Saturday, October 18, 2003

Honeymooners revel in romance of river

What could be more romantic than a riverboat cruise?

For Art and Lorrie Banach from the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, a lazy, peaceful ride on the river aboard the Delta Queen, far away from the everyday bustle, was just what they needed to keep the flame that has burned through the 37 years of their marriage going strong.

Friday afternoon, the Banachs stood on the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, watching the Parade of Boats pass by. Just hours before, they had arrived at Cincinnati's Public Landing on the Delta Queen after a cruise that began three days ago in Nashville.

While on the riverboat, the Banachs and three others couples renewed their wedding vows in a ceremony performed by the riverboat's captain.

"It was very romantic,'' Lorrie Banach said.

"It was kind of a second honeymoon,'' her husband said. For most of the ride, he said, they didn't know they would arrive in the middle of Tall Stacks.

"That was a nice surprise,'' Art Banach said.

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