American Queen Voyages ceases operations

American Queen Voyages ceases operations

U.S. river cruise specialist American Queen Voyages has ceased trading following ongoing financial troubles related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement from the cruise line, which was best known for cruises onboard the Mississippi River paddlewheeler American Queen, confirmed that the business has been shut down, and that all future AQV cruises have been cancelled.

A spokesperson said: “Despite great efforts by our team, crew and partners, American Queen Voyages (AQV) unfortunately has been unable to rebound from the effects of the pandemic.

“The overnight cruise industry was especially affected by changes in travel preferences and, as a result, AQV has become financially unsustainable.”

They added: “We are deeply proud of our crew and the outstanding travel experiences and service we have provided to our guests. As we reflect on the journey we have shared over the years, we are filled with gratitude for the privilege of serving our guests, partners and agents and for being part of our incredible local communities.”

Fred. Holidays, the UK representative for American Cruise Lines, is offering support for agents that have guests booked on future American Queen Voyages cruises.

It said: “Whether agents want help with existing bookings, would like to re-book clients on similar product, need help with packaging up a cruise or just want some advice, Fred. Holidays has a team of river cruise specialists who will be able to assist.”

It also confirmed that while American Cruise Lines offers a similar product, it has no connection with American Queen Voyages and it continues to operate successfully.

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