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American queen riverboat out of N.O.

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American queen riverboat out of N.O.

Has anyone gone on any of the Cruises on The American Queen Riverboat? What's your opinion?

I think they offer 3, 5, & 7 night cruises starting from New Orleans. My husband & I are thinking of doing the 3 night one. We thought this might be a fun short get away without children.

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1. Re: American queen riverboat out of N.O.

I have been on many cruises on the American Queen. It is a wonderful way to experience American heritage and be pampered on this beautiful steamboat. Not all cruises are out of New Orleans. They depart from many other cities along the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers.

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Just an FYI, the average age on the riverboat cruises tends to be a bit older than, say, Caribbean cruises. Most of the passengers are retired, in fact, and the food, entertainment, etc is programmed with this age group in mind. I talked with a lady a few weeks who was in her 70s and she complained that it was a bit too Lawrence Welk for her tastes!

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Yikes! Thank you.

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American Queen entertainment for this season:

Paul Revere and the Raiders

Celebrate classic rock and roll with the 60's sensation that appeared regularly on Dick Clark's Where the Action Is as they perform hits like Indian Reservation which topped the charts in 1971 and Kicks, listed on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

The big band show, with a sound of its own, draws rave reviews performing original arrangements of classics that defined a generation. Swing, sway or just tap in time with nostalgic tunes like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo and many others.

Harry James Orchestra

Directed by Fred Radke, who played first trumpet for the master himself and is held in esteem by jazz greats, the incredible orchestra stirs memories of the good old days with hits including All or Nothing at All, Ain’t She Sweet, Up a Lazy River and more.

Rat Pack Show

Guests will close their eyes and swear it’s Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Amazing performers evoke the sounds and memories of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, backed by our onboard orchestra. Enjoy hits that include Fly Me to the Moon, That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody, New York, New York, When I Was Seventeen and others.

B.J. Thomas

The voice is unmistakable and the audience will return to the late 60s and early 70s as the legendary B.J. Thomas sings his chart-topping songs, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Hooked on a Feeling, I Just Can’t Help Believing, Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song and others.

The Lovin’ Spoonful

Playing the hits that put them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band will transport the Grand Saloon to the 60s with their great songs, including Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream, Summer in the City and Nashville Cats.

The Platters

The original doo-wop act brings back the sound of the 50s with the songs that became classics: Only You, The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and others.

Bill Haley’s Comets

The genesis of rockabilly and early rock, Bill Haley’s Comets will have guests moving to energetic hits like Rock Around the Clock and Shake, Rattle and Roll.

Annie Moses Band

This incredible classically trained family will have everyone in the holiday spirit performing seasonal music. Featured are violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, piano and stunning vocals.

The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars

These maestros of the Big Easy’s jazz scene will take the American Queen on a journey through the history of a purely American music genre.

Juggernaut Jug Band

Steamboaters will delight in the authentic form of river music known as “jug music.” Rooted in the port towns of the Deep South, jug music includes styles of swing, jazz and bluegrass, performed by Juggernaut’s amazing artists.

Storefront Congregation

Graze on their smooth blend of bluegrass, country and blues and it will be known why the band is called “bluegrass’s newest sensation.”

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While that's an impressive lineup, it really does add to the idea that the cruise isn't for anyone born after 1960. I think I'm being generous.

Edited: 13 April 2012, 01:39
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Chapookie, Yep, you're being generous. I was born before 1960 and I wouldn't go with that line-up.I think you need to push it back a bit. lol.

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Nothing wrong with the "Queen" boats but they definitely do attract older folks. European river cruises do, too.

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Definitely, Cajun! I just know several people my age (mid 30s-40s) and younger who aren't from around here and think these are some sort of party cruise. I'm glad I can point them to other advice here so they won't want to jump off the boat like one set of friends did when they didn't believe me and went anyway.

Surely it's a party cruise for a certain age bracket. I know my inlaws (late 60s) would love most of this musical lineup.

Bcla, I was trying not to offend - my parents were both born in 1952 and I know they wouldn't been keen on it either. :)

Edited: 13 April 2012, 03:39
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9. Re: American queen riverboat out of N.O.

That entertainment is WAY before our time. We were looking for something relaxing & laid back, & it does seem like it is,but the entertainment would keep us in our room. Thanks for all the information.

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I agree that some of the entertainment is geared toward older folks, but they also have a Broadway type show of Showboat music (appropriate, don't you think?) and Memphis Music from all eras, and New Orleans Jazz. The most fun entertainment is the boat itself....the River experience and the river towns. It is definitely not for all young people, especially the party hardiers, but many young people would like it. It is laid back for sure. Maybe the reason it is attractive to older people is because of the time (you would have to be off work for over a week for most cruises) and it is relatively expensive, too.