NEW YORK -- U.S.-flag operator American Classic Voyages will trim
the upcoming cruise schedules of its Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and
Delta Queen Coastal Voyages subsidiaries of by a combined 27
cruises in 2001 and 2002, company officials said Tuesday.
Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, launched earlier this year, will
eliminate three 2001 cruises.
Next year, the two brands will eliminate a combined 24 voyages
from their schedules. Finally, AMCV is adjusting the 2002 summer
and fall schedules of 174-passenger Delta Queen, with the number of
seven-night cruises reduced from 24 to 13, and the number of
three-, four-, five- and six-night cruises increased to 19 from
The cutbacks are being made "during the slower winter off-season
to better align capacity with expected demand during a challenging
environment," according to a company statement.
Rod McLeod, president and chief operating officer, added,
"Recent events are affecting virtually every segment of the leisure
industry and we felt it was prudent to focus our demands on our
To accommodate the changes, Delta Queen Steamboat Co. will
lengthen the regularly scheduled winter maintenance lay-up periods
for two of its four vessels and make schedule changes to a third
boat's schedule to accommodate a Super Bowl charter.
AMCV will protect travel agent commissions; the company will
offer passengers on affected sailings incentives to switch to
alternative sailing dates.