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Last year, the Delta Queen!
Delta Queen celebrated her 80th birthday. I hope that when I celebrate my 80th I'll be surrounded by music, faithful friends and fun.
This wheel has traditional cruise ship up and down the Mississippi and its tributaries for decades, the days when hundreds of steamboats on the condition that these waters. In fact, dozens of steamboats were tied up, one after another along the wharfs.
Delta Queen is a part of history, an American treasure, which makes the days Steamboat relive those who still have the option of a cruise. In fact, Delta Queen has been named National Historic Landmark and a member of the National Trust Historic chain in America. And it was included in the National Maritime fame as a ship that has made outstanding contributions the maritime industry, in fact, the ship is constantly running, which is in the Hall of Fame. Used cruise along the coast California, gray-brown and was a troop transport in World War II, then led by Tug came through the Panama Canal cruise on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
Our trip was a week roundtrip from New Orleans, so I came over time to wander the city, went to the French Quarter, bought a beautiful impression of a jazz pianist in the French market, took the trolley ($ 5 per day for unlimited travel anywhere on a road), sought an Internet center, and has since been cold and windy, the course on the first of many chocolates hot hand, with chocolate chip cookies.
Walking through the Delta Queen is like a stroll through history … Victorian furniture, lamps style Tiffany stained glass windows, tin ceilings, mahogany trim everywhere, and rocking chairs and a forward movement in case 2. Large prints of scenes the old boat are many walls. The dining room also serves as exhibition rooms have old Siamese iron bark, honey-colored soft now after have been cleaned of dirt when this level is used for loading.
Since the boat has a wooden superstructure at all (the steel hull is coated) is not allowed to smoke in the cabin or inside the public rooms.
It has a steam calliope and the old ship's bell rang the landings for the steamboat Mark Twain mounted downstream in 1883. Calliope the rear, built in Cincinnati in 1897, is played out of the water in cities, usually the group's pianist, but from time to time by the passengers, and a night by the captain. Typical of the atmosphere informal family aboard, the captain also played the piano at the party given for repeat cruisers.
The engine room is open passengers, has the original steam engine which drives the wheel old fat and red. The pieces are sometimes cut on the engine of its sister ship Delta King, because it acts as a restaurant in California.
There are even reputed to be aboard a ghost – the ghost of Captain Mary B. Greene Greene family, who owned the boat for decades after the ship was a ferry troops in California. If both a master and a licensed pilot. Call still sounds sometimes heard in the cabin where he died of a heart attack and is said to still walk on the bridges.
Delta Queen has accommodation for 174 passengers. The cabins are air conditioned and have private bathroom with shower. Premium cabins also have bathtubs. Staterooms Open only on outdoor terraces, others open to inside.
The cabins were inhabited by many famous including Presidents Carter, Truman, and Hoover, Lady Bird Johnson, Princess Margaret, Vanderbilt, Errol Flynn, Helen Hayes, to name a few.
Loyalty Delta Queen is one of the highest in the cruise industry. Most passengers on our cruise had been on cruises Delta Queen above Some book a different route each year … Lower Mississippi River, upper Mississippi, New York, New York … to their experience. A man from our cruise Virginia Beach, sailed in boats to paddle 81 times. frequent cruises have all said they liked the fact that the boat was small and it was casual. A cruise veteran, not on our cruise, the company has sailed more than 100 times.
The master, Captain Gabriel Chengerry, began his career on board in 1968 as a night watchman and was a professor since 1976.
The Delta Queen has many theme cruises – the story of the Civil War, plantations before the war and gardens, Mardi Gras, golf, fall foliage quilts. Everyone is like a step back in time.
Our trip was in the Cajun heritage. There were lectures on the history of Cajun and history River and the river towns we visited. Much of the population of the United States is in the small Cajun towns of the Mississippi River mouth in the west near Texas and north about 300 miles.
Acadian (Cajun) culture has been in Louisiana for almost 300 years. Acadians before lived in the East Canada, and then when the British took control after the war with France, it entered into an agreement to remain neutral in future conflicts if they would live in peace. However, a new governor in 1755 ordered to swear allegiance to the crown of England. When they refused, and reiterated their desire to remain neutral the governor confiscated their lands and forced to leave. Some returned to Europe, some moved to other parts of Canada, some areas in the colonies later became the United States. In the coming decades, thousands of Acadians from all these areas have begun to move to Southwestern Louisiana. The name of Acadia fell a Cajun. Their proximity and their culture has survived until today.
