ACV faces delays on delivery of new ships

NEW YORK -- American Classic Voyages is facing delayed deliveries on several new ships under constructions in U.S. yards, company president Rod McLeod said here.

The company's new Delta Queen Coastal Voyages brand canceled the first dozen cruises of its second ship, the Cape Cod Light, citing "scheduling challenges" at Jacksonville, Fla.'s Atlantic Marine shipyard.

McLeod said the ship will be delivered in the third or fourth quarter, adding that affected passengers are being notified.

McLeod, who was in New York for the arrival of the Cape May Light, the brand's first vessel, also said construction on ACV's Project America ships, at Mississippi's Ingalls Shipbuilding, is four to nine months behind schedule.

The first of the two 1,900-passenger ships, originally slated to debut in January 2003, will instead premiere sometime "later in 2003" McLeod said.

Separately, American Classic unveiled a new logo for its Delta Queen Steamboat Co. product line and modified the company's name, dropping the "The" and eliminating the abbreviation of the word "Company."

The idea is to better reflect the relationship between the two Delta Queen brands.

The new Delta Queen Steamboat Co. logo highlights the ornate smokestacks of traditional riverboats and incorporates graphic elements similar to those in the Delta Queen Coastal Voyages logo.

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