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    Delta Queen Port Times

    I will be cruising on the Delta Queen for the first time the 27th of April.

    I have a few questions I can't seem to find the answers to on the net or in the brosure.

    1. The time the boat will be departing from Memphis? 2. Where is the dock in Memphis? 3. How long does the DQ normally stay at a port? 4. In Cincinnati what time will be departing the boat?

    Thanking you for any info you can give us.

    Sandy

    #2
    Hi Jo Ann,
    Thanks for the private reply..For the life of me I couldn't figure out, how to reply privatly to you. We will be in cabin/room D323..This is my first River cruise although I have been on over 100 sea cruises.
    You wrote we would be leaving Memphis at 3pm...I would assume we will board the boat around noon?
    We are flying from LAX the day prior...and then at the end of the cruise we will be taking a week to drive back to Memphis before coming home to Palm Springs.
    I am hoping their will be enough to do onboard the boat...It will be different not spending hours by a pool or in the casino. I'm a very early riser which makes for a long day.
    I'm looking forward to meeting all 174 passengers onboard...I love to partisapate in everything...so I'm sure we will meat.
    Thanks again...and all info you can give us will be greatly appreciated.

    Sandy

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      #3
      Sandy, I've never been on a ocean cruise, but from what I see on TV our river cruises are TOTALLY different. It is very laid back, take it easy, sit out on deck and watch the scenery go by. EVERYONE is friendly and being that it is an all American crew, after a few trips you even become friends with the crew. Especially, this "homecoming" cruise beginning on April 27th is like "old home week". They do have planned activities during the day besides the shore tours you can take and then in the past the evening shows have been very good. As I mentioned, with the new company taking over, there are many changes, so some of it will be new to me too. But hopefully they won't get too far away from what we have come to know and love about the boats. Our QUEEN'S are a national treasure whether MAL recognizes it or not. And the DELTA QUEEN is on the National Register of Historic Places. So I find it hard for MAL to call the AMERICAN QUEEN their flagship, when they have a real honest to goodness National Treasure in one of their other boats (not ship), the DELTA QUEEN! So see you on board in just 50 DAYS!!!!!

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        #4
        Jo Ann,
        We have so many questions...I know this boat cruise will be so different from a ocean cruise and rules and regulations will be different.
        On a ocean cruise I usually pack a 6pack of Bud for my hunny in my suitcase to be consumed in the cabin or when the bars aren't open.
        Is this allowed?
        I would also presume cell phones work on the boat 50 percent of the time.
        or do they?
        Also do you know if wireless internet is on the boat?

        Sandy

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          #5
          Just curious Sandy... the DQ is going to be a totally different experience than what you are obviously used to on the high seas. How did you find out about her and get interested in taking a steamboat cruise?

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            #6
            Sandy, I'm not a techie, so I couldn't answer your questions about cell phones and wireless internet. Remember, you're taking a steamboat ride. Most of the folks that love to ride on these boats do so because they love the history and "slower" pace on board. The Texas bar is open from about 10:00 a.m. until whenever the last passenger leaves the bar. With the new regs I don't know about bringing your own bottle. One of the fun things we used to do on the April 27th trip was the Mint Julep party out on the Texas Deck the day before the Race with the BELLE of LOUISVILLE. The band played and free mint juleps for everyone in commerative glasses. Some folks even bring special costumes for the party. We even had Civil War Reenactors on board last year with the gals in their hoop skirts. Wish I could still get in mine! Sure hope that is one tradition they continue. Hope that helps.

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              #7
              Hi Judy...I didn't pick this cruise and honestly never thought I'd be able to afford to go on this boat...But my friend :) is treating me to this experience. I was a travel agent for 15 years, and speacialised in Cruises but honestly only sold a handfull of steamboat cruises. I have been out of the travel biz the last 8 years...I love cruises but honestly have gotten tired of the Mega ships.
              Sandy

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                #8
                Sandy,

                Up to now there was noone asking if you´re bringing anything aboard. I doubt that they will start X-raying your bags. But you won´t have a fridge in your cabin, just a bucket full of ice to cool your beer. Anyway prices used to be reasonable at the Texas bar.

                As for cell phones: They are working as long as you´re close to a town. Watch the crew carefully they usually know where to get a signal. You can see them "gathered" at a spot all trying to call their families and friends. The boat itself has no satellite conncetion. The advantage of this: You´re only paying the regular cell phone fees and no roaming fee for a ships satellite :-).

                There are no computers aboard for passenger use. And there wasn´t any WiFi connection for the passengers. I´m not sure if they have added WiFi to the American Queen but I´m quite sure they didn´t to the Delta Queen.

                Maybe John Mullen can answer this question after he´s returning from his cruise.

                Obviously Jo Ann has provided you the port times already. So I don´t have to look them up in my list :-).

                Carmen

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                  #9
                  Echo Jo Ann and Carmen- its is low tech not high tech. There are places along the river without a cell phone signal at all. Connecting to WIFI can also be a nightmare- no networks around.

                  As for BYOB- if you are travelling by air, you may not be able to get any liquid stuff even in checked luggage. The airlines have been asked over and over to inform passengers to not bring liquids. Plus as a former bartender, there is liability issues that boats face when a passenger is consuming from their own stock. The prices were always reasonable although under new management with profits on emphasis, that may not be true.

                  But my sister's advice about vacations is right- just bring lots of money and treat yourself. She travels very light as far as baggage- mails herself stuff to home if necessary- uses whatever she can buy locally always. At first I thought my sister was crazy. Now, I think she has the right idea.

                  The experience won't be like ocean cruising but for those of us who have become addicts- well. . . it would be hard to convince me to go back to ocean cruising. The whole experience of steamboating is everything Bruno Krause wrote about and then some.

                  Enjoy!

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                    #10
                    Thanks everyone....We are getting so excited for this boat ride...For all of you that will be travling with us. Where are you from? I live in Palm Springs and my partner lives in Hemet.

                    I may have more questions?

                    Sandy

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                      #11
                      Sandy, We're from all over.......New York to Florida and Virginia to California, and everywhere in between. Lucky me, I grew up on the Ohio River just down river from Louisville, Kentucky. Believe it or not, we have fans from Europe too.

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                        #12
                        Jo Ann...I would except most passengers from the east coast or midwest...My friend went to school on the east coast and most of his life raised in upstate NY....I am a California native.

                        Sandy

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