We are so excited to announce that we will be performing aboard the Delta Queen in Chattanooga, TN the first and last weekends of October — on October 1, 2, and again Octtober 28, 29, 30, and 31. We’ll be performing each evening in the charming and historic Texas Lounge with incredible views of the Tennessee River and picturesque Chattanooga. We would love for you to come visit, stay aboard, and enjoy some music, magic and laughs with us for a fun weekend. Visit the Delta Queen Hotel website at

www.DeltaQueenHotel.com

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has completed the purchase the assets of bankrupt Ambassadors International, Inc. This includes the Delta Queen. For at least the foreseen future, this will not affect of the charter lease operation of The Delta Queen Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With her long-term future uncertain, I encourage you to experience the Delta Queen while you can. Visit www.DeltaQueenHotel.com for more information and reservations.

To read more about Xanterra’s acquisition, click here or click here.

Ambassadors International, Inc., the parent company owner of the Delta Queen, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. At least for the foreseen future, this will not affect the charter lease operation of the Delta Queen Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With her long-term future uncertain, I encourage you to experience the Delta Queen while you can. Visit www.DeltaQueenHotel.com for more information and reservations.

To read more about the bankruptcy, click here.

Laura and I have had such a great time performing on the Delta Queen for all the holiday parties, events, and festivities since Thanksgiving. What a wonderful place to spend a holiday getaway. Put it on your calendar for next year. The boat was decorated beautifully, and with all the poinsettias along the Grand Staircase, we thought it would make a perfect holiday card photo (see below). We hope to be back on the boat soon, but until then we wish you all the best and a very Happy Holiday.

Here’s a TV feature from the Fox station in Chattanooga about the pending sale of the Delta Queen:
Click here.

The Rally on the River event yesterday was a big success and lots of fun. It was such an honor to get to be a part of such a special day. Much thanks to hosts Leah Ann and Randy Ingram for such a terrific event and for all their efforts on behalf of the Delta Queen. They work tirelessly to preserve the boat and to make sure she remains in Chattanooga to be cared for, cherished, and open to the public. On a crisp and lovely autumn afternoon, dedicated volunteers welcomed visitors aboard and gave tours of this fascinating National Historic Landmark. Steam was brought up enough to rotate the paddlewheel and that beautiful sight filled me with a wave of nostalgia. Travis Vasconcelos played the calliope, the whistle blew and we all felt like a bunch of kids having a play day! It was an absolute blast.

The evening event was fantastic. Guests enjoyed several food stations around the Delta Queen and aboard the visiting Belle of Cincinnati docked alongside. Each station had different delectable treats prepared fresh by a team of talented chefs. Each station had wines paired to complement the culinary treats. Dessert was served in the Orleans Room and Laura and I performed our “Delta Queen: A Musical Journey” show chronicling the Delta Queen’s amazing adventures and many songs we’ve uncovered written about the boat. A silent auction also helped raise additional funds. All these proceeds go toward the establishment of a non-profit organization to raise private funds for the maintenance and preservation of the Delta Queen. There are even grand goals of purchasing the boat from its current owners (former cruise operators Ambassadors International) to make certain the boat stays in Chattanooga and its historical integrity is protected.

We’ll keep you posted as things progress.

Here’s a little video we put together with some highlights from the November 4 afternoon events:

A true Victorian-style Tea Room has just opened on the Delta Queen. It is the perfect idea in the perfect place. They’ve set lovely tables in the Forward Cabin Lounge with beautiful views of the park and the river. The gorgeous tablecloths, silverware, and fine china highlight the elegant experience. Laura and I enjoyed a wonderful array of teas, delicious scones, quiche, cakes, etc. Every bite was heavenly! I highly recommend it!

Here’s a few photos and copies of the menu for your review. Click on any image to enlarge:

A nice letter of support for the Delta Queen remaining in Chattanooga was written by R.J. Johnson and published by the Chattanoogan:

Chattanooga Can Help Save The Delta Queen
posted October 24, 2010

A city that can build an aquarium, save a century-old bridge, and restore a deserted downtown and riverfront to the level of global recognition, can surely save a riverboat.

I understand the Delta Queen is priced at $4.75 million, which is a lot of money, but it’s only a pittance to what Chattanoogans have raised before. When you consider the accomplishments of the last two decades, this should be chump change to us.

A shimmering jewel of history is in our midst, and we have one chance to permanently rescue this world-renowned vessel.

Thank you to Leah Ann and Randy Ingram, current operators of the Delta Queen Hotel, for your vision in establishing the Delta Queen Preservation Foundation. I hope Chattanoogans will support this effort, including the “Rally on the River” fundraiser on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Delta Queen Hotel owners Leah Ann and Randy Ingram are working to make sure the Delta Queen remains in Chattanooga and to preserve her historical integrity. The boat is for sale by owners Ambassadors International. Other buyers could move and alter the boat significantly. To read more about the efforts in this Chattanoogan article, click here.

To see the poster for the event, click here.

For details about the daytime events, click here.

A terrific event will be held on the Delta Queen on November 4 to promote and raise funds for the establishment of a non-profit organization to be called the Delta Queen Preservation Fund. The Chattanoogan ran this article:

Delta Queen Operators Say Future Of Riverboat In Jeopardy
“Rally On The River” Set For Preservation Fund
posted October 23, 2010

New operators of the Delta Queen hotel say the future of the historic riverboat now docked at Coolidge Park as a floating hotel remains in jeopardy.

New managers Leah Ann and Randy Ingram said they are striving to establish the Delta Queen Preservation Foundation, “which will allow the Delta Queen to become a permanent piece of our city’s riverfront.”

Ambassadors International, owner of the Delta Queen, has contracted with real estate broker Colliers International to sell the grand riverboat.

The Colliers listing for the Delta Queen sets the price at $4.75 million. The potential private or public uses listed are as “a hotel or restaurant, day charter or cruise service, museum or historical display, entertainment venue, theme park or tourist destination, or other uses as deemed appropriate.”

A “Rally on the River” fundraiser has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 6:30-9:30 on the Delta Queen.

The Ingrams said, “The Delta Queen is currently for sale with potential buyers making appointments to tour the boat with purchase options in mind.

“Some want to dismantle her for pieces of her valuable infrastructure, while others have ideas of turning her into a time share.

“Any option that takes away from this boat’s unique history or changes her infrastructure could put her historic designation in jeopardy, which means one of our city’s favorite attractions could soon go away.”

They said at the upcoming event “we will be raising funds and awareness about plans that will keep the Delta Queen – a part of maritime history – intact for generations to come.”

The event will include calliope concert music from the Belle of Cincinnati, the Southern Belle and the Delta Queen.

The Delta Queen’s paddle wheel will turn throughout the evening.

There will be progressive tastings with wine pairings from the Delta Queen’s new executive chef.

After dinner, the group will board the Belle of Cincinnati for after dinner drinks and entertainment.

A portion of each ticket sold will go to the newly formed foundation.

Single tickets are $125 and couples are $200.

For more information or to make reservations, call 413-3804 or Julie@AllAboardUSA.net