American Classic Voyages Company, which owns and operates cruise lines Delta Queen Steamboat, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages and U.S. Lines, has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
As a result, the company will cease operations for its Hawaii vessels -- the Independence and the Patriot -- tomorrow (Saturday) at the end of this week's voyages. In addition, four of the company¹s five Delta Queen ships -- American Queen, Mississippi Queen, Columbia Queen and Cape May Light -- will also halt operations within the next three days following conclusion of current voyages. Delta Queen, the river-going flagship, and a National Historic landmark, will continue to operate on schedule.
AMCV, which has two new ships under construction in its much-ballyhooed Project America, the first cruise ship building effort in America in 50 years, has said it will work with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Maritime Administration to continue construction.
In all, the Chapter 11 filing and the subsequent reorganization means 2,150 jobs will be cut; 30 shoreside staffers and 80 onboard employees will continue to work on the one remaining cruise ship and the Project America newbuilds. All cruises currently underway will finish on schedule and and no passengers or crew will be stranded. The company has said it plans to resume sailings next spring on Mississippi Queen; no additional details are available at this time.
For future travel, cruise passengers who have booked passage on the Delta Queen steamboat, nothing has changed and trips will go ahead as planned. Those who have purchased cruises on any of the line's other ships will have to pursue refunds on their own, whether through a travel insurer (provided they bought the insurance at a time when the travel insurance companies were still providing default coverage for the line) or a credit card company. The Line has set up a customer service number for more information 800 856-9904.
Travelers who paid by cash or check will have to get in line with the rest of the line's "creditors" and file a Proof of Claim Form with the Clerk of the Court for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of
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AMCV Files Chapter 11
October 19, 2001