This was my Fifth cruise on the AMERICAN QUEEN. Due to high water on the Mississippi River we could not board in St. Louis, as planned. But the company contacted my group to let us know of the change in plans. As a veteran river cruiser, this is part of the adventure. The company then added a different port of call for us, which included unexpected shore excursions. Still a wonderful experience! The crew from bottom to top are top notch. Having cruised previously, many faces are familiar and they seem to remember us. At least they make you think they do! This is one reason cruising on the rivers in the U.S. is so much more enjoyable. No big ship experience for me, where you can't even understand what the crew is saying. Updates to the boat over the last few years are done in such good taste. It is such a relaxing experience. You can do as little or as much as you want. Entertainment in the Grand Saloon is not be missed. What a grand room. A meal in the J. M. White Dining Room is an experience in itself. The food is superb. The staff in the dining room will go above and beyond to meet any request. Plus the other dining option is great for a more casual meal and the food is just as good, if not even better! The Riverlorian provides the most knowledgeable information about present and previous steamboatin' history. Their sessions are lessons in history! I could go on and on. I will finish with a quote from the brochure. "An Affair to Remember". The memories will last a lifetime, as there is no experience/vacation like cruising on the rivers in the United States in the Heartland of America! Don't miss a chance to experience a unique trip!
Love the outside cabins opening onto the public deck. I travel with family and/or friends and so it's easy to meet up when wanting to do an activity together.