My husband always wanted to cruise on the "Big Muddy", the Mississippi River, and we decided the American Queen Steamboat Company offered the nicest options. We followed their suggestions, arriving a day prior to embarkation and spending the night in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans which they include in the cruise price. What a fabulous hotel this is, well situated and absolutely beautiful. Staff was very accommodating and quality of stay excellent. The next morning, we took a premium excursion and visited the National World War II Museum after a short motorcoach tour of the city. This museum was incredibly interesting and kept us busy until 3pm when they took us to the boat. This is a beautiful boat, the largest steamboat in the world, with, as we found out, the nicest crew in the world!!! All of their processes, boarding, disembarkation, shore excursions, are handled smoothly and professionally. There are very interesting hop-on, hop-off shore excursions included at each port, and at some ports there are more indepth excursions you can purchase. We found the included excursions to be most satisfactory.
You really get the feel of being on a steamboat; very smooth sailing, and interesting views of the river banks as you cruise. I especially loved the food; best we have had on any cruise, even including Crystal Symphony. The wait staff was especially attentive and caring!!! The "Riverlorian", Bobby Durham, gave really interesting talks each day on various aspects of the Mississippi River, and also entertained us in the evenings with his wonderful blues musician skills!!! The entertainers kept us happy before dinner each night with their shows and the Steamboat Syncopators were so much fun to listen to at various times throughout the evening! Even Captain Brent Willets played a mean guitar in the Engine Room Bar after hours!!!!
We would definitely go on another American Queen cruise and recommend this highly to anyone who would like to sample smaller boat cruising here in the USA!!
Queen bed, bath with tub and shower. Plenty of lights, mirrors. Shared veranda; french doors to deck. Loved this room - antique furniture really added to authenticity of cruise!
Tour was included in cruise; motor coach took us to little village to do some shopping. Tour guide on coach gave good commentary as we drove up to the town area. Easy to walk from shop to shop, or catch the bus at each stop.