My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our week on the American Queen from St. Paul to St. Louis. Sitting on "The Front Porch of America", and watching the river views as we enjoyed a dinner of prime rib was very relaxing! There were ample places and seating on the decks to take advantage of the river scenery. It was so refreshing to see the people in the towns along the way come out to wave to us and watch the last true steam driven paddle wheeler make her way down the mighty Mississippi! As we went through more than 20 locks, parents brought their children down to the river to watch and wave to us. At every port where we docked, there were representatives from the town to greet us- some with bags of welcome materials. There was always a crowd to watch as we left port with the calliope playing.
On board we were treated like royalty with wonderful food and service. We thoroughly enjoyed the live stage shows each evening. The four young entertainers were top notch. Our only complaint was that there was ballroom dancing only three nights. We had looked forward to dancing each night as had previously been offered on the Mississippi Queen back in 2006. There was some dancing in the "Engine Room Bar" each evening but not true ballroom.
I would highly recommend any trip on the American Queen for those who want a relaxing trip and especially those who love the river.
All the staff went out of their way to accommodate us. One big plus for these trips is that you are on American soil with an all-American crew. For this reason, it is more expensive than an ocean cruise. We would look forward to being on this boat anytime , anywhere!
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