This river cruise is quiet and enjoyable. Due to the vegetation and the dykes, there is very little to see unless you get off the boat each day.
Pro - The American Queen is a clean, well groomed boat. Our cabin was on the 5th deck and it was everything you could want on a 7 day cruise. The crew is well trained, attentive to the needs of the passengers and seemed to really enjoy their jobs. I would strongly recommend this cruse for individuals who enjoy a resort environment vacation and have little interest in leaving the boat.
Con - For those individuals who will be using the boat as a moving luxury hotel and enjoy taking shore excursions, you might want to reconsider taking this cruise. We signed up for 8 premium tours, cancelled one and had problems on 3 of the other 7.
Our cabin was on the 5th deck - it was clean, large and in the center of the boat - our cabin steward Daphne was great - couldn't ask for anything more
We arrived in Memphis 3 days before the cruise and stayed ath the Sheraton downtown. The first morning we visited the Pro Bass Shop (the large Pyramid building). This is a must for anyone who enjoys the out of doors. We then went to Beale St. and had lunch at BB Kings' (great atmosphere). In the aftenoonwe took the Mojo Music bus and Sun Studio tour (this tour is a must for first time visitors to Memphis) We finished the day by having dinner at Gus's Spicy Fried Chicken.
On day 2 we took a tour thru Expedia to Tupeol to visit the birth place of Elvis Presley -it was great to get out in the countryside and see rural Mississippi. That evening we had dinner at the Majestic Grill (recommended by locals - a good choice.)
On day 3 we made a mistake and took the cruise sponsered "The King's of Memphis Tour" We would have been much better off taking our own VIP tour and then returning to the Sheraton Downtown for the afternoon bus ride to the boat.