American Cruise Lines buys American Queen Voyages river vessels

American Cruise Lines has bought the river vessels owned by American Queen Voyages, which ceased operations in February.

AQV ran four traditional paddle steamers – which have now been acquired by American Cruise Lines – as well as an expedition ship.

AQV blamed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic for its closure, saying it was “unable to rebound” from its effects.

The line’s cruises were sold in the UK by several companies including Light Blue Travel.

A spokesperson for American Cruise Lines said: “American Cruise Lines is pleased to be the successful bidder for AQV’s river vessels.

“We look forward to announcing additional details as we move through the bankruptcy process.”

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