I just spent a few minutes at the ship's web site. I can't wait to spend some more time there looking at the photos (I wish there were more!) and reading about the ship.
As a southern gal myself, I had to smile when I read your post about the hospitality of the southern girls who ran out to meet your train. In my opinion, there's not much better than good old fashioned southern hospitality. I'm glad that it was a morale booster for you then.