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We hesitated to book this cruise because the ship was (too) new---it had yet to have its maiden voyage at the time we signed up. We needn't have worried; ship sailed on time, and the crew were all very attentive and helpful. Food was better than other river cruises we have been on (Nile, Rhine and Danube), and well presented. Complimentary cocktail hour before dinner and complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner was also popular. Our cabin had a good sized balcony that lacked a little privacy as it was separated from adjacent balconies by a canvas divider---so that conversations could be overheard. Once in the room, however, we never heard any of our neighbors next door or above, nor was there any machinery noise or vibration noticeable at all, except for the slight whoosh of the AC (we were in room 310). Only complaint with the room was it had no safe. For you walking/jogging buffs, there is no promenade deck that circles the ship, so you'll have to get most of your exercise by using the steps instead of the elevators every day. We were on the round-trip cruise that went as far north as Vicksburg and then back to New Orleans. Don't expect breathless beauty along the shore, but do expect interesting river traffic plus refineries and a lot of industry around New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as along both banks of the river for a few days as you go north. Even where the river has no industry, a view of the countryside is blocked by the levee or trees or both. But of course there are daily excursions ashore, so we didn't feel we had missed much. We enjoyed the entertainment, and on our trip we had an excellent historian and story-teller, Bill Wiemuth, who shouldn't be missed. All-in-all, a well-run cruise on a nice clean ship, with good food and good entertainment, with history and civil war lessons thrown in.

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American Eagle Cruise Review by Beenthere!!??

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We hesitated to book this cruise because the ship was (too) new---it had yet to have its maiden voyage at the time we signed up. We needn't have worried; ship sailed on time, and the crew were all very attentive and helpful. Food was better than other river cruises we have been on (Nile, Rhine and Danube), and well presented. Complimentary cocktail hour before dinner and complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner was also popular.

Our cabin had a good sized balcony that lacked a little privacy as it was separated from adjacent balconies by a canvas divider---so that conversations could be overheard. Once in the room, however, we never heard any of our neighbors next door or above, nor was there any machinery noise or vibration noticeable at all, except for the slight whoosh of the AC (we were in room 310). Only complaint with the room was it had no safe. For you walking/jogging buffs, there is no promenade deck that circles the ship, so you'll have to get most of your exercise by using the steps instead of the elevators every day.

We were on the round-trip cruise that went as far north as Vicksburg and then back to New Orleans. Don't expect breathless beauty along the shore, but do expect interesting river traffic plus refineries and a lot of industry around New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as along both banks of the river for a few days as you go north. Even where the river has no industry, a view of the countryside is blocked by the levee or trees or both. But of course there are daily excursions ashore, so we didn't feel we had missed much. We enjoyed the entertainment, and on our trip we had an excellent historian and story-teller, Bill Wiemuth, who shouldn't be missed.

All-in-all, a well-run cruise on a nice clean ship, with good food and good entertainment, with history and civil war lessons thrown in.
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Cabin 310
Our cabin was roomy with plenty of drawer space and a non-tiny closet. It had a good sized balcony that lacked a little privacy as it was separated from adjacent balconies by a canvas divider---so that conversations could be overheard. Once in the room, however, we never heard any of our neighbors next door or above, nor was there any machinery noise or vibration noticeable at all, except for the slight whoosh of the AC (we were in room 310).
Only complaint with the room was it had no safe.