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.
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.
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
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
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