Review of American Duchess deck 1 (Main)
Lobby Deck has the ship's two elevators, also the Gift Shop (selling logo merchandise, toiletries, clothes, luxury jewelry), the Purser’s Office (reception, tours/excursions booking, information). The Grand Lobby lounge area is served by its own full-service bar.
"The Auditorium" is the ship's main show lounge/theater for grand shows in the evenings and daily lectures, presentations, and trivia games. The show lounge has a stage for live band music performances and a dancefloor. The theater is served with drinks and snacks by the lobby bar. Entertainment options range from magician and comedy acts to musical revues and smaller-scale cabaret show productions. The Auditorium serves the American Steamboat Company’s enrichment program with daily lectures by the ship’s resident “Riverlorian” (river expert) and also by various guest lecturers. This programme is American Duchess itinerary based, and traditionally offers expert lectures related to the region's history, culture, traditions. Some of the sessions are “food and wine” themed. Regional wineries send onboard their representatives to talk about their wines and also offer complimentary wine tastings.
The Grand Dining Room is the ship's main, large-capacity restaurant with open seating (single-seating arrangement for dinner). At the Dining Room are served Traditional- and Buffet Breakfast (between 7-9 am), Traditional- and Buffet Luncheon (between 11:30 am - 1 pm), and Single Seating Dinner (5-course, between 5:30-7:30 pm).
The Galley is the ship's kitchen area with food- and drinks storage rooms.
Note: The ship's dining room restaurant offers an array of selections that cater to most dietary specifications. Special dietary needs are accommodated upon request. Among most common ones are Low Sodium (no additional salt will be added to your meal), Gluten Free (most menu items are gluten-free, including bread, pasta, sauces, soups, cakes, muffins, many desserts /incl ice cream), Vegetarian (options available at every meal), Allergies (the boat's Executive Chef meets with you personally to discuss your food allergy), Heart Smart (low-calorie menu items are marked with a heart icon).