BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The
Delta Queen Steamboat Co. said the American Queens 2006 schedule
will be cancelled due to conditions in New Orleans and along the
lower Mississippi River.
The vessel has been
privately chartered through January, and possibly beyond that time,
said Delta Queen President Bruce Nierenberg. It currently is
housing refinery workers in Belle Chasse, La.
It is apparent that
the upriver itineraries would have a difficult time supporting a
three-boat operation [in 2006], said the Delta Queen Steamboat
Unlike its sister
ships the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen, the American Queen
offers short cruises from New Orleans that are coupled with short
stays in the Crescent City -- a concept that was created and
promoted by Nierenberg.
The American Queen is
scheduled to return to service in 2007.
Nobody likes to call
people who have vacations planned and tell them we have to make a
change, Nierenberg said.
reservations staff is contacting customers to offer alternative
voyages aboard the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen or a full
So far its been
pretty calm, Nierenberg said. Some are opting to wait until next
year, and its early so we dont have a problem accommodating
everyone who wants to go next year.
The Delta Queen and
Mississippi Queen are slated to operate with minimal schedule
changes this spring.
reporter Kristin OMeara Hillmann, send e-mail to [email protected].