The Perfect GetawaySunday, July 29, 2012 By Aunastasia Schlesner
Looking for a summer vacation that will entertain the whole family? The American Queen is the most unique way to enjoy a Mississippi river cruise due to the way the captains guide passengers through history, and explain the heritage and culture of America’s heartland. This genuine steamboat strolls through charming towns and vibrant cities, exploring historic ports such as, New Orleans, Chattanooga and Pittsburgh, just to name a few. Throughout the short trip, you learn about many events and people that have contributed to America’s history and culture. Kids and adults are always fascinated by the boat’s tall fluted stacks and gigantic candy-apple red paddlewheel that continuously churns through the water. The crew does a great job of mixing things up with themed voyages such as the Epic civil war, polka cruise, walk in Elvis’ steps and many more. “Its great entertainment for all ages” said Annie Hale, second time passenger. These cruises are an hour and a half-long. Each trip includes Captain’s Commentary. Gift shop and concessions are available. Along with fine dining, award winning entertainment and spa treatments for the ladies. Sightseeing cruises regularly run on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through September. No reservations required! Options include touring the Upper Mississippi, or Lower Mississippi. Shore excursions are included on every American Queen voyage. Narrated tour guides and dedicated steam coaches make the whole experience relaxing and hassle-free. You will enjoy access to some of the most beautiful and culturally significant attractions in America’s Heartland. “Our goal is to have everyone leave with a smile” said Michael Peterson, steam coach director. “My family and I felt very welcomed from beginning when we stepped on the boat to thanking the captain, and the views were amazing. I recommend taking a cruise on the American Queen to anyone!” Annie Hale adds. So if you’re searching for a trip that will keep the whole family intrigued, plan your trip aboard the elegant Steamer, American Queen.