I was honored to be invited to join the christening cruise on the countess. This is the newest boat of of American Queen Steamboat Company. There is only one word to describe the boat, elegant. Okay many more like luxurious, plush, upscale, etc. It cruises up and down the Mississippi River. This is our third cruise with the company and they just keep getting better.
The rooms are all beautifully decorated with a boutique feel and have regular size spa-like bathrooms. You will think you are in a five-star hotel. I am a shower snob and the showers were spacious and had fantastic water pressure. Each room had a Keurig coffee pot and a small refrigerator. Each passenger gets a stainless-steel water bottle to use for the week to eliminate plastic waste and there are water stations throughout the boat. It makes a great souvenir.
Our room had a balcony which was great to sit out with your coffee in the morning or an evening cocktail. There is something soothing about watching the river go by.