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Old 01-09-2010, 01:01 AM
Paul Penta Paul Penta is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Copperas Cove, TX
Posts: 530

Hi Jim,

I think on the Mississippi/Ohio/Tennessee system, the idea is to sell history. A paddlewheel boat sets the tone for the entire experience. The food, the lectures, most of the entertainment and the whole ambience is geared to that particular niche. The paddlewheel need not be the means of propulsion, as on the Empress of the North, but it and the boat attached to it, are vital to the product. The European rivers, I think, are not in that universe. Now, ACL runs more modern boats, but their itineraries don't necessarily revolve around the same concept.

Although, as an aside, I often thought that one of the boats running on the Hudson from NYC to Vermont would be a cool run. And I think Bruno would agree. I'd even bet he'd be willing to work on a boat that runs in his backyard.

Just my 2 cents.

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