This cruise was booked in 2019 for sailing in 2020, but eventually we did it in April 2022. New Orleans to Memphis.
Check in at the Hilton Riverside the day before, plus Covid test, was straightforward. We did not stay at the Hilton, but on departure day made our way to the Hilton by cab. We had booked the pre-cruise excursion, which was excellent. Amusing and informative guide for a 4 hour trip round the sights of New Orleans, then taken to the dockside for embarkation.
Our cabin was ready on deck 5 - a junior suite - and bags already there. The cabin was compact - twin beds, reasonable amount of storage space and bathroom had a tub. It opens directly onto the public verandah, which could be an issue with privacy and foot traffic along the deck, but we did not find that to be the case.
Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages