Watercom Installs Payphones On Steamboat

The steamboat Delta Queen, owned and operated by the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. of New Orleans, La., was recently fitted with two Watercom payphones.

John G. Smith, vice president of marketing and sales for Watercom, stated, "All passengers and crew will now have 24-hour access to direct dial phone service, and they do not have to wait to go ashore to have it." Mr. Smith went on to say that "All of the calls can be charged to any Bell or AT&T Calling Card, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or they can call collect." Scott Young, vice president- Operations, spokesman for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., said, "Our firm is pleased to provide its guests with the added service and convenience of Watercom." He added, "We can now offer our passengers the added convenience of making personal phone calls without having to leave the vessel at ports of call.

Watercom further enhances our commitment to offer the public the finest in vacation packages." In addition to the telephone service, Watercom is also providing a new message service for both the Mississippi Queen and her sister ship the Delta Queen. By calling a special 24-hour hotline, relatives and friends of passengers on both vessels can have a message forwarded immediately. Mr. Young anticipates that this service will be most useful in the event that a passenger or crew member must be immediately contacted. Watercom is a leader in the field of communications for vessels on America's waterways, providing direct-dial telephone service on over 4,000 miles of waterways.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 89,  Jun 1989

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