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Carmen 06-21-2006 02:42 AM

Get used to a new name: Majestic America Line
 
Rumors were out for a couple weeks that DQSC and AWSC will change their names to one common name. Here it is:

Majestic America Line

Read:

[url]http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=1694[/url]

and one more

[url]http://www.modernagent.com/x/modernagent/visitor/resources/editorial.cds?n=13890[/url]

In my humble opinion I think itīs not good to eliminate the word "steamboat" form the companies name.

Carmen

Elaine Santangelo 06-21-2006 07:31 AM

Hi Carmen,

I understand the ommission of steamboat as far as accuracy. It also does sound a bit like "American Classic Voyages" Personally, I think it is a tough call because once I learned about the original Delta Queen- having that name as the company's name gave it historic significance. But if they are trying to phase that one out more in favor of her big sisters, I can understand the name change. We don't know if that is true or not. I think they just want full boats, full bookings, and waiting lists.

Still, leaving steamboat in the name also adds the historic twist. But I think that the emphasis is American- all American crew- all American ports and voyages.

The original phone conference that I remember had a strong emphasis on obtaining the American Queen- more so than either the MQ or DQ. The AQ was the major prize. I suspect when they put her back running, they will use as much fanfare and PR as they can muster. I even suspect that when it comes to crew up for the AQ, they are going to try and insist that they have their top notch crew available. Keep in mind, that I don't want that statement interpreted incorrectly- all of the crew that I met were outstanding.

Anyway, I think I see the patriotic or "Made in America" influence coming into play. And the disadvantage to that is that they also want the affluent traveller- well, not all affluence is made in America. But we will see what happens.

I wonder what the logo will look like now they they are a big MAC : )

Cheers
Elaine

Carmen 06-21-2006 08:26 AM

Hi Elaine,

would be MAL (Majestic America Line) :-)! I heard about the plans changing the name but I assumed it would be something like "American Steamboat Company/Line". As for accuracy "American West Steamboat Company" never had a steamboat anyway they had that word in their company name. So obviously this word is drawing the people. I wonder where that Majestic is coming from (or did they buy the showboat too???).

Carmen

Judy Patsch 06-21-2006 09:49 AM

Majestic
 
hmmmmmmmmmmm....its been a long river tradition that naming a vessel beginning with an [B]M[/B] is bad luck, since [B]M[/B] is the 13th letter of the alphabet. See [B]M[/B]ississippi Queen, or Majestic #3709(burned), Majestic #3710(burned), Majestic #3711 (sank), or Majestic #3712(sank)...

Elaine Santangelo 06-21-2006 10:50 AM

Good point Judy

The Majestic (as far as the Showboat) influence seems odd too since I am unclear whether the newer policies concerning entertainment staff are from Delaware North or the new owners- Ambassador.

Carmen 06-21-2006 01:37 PM

One more link:

[url]http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=76367&p=irol-newsArticle&t=Regular&id=874359&[/url] (AIīs press release regarding the new name)

Carmen

Wesley Paulson 06-21-2006 10:09 PM

MAL?
 
Sorry I don't like the new name. No mention of River, paddlewheels, etc. Majestic America Line = MAL = Maybe Another Loser?

We were looking at a bluewater cruise next spring. Based on the observations about American Queen, Me thinks I better get on board her majesty DQ in 2007 instead.

Wesley

Donnie V 06-25-2006 03:56 PM

[url]http://www.majesticamericaline.com[/url] here is there new website


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