Victory I Cruise: Henry Ford Museum Home of Priceless American Memorabilia

  A glass vial with the dying breath of famed inventor Thomas Edison. The maroon chair, still blood stained, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford Theater. A folding camp bed that General George Washington actually slept in during the Revolutionary War. Henry Ford was a collector. As one of the world’s first billionaires, Ford had the money to collect whatever struck his fancy. Instead of expensive works of art or precious gems, however, Ford liked …

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Victory I Cruise: Boarding Ship for Three-night Great Lakes adventure

  ABOARD M/V VICTORY I – Entering a ship stateroom that will be my cruise home is always exciting. When I opened the door for stateroom 312 aboard the Victory I, it reminded me of the old John Denver song about grandma’s featherbed. In that tune, John Denver crooned about his favorite childhood memories of the gigantic featherbed that was “soft as a downy chick.” That’s sure what my cruise bed looked like. Plopping my backpack on …

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Luxury riverboat operator American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) Invites Guests to Join for an 23-day Cruise from New Orleans, LA to Red Wing, MN

  Luxury riverboat operator American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) invites guests to join for an 23-day cruise from New Orleans, LA to Red Wing, MN June 23- July 15, 2019 onboard the American Queen, exploring America’s storybook towns and vibrant bustling cities. This voyage is packed with special events, such as blues by Memphis legend Joyce Cobb and her band, a solo cabaret by Glenn Springs and a homespun show by Dave Para and Cathy Barton featuring …

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American Duchess Cruise: Chef’s notes on menu add to dining pleasure

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – When Executive Chef Jeff Warner entered the American Duchess dining room wearing his white jacket and tall white hat, he received a happy round of applause. He certainly deserves it. The food on my cruise is scrumptious. Not only is the food delicious but the menus are also a pleasure to read. Not just for the cuisine choices but for the little tidbits that are on every menu. Jeff lists “Chef Suggestions” …

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American Duchess Cruise: Singing the blues at B.B. King hometown museum

AMERICAN DUCHESS – A tractor mishap helped put the career of a renowned bluesman in high gear. If not for the 1946 accident, the world might never have heard of Riley King. Of course, we got to know him as B.B. King. “Because of that accident, Riley King left Indianola for Memphis,” said Robert Terrell, Director of Operations for the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.  “Memphis is where he got his nickname …

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American Duchess Cruise: Roller skating Elvis, paddlewheel guitar, much more on new boat

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – A singing Elvis on roller skates. Romantic “popera” (popular opera) made famous by Luciano Pavarotti and Sarah Brightman. A 1960s-sock hop. And country music ranging from Loretta Lynn to Garth Brooks. Entertainment on the American Duchess is never boring. The multi-talented singers and musicians seem to be able to cover all genres of music – along with dancing, joking and audience interaction. Before and after dinner, cocktail music is played by the …

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American Duchess Cruise: How ‘Teddy Bears’ got their name told on Vicksburg flood wall

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – President Teddy Roosevelt was happy to get out of the White House and go hunting in the woods about 25 miles north of Vicksburg. He set out for the four-day hunt on a fine November day in 1902. When dogs treed a bear and the guide signaled for the President to shoot the animal, the nation’s leader refused. Hearing about the story, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew a sketch of Teddy Roosevelt …

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American Duchess Cruise: Doll museum brings back childhood memories for many visitors

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – Mike Bakarich was happy when his wife Carolyn opened her Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum in 1986. “I finally had a place to sit,” he says with a smile. “She had dolls all over the house so I was glad when she got them out of the house and they weren’t taking up my seats.” After a year, Carolyn moved her museum to a historic 1849 building in downtown Vicksburg …

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American Duchess Cruise: Vicksburg man starts bottling Coca-Cola, changes soft drink world

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – Once upon a time, Coca-Cola drinkers could only get their cold beverage by visiting a soda fountain. On a summer day in 1894, however, a young candy merchant and soda fountain operator changed all that. Joseph Biedenharn had an idea that quickly changed the soft drink industry. The Vicksburg businessman put the popular drink in bottles so that people anywhere could enjoy it whenever and wherever they wanted. “Now people could buy …

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American Duchess Cruise: Museum honors three cousins who became world famous

ABOARD THE AMERICAN DUCHESS – Three little boys growing up in small town Louisiana showed early musical talents. But the three cousins probably had no idea that their names would one day be known worldwide. The three youngsters from Ferriday were Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley – sometimes known as the Killer, the Preacher and the Cowboy. “We’re proud of all of them,” says Linda Gardner, director of the Delta Music Museum & Arcade …

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