Thursday, October 30th, 2008


Phyllis Dale, Cindy Chengery and Captain Gabe Chengery during the Pajama Party.

Phyllis Dale, Cindy Chengery and Captain Gabe Chengery during the Pajama Party.

It has been a pleasure this last cruise to have two real “Red-Hot Mamas” aboard the Delta Queen: Cindy Chengery and Phyllis Dale. Cindy wowed the guests earlier in the cruise with a wonderful mainstage show and Phyllis has regularly been holding court at the piano in the Texas Lounge in the evenings. These ladies are true steamboaters and it has been a delight to have them add a special spirit to this cruise. Late last night, they hosted a “Pajama Party” in the Texas Lounge and it was a riot. It was way too dark to get good video, but here’s a taste:

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One of my favorite duties (who I am kidding – it is so much fun, it cannot be called a duty) is performing card magic and comedy while portraying a Riverboat Gambler. I do a show before each dinner seating back in the Betty Blake Lounge. The guests have loved it. Other than Mark Twain, is there a more “steamboaty” character than the Riverboat Gambler? The character gives me the freedom to really play around and have fun with the guests. This is one of the elements of my life on the DQ that I have looked forward to the most and thus will miss the most.

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