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Charlotte NC
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Joined Jul 2015
Originally posted by Lois R did you
enjoy the "UNCRUISE"?
I give the UnCruise company top marks. Did 2 of their Alaska trips (superb), 2 of their Portland OR trips (one wine, one regular, both superb), and a Costa Rica/Panama trip.

It's a company where the very-much "hands-on" CEO likes to show up unexpectedly and meet with the passengers. The ships are small. The crews were enthusiastic, and the food was good.

You can find several threads about them under: Cruise Lines P-Z, then Other Cruise Lines subforums, then put "uncruise" in the search box.

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22 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Vinlinbin - my husband and I read your review of the Am. Duchess and I have a couple of questions. Like you I cannot stand or walk for long periods/distances (shattered left pelvis) and I tend to get seasick in rough waters. How did you like your cabin location as we were thinking of booking that level and how easy was it to walk around the Duchess.

Thank you in advance and hoping that you see this post! Mary-Margaret
Haymarket, VA
320 Posts
Joined Apr 2003
Dulcie, we were on the Dutchess the same trip with Dave. We were in cabin 304 and there are elevators between decks and the passage ways we pretty easy to navigate. That being said, we recognize that we have really no mobility issues at this time. The Dutchess isn’t really that big. As to motion, with the rivers there are really no waves to cause rough waters.
94 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Dulcie -- sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I haven't checked this thread for awhile. Since the American Duchess is small there are not great distances between the suites and the venues like the theatre and the restaurants. And there are elevators at one end and also in the middle.

For the excursions, there was a golf cart available to escort you from the boat to the HOHO bus. I was concerned that there would be long Ines for the golf cart but we never had to wait.

We used the HOHO bus frequently -- often going on an early round to see what the sites were like. We then visited those sites that were of interest and relatively close to the bus stop. The only difficulty we encountered was the need to stand and wait for the HOHO bus after visiting the site since many locations did not have any benches. Had we thought about that in advance, we could have checked on our original round. The buses do run every 15 to 20 minutes, so even when we had to stand, the wait was not too long.

I hope this information helps.
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Joined Jun 2006
Thanks vlinbin and njhoo for the information. I haven't checked back until now because of a cold BUT I'm going to call our travel agent today to book the trip. My big concern was getting around cities but I'm really grateful for the information and feel we can do this! I went on the Delta Queen when I was single (and I've been married for 36 years) but that was so, so many years ago. And I loved every second. My husband has never been to New Orleans and really would like to do this trip. I fell in June of 2015 and broke my hip and shattered my left pelvis. I'm up and walking thanks to a great surgeon in Seattle and anxious to get back to traveling. I hope you see this message and know and I really appreciate you both responding! Now off to call the travel Agent.... Mary
94 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Dulcie -- thank you for letting us know that the information was helpful. I hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did ours.