Queen of the West to replace Empress of the North on 9 sailings

Majestic America Lines Queen of the West will assume operation of nine published itineraries on the Empress of the North between Nov. 3 and the end of the year while the Empress of the North goes into its scheduled drydock early to complete work on the vessel's propulsion system.

The Empress of the North ran aground in Alaska on May 14 during an Inside Passage sailing and returned to service this summer. According to Diane Moore, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Majestic America, the vessel completed its Alaska season and is currently sailing charter itineraries.

Starting in November, the 142-passenger Queen of the West, which had no scheduled departures in November or December, will assume the Empress' roundtrip itineraries from Portland, Ore., along the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

The 223-passenger Empress of the North is scheduled to return to service on March 22. Its March 1, 8 and 15 sailings had previously been canceled due to lock closures.

According to Moore, three of the winter sailings will be affected by the smaller capacity of the Queen of the West. For those passengers that cannot be accommodated on the Queen of the West, they will be offered accommodations on sailings in the spring or a refund of their purchase.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michelle Baran at [email protected].

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