, I ate and ate and ate, as we had breakfast, mid-morning warm cookies, lunch, tea, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, dinner and after dinner drinks – with grazing available throughout the day. I gained five pounds and I blame it all on the wonderful server (Ryan) at our table, as well as the superb cruise directors (Austin, Alyse and Chris) who could not have been more attentive. My room had everything I needed and was well tended to by the crew under the watchful eye of DeMarco. In other words, you can not ask for a better staff to take care of you while you are experiencing the magic of life on the Mississippi. Disembarking in New Orleans meant the saying goodbye to new friends, but a wonderful opportunity to explore the trolleys and more eating in New Orleans! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I have sailed 3 cruises with American Cruise Lines and had the highest 5 Star service on all three cruises (Chesapeake Bay, Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket and the lower Mississippi). The crews are exceptionally well trained and showed ... Read More
I have sailed 3 cruises with American Cruise Lines and had the highest 5 Star service on all three cruises (Chesapeake Bay, Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket and the lower Mississippi). The crews are exceptionally well trained and showed great courtesy for all passengers. The food was so good it could have been found in the finest restaurant in a major city The menus highlighted regional specialties and there was unlimited wine and beer available at lunch and dinner. There was a no host cocktail hour each night with outstanding appetizers. The ships were new, clean, well maintained, and comfortable. Nightly entertainment was excellent and there were two full time river historians on board for educational presentations during the cruise. Traveling solo, I really appreciate the single rooms that are spacious and comfortable. The itinerary is well selected and showcased the highlights of the region. This is the finest cruise line I have sailed on and look forward to sailing with them again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first cruise with American. The trip met or exceeded our expectations on all aspects. The boat was only two years old; is maintained in excellent condition. The boat crew and hotel staff folks were all efficient, highly ... Read More
This was our first cruise with American. The trip met or exceeded our expectations on all aspects. The boat was only two years old; is maintained in excellent condition. The boat crew and hotel staff folks were all efficient, highly trained professionals. The food service was outstanding! Best of all, the small ship experience made for a warm, friendly environment. Seems by the end of the week we knew most of the passengers and crew. Day trips along the way were interesting and well organized. The river lorians provided a wide range of information about the river, the commercial vessel traffic we saw, and history about the various ports and places we saw along the way. On board evening entertainment was always fun and a nice way to end the day. This trip is not inexpensive, but there are no "hidden extras" along the way. And they most definitely do not cut any corners on the amenities or food and beverage service. It was a first class experience all around. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My husband and I have always cruised on larger ships and wanted to try the small ship cruising experience. Also, while we have traveled oversees many times, we really haven’t seen as much of the U.S as we’d liked and felt it was ... Read More
My husband and I have always cruised on larger ships and wanted to try the small ship cruising experience. Also, while we have traveled oversees many times, we really haven’t seen as much of the U.S as we’d liked and felt it was time to explore our own backyard. We heard that American Cruise Lines was the best option for small ship cruising in the U.S. The overall American Cruise Lines experience was fantastic. From the food, to the staff, to the many interesting places we visited, we had an amazing time. ACL staff went out of their way to make the cruise enjoyable and would accommodate any special request such as a specific wine or a different dish than was on the menu. The quality of the food as well as the presentation was topnotch. Not only was there a great selection of southern cuisine, but a variety of other options to choose from as well. Every night there was a complimentary cocktail hour. The appetizers served were delicious, and were never repeated twice. This was also a great opportunity to meet a variety of people from all over the world. Onboard there was great nightly entertainment and knowledgeable historians who embellished our onshore excursions with their discussions. When going on shore, the small groups made it much easier to really delve into each destination. The local expert guides were very knowledgeable about each place we visited and were excellent at explaining the history to us. The staff was very organized whenever we were getting on and off the ship, not only at the beginning and end of the cruise, but also for the onshore excursions as well. They made it very easy for people who had trouble walking and had golf carts to help out. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose a 4 night cruise because we had not been on a cruise in the last fifty years and wanted to be sure we would like it before taking a longer one. We were treated to an overnight stay in New Orleans the night before embarkation and ... Read More
