To the Cruise Reviewers…Here’s a Breaking News story….The American Steamboat Company’s American Queen is NOT A CARIBBEAN CRUISE FUN SHIP…..That’s the rewarding thing about this wonderful Steamboat…..So don’t disparage this ‘Gem of the Mississippi ‘where you can slow down and take a leisurely cruise on America’s Premiere and Historical River.
My wife and I booked the American Queen Steamboat cruise up the Mississippi for the first full week of September 2019 sailing from New Orleans up to Memphis. We’ve been fortunate to have cruised on ships of many sizes and many locations and have even cruised down the Danube River several years earlier but this time we were seeking a trip back through time and history on an authentic Steamboat that still travels the waters of the Mississippi here in the United States. The American Queen is a ship that fits the profile of a slower paced travel and the Mississippi presents a good travelogue of stories about ‘The Old Man River” and adventures in the deep south of the United States. This is not a trip for families with children but a trip for adults of many ages.
We selected a cabin in the category – Cabin Deck – Deck 2 which had a Bay window which allowed for a wonderful amount of natural light in our cabin. We were assigned Cabin 206 which happened to be in a great location, mid ship, near the elevators, the Pursers & Excursion Desk and the “period decorated” and very comfortable Mark Twain Gallery.
Our Cabin 206 was good sized when compared to those of the more traditional cruise ships. The real pleasant surprise was the size of the Bathroom which out did any of the ships that we had previously cruised on the Caribbean or up to Alaska. This Bathroom was full sized with a full size a tub with shower, similar to one to be found in a normal single room apartment. Reports by other cruise reviewers about poor cabin and furnishing conditions are over exaggerated based on observations from this former hospitality facility site inspector. Since we had selected a cabin with a bay window, there was a nice window cushion that you could sit upon to gaze out the window as the rural scenery and ship traffic on the Mississippi passed by.
Our Cabin Stewart, Ismael, was prompt, courteous and friendly and our cabin was well tended to during our stay.