I'm a former and hopefully future employee of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. The company is in the process of recovering from the American Classic Voyages fiasco. The Delta Queen herself will suspend operations as of Jan 4th or 5th and go into extended layup until August. In the meantime, they are accepting reservations for the Mississippi Queen's return to the rivers starting (I believe) May 7th. There a whole new attitude at DQ, or should I say a "good old fashioned attitude". The company is now being run by experienced steamboaters who are bringing us back in style.
Reservations are coming in and I think you will find a more attractive price schedule, especially for some of the shorter duration cruises.
I'm not sure if you are familiar at all with the truly unique cruise experience provided by The Delta Queen Steamboat Company. No other cruise line in the world can offer the same itineraries with the same amenities and entertainment features.
It is an American cruise line offering an American experience like no other. Whether it's a quiet, stately small town like St. Francisville, the hustle-bustle of St. Louis or the musically historic Beale Street experience in Memphis, The Delta Queen Steamboat Company serves it all up with a dash of elegance and panache.
Research it. Call them. Satisfy yourself that what I'm telling you is the truth. Then, share it with your fellow cruisers. You will be perfoming a service not only to them, not only to the 2500 employees who were laid off but also to the preservation of American heritage at a time when all things American are in peril.
The company site is http://www.deltaqueen.com
. Take five minutes and check it out.