How else to travel on the Mississippi other than a classic paddle steamer? 19th century nostalgia means this old-fashioned design has been resurrected for a brand new boat, the Queen of the Mississippi, allowing passengers to discover their inner Huckleberry Finn as they traverse one of the world’s greatest waterways. As a historical trip this is perfect, and guests have ample opportunity to recall the golden era of Mississippi steamers through the Mark Twain library, and a calliope, a classic period instrument, creates melodies from the top deck.
Lovers of the mechanics of paddle steamers will enjoy the paddlewheel lounge, positioned at the stern and overlooking the giant wheel that propels the boat along. Around the entire ship, deck space is used intelligently to allow a pleasurable journey: rooms open out through sliding glass doors to private balconies, and the exercise area is located outdoors on the highest deck, offering superb views during the workout.
Food & Drink
The dining room is the venue for all meals, although guests can leave a notice on their doorknob the night before and have breakfast delivered to their room. The menu is a delectable compendium of cosy ‘apple pie’ American dishes, like buttermilk pancakes, shrimp bisque and so on. Being American food, portions are generous.
There is an hour of entertainment arranged each evening, which involves typically middle American music, including variously amongst others, a tribute act, a country band and a jazz troupe.
Daily lectures on the river’s geography, history and quirks take place during daylight hours.
At each port there are one or two activities offered, generally involving local attractions such as museums or hiking in national parks.