Captain’s Dinner night is always a special evening onboard the Delta Queen with an array of special events and surprises. One of those is a special nighttime calliope concert. After the festive and delicious dinner, guests adjourn to the top deck for a unique calliope concert featuring the “Aurora Effect.” Yes, this callipe concert features colored steam! No one really knows how this magical phenomenon is accomplished. Some have theorized that the Chief Engineer adds jello mix into the boilers. Others believe that the steam simply cascades off the Aurora Borealis which is otherwise difficult to see at this latitude. Whatever the answer, the effect is hypnotic and always a hit with the guests before they return to the showroom for the evening performance.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a short clip of the Aurora Effect with Rosalynda de Leon on the calliope: