A lazy trip on the Queen

Helen Schneider describes her trip on the Delta Queen years ago.


The Delta Queen, launched in Stockton in 1927, became a floating hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn., after Congress tok her off the river. Now the historic boat may resume passenger service.

“We sailed from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. It was quite luxurious.”

Well, not for everyone. “The staterooms that were off the main lounge area were very luxurious. They outside staterooms were not.”

The Queen stopped at four cities – Schneider can’t remember which ones — and passengers viewed antebellum mansions. A crewmember also discussed the Queen’s rich history.

So thick was fog at night the Queen had to drop anchor. But so what?

“Somebody in our group played piano. She played a concert. They served mint juleps every night before dinner. It was a fun experience.”


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