American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen
to Nichols Brothers Boat
Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash.
The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system
, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand.
Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers
during its eight-night vacation package, which features an overnight stay in Portland, as well as a seven-night cruise with various excursions.
, AMCV executive vice president and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co.
, said, "We are pleased that Nichols Brothers Boat Builders will be completing Columbia Queen. Nichols Brothers Boat Builders' 35-year history of boat building in the Pacific Northwest, skilled workers and competitive bid were important factors in our selection."
Young added, "We look forward to offering passengers a new cruising experience with Delta Queen's style of quality and service."