You would think that a dinner cruise on the Mississippi for New Year's Eve would be wonderful. In this case, you'd be wrong.
The price per person promised an open bar--which patrons have no access to. While you are waiting onshore to board, there is a cash bar--so, as far as drinks go, you are paying and paying and paying. We were served ONCE with ONE refill on board.
The champagne was rank: probably the cheapest swill available. Food was tasteless, though plentiful. For shame for such incredible waste! AND the entres were tepid to cold.
We were never offered dessert. Never got coffee or tea. No refills on water.
The seating was designed to maximize bodies onboard. Aisles between tables were less than 18 inches. I am sure there were safety and code violations--but who would enforce them?!
Promos promised live jazz band. We got poor quality rock and roll tapes. Then, toward the end of the cruise--the sound system blasted into tonal screaming and apparently there WAS a live band--that was such poor quality that I am amazed that anyone actually hired them (maybe no one did--and their playing onboard was a freebie favor?!) Anyway--they played approx. 20 minutes and then it was back to the taped music.
Their ads promised a great view of the shoreline and city fireworks--they positioned the boat to present the bow--and so here were people lined up 7 deep on the nose of the boat jockeying and jostling to try and get a decent view for photos. Totally sucked.
The commemorative photo was just another ploy to take more of your money: cheezy steering wheel prop. Couldn't tell the background is the paddlewheeler. Better off photoshopping a picture yourself.
Boat left the dock late but returned early. As a business model to separate tourists from their money--this one works. Good thing the tourist pool is deep. I doubt anyone will ever return to do this boat trip again. And I KNOW the locals stay away.
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