Delta Queen announced yesterday the inaugural itineraries of the new CV Cape May Light and CV Cape Cod Light, the first of their new coastal vessels.
These little ships strike me as quite intriguing; inspired by and deisgned to resemble the turn of the century coastal vessles that used to ply the east coast of the USA but with all the conveniences and amenities that one expects these days.
The inaugural itineraries, which begin May 5, 2001 will sail the Chesapeake Bay, New England, Canada, the Great Lakes and southeastern US.
Look for a report about these vessels and itineraries on CruiseMates, soon. There aren't cruises you can take that will visit the American coastal cities because of the "Jones act", but on this US-based cruise line you can.
Sounds wonderful............I would love it......but can you tell me what the very cheapest starting (non-Brochure) rate will be be on one of these little Gems.........????
I'm sincere here......just figure it's out of my League........T
Thanks for the info. The Cape May Light has been docked here in Alexandria, Virginia for a couple days now and I was wondering who's cruiseline it was. I found out finally. I looked at the ship a number of times and wondered "How old is this Ship?" then I saw that it was brand new. Looks pretty neat. If I can get some pics, I'll pass them on.
We generally enjoyed the cruise but cannot with a clear consensus recommend the cruise until DQ gets their act together. True, the ship is new and new ships do have problems. In fact, we were originally scheduled to sail on its 11-day maiden cruise, a month earlier, but to numerous mechanical problems that cruise was cancelled. DQ, as of this date, has failed to refund the money when they shorten our cruise to seven days. We found (1) the use of the emergency public announcement speakers located in each cabin to announce the shipís late evening entertainment very disturbing; (2) the shipís bingo leader turning off the on-board historianís microphone in order to announce the next game 15-to-30 minutes in advance very annoying; (3) the lack of any ship debarkation and/or tour bus assignment totally lacking; and (4) the requirement that only the shipís personnel can slide the passengerís identification card through the scanner to be very time consuming. Footnote: this ship is really not suitable for any passenger who walks slowly as the single elevator is very slow, the between decks staircases are narrow, and the gangplank is very narrow, steep, and with many small steps.
Footnote: The ship had engine problems in Alexandria and we stayed there for three days and all pending ports and land tours were either cancelled or greatly shortened after arrival in Alexandria.
It is now three months since our cruise and the American Classic Voyages (aka Delta Queen) has finally refunded their over charges (about $2,000), etc. Many thanks to our wonderful travel agent who won't give up.
Apparently Delta Queen personnel are lobbying Congress to have the U.S. Government buy the Delta Queen's two Coastal Voyage ships - the Cape May Light and the Cape Cod Light - and convert them into hospital ships for the military. The latter ship was only half built before Delta Queen went into finanical default.