Delta Queen might return to the rivers in 2014

May 10th, 2013

Efforts are under the way to bring the hisoric paddlewheel steamboat Delta Queen back on the rivers as a cruise ship in 2014. A group of potential investors and Delta Queen enthusiasts are planning to purchase the Delta Queen, halting current efforts to move the boat to the east or west coast to permanently serve as a dockside hotel.

Primary goal of this new efforts are to renew the Congressional Exemption allowing the Delta Queen to return to overnight passenger cruise service; To restore and upgrade the DQ (including replacement of the 1919-era boilers), so that she can once again provide river enthusiasts the unique opportunity to visit America’s heartland from an authentic early 20th century paddlewheel steamboat; And to return to the DQ to overnight passenger cruise service in 2014.

DQSC, Inc. is assembling a special crew to help to rescue, restore and preserve the legendary steamboat Delta Queen and is offering membership of the Honorary Crew of the Steamboat Delta Queen to fund the efforts to save the Delta Queen. Honorary Crew Member‘s status will range from „Deckhand“ ($ 1.000) to „Commodore“ ($ 50.000) and come with various benefits, immediately and when the Delta Queen eventually runs again, including free stays at the Delta Queen hotel, free cruises and guaranteed Captain’s table reservations on these cruises.

See save-the-delta-queen.org for more details.

The DQSC, Inc. effort is being lead by former Delta Queen Steamboat Company Vice President Cornel Martin who spearheaded the last successful effort to secure the Congressional Exemption extending the DQ’s overnight river cruise service from 1998 to 2008, current Delta Queen Hotel operators and care takers Randy and Leah Ann Ingram, and long time Delta Queen supporter Phillip Johnson.

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