Review of American Queen deck 1 (Main)
The “Engine Room Viewing Area” offers guests the unique opportunity to watch the steamboat’s paddlewheel at the stern.
“Grand Salon” is a truly majestic, 2-decks high theater for evening show entertainment. The Saloon is decorated in gold and red. It has a large stage for Broadway-style productions, featuring musical revues and cabaret performances by the ship’s own staff. Guest performances offer magician and impersonator shows, big band music, Sinatra tributes. As for decor, the Saloon resembles the 19th century’s opera houses of the US smaller towns. The Grand Saloon’s furniture has comfortable armchairs covered in red, with small round tables between the rows. The Saloon also hosts daily lectures. This is the place where the steamboat’s “Riverlorian” (river expert) and various guest historians present lectures related to the history, culture, and traditions of the regions part of the American Queen riverboat cruise itineraries.
Lobby (lower level 1 of 5, with elevators)
The “AQ Spa” facilities are operated by Pevonia (skincare products line). The list of spa-treatments and services offered here includes: “SHEA BUTTER WRAP” (60 min skin treatment at US$125, with 30-min massage), “TROPICAL INDULGENCE SCRUB & WRAP” (60-min body wrap treatment at US$150), “FIRM & SMOOTH TREATMENT” (green coffee wrap, 60-min at US$135), “RESTORATIVE BODY SCRUB” (aromatic sea salt/body scrub, 50-min at US$85), “QUEEN’S MASSAGE” and “KING’S MASSAGE” (your choice Swedish/Deep Tissue/Shiatsu, 60-min at US$95, and 90-min at US$125), “RIVERSTONE FUSION MASSAGE” (heated stones, 60-min at US$125, and 90-min at US$150), “MEMPHIS EXPRESS MASSAGE” (neck-back-shoulders, 30-min at US$75).
“Main Deck Lounge” is served by the Captain’s Bar. This lounge hosts evening live piano performances (resident pianist and a singer) and singalongs. Main Deck Lounge offers an Afternoon Tea service (4-4:30 pm), with complimentary light food choices, such as finger sandwiches and fresh cakes and cookies.
“JM White Dining Salon” is the steamboat’s dining room. It serves open-seating Traditional- and Buffet-style Breakfast (7-9:30 am, incl fresh waffle station, variety of fruits), and Luncheon (11:30-1:30 pm, incl carving station, and vegetables). Dinner is with 2 seatings – First (at 5:15 pm), and Second (at 7:45 pm). The Dining Room also offers once-per-cruise the “Sunday Jazz Brunch” dining (11:30-1:30 pm). Its menu has specialties like a roast pig, shrimp, grits, smoked fish, catfish, and the American Queen steamboat’s super famous “butter biscuits” as part of the dessert menu. The dress code here doesn’t allow T-shirts and shorts. The Dining Room is divided into 3 sections – 2 long atriums with large windows, crystal chandeliers, and small palms, plus a smaller, low-ceiling seating area. Dining amenities here feature luxury table linens and ornate (traditionally heavy) flatware. Tables capacity range from 2-seats by the windows to 4-seats square tables and 6-8-seats round tables.
The Galley is called the ship’s Kitchen.