What to know - no glitz, no crowds, no pools. Instead - beautiful scenery, friendly helpful staff, daily enrichment, low key enjoyable entertainment, menus that reflect locations, and interesting ports.
What to do - Included with your cruise, at no additional cost, at each port, is - bus, guide(s), admission to various sites. (‘Premium’ tours are available for additional purchase).
We’ve enjoyed loads of big ship cruises, and weren’t sure we’d enjoy the small boat, older crowd experience. It was wonderful: met interesting people, enjoyed port lectures, visited historically significant places, learned so much.
There were no children on board.
We went ‘up’ the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis. This direction offered shorter times in port than reverse itinerary. Mississippi floods sometimes prevent docking, we missed one port.
The company ran a promotion in Jan, and Feb. which made the cost quite reasonable: one night hotel stay in New Orleans (helpful staff at check-in, breakfast, transportation from hotel to pier) gratuities and more included. Good communication - mail and email, from company beforehand.
Our wish, when the world is rid of Covid-19, is to try another American Queen Steamboat Company itinerary.
Ample cabin, larger than inside cabins on large cruise ships. New, clean. Did not miss having a window or balcony because ship has a number of exterior sitting areas that are close to cabins.