In the previous posts, I’ve written quite a bit about the Delta Queen’s Congressional struggles to be allowed to continue operation. To make matters worse, the Delta Queen also has been put up for sale.

THE DELTA QUEEN OFFERED FOR SALE

Congressman Steve Chabot’s April 24 defeat [see previous post] was quickly followed on April 29, 2008 by Majestic America Line’s announcement to offer for sale the Delta Queen (and all six other vessels in their fleet) and cease operation of those vessels by 2009.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THE DELTA QUEEN?
Majestic America Line Press Release, August 1, 2007
“The company is continuing to evaluate the best way to preserve her legendary spirit and her esteemed place in American history for future generations.”

Joe Ueberroth

Joe Ueberroth

Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2007
“Joe Ueberroth, president and chief executive of Ambassadors International in Newport Beach, which bought the boat last year, said it may see service abroad or become a floating hotel and museum.”

From the May Ambassadors Earnings Conference Call
President and CEO, Joe Ueberroth, said: “There are a lot of interested parties — some who want to operate [the vessels] traditionally like we have, but there are some who look at them for other uses, and foreign buyers could offer them on [other] rivers. … We even see some interest … as floating hotels.”

LESSONS LEARNED BY MAJESTIC
Travel Weekly, May 12, 2008
Joe Ueberroth: “We have learned the hard way that our product is not about trumpeter swans [the company logo] or high thread counts…But instead it is about a great heritage, small American towns and its people, Mark Twain and that underlying seduction or pull to the river.”

In an interview after the earnings call, Ueberroth reiterated that his advice to future owner(s) would be to “understand the history of this product, listen to your customer and really embrace its tradition.”

Keep visiting back to this blog for updates on the sale of the Delta Queen and the other boats in the fleet.

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