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BRADFORD MC EWEN

Age: 48

Occupation:TOUR MANAGER

Number of Cruises: 53

Cruise Line: Delta Queen

Ship: Mississippi Queen

Sailing Date: 2005-12-24

Itinerary: NEW ORLEANS TO NEW ORLEANS

I write this in response to several other comments I found regarding this company and this way of cruising. First off the style of this ship is nothing like a normal cruise cruise ship....this is a STEAMBOAT and a step back in time....from the drink and food, and the fact that the scenery changes every minute of the cruise day or night....there is nothing like this on the seas, only river cruises give you an intimate contact with the shoreline, and this shoreline is in the heart of America.
With that said keep in mind that the cabins and bathrooms and the tiny terraces are a far cry from my last cruise with over 2500 people on board and a cabin with a veranda and 4 pools to choose from....Although not aster exactly, this ship will disappoint if you need all the normal shipboard comforts found on the seas today....You take these ships to slow down and smell the flowers and eat real American food.....I have over 15 cruises on the Mississippi Queen starting in 1990....I can assure you hardly anything has changed since the start, First class service from a staff who is more intimate with this BOAT than any staff on any SHIP on the seas...unreal food of a type you have never seen or heard of before.....from the known classics please make sure you order the local fare always, encourage the staff to be authentic versus giving you want you want....What do the guests know of Deep south versus Southern cooking ? These cruises are an EDUCATION in Americana, and should be a must for Americans and especially the foreign visitor who thinks America has no culture....It wont all be good but these cruises will change your lives in a positive way, and a real travel experience should do just that, give you something to remember about each day rather than a jumble of trinket shops linked together by a series of ugly ports loaded with other cruise ships......how many barges loaded with wheat from the American Heartland did you pass on your last cruise ?

Superb presentation and selection

Average and small, perhaps the most basic and small I have ever had.....this is a steel boat and is a bit more basic than the DELTA QUEEN

Again unique to the area.....the great thing is that the real entertainment takes place on the rocking chairs watching the shoreline and the the smokestacks being lowered when a low bridge has to be navigated

Do them all, this is why you are here....again this is a part of the USA you need to see...NATCHEZ and VICKSBURG are the HISTORY CHANEL

I take the land based portion with a company called TAUCK WORLD DISCOVERY....we went from New Orleans to Biloxi for two days with a trip to Alabama and the visit of Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore before a lunch in Mobile.
then we go to Natchez for a couple of days before boarding the ship, this way you have a land and cruise combo...also on offer is a trip on the boat first and after the land portion goes through the Cajun country of Louisiana

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