The Federal Maritime Commission Newsroom


Notice of Bankruptcy of American Classic Voyages Co.

October 19, 2001



Washington, D.C. 20573

NR 01-11

CONTACT: RONALD D. MURPHY (202) 523-5787


The Commission has received notice that American Classic Voyages Co. filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on October 19, 2001, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. American Classic Voyages Co. is the parent of American Hawaii Cruises, United States Lines, Delta Queen Steamboat Company and Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, all of which have suspended their cruise operations, except that the vessel DELTA QUEEN apparently will continue to operate.

This cruise operator participates in the Commission's Public Law 89-777 program as a self-insurer in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Commission's Rules (46 CFR 540.5(d)). Consequently, no bond or other third-party instrument exists to satisfy passenger claims for recovery of unearned passenger revenue.

For affected individuals with claims, the Commission recommends the following steps:

1. If payment was made by credit card, a claim should be placed immediately with the card issuer.

2. If third-party travel insurance was obtained, a claim should be placed immediately with the insurer.

3. A claim should be filed with the bankruptcy court, especially if payment was made by cash or check. You may contact the court at:

United States Bankruptcy Court
District of Delaware
Clerk's Office
824 Market Street, 5th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
Telephone No.: (302) 252-2900
Case No. 01-10954

If you would like to view the bankruptcy petition and other related documents filed you may view the court's website at and enter the case number, 01-10954.

Also, information is available from the American Classic Voyages Co. website at

If additional information is required, or you have other questions not addressed in this notice, please contact the Office of Consumer Complaints at, (202) 523-5807.

Due to the federal government shutdown, the FMC's website may not be up to date after January 22, 2018. Applications and databases will not be available and links may not function properly. No transactions or filings will be accepted until appropriations legislation is enacted and the federal government reopens.