Since making our reservations in July 2014 for the Mississippi River Cruise aboard the Queen of the Mississippi our three generation family of six looked forward to May 5, 2015 when we would board the boat in Memphis. Although this was the sixth cruise for us we usually were on larger cruise ships sailing in Europe, Alaska, in the Hawaiian Islands or along the coasts is Canada, the Northeastern US or Northwestern US. We did not know what to expect on the Paddlewheeler. We found out soon enough as we were introduced to the Cruise Directors and the Hotel Directors who gave information for the first timers on a river cruise.
We enjoyed selecting from menus for all three meals and strolling to several lounges for coffee, sodas and snacks during the day for no additional charge. The fresh baked cookies were delicious--there is a bakery chef on the boat.
The Dining Room and Hotel Staff have multiple duties so they are seen more than several times a day with a smile on their face and a kind word of greeting every time. They are a great group of young adults that you'd like as permanent family members.
The shore excursions that are part of the Cruise were well planned with knowledgeable local tour guides that answered all our questions.
The talks on board were given by educated experts on subjects related to the area in which we cruised. The entertainment each evening was also pertinent to the area with jazz, blue grass, swing, ragtime, banjo playing and of course singing by some local professionals. One entertainer gave a detailed history of the progression from Ragtime up through Rock N' Roll.
This was a wonderful experience for all of us--even the matriarch of the family, our 96-year old Mom who told me two days after the Cruise ended she thinks the next cruise should be on the Columbia River.
The bathroom was very nice and always thoroughly cleaned. The middle drawer of the desk was difficult to open so was unusable but there are many other drawers in the cabin.
The cabin carpet has two stains--one by each door. The stain by the hall door looks like bleach was spilled. Otherwise the cabin looked in fairly good condition for as many quick turnarounds that the boat makes.