I am taking a cruise on the American Queen Steamboat in the Fall. I have never been on this type of boat before and was wondering if anyone has? We are hoping to see the Fall colors.
Has Anyone Sailed With the American Queen Steamboat Company?
I have heard of them and have a brochure at home from them. Let us know how it goes.
We have some friends in the U.S. and we have spoken of taking a short trip with this line.
They have received good reviews but they are a bit expensive compared with the larger cruise line companies. However, the ships offer free wine & beer with dinner. There is complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water & soft drinks on the ship. You receive an included deluxe hotel stay before your cruise including breakfast, taxes & transfer of you & your bags to their ship. Best of all, a shore excursion in every port is included. Maybe they aren't so expensive considering.
In the spring of 2001 we took the train from Seattle to Memphis, got on the Mississippi Queen and worked our way down River to New Orleans. Absolutely loved it. Being an Alaskan I was never on the Mississippi before, I kept seeing Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn fishing on the banks. Haw. That was with the Delta Queen Steamship Company, who are no longer in existence. The Mississippi Queen was scrapped in 2008, I believe. My hunch is that the new company you are with offers a similar product except their riverboats are more modern.
I believe we were on the river at least five days maybe six, a friend picked us up in New Orleans and we toured the south for another four days with her. During the night they would run very slow and then turn around and go back up river, my guess was, to the location where it had gotten dark the night before. So we didn't miss any of the river. They had excellent shore excursions too. The entire ship board experience was very similar to being on board a smaller regular cruise ship.
Unfortunately, that fall was September 11. The downturn in travel hit that company particularly hard since they had just bought out the three ship cruise line in Hawaii and began construction on two full size regular cruise ships for the New England/east coast market. They went bankrupt. Tried to recover under new ownership but I understand it didn't work out.
I'm sure you won't regret booking passage. Enjoy.
We are traveling with a big group so we should have fun no matter what the weather.