Going on a Mississippi Explorer river cruise means going on an exciting journey with lots of things to see, learn and experience. Going on a Mississippi Explorer river cruise also means entering a very sensitive ecosystem and it is our top priority to conserve it the way it is - with all its wildlife and flora, its scenic backwaters, remote wetlands and creeks. Naturally, this is not an easy task! But there are certain precautions we can take to ensure that entering the Mississippi ecosystem goes without leaving a footprint.
The United States of America is one of the greatest countries in the world in so many ways. One of it is its great history that one can look back on and learn from. We as a company take pride in our part of preserving this history.
Nature conservation on the one, history preservation on the other hand; both equally important. The question is how can we balance the two? By refurbishing old paddlewheelers in an authentic way and modernizing them with up-to-date technology, we can guarantee that history will not be forgotten, but we can also reduce the negative impact this ships originally had on our environment significantly. The following list explains some of the measures we take in more detail:
- We use the same kinds of wood for the inside and outside of our boats, that were originally used in the past. To seal all wood that gets in contact with water, we use a special finish that mainly consists of natural ingredients. Our highly specialized contractor is the #1 expert for boat refurbishment out there. Covers for upholstered furniture are also replicas of original fabrics.
- Energy efficient water purification systems are installed on each of our ships to recycle wastewater and make it safe for human consumption. In just one day the ship can completely filtrate the water that is on board. Using the technology we don't have to drain any water into the Mississippi river.
- All rooms were designed to meet the style that brings history to life. Thereby we still had a focus on comfort and a feel-good effect.
- With our superb cuisine we combine traditional food with regional growers that provide us with fresh and local ecological fruits, vegetables, etc. every day.
- Wildlife specialists and historians are part of our crew and will provide you with insights about the life of ancient animal species that have belonged to the Mississippi river ecosystem for millions of years, such as the Mississippi map turtle, to bring awareness to the fact that many of these species are endangered today.
If you are eager to learn more about nature and wildlife conservation, you can visit the official website of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (link). The National Park Service provides more information for anybody who is interested in historical and cultural stories of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (link).