We chose a 4 night cruise because we had not been on a cruise in the last fifty years and wanted to be sure we would like it before taking a longer one. We were treated to an overnight stay in New Orleans the night before embarkation and had time to see some of the sights in the French Quarter. We were collected at our hotel and conveyed to the docks by bus. Passengers could dress as formally or casually as they wanted and still feel that they fitted in. The ship was small enough that everyone could fit into the dining room at one time. We enjoyed the entertainment provided nightly. The plantation tours were extremely good. We elected to tour the ship's pilot house which proved very interesting. The cabin had everything we needed and was well kept by staff. We especially enjoyed sitting on our balcony with the Mississippi breeze fanning us. The service was exceptional in the dining room and elsewhere. The staff acknowledged guests and greeted them at every opportunity. The food was out of this world- both in tasting good and in presentation! Menu selections were such that everyone should have been pleased. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Our friends and my husband and I always wanted to do a Mississippi River cruise. Chose American Cruise Lines. Sailed on the Queen of the Mississippi. We had a wonderful time. Cabin had ample room, balcony had room for 2 chairs and a ... Read More
Our friends and my husband and I always wanted to do a Mississippi River cruise. Chose American Cruise Lines. Sailed on the Queen of the Mississippi. We had a wonderful time. Cabin had ample room, balcony had room for 2 chairs and a table (about 30" rd). Entertainment was good. Plenty of on board activities, games, books to read, a putting green on the upper deck, some work out equipment and plenty of places to sit and relax. The dining room was impeccable, waiters/waitresses, chefs, all were more than one could ask for. The meals were fantastic. We had 2 ports of call, Oak Alley Plantation which was jaw dropping and a bus tour to St. Francisville/Baton Rouge which was okay. The service on the boat was A+. The staff from the Hotel Manager to waiters, housekeeping etc. were friendly, polite, helpful. Will consider doing the Snake River tour in a couple of years. Thank you for a memorable vacation! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
I chose this cruise because I had never been to New Orleans and I wanted to see plantations. I got so much more. I picked this one because there were two plantation excursions. Imagine my surprise and delight when I got on board and found ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I had never been to New Orleans and I wanted to see plantations. I got so much more. I picked this one because there were two plantation excursions. Imagine my surprise and delight when I got on board and found they had added a third plantation to the tour. Had a wonderful time. The food was fantastic. And I was very happy that the shore excursions were planned in such a way that I was able to have all of my meals on board in the dining room. I also enjoyed just spending time in one of the lounge areas on board just reading or watching the river go by. And there was always plenty of snacks available if you actually got hungry between the fabulous meals. I hated to see the cruise come to an end. Currently planning on where I want to go for my next river cruise. Possibly the fall foliage cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The ship is magnifigant vessel. Very quiet and you can feel no motion of water travel.It is very roomy and has a multitude of rooms and activities. The organization is fantastic and at no time are you left uncertain or wondering what is ... Read More
The ship is magnifigant vessel. Very quiet and you can feel no motion of water travel.It is very roomy and has a multitude of rooms and activities. The organization is fantastic and at no time are you left uncertain or wondering what is happening or about to happen. Cabins are comfortable enough but a few additions such brighter lights in the batrooms and possibly an exhaust fan to reduce humidity. Alarm clocks in the cabin would also be an added benefit. Dining is exquisite. Fantastic menus ample to eat and unbelievable desserts. The dining staff were all incredable always pleasing and very professional and gracious. Jeremy was our special delite and pleasure and will surely be missed. The entertainment is continual amd excellent with diversity to satisfy all. Room service was punctual and always accomodating. Rooms were kept neet, clean and tidy with endless supply of water and ice and of course the special chocolate treats on ones pillow at night. Ports were fine departure and busing superbly organized. Very professional drivers and guide service and excellent naration. It would be a benefit if the communities and tour lines could work out better arrangements for the communities to have stores supplying more clothing and souveniers. Yes we will be looking at additional cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
This is a great way to see some history in a comfortable setting with great service and food. Small ship cruising will spoil you for the ultra large ships. From the moment the Cruise Directors met you at your complimentary hotel til they ... Read More
This is a great way to see some history in a comfortable setting with great service and food. Small ship cruising will spoil you for the ultra large ships. From the moment the Cruise Directors met you at your complimentary hotel til they load you on the bus to go home there is nothing that you could want that they would not try to supply. This was their first cruise of the season but it seemed like this crew had been working together for 10 cruises. What I most enjoyed was the freedom to do what I wanted with my time. I choose to go on all the shore stops but if I had wanted to I could have just stayed in my cabin like the couple across the way did. The food was excellent and, because I have dietary request, I met with the chief the first day and he took care of me. If they go where you want to go and when you want to go, I can think of no better organization to make cruising a real treat. Read Less
Queen of the Mississippi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Entertainment N/A 4.1
Public Rooms N/A 4.5
Fitness Recreation N/A 3.3
Family N/A 3.3
Shore Excursion N/A 4.2
Enrichment N/A 4.2
Service N/A 4.5
Value For Money N/A 4.0
Rates N/A 3.6

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