AMERICAN QUEEN at Maysville. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2007.
Memphis-based Great American Steamboat Company’s President, Christopher Kyte, shares an exclusive with MaritimeMatters today. “I am happy to report that last Friday, the Great American Steamboat Company received its approval to ‘sell’ from the Federal Maritime Commission and we open for reservations here on Sept 30, 2011.”
The 436 passenger, 1995-built steamboat AMERICAN QUEEN was purchased from the U.S Maritime Administration in late July and has since departed the US Reserve Fleet in Beaumont, Texas for a complete overhaul and refit at the Bollinger Shipyard in Sulphur, Louisiana.
Kyte added, “Refurbishment of the boat is right on schedule and the most important aspect of all — great food — is being addressed by Regina Charboneau of Natchez, who was my executive chef for the luxury trains ‘Houston’ and ‘Los Angeles’ in their heyday, when they regularly were praised in the pages of Gourmet Magazine, et al. Many of the great longtime crew people from Delta Queen Steamboat Company are also coming back, so it is all shaping up very well.”
“I am also happy to report that we have assembled the sales team that were with Delta Queen Steamboat Company in its heyday. And in lieu of the customary e-docs, we will have real tickets with real luggage tags.”
The maiden voyage of the AMERICAN QUEEN is scheduled for April of 2012.
For further information, contact American Queen Steamboat Company www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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