Published on : Thursday, May 28, 2020
American Queen Steamboat Company recently announced a new schedule for the suspension and restarting of operations across all its vessels. The company mentioned that the new timeline was prepared in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving nature following the continued wide-spread restrictions across ports, cities and public institutions by several governments across the globe.
The cruise line also published a set of new health protocols recently. The American Empress has decided to extend its suspension through July 5, 2020. The cruise generally sails the Columbia and Snake rivers. It is planning to resume operations around July 6-13 Pacific Northwest Splendors by sailing from Portland (Vancouver, WA) to Spokane (Clarkston, WA).
On the other hand, the American Duchess, which sails on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers, has extended suspensions beyond mid-July. It is currently planning to resume operations from July 20-27 with Mark Twain’s Mississippi sailing from St. Louis, MO (Alton) to Minneapolis, MN (Red Wing).
The latest cruise that joined the fleet on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers, the American Countess will also extend its suspension till July 15, 2020. The American Queen is also expecting to do the same. Both the vessels are yet to finalise any specific restart dates but the company will be reviewing the scenario and announce the debut itineraries in the coming weeks.
John Waggoner, Founder and CEO, American Queen Steamboat Company said in a press statement that the company is excited to get back on the rivers and deliver the high-quality experience they are recognised for. He also said that the wellbeing of guests, crew and partners remains the utmost priority for the cruise line as it plans to launch restart dates.
He shared the company’s recent partnership with Ochsner Health in addition to the enhanced health and safety protocols and easy access to U.S. healthcare facilities, allows it to resume operations responsibly and safely in the two key markets, the Pacific Northwest and the Lower and Upper Mississippi River.