Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sadly "The Delta Queen" Will Retire In 2008...Vicksburg Will Miss Her

The Delta Queen steamboat was completed in 1927, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. The Delta Queen has an interesting history that includes carrying U.S. Navy troops to ships in San Francisco Bay during World War II. Now the Delta Queen cruises the Mississippi River through the Old South and America's Heartland, and along Wilderness rivers. The Delta Queen riverboat is an intimate ship with hardwood paneling, teak handrails, ornate trim and brass fittings. The Grand Staircase on the Delta Queen steamboat is crowned by a crystal chandelier and is photographed often. Gathering spots on the Delta Queen riverboat include the wood-paneled Texas Lounge; the Forward Cabin Lounge, a Victorian sitting room with Tiffany-style stained glass windows and crystal chandeliers; and the Betty Blake Lounge, a cozy retreat with artwork that depicts the history of the Delta Queen. On your Delta Queen cruise, you can watch the scenery roll by in a comfortable rocking chair on deck, pick up a souvenir in the Steamboatique Gift Shop or see the view from the Engine Room Viewing Area. All Delta Queen staterooms are outside cabins featuring period furnishings and special touches like patchwork quilts and wood-shuttered windows.

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