Saturday, January 12, 2013

We're Back!! From the American Queen

Betty and I (Bill) just got back from a great experience!  If you've never thought about taking a cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen you should.

The 7-day cruise we took left Memphis, TN and headed downstream at a pace of but 8 to 10 miles an hour.  We were amazed at how smooth the river boat traveled.  There was very little sense of movement and absolutely no rocking to and fro.

From the moment we boarded the American Queen the world outside faded away -  it felt like we stepped back in time to a much slower, more gracious pace of life.  There was time to strike up and maintain conversations with folks from around the world.  We met one couple that own and operate a bed and breakfast, The Beeches, in England as well as folks from Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Canada, as well as folks from all across the United States.

With a passenger capacity of something close to 426, the boat was not crowded - you could take leisurely strolls around the deck (a bit cold this time of year) or get a good workout exploring the 5 guest decks of this great boat.

The boat docked at several ports during its trip down the Mississippi.  At locations like Vicksburg, St. Francisville, Natchez, and others, the boat's guests could go ashore to shop, stroll and/or explore the  towns whose histories are rooted in the River.  

The food  (5star) and service was, perhaps, equal to or even a bit better than what you get here at Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast.  Wine was served each evening along with a four-course gourmet meal created by one of America's foremost culinary chefs, Regina Charboneau.

Each cruise has a theme.  For our trip the theme was " Big Band" with the great live sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra bringing in the New Year.  Betty and I danced and danced and danced ..... well you get the idea. Nightly music options included jazz, easy listening, rock n roll, country as well. The musical productions on board were delightfully entertaining, showcasing up and coming young performers.

We truly loved the American Queen experience and recommend it to all!  Google the American Queen and check it out for yourselves.  As for us -- well we have already booked our second cruise!

Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"

* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

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