SENIOR TRAVEL ON PADDLEWHEELERS

Mar 7th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Voyage Upstream in a Paddlewheeler

Paddlewheelers have been around for a long time.  Seniors have been taking some terrific trips up and down rivers and enjoying the scenery and good times via these old-timers.  A paddle steamer is a steamship or riverboat, powered by a steam engine, using paddle wheels to propel it through the water. In antiquity, Paddlewheelers followed the development of poles, oars and sails, where the first uses were wheelers driven by animals or humans.

Up the Mississippi

Take a trip back in time, seniors,  and enjoy a Mississippi riverboat cruise on the Spirit of Peoria! Traveling up and down the Illinois River—and also the Mississippi River, this authentic paddlewheeler will delight senior travelers. There’s no other Mississippi river cruise quite like the Spirit of Peoria! In fact, this paddleboat is one of the few authentic paddlewheel-driven boats that offers overnight trips anywhere in the country! Onboard river cruises feature live entertainment, wonderful buffet-style meals, music, storytelling, and more.

The Creole Queen

I had an opportunity to see the Creole Queen in New Orleans and she is totally beautiful.  Three cruises are offered to seniors on the 1,000 passenger Paddlewheeler on the Mississippi. They offer a variety of cruises to tour, day or night all year round.

Board the Colonel

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat is an authentic replica of an 1800-style Paddlewheeler. The charming 800-passenger paddlewheel boat takes guests on year-round hour-long cruises in Offatts Bayou.  The boat also features climate-controlled Galveston and Texas Rooms with large dance floors, which can be booked for private dinners and parties. The Colonel Paddlewheel boat offers a wide array of menus ranging from cocktail parties to full dinners. Dixieland Jazz Bands, dance bands, pianists, strolling violins, banjos, and other entertainment are available.

Singles Cabins Attract Single Seniors

American Cruise Lines says about 15% of cabins on its new Mississippi River paddle wheeler will be set aside for solo senior travelers — a growing market for the company. Of 78 cabins planned for the soon-to-debut Queen of the Mississippi, a dozen are being designed for singles, spokeswoman Britt Rabinovici tells USA TODAY. At 211 square feet, the solo cabins will be more than twice as large as those on some ocean-going ships such as the year-old Norwegian Epic, which has 100-square-foot singles cabins. “The American Queen is the largest, most opulent and grandest riverboat afloat,” says Tim Rubacky, the new line’s senior vice president for sales, marketing and product development. “We’re taking the best of the experience of the past and making it better.”

On to BC and Vancouver for Another Sight Seeing Tour

All functions on board the M.V. Native can truly be spectacular. This authentic paddlewheeler is modeled from the ships that used to travel British Columbia some one hundred years before her. She is available for sightseeing, client appreciation cruises, business meetings, staff parties, weddings, anniversaries or just taking some friends for an evening out. This beautifully finished vessel will make an impression no matter what function you may require. Every seat is a “window” seat and tables are arranged for optimal viewing of the mighty Fraser River. See wildlife and view the remains of an old paddlewheeler.

Lake Tahoe’s Three Paddlewheelers

You may have driven around Lake Tahoe and enjoyed the unsurpassed scenery, but you get a whole different perspective from out on the water. Lake Tahoe paddlewheeler boat tours provide you with the opportunity to see the Lake Tahoe Basin in a new way and enjoy a fun ride at the same time. Seniors have a triad choice the M.S. Dixie II, the 350 passenger, 144 foot long Tahoe Queen or The Tahoe Gal is a sidewheeler based in Tahoe City, CA, on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe.

The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the late 19th Century. Cruising out of La Crosse Wisconsin, she is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the country today. In keeping with early traditions, she was built with sternwheels that are her only means of propulsion.

An Adventure Cruise on the Columbia River in the wake of Lewis and Clark, to Alaska, Costa Rica and Panama Canal, Sea of Cortez and Galapagos are small ship voyages, popular with senior adventurers. Wow seniors, you have a great selection to choose from and the opportunity to travel with professionals who specialize in ship cruises. Each can educate and enrich you with valuable memories. So where in the world do you wish to paddle? jeb



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