A Review of the “American Queen”
Just in time for a true 1890’s Victorian revival, step aboard with me onto the grand paddlewheeler “The American Queen”. She’s been renovated, and modernized, but the heart and soul of this glorious steam riverboat paddlewheeler is just as fine as she ever was, and being the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America, is sure to be a hit with river cruisers alike. Take a moment to enjoy a short video of The American Queen, as she provides a Calliope serenade (click here to view)
Beginning in April of 2012, this floating antebellum mansion (“The Grand Saloon” is pictured below left) will once again take to the waters of the Mississippi, and Ohio rivers. Offering sailings from 3 to 10 days, and prices starting an amazingly low $995 per person. Prices include a treasure trove of extras such as: Shore Excursions to quaint river towns and fascinating cities, Transfers, Complimentary Bottled Water and Soft Drinks, Complimentary Beer and Wine with Dinner, Captains Champagne Welcome Reception and Dinner, Hot and Cold canapés at cocktail hour each evening, and A mouth-watering array of dining options including regional cuisine by famed American Chef Regina Charboneau, all brought to you by a professionally trained, All-American Staff. There will be daily lectures, nightly show-boat style entertainment, bingo, nightly dancing to swing, big band, and Dixieland Jazz, Enchanting Calliope concerts (with a chance for guests to play), in short, a truly marvelous experience of a lifetime awaits your arrival on board The American Queen, which also incidentally offers you one night Pre or Post Hotel Accommodations’ that is included in the price as well! What a deal! So trying to compare this cruise by price just can’t be done, this is a vacation you can only gauge by your experience gained.
Speaking of Accommodations, The American Queen features 200 guest rooms with all the opulence from the American Victorian Era. (See photo of a Vista Suite at Right) Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers, and antiques abound in her common areas. Guestrooms feature all the luxurious appointments you could require, like plush bedding and fine linens, with nightly turn-down service, along with in-room starbucks coffee. Room sizes, décor, and layout vary with category, of which there are 5 different categories to choose from including: Interior (with 8 rooms) especially designed and reserved for single travelers, Outside (floor to ceiling bay windows), Outside Deluxe (some with French doors opening onto the deck), Superior Outside (all with French doors onto the deck), and Suites (some with private verandas). So the American Queen allows you can see the river at your own level of comfort.
Steamboating is a unique blend of American beauty and history, encased in a lively showboat-style entertainment and the sublime experience of being able to explore Mark Twain’s riverside Americana. You will discover a side of our great country that few get to see, and from a most indescribable perspective of the River itself! The American Queen will take you on a journey that you will never forget! (the “Grand Staircase” is Pictured at Left)
The American Queens’ 2012 sailings include many theme voyages such as : Civil War, Big Band Era, Music of the 50’s, Music of the 60’s, Southern Culture Experience, Kentucky Derby, Fourth of July, Fall Foliage, and Old Fashioned Holidays. So there is certainly something to suit everyone’s taste!
Reservations open up for this marvelous series of 2012 Inaugural Season Adventures beginning October 1st, 2011. You too, can be the first to reserve your very own space (with easy low minimum deposits). You can make your reservation(s) by contacting “CruisewithMike” by phone (623) 340-0675. You can also request more information by emailing Mike at: CruisewithMike@cruiseholidays.com , and you can contact and follow Mike via twitter @cruisewithmike . Just don’t too wait long, as this is certain to sell out for sure!!
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