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Anita Kepley

Age: 59

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: American Cruise Lines

Ship: Queen Of The Mississippi

Sailing Date: 2015-04-24

Itinerary: Civil War Theme

Overall, my husband and I enjoyed our cruise thoroughly. The excursions were enlightening and pleasant. The stewards on board were extraordinary in courtesy and responsiveness. The meals were prepared beautifully (although we are picky eaters and did not sample a few of the entrees). We enjoyed the trip so much that we have reserved another cruise for next year. While costly, the services, excursions, accommodations and meals made this a perfect vacation for us.

If I may suggest better attention to the accommodations. We noticed signs of deterioration (laundry units, dining room chairs, stateroom slider track bent making it difficult to open/close). These ships are beautifully appointed and should be cared for to ensure ultimate traveling.

Food was prepared well and presented beautifully. My husband and I are rather plain eaters so we did not sample some of the special entrees but what we did eat was delicious. As long as the menu has one selection that is a common faire, then those of us with picky tastebuds will get along just fine.

A special note: My friend who was traveling with us is gluten intolerant and we were quite pleased to see that the chef was able to accommodate her "special" needs. Well Done!

The stateroom was surprisingly comfortable for the two of us. The bathroom was easy and functional. We have reserved a suit for our next trip but must say the standard stateroom is more than adequate and we will likely reserve a standard stateroom following our 2016 trip.

The evening entertainment was delightful! The guest speakers were very nice but I found the subject matter dry (just not my cup of tea). The afternoon tea and games were most enjoyable.

The only excursion that we felt needed more time was the bus ride through the Vicksburg battlefield. Not sure if possible, but if passengers could be left there to tour on their own and be picked up later in the afternoon rather than returning to the ship for lunch. After the excursion, we learned of a diorama at the museum right at the boat dock. This diorama was very enlightening and would be a good thing for the passengers to see before the driving tour of the battlefield. The visual aid would make all the difference in the world.

The tours of the plantations, the Memphis City tour were all very good and the guides were very enjoyable.

Our trip started in New Orleans and ended in Memphis. I came aboard only having a vague idea of the history of the land that we visited. The information shared on the excursions gave me a much better understanding of what the people experienced before/during/after the time of the Civil War.

I anticipated a relaxing environment on the ship, I just did not realize how very much I would thrive in the company of the passengers and the staff.

We did develop colds prior to the end of the cruise and noticed others feeling similarly. I believe the staff did everything possible (hand sanitizer) to minimize on-board illnesses but wonder if more can be done to ensure wellness.

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