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Old 08-29-2009, 09:24 AM
Judy Patsch Judy Patsch is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rock Island, Illinois mile 480 UMR
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1) The main deck buffet line. During the 3 day trip, a buffet line was set up on both the Main and Boiler Decks. We were served on the Boiler Deck, but there is no assigned seating. So of course I took my meals out on deck. I really appreciated this aspect of the operation, as I can't stand to be inside when the weather is nice. The dark rectangles on the air conditioning are lighted scenes of Illinois River history. They are plastic but look to be stained glass.
2) The Boiler or Second deck looking astern. That is Tom, the volunteer bartender. His wife Bev is the entertainer extraordinaire, playing the piano and calliope. Other entertainment included: Barry, a guitar/banjo player with a lot of John Hartford repertoire; Brian, a storyteller and riverlorian. There was no lack of entertainment during any of the trip, and all three of these people have been with the company for years. As a narrator on the NATCHEZ, my only request would have been commentary on the river landmarks we were passing. Too often a performance was going on which was not interrupted to point something out. But I had printed out a listing of landmarks for our group, so they had a pretty good idea of what we were passing anyway.
3) The Boiler Deck looking forward. One of the best things regarding passenger service in my book on this trip was the FREE soda pop throughout. I am not a lemonade, iced tea or coffee drinker, which are the usual free staples.
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