We wanted to stay in the US this year for vacation and since we had not visited the states where the ship docked, we felt this would be a good fit. We are also interested in the Civil War and we thought that would make the cruise more interesting for us. The cruise was expensive, but we hoped it would be "top shelf" making it worth the money spent.
There were no transfers offered from the airport to the hotel, but it was easy enough to ride Uber. We were disappointed, however, that the hotel chosen by the cruise line was in the suburban part of the city rather than the downtown where we could have walked around, visited museums, etc. Breakfast at the hotel was not included, but transportation to the boat the following day was.
We were quite surprised when we boarded the ship and saw how worn out it looked. The décor was disappointing and the furniture dirty (especially dining room chairs), not comfortable), and basically needing to be replaced. The carpets looked like they needed a good cleaning. We were shocked to learn the ship is only 2 years old. It has not been well maintained.
The cabin was all around disappointing. The décor was unattractive and cheap. There was no safe in the room, no mini refrigerator, and "no name" amenities for shampoo and soap. The television was small and not even digital. The balcony was quite small and the table and chairs barely fit.
Loved the plantation and the mint julep (or lemon julep that I had which was half lemonade/half mint julep) was a nice touch of southern hospitality.
Good museum tour and I loved hearing about Huey Long.
I especially enjoyed taking our own tour of the photographic exhibit at the Presbyterian Church.