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Columbia Queen Under New Flag in 2007

by Press Release
PR Newswire, October 18, 2006

Deluxe River Cruise Ship Will Sail Seven-Night Voyages
on the Columbia and Snake Rivers Starting April 28

(Washington Post) The Queen of the West on the Columbia -- following Lewis and Clark Deluxe River Cruise Ship Will Sail Seven-Night Voyages on the Columbia and SEATTLE -- Majestic America Line, the largest river and coastal cruising company in America, today announced that the most recent addition to its fleet, the 150 guest Columbia Queen, will join the Queen of the West exploring the history-rich, breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest's mighty Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers. The ship's 26 departures in 2007 will effectively double Majestic America Line's capacity on the three great rivers of the lush Pacific Northwest from late April through October, allowing more travelers than ever before to retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark along the waterways that led early travelers out West.

"The Columbia Queen is one of the most beautiful ships cruising the rivers of the United States today and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Majestic America Line fleet," said David A. Giersdorf, President. As part of our growing all-American fleet, she will provide guests with a level of comfort and amenities that is matched only by her sister ships within the Majestic America Line fleet as they explore the vibrant culture, history and unique pioneering spirit of the communities throughout the region."

The seventh ship to join Majestic America Line's fleet of U.S. flagged river and coastal cruise ships, the Columbia Queen's 75 staterooms -- many of which feature private verandahs -- will provide an intimate, casual cruise experience for its guests. Each stateroom, including the Columbia Queen's four suites, features every modern amenity to ensure guests' comfort throughout their journey.

The ship's spacious public areas include the Astoria Dining Room, which features glistening crystal chandeliers against a unique stamped tin ceiling, the rustic Explorer Bar, the scenic Back Porch and the convivial Lewis and Clark Lounge. Guests can lounge in the comfort of the their well appointed stateroom, soak up majestic views of the jagged Columbia River Gorge from the Back Porch or meet friends for pre- or post-dinner drinks in the Explorer Bar.

The Columbia Queen will join her sister ship, the Queen of the West, on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers, operating seven-night cruises departing each Saturday, April 28 through October 20, 2007. The thoughtfully planned, seven-night itinerary explores more than 1,000 miles along all three rivers.

Columbia Queen company photo Transiting through the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, guests will retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, and see first-hand the dramatic contrasts of the Pacific Northwest landscape as they transit eight locks and dams, rising more than 738 feet above sea level during the unforgettable journey. Guests will cruise from lush coastal forests through granite cliffs of the river canyons, to the golden, rolling wheat fields of Eastern Washington and Oregon.

Along the way, the Old West experience is brought to life by expert onboard naturalists and historians, Native American performers who share their rich culture and specially trained tour guides who can discuss the impact of early missionaries and Oregon Trail pioneers who settled the area nearly 200 years ago. With port stops in small coastal and riverside hamlets like Astoria, Ore., The Dalles, Ore. and Lewiston, Idaho, guests will enjoy an authentic experience of the Pacific Northwest.

Custom-designed land excursions -- included in the cruise price -- further enrich the experience and allow guests to relive Lewis and Clark's first glimpse of the Pacific at Fort Clatsop, gain a deeper understanding of Native American arts and culture at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, marvel at nature's power and beauty at the Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Observatory and take an exhilarating jet boat ride into Hells Canyon on the Snake River.

Each journey promises an unforgettable adventure, with incredible attention to quality, intriguing enrichment programs and shore excursions that deepen the experience and warm, attentive service from an all-American crew.

For more information regarding the Columbia Queen please call 1.800.434.1232.

About Majestic America Line

Majestic America Line, formed through the combination of American West Steamboat Company and Delta Queen Steamboat Company, is the premier river and coastal cruising company in the United States, offering uniquely American cruise itineraries that provide an extraordinary travel experience.

With a fleet of U.S.-flagged and built ships, Majestic America Line travels America's great rivers and coastal waterways from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to the Heartland and the Lower Mississippi. The company's specially designed ships deliver an unequalled boutique cruise experience that combines an unmatched attention to quality with deluxe comfort and warm, attentive service from an all-American crew.

Based in Seattle, Majestic America Line is a division of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors International, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMIE).

Press Release
Columbia Queen to Debut Under Majestic America Line Flag in 2007
PR Newswire, October 18, 2006

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