Warning: This may be long and a bit rambling, but there are many good things to say about this cruise.
DH and I are in our 70's. This was our fourteenth cruise overall, but our first river cruise. Way back in February 2020, we booked a cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on the American Queen. After 4 cancellations, 3 due to COVID and 1 due to Hurricane Ida, we said forget it. AQV gave us most of our money back so we decided to try something a little different. We live in northeast Ohio, about a 5-hour drive from Cincinnati so we thought we'd try sailing from Cincy.
We drove to Cincinnati Monday afternoon. There was a big accident ahead of us on I-71 which caused an almost 2-hour delay. Since there was no way we would make it to the hotel in time, I called AQV directly to tell them we would miss COVID testing and check-in at the Hospitality Desk. The person I spoke with was very pleasant and reassuring and said we could take care of all that in the morning. I mention this in case people worry about getting in late. AQV has it all under control.
Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages
We did the post-cruise Memphis experience. If you have the time, I would highly recommend it. The first morning, we were bussed to Graceland and spent time touring the home of The King, Elvis Presley. The second morning, we took a walking tour of Memphis, mostly Beal Street. This was a lot of short walks between sites, then stop and listen to what that spot was famous for. We stayed at the Peabody Hotel, which is an experience in itself. Included meals were breakfast at the hotel and lunch at the Blues City Cafe for barbeque. We had free passes to the Rock and Soul Museum, Sun Records, and the National Civil Rights Museum. We had plenty of free time to explore.