It looks like the Hurricane Katrina has hurt another segment of the New Orleans tourism business as the steamboat cruise business is still hurting. Typically New Orleans is the starting or the end point to the Mississippi cruises. That is a large amount of hotel rooms that will not be filled during 2006.
The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. said the American Queen’s 2006 schedule will be cancelled “due to conditions in New Orleans and along the lower Mississippi River system.”
The vessel has been privately chartered through January, and possibly beyond that time, according to Delta Queen President Bruce Nierenberg.
The company said in a statement that it has seen strong positive momentum in bookings” in recent months and hopes this trend continues. But it is apparent that the upriver itineraries would have a difficult time supporting a three-boat operation” for the whole 2006 operating year.
The Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen are slated to operate with “minimal” schedule changes this spring. via Travel Weekly