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June 15, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
American Cruise Lines, which specializes in river trips on small ships, has renovated its Queen of the West riverboat and returned it to service, sailing on the Columbia and Snake rivers from Portland , Ore. The 230-foot-long, 120-passenger boat was built in 1995, removed from service late last year and resumed sailing on May 14. It’s doing seven-night itineraries between Portland and Clarkston, Wash., through at least Nov. 19.  Most...
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March 24, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: My husband had a stroke two years ago. He can walk short distances and maneuver some stairs, but we always take a wheelchair. I have just retired and would love to do some traveling, and a riverboat cruise in Europe is at the top of my bucket list. Are there trips that could accommodate this situation? Would shore excursions be a problem, or are we restricted to drive-bys? Charlotte Lechlak Encino Answer: River cruising is the hot ticket in 2013, especially if Europe is your destination.
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January 23, 2005
I am responding to Arthur Frommer's comments in "Taking It Easy on the Sleepy Mississippi" [On a Budget, Jan. 2]: I am a young 36, and I happily signed up with my mom, a young sixtysomething, for an art cruise on the American Queen. It was more fun than my in-laws' cruise to Mexico on a giant cruise ship. I didn't see anyone elderly on my cruise. Many were my age or younger. So much for Frommer's myth that riverboats are the geriatric cruise of the 21st century. It depends on your crowd.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Could this be a paddlewheel renaissance? Maybe, but not in that creaky, 19th century way. Some new Victorian-style riverboats plying the Mississippi and other U.S. rivers this year will come tricked out with large balconies, Wi-Fi in every stateroom and satellite TVs. American Cruise Lines said Tuesday it plans to build a new paddlewheel ship to add to its U.S. river fleet. The news comes as the finishing touches are being put on the Connecticut-based company's brand-new Queen of the Mississippi, which is set to make its inaugural cruise from New Orleans on the Mississippi River in August.
NEWS
December 16, 1985 | United Press International
Salvage crews pumped water out of the crippled riverboat Mississippi Queen and tried to patch a big gash in the starboard side of the luxury paddlewheeler Sunday, three days after it collided with a tugboat. Coast Guard officials have not yet determined the cause of the accident.
BUSINESS
September 23, 1986 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Bahia Resort Hotel, which already has one riverboat, recently paid more than $4 million for a second, spanking new paddle-wheeler. The San Diego Hilton Beach & Tennis Resort, which already has two motor yachts, just spent $600,000 to turn an aging, 42-year-old ferryboat into an 1890s-style riverboat. Mission Bay suddenly has enough riverboats to stage a paddle-wheel race and present awards to the top three finishers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2000
Politicking from a train, plane or riverboat is fine, but more fitting would be a hot-air balloon. BARBARA BERRY Torrance
NEWS
March 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you've ever yearned to take an Amazon River tour, your riverboat may have just come in. International Expeditions takes $1,000 off the price of a 10-day river expedition in Peru that offers a close-up look at wildlife, the rain forest and village life along the renowned South American river.  The deal: International Expeditions' discount applies to a single  June sailing that explores the river, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1985 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
It was hotelier William D. Evans' dream, and when he died suddenly in April, his widow became determined to make it come true. The dream was the Bahia Belle II, a substantially larger version of the 200-passenger stern-wheeler Evans built 10 years ago and moored at his Bahia Hotel to carry hotel guests, tourists--and quite a few San Diegans--on romantic cruises on Mission Bay. Winter and summer, the original Bahia Belle still plies the bay.
NEWS
August 13, 1987 | MYRA VANDERPOOL GORMLEY
Question: I have just learned that my great-grandfather was hanged for murdering someone, and I am still in shock. There are jokes about finding such a horror story while doing a family tree, but when it actually happens, it is sad. Should I write about it or ignore it? Should this story be included in our family history? How do other genealogists handle this?
WORLD
July 12, 2011 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
A Russian riverboat was overloaded and in need of repairs when it sank in the Volga River with 208 people on board, officials said Monday as the toll rose to 58 confirmed dead. The riverboat Bulgaria, which sank Sunday about two miles from shore, was not licensed to carry passengers, had not undergone major repairs in 30 years and was operating without its left engine, said Marina Gridneva, a spokeswoman for the Russian prosecutor general's office. Volga region transport prosecutor Sergei Belov said fuel for the left engine had been pumped to the boat's right side, which resulted in the boat listing 4 degrees.
