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Old 03-24-2015, 12:18 PM
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Default Titillating over Viking Cruises

Our Davenport officials are so excited about landing shore stops on the future Viking Cruises. But something really jumped out at me in today's article in the Quad City Times:
their senior VP of sales was quoted: "It's not about being on the vessel, it's when you get off the vessel."
Viking River Cruises picks Davenport

I wrote a letter to the editor, whether or not it gets printed, here it is:

In today's article about Viking Cruises, their senior VP of sales was quoted: "It's not about being on the vessel, it's when you get off the vessel."Fortunately for those of us for whom it IS about being on the vessel and cruising on the river, as I write this our beloved venerable Steamer DELTA QUEEN is enroute to New Orleans to undergo restoration for a return to cruising on the Mississippi River system. Her return is dependent upon receiving another Congressional exemption to a 1966 Safety at Sea law meant for oceangoing vessels, but once that exemption is obtained, it will be full steam ahead for her new owners in preparing her to ply our waters again, and yes, to stop in towns along the way as a part, not the main object, of her trip. Her passengers have been spending money here during her QuadCities' stops ever since her first trip here in 1954, and will again if Congress acts this session. So congrats Davenport on Viking, but don't forget your longtime friend the DQ. Congrats to us steamboat and river fans, as one of our treasures is a step closer to sharing the cacaphony of her calliope and the soothing slap of her paddlewheel with us again. LONG LIVE THE DELTA QUEEN!
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