The Delta Queen at night

Leah Ann and Randy Ingram have purchased the charter rights of the Historic Delta Queen and full operational control of the Delta Queen Hotel. They will be a positive and dynamic force for the Delta Queen as they are both travel industry experts and also own All Aboard USA, a group tour and motor coach transportation company based in Chattanooga.

Leah Ann worked for years with the Delta Queen coordinating motorcoach transportation for airport transfers and shore tours in many ports of call. She is enthusiastic, delightful, and immensely energetic. She loves the Delta Queen dearly and will be a guiding light, protective guardian, and passionate advocate for the boat. The Ingrams are savvy businesspeople with a clear and detailed understanding of the boat’s potential as a hotel. They have many group contacts and excellent marketing skills. I will keep you posted as some of their exciting new plans develop.

We were contracted to perform onboard for the summer of 2009 with previous operator Sydney Slome as the boat opened as a boutique hotel in Chattanooga. We certainly acknowledge his role in making sure the Delta Queen has been cared for and open to the public for all to enjoy her special history and the unique experience of dining, enjoying entertainment, and staying aboard overnight. Without the commitment of Mr. Slome, and now Leah Ann and Randy Ingram, the Delta Queen could easily have ended up tied off at some remote dock, rotting away lost and forgotten to the American public. Although we wish she could have cruised forever, she at least has a beautiful home in Chattanooga and is loved and open for us all to enjoy. Go visit the Delta Queen soon!

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