However, strange it might be, the comfort and relaxing atmosphere that guests can enjoy today aboard the Delta Queen ships to a great extent owes to the marital happiness of the founder of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. When Captain Gordon Christopher Green created the Green Line Steamers in 1890, the parent company of the present cruise line, his bride Mary Becker Green became his helpful assistant. As their ships started to carry passengers, she put her heart and soul in setting the standards of hospitality.
The careful hostess died fifty-seven years ago, having worked for the company for more than half a century, but the results of her activity have played a great role in establishing the customer service quality that attracts hundreds of people nowadays.
The Delta Queen ships are three steam-power paddle wheelers. The Delta Queen is the oldest one. It was built in 1926 and put into service in 1947. This ship is a National Historic Landmark and is considered to be an American Treasure - thus, it is called in the National Register of Historic Places of the United States of America. Ever since it was purchased, it has had such a tremendous success with the passengers that, when Congress passed the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) that called in a question of the safety of wooden passenger ships, a campaign "Save the Queen" was organized to let the famous vessel operate as an exception to the convention.
The lounges aboard the Delta Queen are spacious and comfortable. You will have a rest in the Betty Blake Lounge, relax with a cup of tea in the Forward Cabin Lounge and entertain yourself in the Texas Lounge. Each stateroom is wood-paneled and has a climate control and a private bath. You can enjoy the view of America's riverside right out of the porthole. The design of the ship features glamour and luxury: elegant woodwork, stained glass, crystal chandeliers and antique furnishing. You will have a chance to play calliope, the sounds of which will make you feel deeper the spirit with which this legendary vessel is imbued.
Another one of the Delta Queen ships is the Mississippi Queen. At the time she was constructed, she was the largest steamboat in the world. With her white exterior, designed by James Gardener, Queen Elizabeth Second's designer, it seemed to look prouder and grander than the ships that had been in service before. She has the most comfortable accommodation a river steamboat can offer. Either you stay in your climate-controlled stateroom or you are brought to one of the six decks with an elevator, there is everywhere beauty and fun. The Grand Saloon and the Paddlewheel Lounge are always open for you to find there the entertainment you will be delighted with. Among the most useful and pleasant amenities are a bathing pool and a fitness room.
The latest acquisition of the Delta Queen steamboat Company is the American Queen, the largest steamboat. She took her place among the Delta Queen ships in 1995. Her design is a curious combination of the modern achievements and the gorgeousness of the Victorian period. Whatever you prefer - a quite rest with a good book or a more exciting pastime - you are guaranteed to have it all.
The Delta Queen Ships are equipped to cater for all, even the most sophisticated of the tastes.