Friday, May 13, 2022

Mississippi River Cruise on the American Queen - 1


We took a Mississippi River Cruise recently with stops at New Orleans, Nottoway, Pointe Coupee, Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville, and ending in Memphis.

Our ship, the American Queen, was a steam paddle boat patterned after the 19th century paddle ships. It had a Victorian feel throughout the ship. I especially loved the library and the sitting room for the men and women, with old books and decor. The ship moved at around 7 miles per hour, perhaps the same speed Mark Twain's ship did. I read his Life on the Mississippi River during the cruise.

Entertainment was good, although it seemed geared to a much older crowd. However, the blues, jazz, and string performances were terrific.

Here's the first set of photos showing the paddle boat, men's smoking room ( with the ignored sign of Men Only), Lincoln Theater, and the Engine room. (The boat was powered by diesel fuel, no longer coal as in Twain's days.)

And there's a shot of our pleasant dinner companions, and another of the Mississippi. 
Stay tuned!


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