In other news relating to the late, lamented Delta Queen-U.S. Lines-American Classic Voyages company, which filed for financial insolvency following the events of September 11, America West Steamboat picked up the fourth river boat -- the Columbia Queen. Patriot was, of course, reacquired by Carnival Corp. which has leased it out to a UK-based charter operator. Work has begun again on the stalled Project America ships -- well, the first one, anyway -- which is on target for a September debut though by which cruise line at this point is a matter of speculation. Norwegian Cruise Lines has been fingered as a potential buyer.
Finally, still up for sale are Delta Queen spinoff’s newest vessels -- Cape May Light and Cape Cod Light -- and there are a handful of rumored bidders expressing interest; a spokesman for Uniglobe, the river tour company, declined to comment but the company had been interested in the Delta Queen vessels.