BUFFALO, N.Y. --
All three of the paddlewheel steamboats operated by New
Orleans-based Delta Queen Steamboat Co. escaped the wrath of
Hurricane Katrina and are in operation on the upper Mississippi
River, the line said Aug. 31.
The three ships,
the Mississippi Queen, the Delta Queen and the American Queen, were
operating itineraries "up river" this week -- the Delta Queen and
the Mississippi Queen were on the Ohio River and the upper
Mississippi and the American Queen left New Orleans for Memphis
several days before the storm hit, president Bruce Nierenberg
As part of Delta
Queen's storm emergency plans, a reduced reservations staff was
relocated to parent company, Delaware North Cos' Buffalo, N.Y.,
"Our boats will
continue to operate on the up river during the fall season,"
Nierenberg added. "Any future itinerary changes necessitated by the
storm and its aftermath will be communicated ... as they are
Agents can reach the
office at (800) 543-1949 or (800) 458-6789, although a spokeswoman
on Sept. 2 said high call volumes were often prompting a "circuits
are busy" message.
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