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    Has no one seen this???

    Hey all,

    While doing my daily snooping around on the internet (yes, I realize I need a life!!) I found this tidbit of information.

    http://www.deltaqueenhotel.com/dqsc.pdf

    I have to admit, my excitement level has arisen quite alot after reading it. Sounds like there is more hope for a renewed interest in getting boats back on the river than any of us knew. Maybe even the DELTA QUEEN herself if this plan works!

    This information was just what was needed to clear up this dreary ol winters day!

    Best wishes to the NEW Delta Queen Steamboat Company!

    Travis

    #2
    Very intersting....do you think it can be successful??

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      #3
      One can only hope...and until this...there wasn't much hope, was there?

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        #4
        2 questions:

        1) Have they bought the Delta Queen Steamboat Company name and logo from whichever previous owner had it?
        2) Just how are the Blaine Kern people going to renovate the AQ and RE into Mardi Gras World hotels?

        It's good to see some plans being made for the DQ and AQ, and to see in print the logical conclusion of the MQ, as we have really known all along. As far as making the boats into hotels, there is no shortage of hotel rooms in NOLA now. Unless they are planning to provide meals and entertainment with the rooms, I don't see many people jumping at the chance to stay in rooms half or less the size of hotel rooms at an out of the way place. There was a plan for the Riverfront Streetcar to extend to Robin St., but that hasn't happened yet, so shuttles or cabs would probably be needed for most people to go to the FQ. Robin Street is now the major tourist friendly place for Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, which is the major floatbuilder for Mardi Gras. They still have the West Bank facilities in Algiers, which is where the tourists used to get the tours of the process, but now that is done at Robin St. The wharf has been completely redone from the DQ days. BK had contracted with the CREOLE QUEEN to run cruises from Canal St. to Robin St., but that didn't last very long. I have not been in the new Robin St. facility, so I don't know what all BK provides there, but if it is basically still just to tour the floatmaking process, I don't see what the pull would be for staying overnight up there. Got to hand it to Mr. Phillips for trying though. One final thought: why both the AQ and RE? Why not stay smaller scale and make sure one is filled up? But as you said Travis, at least its some good news in a dreary January...

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          #5
          Judy,

          It is so great to see something in print showing a future...even if it is way down the road. sure did warm up a nasty day!

          I didn't understand the whole inclusion of Mardi Gras World until I saw the graphic showing the old River City Casino dock as the NEW Mardi Gras World location. All of it makes sense when you see this. The CREOLE QUEEN thing...I totally understand that not working...those people who own her are not the most reputable in my book. They contacted me a few months ago about working on the calliope to get it running again...we agreed on prices, dates, times, and the like. When the time came to travel, they were no where to be found and stopped answering phone calls. I suspect she is for sale or about in the hands of the liquidator by now.

          Travis

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            #6
            Cap'n Harry talked about a bright idea like this as we all sat around the Texas Lounge together. If something is going to get done, he will be out in front leading the band.

            It will be interesting to see what could be put together, and how willing folks might be to make concessions to get the steamboat(s) running again.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Travis Vasconcelos View Post
              Judy,

              It is so great to see something in print showing a future...even if it is way down the road. sure did warm up a nasty day!

              I didn't understand the whole inclusion of Mardi Gras World until I saw the graphic showing the old River City Casino dock as the NEW Mardi Gras World location.

              Travis
              Mardi Gras World is not at the old River City dock, it is at the Robin St. Wharf. Now maybe they plan to tie the boats up at the old Casino Dock, which had a mock plantation home in it, but the MG stuff is at the old DQ headquarters at Robin St.

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                #8
                Judy,

                I was referring to the graphic in the prospectus included in my link when I said this. If you look at the graphic you will see the plans call for the utilization of the former River City Casino property as the "New" Mardi Gras World. The current Mardi Gras World property (The Robin Street Wharf) is to become the "New" Delta Queen Steamboat Company. In their prospectus they detail this fact in the graphic which shows an blue anchor and the name "Delta Queen Steamboat Company" on the Robin Street Wharf property and a yellow push pin with the inscription "Mardi Gras World". This is on page 9 of the DQSC.pdf.

                Sorry if this was confusing to you.

                I was well aware of Mardi Gras World operating from the Robin Street Wharf. I went there to see it about a year and a half ago. It was nice to see people using the place that meant so much to all us steamboaters!

                Travis

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                  #9
                  It wasn't confusing, I just didn't read the whole pdf. and just went on your terminology. Whichever one is used is not in walking distance of either the FQ or the Garden District. At least the area has been cleaned up. When the DQCo. moved there in 1985, many employees were apprehensive, since it sat just a few blocks from the huge St. Thomas Project, which has since been torn down. I think this location kept a lot of people from staying for a departure or from venturing over there at night. But that has been remedied to a great extent now.

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                    #10
                    Robin St Wharf

                    I'm trying not to get so excited about this, but just the phrase "Robin St Wharf" triggers a whole range of warm and happy emotions. Except for one - when I left there for the last time.

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                      #11
                      ok pardon me for not keeping up but what was the written sentence for the MQ and her demise?

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                        #12
                        There is still no official word. Captain Phillips said:

                        "The MQ was taken out of service in late 2006 for an ill-fated refurbushment and is now considered a total economic loss. The vessel will most likely be sold for scrap".

                        Nothing we didn't already know, so not to read anything significant into that statement.

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                          #13
                          What a waste! I remember taking the grand opening tour of the MQ in Cincinnati when it was brand new and touted as being the largest paddlewheeler on the river. I believe it was in 1976. It had the world's largest calliope built by the Davis Calliope Works. I also saw Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium later known as Cinergy Field rise and fall to be replaced by the lesser Great American Ballpark. Either of these could have survived for longer than 30 years.

                          I guess they just weren't in style any more. I'm certainly not a believer in a throw away society that seems to have become the norm nowadays. Europe manages to hold on to their landmarks for centuries while integrating them in with the new. We could take a lesson from them.


                          Originally posted by Pat Traynor View Post
                          There is still no official word. Captain Phillips said:

                          "The MQ was taken out of service in late 2006 for an ill-fated refurbushment and is now considered a total economic loss. The vessel will most likely be sold for scrap".

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                            #14
                            Is there any new info on this?

                            Why have we heard nothng new on this. Was it just a whisper in the wind? I agree we should preserve more and not be so quick to thow away the MQ, it could be a bpank slate for a new kind of paddlewheeler. How about a solar powered green steamboat?

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