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MISSISSIPPI QUEEN season start re-scheduled to September

 
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Old 02-23-2007, 11:26 AM
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Default MISSISSIPPI QUEEN season start re-scheduled to September

MAL has postponed the season start for the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN to September 1, 2007. All cruises scheduled from April 15 to August 31 have been cancelled, passengers booked on one of these cruises are being offered alternative cruises on other Majestic America boats, Majestic America Line told steamboats.org.

According to an official statement from the sales department, the reason for this is major renovation of the boat "to insure she meets the fleet wide quality standard of Majestic America Line".

What we've heard a couple of weeks earlier was that in generally speaking there were a lot of open space on most of the Majestic America Line boats for this year and many of us have seen 2-for-1 offers already. Also there had been sources from the engineering crew of the boats last year that the overall shape especially of the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN was rather bad.

Even though this is pure speculation, my guess is that Majestic America Line is using the opportunity to completely renovate the boat now as is was due very soon anyway and at the same time reduces the over-all number of offered cabins this year to reduce costs and improve the booking situation. I personally think this is a rather wise move, though it's sad for the passengers already booked on now cancelled cruises, including the Great Steamboat Race in June/July, and of course also sad news for the crew.

Franz
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