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American Cruise Lines Buys American Queen Vessels

Great news for people up and down the Mississippi Rivers, American Cruise Lines is acquiring four paddlewheelers that previously sailed for American Queen Voyages, which ceased operations in February after their owner, Hornblower Group, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The river and small ship cruise operator will acquire the American Queen, American Empress, American Countess and American Duchess for $6.3 million, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents.

The purchase price also included trademarks and website domain names associated with AQV and other assets.

The sale is subject to approval at a hearing today.

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