We will visit several cities that maintain traditions.
Whether it's Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop, Cajuns love to dance. A Cajun band played several nights in the boat, and Walter Kross and the Riverboat Five jazz and dance music played to keep our love of New Orleans. Unfortunately, no dance hosts on board to dance and teaching dance is not Cajun. Entertainment every evening also contained some great ragtime, lounge pianist and sang songs hilarious vaudeville old.
We had planned to go to the first town of Morgan, but we must be flexible on the river cruise and the night because of the fog a couple of barges got stuck on a sandbar and could not go beyond them. Then we went to port instead of Iberia. There was excursions past sugar cane fields and old plantations in St. Martinsville and Avery Island where rock salt is removed and the Tabasco sauce is made of thousands herons are nesting. In St. Martinsville Cultural Heritage Center has a mural depicting the arrival of Acadians in Louisiana in 1765, a center genealogy, and presentations on free blacks in Louisiana, which before the civil war have been active in the company, owned plantations, and in fact there were sometimes many slave of his own. Acadia can also visit the village with authentic Acadian structures, including the senator's house and inventor Hadacol Dudley LeBlanc.
Day crossed below Morgan City. No more fields of sugar cane and rice fields (which are then flooded to grow shrimp), and large marshes and cypress are crucial for housing and railways in the development of the region. Oaklawn visit beautiful country house, built in 1837 and now home to the old plantation Louisiana Governor Mike Foster and a large collection of sculptures and prints by John James Audubon. Audubon spent several years in this field. And visit the Museum Wedell-Williams Aviation, with the famous Wedell, who broke the world speed record in 1933.
The next stop was the Port of Krotz Springs, and our guide on the bus played guitar, sang songs and told stories about their childhood memories of sitting in the swamp with his father, creating a fire to cook their food in a big black pot. Another guide talked about the land of his family and how they grew and shipped sweet potatoes, an important crop in this area. We visited the Sacred Heart Academy and listened to their stories of the day civil war, when soldiers camped outside. And Chretien visited the point of planting built in 1831, often used as a set films, including Gone with the wind.
At the next stop, St. Francisville, there were many houses before the war. A visit was Rosedown House built in 1835, the myrtle, a house style of the West Indies, supposedly haunted. The tour was another of Greenwood Plantation, a large old house restored by the owner, Richard Barnes, who personally showed us through the parts that took 16 years to restore. Many films have were filmed here. The visit was the same Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, a maximum security prison where prisoners grow their own to 18,000 hectares in possession of one year "Wildest Rodeo del Sur, and participate in numerous educational programs and work, including a band of prisoners. 5,000 prisoners it here, all with a penalty of 50 years or more. The longest time to escape – three hours. They sell shirts with the slogan "Angola – a closed community."
Our outputs coastal towns visited are accompanied by music Calliope strong. All riverlorian a day of discussions on the river and steamboat days. One day I could fly a kite on the upper deck.
Some were simply relax on the river, watching the coast through. It was too cold for alligators while I had the opportunity to marsh by boat to see alligators and birds in the marshes.
The last day was spent in Baton Rouge. We docked next Queen of the Mississippi and the passengers were able to visit back and forth. shore excursions include items like a trip on the USS Kidd Memorial and museum, tours of historic homes and plantations, and the old Capitol to hear the stories of Louisiana governor Huey Long, assassinated a day trip to his office. I chose the Cajun Heritage Tour to Make-do-do dance in the swamp in Cajun French community agreement. Cajun appetizers we sampled dancing alligator, crawfish, boudin, and jambalaya, and Cajun taught some (finally), then the opportunity to spend half an hour with dance dance teachers. This was a tour that would not go.
That night on the way back to New Orleans, there were bonfires and fireworks along River in our honor. The tradition began a century of Santa Claus (Papa Noel) you can find children's Cajun Christmas, even if they were back in the bayou. On Christmas Eve, there will be more than 100 fires and along the riverbank.
We went through many locks and under many bridges, vapor along the Mississippi River, Atchafalaya River, several canals and the Intracoastal Waterway, for a total of 518 miles.
If you go: Find Occasional special offers and 2-for-1 price, 50% discount on the second passenger, or free airline tickets, and passengers in the past (often called floaters) are often receive a discount or an upgrade of the cab.
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