What are some features of the Delta Queen riverboat?


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Some features of the Delta Queen riverboat during its time as a hotel include 88 rooms, a library, lounges and public areas. The Delta Queen riverboat functioned as a dockside hotel from 2009 to 2014, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As of 2015, the Delta Queen riverboat is undergoing renovations for operation as a cruise boat in 2016.

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The Delta Queen riverboat’s tenure as a hotel showcased both standard and luxury staterooms and cabin suites on three decks of the wooden boat. Visitors could also utilize rooms with bunk beds. Guests could eat hors d’ oeuvres and have drinks at the vessel’s common lounge area called the Texas Lounge. The public and lounge areas also had Tiffany-style glass windows, teak decks, and cherry and mahogany furnishings made of wood. The Betty Blake Library also provided a place for guests to read books.

The Delta Queen riverboat is a U.S. national historic landmark and a designated national treasure. This wooden paddle steamboat started service in California on May 20, 1927, and also operated during World War II. The boat’s bases included Cincinnati, Ohio and New Orleans, Louisiana, and experienced blockage as an overnight cruise boat due to safety concerns. The Delta Queen Steam Boat Company bought the vessel from TAC Cruise LLC in 2015 and has plans for hotel remodeling and mechanical improvements.

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