Imagine Mark Twain gathering his thoughts in his venture of writing one of his many literary masterpieces. He seeks the quiet serenity of the Mississippi River on the tranquil ride of the classic nostalgic steamboat. Depending on his preferential seating, you could imagine him situated not too far from the bar. Yes folks, that is exactly what I experienced. Before boarding, staff will take initial photos of your party for which to purchase later. Upon boarding this carefully constructed replica vessel, you are greeted by a live jazz band playing. Their version of jazz was no where near Duke Ellington or Chet Baker. It was a little too primitive and uninspiring. The decor emulated the era of the 1920s-40s. Carpeted flooring, moldings all along the main promenade and ceiling. Thereafter, you are greeted by buffet brunch (if purchased) servers. The brunch could use improvements. The bread pudding had potential but was over baked. The salad was very good with their balsamic dressing. The dressing should be bottled and sold. Included red beans and rice, smoked sausage, fish, iced tea and lemonade. After your brunch, you can just relax and listen to the historical narrations of prominent events, the importance of certain structures, levees, and transportation of essential products. Or you check out their gift shop of assorted shirts, books, and other miscellaneous souvenirs. Overall, if you want some peace and quiet away from the crowds, the 2 hour steamship cruise is a good option. Brunch is an option not a necessity. The cruise was smooth sailing and is a great platform to incorporate it's history into an educational curriculum for educators.