WORLD
July 11, 2011 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
More than 100 people were missing and feared dead after the sudden sinking of a passenger cruiser on the Volga River on Sunday afternoon, Russian officials said. The 56-year-old double-deck pleasure cruiser Bulgaria was carrying 188 people — 142 passengers and 46 crew — when it went under about two miles from the shore of the Volga, in central Russia near the regional capital of Kazan, about 450 miles east of Moscow. Two bodies were quickly recovered, officials said, and about 80 passengers had been rescued, 13 of whom were rushed to hospitals, said Irina Andrianova, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman, in televised remarks.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
American Cruise Lines, which specializes in river trips on small ships, has renovated its Queen of the West riverboat and returned it to service, sailing on the Columbia and Snake rivers from Portland , Ore. The 230-foot-long, 120-passenger boat was built in 1995, removed from service late last year and resumed sailing on May 14. It’s doing seven-night itineraries between Portland and Clarkston, Wash., through at least Nov. 19.  Most...
NEWS
March 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you've ever yearned to take an Amazon River tour, your riverboat may have just come in. International Expeditions takes $1,000 off the price of a 10-day river expedition in Peru that offers a close-up look at wildlife, the rain forest and village life along the renowned South American river.  The deal: International Expeditions' discount applies to a single  June sailing that explores the river, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve...
TRAVEL
October 11, 2009 | Martin Miller
As a tourist in Washington, D.C., you can do a lot of walking. I repeat, a lot of walking and on pavement. Then couple that with some of Washington's famous heat and humidity. It's mostly a sweaty haze of a memory at this point, but I seem to recall both my sons -- ages 10 and 7 -- asking to be carried (who says kids don't have a sense of humor?) after a day of walking around the museums on the Mall. Meanwhile, even my hike-happy wife looked longingly at air-conditioned taxi cabs as they whizzed by, but maybe that's because she was giving me a piggyback ride.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2007 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
Owners of the historic Delta Queen, the country's best-known paddle-wheeler, say they may be forced to pull the boat out of regular overnight service on the Mississippi River unless Congress extends its exemption from safety laws. Opponents say the 1926 steamboat, with a steel hull and wooden superstructure, is a fire hazard. The waiver exempts the Delta Queen from a federal law that requires fire-retardant materials on vessels carrying 50 or more passengers on overnight trips.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1999
Two decades have passed since my family and I left our comfortable home, relatives and friends in Saigon to find freedom with an unknown future. I still remember clearly the day we escaped the Vietnamese Communists. My mother, wiping her tears, walked away from the home she and my had father built, filled with memories. We could succeed in escaping the horrible regime, or not. Either way, we would lose all we owned. My father and three of my sisters and my brother were already waiting for us in the tiny riverboat.
BUSINESS
May 30, 1995 | ALAN SAYRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Why in the era of cheap airline fares would anyone spend $9,400 to take a boat from Pittsburgh to New Orleans? Never underestimate the lure of a Mark Twain trip on a paddle-wheeler. The Mississippi riverboat business is booming, with travelers willing to spend big on five- or 16-night cruises. Demand is so high that Delta Queen Steamboat Co. has spent $65 million to build the largest steamboat ever, the 418-foot American Queen. Travelers are lured by the ambience of the big ships.
TRAVEL
June 19, 2005 | Chris Erskine, Times Staff Writer
I am standing in this old penny of a town, on the edge of the Mississippi River, fishing the same stretch of riverbank Mark Twain fished as a boy. Twain grew up two blocks from here. He fished, he swam, he worshiped these alluvial waters. In the late 1800s, he turned around and made it all ridiculously famous. What was his gift? Twain "cheered and comforted a tired world," according to the monument at his birthplace in nearby Florida, Mo.
TRAVEL
January 23, 2005
I am responding to Arthur Frommer's comments in "Taking It Easy on the Sleepy Mississippi" [On a Budget, Jan. 2]: I am a young 36, and I happily signed up with my mom, a young sixtysomething, for an art cruise on the American Queen. It was more fun than my in-laws' cruise to Mexico on a giant cruise ship. I didn't see anyone elderly on my cruise. Many were my age or younger. So much for Frommer's myth that riverboats are the geriatric cruise of the 21st century. It depends on your crowd.
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