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RiverBarge ceases operations but could return in 2010

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 5 - 2009

RiverBarge River ExplorerCruising America’s rivers is losing yet another cruise company. After 10 years, RiverBarge Excursion Lines is ceasing all operations for 2009. The company said rising costs and soft bookings led to the decision to cease operations for 2009. New Orleans-based RiverBarge operated the 196-passenger River Explorer, a combination of three vessels. The forward DeSoto Barge housed public areas, the LaSalle Barge housed staterooms and Miss Nari was the towboat powered by a twin-propulsion, 3,000-horsepower engine. The 730-foot-long vessel was built in 1998. The barge sailed the Mississippi, Cumberland, Ohio and Tennessee rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Louisiana and Texas. It is currently docked in New Orleans. RiverBarge follows in the footsteps of another U.S. river cruise operator, Majestic America Line, which sailed its final cruise in November. Majestic had seven vessels plying America’s inland waterways, the most of any American river cruise operation. There are now only two remaining American river ships in operation: Cruise West’s 96-passenger Spirit of ’98 and 84-passenger Spirit of Discovery. These ships cruise the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest.

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One Response to “RiverBarge ceases operations but could return in 2010”

  1. Sharon Buckmaster says:

    Interested in barge cruising on the Ohio River including Marietta, Ohio, Pittsburgh, PA etc. North from Cincinnati is as beautiful and as pleasant viewing as any other. Marietta is a fantastic city full of American history ( first settlement in the Northwest Territory ) and with a mulitude of antiques shops and many ‘yummy’ food establishments – also home of some of the most delightful wines. Any cruise traveler would find this little town a highlight of their river barge travel. Hopefully barge crusing with north travel on the beautiful Ohio River will be reinstated. Thank you………………Sharon Buckmaster

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