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Dan Owen 10-24-2016 10:39 AM

That's right, the new name of the BETTENDORF CAPRI is AMERICAN DUCHESS, effective Sept. 27. The boat had gone down the river under its own power and its pilot had been giving the name BETTENDORF CAPRI to the locks and that is the way it was recorded. An FCC license was issued to American Duchess, Inc., P.O. Box 47150, 115 E. Market St., New Albany, Ind. When new, named LADY LUCK BETTENDORF, it was towed upstream by an Alter Barge Line towboat and had no pilothouse. The recent southbound trip was made with a little square plywood pilothouse mounted in a scissor jack that you sometimes see at a construction site. The boat was running daylight only. Its AIS unit showed a Nov. 1 ETA at Morgan City, La.

Franz Neumeier 10-25-2016 07:36 AM

This is how the suites on board will look like - definitely something you haven't seen on a riverboat yet ...

[url=]River Cruise News Blog Archive Details about American Duchess Suites[/url]

Bob Reynolds 10-25-2016 08:03 AM

Wow. Just WOW...................

R. Dale Flick 10-25-2016 08:27 AM

*AMERICAN DUCHESS/Spending habits*
Steamboating colleagues:
Thanks to Dan for his initial posting RE: new AMERICAN DUCHESS from AQ CO. and Franz's links. I agree with Bob above with "Wow! Just WOW!" AMERICAN QUEEN up and moving ahead. Other 'actors' also now IN the river cruise business. All remakable to those of us remembering when only the DELTA QUEEN survived carrying on the tradition. All part of the 'competitive factor' which can't be denied. If AQ Co. retains a lobbyist unknown to me but it is very legal under our system. If you can't lick 'em politcially then counter 'em with the same tactics. Steamboating never was an easy business or guaranteed investment return.

Recent publications focusing on 'Emerging River Cruise Industry' here and abroad. One writer terms it "Hassle-free travel"--well, almost. With darkening clouds in certain European and Mediterranean cruise markets with unsettled politics, war threats, people turning to cruising. Present day Baby Boomers total 77,000,000 spening $400 Billion a year for certain goods and services. May shock us with some prevailing river cruise passenger rates but if you think people don't have that money to spend then think again. In most cases with cruise boats/ships the top most expensive accommodations sell out long before those cabins descending down in order. Well, what do I know?

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

Jim Reising 10-25-2016 04:53 PM

Wow is right. If there wasn't a market for a boat like this, John Wagner wouldn't be putting his money in it. He knows that people don't want a motel 6 on a barge. This is what the American market wants and is willing to pay a premium for, history be darned.

Bob Reynolds 10-26-2016 07:55 AM

Yes Jim, and bully for them! While this is great, I think there will still be room for the old DQ in the mix, small rooms and all. There's that old charm that nothing can replace.

R. Dale Flick 10-26-2016 08:01 AM

*"Premium/Market/Ship & Boat building $$*
Morning, Steamboating colleagues:
Jim, good points above linked to the new AMERICAN DUCHESS. Mr. Wagner no doubt knows/studies the "market for a boat like this" as you write. What we see here as, possibly, a "premium" for such cruises really just the norm world-wide. Any idea here that we could return to or see the days of relatively inexpensive DELTA QUEEN cruise tariffs wishful thinking. Appears our rivers here just catching up late with new cruise boat building and proposals. The photos Franz kindly posted interesting along wih those square foot cabin measurements. Yet, boat/ship companies can do wonders with digital renderings or using camera lenses to make any space on a vessel look expansive. Wonder what the cuisine offerings for meals will be on the new DUCHESS?

News in RE: cruise ship construction. Huge MITSUBISHI Industries of Japan now suddenly out of the cruise ship construction business. A contract with CARNIVAL CRUISES for two ships under the brand name of AIDA has lost $2.3 Billion in ship work due to delays, supply factors. This leaves just two big companies in this line: Italy's FANCANTIERI, Germany's MEYER WERFT with their yards, link with required subcontractors in Europe. Some new rumblings also from China to enter the big ship business. Yards in the U.S. focus on smaller class of cruise vessels. The idea is for countries to focus on what they do best. Big shipping lines, cruise ship companies comb the international shipyards for who can do the job the fastest and cheapest. And I'm certain ship yards have 'lobbyist' in one form or another extending inside various European parliaments. Many large ocean cruise ships now approaching the $1 Billion tag with an expanded hull life span with depreciation up to 40 and even 50 years. Well, what do I know?

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.-

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