North America Journals

Delta Queen to New Orleans

A March 2004 trip to North America by jemery

New Iberia Photo, New Iberia, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: Forget what you’ve heard about conventional cruise ships: River steamboats like the Delta Queen are for seeing the LAND, not the sea. Sternwheeling 358 miles through the Intracoastal Waterway from Galveston to New Orleans, we were rarely more than an easy swim from shore and all its inhabitants.

A Visit to the Engine Room

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2,000 Horses Harnessed Here Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Engine rooms can be cramped, crowded places with narrow walkways alarmingly close to heavy moving machinery . . . not the kind of place company lawyers would want passengers wandering around in. So, it was a pleasant surprise when the captain announced that ours would be open to visiting passengers at any time, anywhere . . . including while the engineers were busy nudging 3,360 tons of boat up to a dock or into a lock chamber. On this boat, the engine room was a bright, cheerful place with enough room for visitors to keep themselves out of the way and enough light to take pictures without a flash. The fact sheet the engineers handed out noted that the techno...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

New Iberia

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Attraction | "New Iberia: Live Oaks and a Lazy Bayou"

New Iberia Photo, New Iberia, Louisiana
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The guidebooks say that Teche is probably the most beautiful of the Louisiana bayous. The old city of New Iberia, established as a Spanish colony in 1779, is a marvelous place from which to savor it. Delta Queen’s dock at the “Port of New Iberia” was at least five miles from the city itself and on the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak. Passengers had to pay $10 to ride a shuttle bus back and forth, first passing the wooden, paint-starved homes of New Iberia’s less-fortunate residents, to reach the historic district. Once across the railroad -- where AMTRAK’s Sunset Limited passes on its way from New Orleans to California -- the wise tourist will strap on a camera, get o...Read More

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New Iberia

New Iberia, Louisiana

Cruising the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

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A Queen in Morning Photo,
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The Magazine Texas Trails calls it, “The most valuable waterway in America,” saying that the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway carries “as much annual tonnage as the Panama Canal and more than twice that of St. Lawrence Seaway.” Built by, and primarily operated by, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway was completed in 1949 and now extends from Brownsville, Texas, to Southwestern Florida. Though it uses natural bays and river channels wherever possible, most of the waterway consists of man-made canals, generally a minimum of 12 feet deep and 125 feet wide. Delta Queen’s voyage covers 350 miles of it: From Galveston Bay, through port...Read More