Nexion Escape Spring 2020 - Page 18

CRUISING THE MISSISSIPPI AND COLUMBIA RIVERS FROM THE EYES OF Three Riverlorians BY SUZANNE A. HARBISON R iver cruising is a spectacular yet intimate way to experience new destinations through indulging in local customs, learning about the culture and exploring historical or quaint towns. On the two American river cruises I’ve taken (lower Mississippi River and Columbia and Snake rivers in Washington), one aspect unique to American river cruises were the onboard enrichment lecturers called “riverlorians.” Three riverlorians — Laurence Cotton, Bobby Durham and Jerry Hay from American Queen Steamboat Company — recently provided their insight and passion for river cruising and sharing the majesty of American rivers with travelers. 16 · escape · SPRING 2020