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    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.
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    #2
    Judy,

    What is ACL?

    Thanks.

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      #3
      ACL

      American Cruise Line, base in Connecticut.

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        #4
        Its already up on Maritime Matters

        The Scoop On The Paddle! | MaritimeMatters | Cruise ship news and ocean liner history

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          #5
          Really?

          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.

          Wesley

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            #6
            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.

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              #7
              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.

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                #8
                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.

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                  #9
                  Chicago?

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

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                    #10
                    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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                      #11
                      Amenities, etc.

                      In the prerelease info I got, the key word was: amenities. So I think charm and whatever else one might yearn for from the steamboats will be down the list. Amenities, new passenger target groups wanting larger rooms, amenities, etc. It will be good to see a sternwheeler plying the UMR again though.

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                        #12
                        Something I posted with the MaritimeMatters article (which they have not posted yet), is that I hope the paddlewheel is functional, and not faux. I didn't see any specifics about that, but I assume a boat that large would not mess with a false wheel, and they would want it functional. I presume it will be diesel with Z-drives (?)... Some sheer in the proposed boat's profile would be nice also...

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                          #13
                          All of ACL's boats are very plain Jane inside and out, and their fares are quite high. This is the same company that brought the illfated NEW ORLEANS to the Mississippi River System in the early 80's. Berlitz's "Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2010" rates all of their current boats as 2 star which is lower than all of Carnival Cruise Lines' ships' rankings of 3 and 3+.

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                            #14
                            Power?

                            If it can be steam powered that would be great...a lot quieter than most of the diesel with hydraulic paddle drives I have heard. The hydraulic motors seem to have an annoying, steady, hum or high pitched buzz that vibrates all the time while in motion.

                            Anyone else have similar, or different, experiences?


                            Originally posted by Lexie Palmore View Post
                            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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                              #15
                              NEW ORLEANS

                              Funny you should mention the NEW ORLEANS - the first glance I had of this drawing and I thought it looked like a bigger version of that boat - plus a sternwheel. Where did the NEW ORLEANS end up after her brief Mississippi River career?

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