“Oh, it’s wonderful. We love river
travel. We’ve traveled the Delta Queen, the Mississippi Queen, the American
Queen. Our favorite was the Delta Queen because it was smaller, and it just
seemed more intimate, more genuine.”
That’s a sentiment shared by many
riverboat lovers. The Delta Queen was the oldest of the “Queens” but she is now
permanently moored in Chattanooga because its structure no longer meets federal
river navigation standards.
WMOA News also spoke with American
Queen Second Mate Braxton Lumford.
“We started getting passengers off
about 7:30 (AM) and they have buses that follow us around from port to port,
and the buses take the folks around town with plenty of stops, so they can
check your town out.”
And Lumford explains that passengers receive an itinerary before they disembark.
“In the mornings, there’s the ‘River
Times’ that the boat publishes. It’s distributed to all the passengers. It
includes the history of the town and activities they can do while they’re in
port. So a lot of the guests pick that up and take real advantage of the town.”