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  1. I just received the notification below from the American Queen Steamboat Company regarding our cruise on the American Duchess that begins in a few short days. The whole reason we booked this trip was because we wanted to cruise the Mississippi on a paddle-wheeler. This should be quite the spectacle without the wheel. It's slightly disappointing that we weren't notified sooner so we could have made an informed decision as to whether or not we wanted to continue on this trip. Now that we're on our way, it's too late to back out so we're going to make the best of it and come back with a crazy story instead of pictures of the paddlewheel. Cheers! Vessel: American Duchess™ Voyage Date: 1/6/2020 Dear Guests and Travel Agent Partners, On behalf of the entire American Duchess family, we are happy that you have chosen to spend your vacation with us to enjoy all of the adventures that river cruising with the American Queen Steamboat Company provides. We would like to make you aware that several weeks ago, the American Duchess experienced a mechanical issue with its paddlewheel that forced us to remove it from the boat. Rest assured, this will not have an impact on the itinerary or our ability to deliver each exciting port of call, as we have three fully operational engines that provide all of the power needed to safely complete this voyage. The American Duchess is truly a contemporary masterpiece and our crew is committed to providing you with the exceptional service that guests have come to expect on any American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise. If you have any questions with regard to the information provided, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-888-749-5280. Our reservations staff will be happy to assist in any way. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the American Duchess. Sincerely, Ares M. Michaelides President American Queen Steamboat Company
  2. Thank you for taking the time to respond. I can't wait to get on board.
  3. We are booked on the American Duchess from New Orleans to Memphis on January 5th. The package included free gratuities and the unlimited beverage package which includes all drinks up to $12. Does anyone know where I can view a bar menu from this ship? I haven't been able to locate one online. Also, I am wondering if there is a calliope on the American Duchess. I'm guessing the absence of any information may indicate that there isn't one. One of my favorite parts of sailing on the Delta Queen was listening to the calliope.
  4. Any drink under $15...except Champagne. On my first trip with Viking, I had a couple glasses of Champagne that were $14 each and they were not included as part of the Silver Spirits Package.
  5. San Pellegrino was available on the Sky last month but it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to get your hands on. I asked the Bartenders in the Aquavit Terrace, The Living Room and The Explorer lounge and they all said it was unavailable in the bars. Two of them said that it was only available from the cabin steward. I asked our cabin steward who checked with his boss and they said that it was only available through room service and not something they stocked in the mini bar. The next night I asked in the Main Dining Room and the waiter said that he could get me some from Manfredi's as they always have it available there. Every night thereafter, the waiter and/or wine steward ensured that I had a liter of San Pelligrino with dinner. It was readily available in The Chef's Table and Manfredi's. There was never a charge for it so it must have been covered under the Silver Spirits package.
  6. For our flights, they got us to the airport in Amsterdam just shy of 3 hours before our flight. This was consistent with a previous year as well in Rome.
  7. Last week our transfer from the Viking Sky to the airport in Amsterdam was at 2:30pm. We had to be out of the room by 8am but they allowed us back onto the ship until our transfer time. Last year when we finished in Barcelona, we just kept our bags overnight and left the ship at 8am and grabbed a cab to our hotel for 15 Euros.
  8. Last week when we used the laundry room on the Viking Sky, there was a 5 gallon bucket underneath the soap dispensers to the right of the laundry machines. I looked at it for a second and saw that there was a hole cut in the top and a hose that went from the bucket to the soap dispensers. I don't recall the name of the detergent but it wasn't a name that was familiar to me.
  9. I have to wonder if Viking saw this post because I just received a pdf called edoc######.pdf from my travel agent on 3/25 that is a copy of the document book.
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