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Yorktown Cruise Review

Itinerary: Springtime on the Mississippi River and Gulf Coast - March 2013


This was the first sailing of the season for the Yorktown. Sailing round trip New Orleans.

Category A - Lounge Deck.

We had a wonderful and interesting trip. The educational leaders in the persons of Richard McMurray and Andrew Smith were outstanding in preparation, content and delivery presentations — A+. No comment on the boring Harvard professor.

The local guides were all good. Special mention to a local woman in the Vicksburg Battlefield who was dynamite in her info and presentation. The local people were all so welcoming of the Yorktown guests. I learned so much about Southern culture, then and now. The post Katrina still affects so many which is one of the messages I will deliver to my Yankee friends.

The captain and crew were outstanding in their hospitality even with some ship maintenance problems going on,. The musicians aboard added culture and class. The new pianist deserves accolades for his talents and bonding with the passengers. Temu, Elena, and Brian knocked themselves out. Their love of people and places was infectious to the passengers.

Food service was lovely and ample for me.

My only criticism was Easter Sunday, March 31st. There was absolutely no mention or recognition of this day. No hard cooked eggs for breakfast, no colored eggs, no chocolate eggs, no Happy Easter greeting on the daily ship newsletter, no anything to acknowledge that is was Easter and Passover. Several of us ladies wore purple, lavender, or lilac sweaters or blouses. Our optional trip to the Bellingrath Gardens was a special treat where I observed beautiful Easter lilies in bloom in the conservatory and among the grounds.

We loved all of our travels with Cruise West. Our first travel aboard Yorktown with Travel Dynamics was grand and we hope to travel with them again.