RIVER EXPLORER
Facts & Details
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Launched in:
1998 (2 barges, De Soto with public areas and  La Salle with rooms, river towboat Miss Nari)
Length:
730 feet / 222.5 m (2 295 feet / 89.92 m barges)
Width:
-
Height:
50 feet / 15.24 m
Number of Decks:
3
Gross Tonnage:
8,864 tons
Passenger Cabins:
98
Total Passengers:
198
Total Crew:
42
Speed:
-
Cabin Sizes:
200 sqft / 18.58 sqm
In-Room Amenities:
* all outside staterooms with large picture windows that open (no pre-assignement possible)
* staterooms on Platinum deck feature small balcony
* choice of super queen or twin beds
* private bathroom with full tub and shower
* sattelite TV and VCR
* telephone (onboard, "barge to shore" available at a supplemental cost)
* mini refrigerator
* hair dryer
* binoculars
* coffee maker
Amenities:
* The Sprague, multi-purpose, 2-story entertainment facility
* Guest pilot house
* small gym
* 2 whirlpool tubs
* jogging and walking track
* Shuffleboard
* The Governor Galvez Room featuring card, poker and bumper pool tables, video and book library
* Gift Shop
* passgenger laundry
Entertainment:
* regional entertainers including gospel choirs, storytellers, dancers, bluegrass / Cajun / blues bands
Family:
* Grand Vacations for Families: kids 12 and under stay free when staying in the same stateroom as their parent(s) / grandparent(s); kids 17 and under half price when staying in their own room
* board games and jig saw puzzles
* no special activities
Food & Beverages:
* Homestyle family cooking with regional dishes
* Full buffet breakfast (egg & omlet station, fresh fruits, cereals, breads)
* Full buffet lunch (including Chef´s Specialty Station)
* Dinner à la carte (open seating, casual, one seating, soup / salad / choice of 2 entrees or the regional Blue Plate Special / dessert)
* Galley open 24 hours, "raid the fridge"
* 24 hour beverage station and cookies
* non-alcoholic drinks are included, full bar service is provided
Attire:
casual (no formal nights)
Shore Tours:
included (optional activities available)
Special Cruises:
Variety of themed cruises like Rare on the River, Lewis & Clark, Foliage & Fillies, Christmas Bonfires, Thanksgiving, New Years,  Mouth of Mississippi, Mardi Gras Mambo, Rivers To Rails
Cruise Length:
4 to 10 nights
Ports of Call:
New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, Cincinnati,  Nashville, Galveston, Port Isabel,
Rivers:
Mississippi River, Ohio River, Cumberland River, Illinois River,  Atchafalaya River Basin,  Texas Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
Specials:
* Rivers To Rails including a train ride along the Ohio River
* free motorcoach transportation from your destinations landing back to your boarding landing or vice versa
* Scholarships for Teachers: teachers and retired teachers travel at half price when travelling with a full fare companion
* Group discounts with a minium of 10 guests
* Visitors can tour the vessel at selected shore stops
Amenities for physically challenged passengers:
* 3 wheelchair accessible staterooms on the Royal Deck (2 can be connected to other rooms)
* all public areas are wheelchair accessible
Single Travellers:
no special staterooms, single supplement is 50 %
Gratuities:
included
Fellow Travellers:
Average age is 50+
Electricity:
110 V, US plug-ins
Climate Control:
individual air condition, heating
Currency / Credit Cards:
USD, all major credit cards
Language:
English, all American crew
Contact:  
(no cruises at this time)