The Columbia Queen is not operating at this time.
The Columbia Queen was once the fourth of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company "Queens".
Even though she has neither steam nor paddlewheel,
the boat is the secret love of many steamboaters. She was built in the style of many historic river boats.
As a small
boat with a maximum of just 150 passengers, you're part of a family from the beginning. As a special
feature, many wonderful shore tours are included except for a couple optional excursions. The Columbia Queen
has elevators and available handicap rooms.
The Columbia Queen's advantage is that she's cruising in one of the most beautiful
parts of America with great landscapes, through almost untouched wilderness.
The Columbia Queen was built in 2000 for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co.
at Leevac Shipyards, Inc. of Jennings, LA, and was completed at Cascade General, Inc., in Portland, OR.
The hull originates from a former casino boat. The vessel was designed by Rodney E. Lay and Associates,
Jacksonville, FL - the same architects who designed the Delta Queen Steamboat Co.'s American Queen.
Whereas Delta Queen managed to find a suitable steam plant for that vessel, however, the Columbia
Queen is actually a motor vessel.
She was in service only for about 2 years when
the parental company of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., the American
Classical Voyages, went bancrupt in October, 2001. Different to the
other three "Queens" Delaware North Companies, Inc. did not buy the
Columbia Queen in January 2003, so her future was uncertain for a while
until Great American River Journeys decided that she's absolutely worth
of being back in service. Great American River Journeys got into
financial troubles and only run the boat for one season in 2005. The
2006 was cancelled. In October 2006 Ambassadors International purchased
the Columbia Queen. By the end of 2006 Ambassadors International formed
the new cruise line, Majestic America Line, which was owning and
operating the Columbia Queen from April 2007. MAL went bankrupt in 2009. Today, Ambassadors International is offering the Columbia Queen for sale.