Thursday, September 30, 2010

Overnight cruising returns to the Ohio River in 2012

The Delta Queen may be docked, the American Queen's future is uncertain, and the Mississippi Queen ...

American Cruise Lines has announced it will return overnight cruising to the Mississippi River system, including the Ohio River, in 2012.

According to the schedule in the news release, the new boat will make trips up the Ohio similar to the fall foliage cruises of the Delta Queen. It will make stops at Paducah, Cave In Rock, Henderson, Mount Vernon, Louisville, Madison, Cincinnati, Maysville, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, Point Pleasant, Marietta and Wheeling. I noticed that Huntington is not on the list, but that's not surprising. Huntington tourism officials were indifferent to the Delta Queen and its sister boats, and I hear the riverfront there has silted in to the point larger boats cannot dock there until someone does some dredging.

It's no wonder the boat will stop at Point Pleasant. The people there do the river right.

I didn't see a name for the new boat on the news release. It seems that for now, American Cruise Lines is calling it the Mississippi Riverboat.

This was announced last week, but I missed it somehow. I'll try to get more on this tomorrow.

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