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Date: January 07, 2003 at 19:01:29
From: John K. Mullen, [adsl-66-138-147-244.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net]
Subject: Re: DQ website


Right on Judy.
It behooves all of us, the steamboaters and the
DQSC to have all available information out there for
all to see. The DQSC pays the travel agents for
their services but does not pay that commission
when we book direct.
I know that the travel agents provide a valuable
service but some of us like to do our own thing.
Sometimes we pay a little more, sometimes less.
It is our choice to do it our way. When we can do
the research ourselves we can make adjustments
and fine-tune plans before committing. It also cuts
down on a lot of phone calls between the traveler,
the agent and DQSC.
I would also like to know all the planned literary of
each cruise. We were able to do that with the
posted schedules of the past. Sometimes the
stops make a difference in which cruise I take. I
realize that while steamboating some changes
may have to be made, but it is nice to know what
was planned. Themes are also important. Nothing
like getting on a cruise and finding out the theme is
something in which you have no interest. The
themes are listed on the DQSC site but not what
cruises they are the featured attraction.
A good updated web page in today’s world is the
best way to generate business. I wish that DQSC
would realize this. The more steamboaters they
get into steamboating the more we will be able to
experience steamboating in future years.
I like the information provided by Phyllis’ web site.
She is doing a great job on getting people on the
boats. I do not agree with her that we all are
insisting on $100 a night fares. It is nice to get but I
would be pleased to get recognition in the way of
some fare reduction and an occasional upgrade.
Without repeat passengers the boats would never
run full.
I hope that the company will do more to get new
steamboaters and retain the present loyal
“Frequent Floaters”
The fine crew and staff on the Queens are
depending on all of us for their future in
Steamboatin’


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