Sounds idyllic. A seven day cruise up the Mississippi on a brand-new paddle wheeler. It isn't...save your money and do something (anything) else. The few good things I can say are that the crew and most passengers (average age 75!) were very nice. The common areas are well appointed. The rooms are nice.But... This is expensive! A standard cabin is about $1,000 a day. We had one of the few owner's suites...$2,000 a day! Tiny bathroom, tiny shower, tiny closet. It was directly above the main venue for nightly entertainment and there is no sound insulation. The noise from below the suite was unrelenting until they finally quit...thankfully early at about 10. Only redeeming value was that it had a lot of floor space and a forward-looking view. Other than that, it is the same as all the other cabins. The restaurant is open seating, most are 6 to a table. At dinner time it is so noisy that you must SCREAM to be heard by the person across the table. Food is mediocre...3 choices of appetizer and entre at dinner. Mediocre wines and mediocre service. Mediocre speakers for their programs.. From N.O. to Baton Rouge all you see is refineries and chemical plants and barges. After that, up to Memphis, all you see is barges and shrubs along the river edge. You see NO towns, villages, houses, etc. There is nothing to see...no "there" there. Boring! On our last night, the ship allowed some passengers to bring guests aboard for dinner. When we got to the dining room at 6:35, there was no place for the 4 in our party to sit! They scrambled around and set up a table in the lounge above and we ate alone, instead of with any of the new friends we had met on the trip. It took an hour before we got fed. What a lousy ending to a cruise that had been less-than-expected to begin with! Save your money. Don't do this.

This is a waste of money. Don't do it!

America Cruise Review by HappyFeet13

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Sounds idyllic. A seven day cruise up the Mississippi on a brand-new paddle wheeler. It isn't...save your money and do something (anything) else.

The few good things I can say are that the crew and most passengers (average age 75!) were very nice. The common areas are well appointed. The rooms are nice.But...

This is expensive! A standard cabin is about $1,000 a day. We had one of the few owner's suites...$2,000 a day! Tiny bathroom, tiny shower, tiny closet. It was directly above the main venue for nightly entertainment and there is no sound insulation. The noise from below the suite was unrelenting until they finally quit...thankfully early at about 10. Only redeeming value was that it had a lot of floor space and a forward-looking view. Other than that, it is the same as all the other cabins. The restaurant is open seating, most are 6 to a table. At dinner time it is so noisy that you must SCREAM to be heard by the person across the table. Food is mediocre...3 choices of appetizer and entre at dinner. Mediocre wines and mediocre service. Mediocre speakers for their programs..

From N.O. to Baton Rouge all you see is refineries and chemical plants and barges. After that, up to Memphis, all you see is barges and shrubs along the river edge. You see NO towns, villages, houses, etc. There is nothing to see...no "there" there. Boring!

On our last night, the ship allowed some passengers to bring guests aboard for dinner. When we got to the dining room at 6:35, there was no place for the 4 in our party to sit! They scrambled around and set up a table in the lounge above and we ate alone, instead of with any of the new friends we had met on the trip. It took an hour before we got fed. What a lousy ending to a cruise that had been less-than-expected to begin with! Save your money. Don't do this.
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Cabin 301
Large, with forward-facing view and side balcony. TINY closet, shower, and bathroom. Virtually the same as other cabins except for more floor space. 301 (and 302) is directly above entertainment lounge. Very noisy at night. If you MUST take this trip, and are willing to spend $2,000 a day (double the other cabin prices) go up to 4th floor Owners Suite.

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