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We joined another couple on this riverboat cruise without much planning. Although we were unable to get a stateroom in our preferred category, the one we had was satisfactory. Should we travel with American Queen again getting the larger stateroom would be important to us. The rooms were very clean, nicely appointed and had adequate storage and organization features. The service was quick and thorough with at least twice daily service which included tidying the room as well as fresh towels. The embarkation process for this category(AAA) was easy and smooth. The main complaint I had about the boat was the public rooms were a little dark, so it was difficult to find a good place to do needlework or read. The dining was well done and had good choices for every meal. Again here, the waitstaff was very accommodating and friendly. The bars were friendly and had a nice atmosphere including live music. The shows were very enjoyable and the talent of the performers was impressive. Generally we have not particularly had an interest in attending shows on large cruise ships, but there was something particularly enjoyable about the shows on this boat. Additionally the talks about the river and its history were fascinating. Something we had not thought about was the fact there is nothing to see as you navigate the river. It makes sense as much of it is a flood plain, but it just hadn't occurred to us. The ports were purely small town America. Nothing momentous, but interesting to see how every place has something about their town in which they have pride. Made you feel good about the country. My only complaint is not a solvable one and that is the bugs. There were plenty of mosquitos and no-see-ums, so you needed to either douse yourself with repellant or be bitten. All in all it was a great trip and I would definitely go again particularly to another section of the grand old Mississippi River.

July 2016 American Queen

American Queen Cruise Review by Gommy8

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We joined another couple on this riverboat cruise without much planning. Although we were unable to get a stateroom in our preferred category, the one we had was satisfactory. Should we travel with American Queen again getting the larger stateroom would be important to us. The rooms were very clean, nicely appointed and had adequate storage and organization features. The service was quick and thorough with at least twice daily service which included tidying the room as well as fresh towels. The embarkation process for this category(AAA) was easy and smooth. The main complaint I had about the boat was the public rooms were a little dark, so it was difficult to find a good place to do needlework or read.

The dining was well done and had good choices for every meal. Again here, the waitstaff was very accommodating and friendly. The bars were friendly and had a nice atmosphere including live music. The shows were very enjoyable and the talent of the performers was impressive. Generally we have not particularly had an interest in attending shows on large cruise ships, but there was something particularly enjoyable about the shows on this boat. Additionally the talks about the river and its history were fascinating.

Something we had not thought about was the fact there is nothing to see as you navigate the river. It makes sense as much of it is a flood plain, but it just hadn't occurred to us. The ports were purely small town America. Nothing momentous, but interesting to see how every place has something about their town in which they have pride. Made you feel good about the country.

My only complaint is not a solvable one and that is the bugs. There were plenty of mosquitos and no-see-ums, so you needed to either douse yourself with repellant or be bitten. All in all it was a great trip and I would definitely go again particularly to another section of the grand old Mississippi River.
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