We did the 7 night New Orleans to Memphis cruise.
After cancelling a Mediterranean cruise due to the terrorist activity in Europe, we looked into a river cruise on the American Queen. We did a river cruise on the Mosel and Rhine Rivers back in 2011, and really enjoyed that, so we figured, "why not"! I was skeptical, however, as these cruises are extremely expensive. This particular cruise we ended up booking was about $3,000 more than the one we cancelled, which was on Celebrity, Concierge class, 10 nights versus 7 on this cruise, unlimited Premium Drink Package, $300 on board credit, pre-paid gratuities and free Wi-Fi! But, when the wife says she won't go to Europe, this looked to be a decent, albeit expensive, option. And I was concerned about the ports, as most didn't seem real exciting! The bookend ports of New Orleans and Memphis, however, seemed like they would be fun, and we'd never been to either. And Vicksburg had the big Civil War National Historic Military Park as well, so that had appeal to the history buff in both of us.
So, the pros and cons:
Our cabin was wonderful. Middle of deck 4, port side. Very easy to get anywhere on the ship in just a minute or two! The cabin itself was spacious and very logically laid out. It had the biggest bathroom we've ever had on a cruise ship, with a full bathtub! The cabin service was great as well. The "common" balcony was actually really nice. The deck area out front of the "patio door" was very roomy, and we had our own chairs and a small table. And it was quite nice saying hi to fellow passengers as they walked past. I never once wished we had a private balcony. Also, the port side has two entry doors, one from the hallway, the other from the deck side. At least on our deck, the starboard cabins that had the common balcony, backed up to the inside cabins, which only had hallway access. They are set up, however, to allow them to be connected, so you could book two cabins and essentially have two bedroom, two bathroom combo cabin.