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Old 12-23-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Springfield. MA
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Default Riverbarge Cancels 2009 sailings

I just received a call from Riverbarge Excursions to inform my passengers that they are canceling all cruises for 2009 due to light advanced bookings. Other than the Columbia River and the small ships in Alaska, Cruise West which does more international cruising, and American Cruise Line doing the east coast sailings we have no passenger vessels on America's waterways.
Riverbarge was hardly comparable to the Delta Queen other than the fact that she sailed on the rivers we all love, but it is sad to see now that all of these towns will be without the visitors they have so accommodated over the years.

We need the Delta Queen to come back more than ever! Even in this economy she would be able to sustain herself. Getting the so desired exemption is still only one part of the puzzle, she still needs someone to buy her! I hope that 2009 starts out with the executive order we would all love to see happen, and then for the groups that have been interested in running the riverboats be able to actually buy them!
Merry Christmas everyone!
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