: I arrived a day early in Cincinnati. Because of a music festival that weekend, I was forced to stay at the rather pricey Cincinnatian Hotel downtown. Although my flight was delayed two hours, I still had time to explore downtown Cincy using a map I found at UrbanCincy.com.
Down the Ohio
: I boarded the Queen of the Mississippi around 10 am. At 1:30 pm, she left Cincinnati to sail westward down the Ohio River toward Madison, IN
: We arrived in Madison, IN in the midst of a torrential downpour. It rained on-and-off all morning, but the weather had little impact on our excursions to the Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum and then to the Lanier Mansion.
By the time we left Madison the weather had cleared and we enjoyed a pleasant, sunny cruise to Louisville, KY.
: We spent the morning exploring Churchill Downs. After lunch we visited the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. In between, I explored the Louisville Wharf area.
At 4:00 pm we left Louisville to continue on our voyage to Henderson, KY. Just outside Louisville, we dropped another 37 feet through the McAlpine Locks; the greatest drop on the Ohio.
: This morning we continued cruising down the Ohio arriving in Henderson, KY at noon.
After lunch there was a little time to walk around town before taking a tour of the James Audubon Museum in the James Audubon State Park just outside Henderson. (Audubon, at age 25, came to Henderson in 1810. He left in 1819, convinced he was a better ornithologist and artist than a businessman.)
At 5:00 pm we left Henderson to sail overnight to Paducah, KY.
: We arrived in Paducah at seven this morning. The history of the town is illustrated in almost 50 murals painted on the flood walls along three blocks of the riverfront.
At 9:00 am we took a bus tour of the town, which concluded at the fantastic National Quilt Museum.
In the afternoon, we toured the River Discovery Center and had time to explore the town and view the murals in detail.
At 9:30 pm, we left Paducah and headed for Cape Girardeau, IA on the Mississippi.
Cape Girardeau, MO
: We spent most of the day on the river, today, with only a two-and-half hour stop in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Cape Girardeau Murals
: Cape Girardeau, MO is indeed a city of murals. Unfortunately I missed quite a few during my short stop here this trip. I simply did not have time to capture any of their show-piece mural ‹Mississippi River Tales›. Fortunately it has good press and there is thorough coverage in a book of the same tittle
St. Louis, MO
: After 23 hours on the river, we arrived in St. Louis, MO just before 11 am. At 2 pm, we took a bus tour of St. Louis with a stop at the Anheuser-Busch Factory and Museum.
St. Louis Gateway Mall
: Between the Cincinnati-to-St. Louis cruise and the St. Louis-to-St. Paul cruise, I had a few hours to kill in St. Louis. I spent this time walking from the waterfront to 20th street (and back) along Market Street, a stretch of urban greenery known as the St. Louis Gateway Mall.
Queen of the Mississippi
: Anyone who has sailed in one of the other ships owned and operated by American Cruise Lines will feel right at home on the Queen of the Mississippi.
Carrying 150 passengers, it is the largest boat in their fleet. Externally it's unmistakably a stern-wheel river boat, but internally its layout is the same as their other ships: she has a dinning room on the main deck, in which all meals are served in a single seating; a large lounge forward on Deck 2 for lecture, entertainment, and happy hours; an open top deck with a modicum of exercise equipment and a putt-putt golf set.
This set contains images of the boat taken between July 26 and August 9, 2014.
These images, with additional footage taken at the same time, are also viewable as a video.