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Judy Patsch 07-21-2010 11:46 PM

Interesting announcement from ACL
Watch for a press release from ACL on either Friday or Monday. No, they didn't buy any of the QUEENS, but it is Mississippi River news.
(260 7 140 4)

Chris Degnan 07-22-2010 12:40 AM


What is ACL?


Judy Patsch 07-22-2010 12:47 AM

American Cruise Line, base in Connecticut.

Phillip Johnson 07-22-2010 01:02 AM

Its already up on Maritime Matters

[url=]The Scoop On The Paddle! | MaritimeMatters | Cruise ship news and ocean liner history[/url]

Wesley Paulson 07-22-2010 07:58 AM

The drawing accompanying the news at Maritime Matters sure looks a lot like the DQ. Why build another new boat when the AQ is almost "plug and play"? Hmmmm.


Judy Patsch 07-22-2010 08:10 AM

New boat
They wanted a new boat built to their specifications. And I'm guessing the AQ was too big. This holds 140 passengers and is 260 ft. long. It has a lot of private balconies, which the AQ doesn't have.

Bob Reynolds 07-22-2010 08:34 AM

Exactly, Judy. It also states specifically that they are interested in the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. The AQ at Nashville fills the river up. Also, if they build it narrow enough, they can go above Nashville on the Cumberland and up to Knoxville on the Tennessee.

Some might say, "Why not lobby hard for a DQ exemption?" As much as I would like to see that, there are several reasons: 1. The hassle of getting the exemption and costs involved, plus the uncertainty of it. 2. High operating costs. 3. Rooms too small for what folks expect these days. Plus you have the size issue with the DQ, too. She can't go just everywhere.

Ted Guillaum 07-22-2010 09:17 AM

Savvy Architects?
I hope the architects are savvy enough to try to recreate some of the charm and coziness of the DQ. If they can then they will be successful. The passenger numbers and size of the boat sound like what I have always thought the rivers needed to a successful operation.

Wesley Paulson 07-22-2010 09:49 AM

Can the proposed boat get past Ottowa to Chicago on the Illinois system?

Lexie Palmore 07-22-2010 10:19 AM

Don't hold your breath. It will probably have the charm and coziness of a smaller version of the MQ. And there was a battle royal to get the MQ more like an old fashioned riverboat, to no avail. But at least the MQ was steam, a very quiet boat, and easy to navigate. We can only hope that this new boat has just one of the above, but go ahead and toss out the steam option, and place your bets on one of the other 2.

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