At one time we had "staterooms" for each member of the crew, and as we have never accommodated overnight passengers and no longer live aboard the boat, we presently have no staterooms, but if the role of the vessel changed, many beautiful staterooms could be added.
We have a hundred, or more, windows on our "gambling boat". I'm surprised that you are not familiar with the former QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS, perhaps the finest casino boat ever built that was designed for, and by, New Orleans river people. Next time you are in the Rising Sun / Rabbit Hash area, look me up and I will show you our palatial riverboat.
Captain Way may not have had to conform to the rules of a state gaming commission, but his disclosure that he did, indeed, have slot machines aboard the BETSY ANN was his way of telling me he was not adverse to the concept of slots aboard his, or any other, riverboat. Perhaps it was from a strictly financial angle that he saw this issue, as we did not discuss it further.
What we do aboard our paddlewheeler is all casino, but there is still plenty of room for the support features. With at least one bar area per deck, much of the other support areas are scattered about on various levels of the boat. Marie Laveau's "medicine chest" is on Level 2, by the way.
I cannot say what the DQSCo ownership will be doing as per the casino arrangements aboard their boats, but I'd bet that they are looking at making their investment profitable-enough to keep the boats running so that those who chose to frequent areas other that the casino can have an operating steamboat to do so on.
In many ways I totally agree with your last sentence, and If there are better ways of making the boats profitable, and keeping them running, someone should listen to your ideas as you have a keen eye for the passenger boat biz.