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84 American River Cruise Reviews

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everyone12345
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Never take this cruise. They talk about some great tours and cancel many of them along the way. The food is not good, the service is mostly done by interns that are learning and it is super over priced for receiving close to nothing. ... Read more
normaruth
Member Since 2016
1 review
New Destinations,New Bedford, Nantucket Island, Block Island, Bristol. The narrated bus tour was fantastic. Good accommodations- The housekeeping staff were top notch. Outstanding foods- The cocktails hours brought socializing and ... Read more
JimVM
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were looking for a cruise departing near our home, and were also interested in American Cruise Line since we thought we should see some of the USA now, having cruised in the Caribbean and Europe, and we wanted to experience small ship ... Read more
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pmakofka
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
for the experience of a river cruise we chose this one. The length seemed right and we wanted to see the south. Being able to do a pre & post stay was also why we selected this cruise. We have done about 10 cruises in the past- but ... Read more
matron#1
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
27 helpful votes
Here's a rundown of the passengers! About 15% of the passengers on the Columbia/Snake River Cruise departing from Portland, Oct 10th, had significant physical disabilities, such as walking with a cane, walker or needing the ... Read more
HappyWife2001
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 helpful votes
We had a great week on the American Spirit. I will admit that I was someone hesitant that this cruise was going to be anything other than mediocre after reading some of the reviews. I only have to surmise that those folks just can't be ... Read more
Minnesota Cross
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our first experience with cruising US inland waterways. The Puget Sound area was on our bucket list and we wisely opted not to try and cover it by auto. After looking over the ACL information with all the particulars about ... Read more
jsherwig
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We followed the Lewis and Clark Trail on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. We are veteran river cruisers (Europe) but this was our first with ACL and first in the USA. The open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner gave us an opportunity to ... Read more
Dutchactor
Member Since 2015
1 review
40 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
NEVER, EVER AGAIN! If you book a cruise after reading my review below, all I can say is “I warned you.” We booked back-to-back Mississippi River Cruises in August, 2015. First one was from St. Paul, MN to St. Louis, MO: the ... Read more
Osage Sheri
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
The Lobster Cruise was our first ACL Cruise. Overall the cruise was an outstanding experience. It was a very laid back cruise, which is exactly what we were looking for. The crew was very young and worked very hard, part of the time ... Read more
WillieW0218
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
My wife and I took the Columbia/Snake River route from Portland to Clarkston. Staff very courteous and seemed anxious to please. Cabin person was new & couldn't seem to get the hang of fresh towels each day, but seemed to get it after ... Read more
judinsd
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
We embarked the Queen of the Mississippi in New Orleans, this was our first small boat cruise, what a wonderful experience, no lines or waiting EVER. The boat went north on the river up to Memphis, they had interesting & informative ... Read more
cruiselazy
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
First time cruising of any type. Picked a small ship since we didn't want to be over whelmed with people. Mostly had a great time. Met some great fellow cruisers, and some excellent dedicated staff. Cabin steward/wait-staff were great. ... Read more
StevieMcD
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
Sailed June 2015
This was my 5th cruise with ACL. It happened to be in my neck of the woods so didn't have to fly to get there. The scenery was spectacular. I would have been content to just sit on the boat and sail around looking at the scenery. The ... Read more
glendel2
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
We were used to cruising on large cruise ships, so this was a delightful change. We enjoyed the camaraderie of fewer people, great service while dining and stateroom attention. The entertainment was great. The tours were very enjoyable ... Read more
Perry Treadwell
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
The highlight of the trip was the resource person, Todd Webber, who took the part of Mariwether Lewis telling the history of the expedition. Richland the try cities site of the Hanford Nuclear facility. Getting to know the ... Read more
frebob
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 helpful votes
We stayed at a hotel near the port in Memphis. The check-in process was smooth. The boat was in good condition and traveled on the river very well. Spending time on our balcony while going down the river was pleasant. The shore ... Read more
kbrowning1235
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was my first experience with American Cruise Lines. All aspects of the cruise was FUN! More training needed of the young service personnel for their sake. All personnel was courteous. Tours were interesting, food was top quality, ... Read more
From Arizona
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
American Cruise Lines never disappoints! The entire crew was great and our ports of call were awesome, whether taking a walking tour or exploring all the small towns on our own. In Anacortes don't miss the rope making factory and all ... Read more
nitaburke@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was our first time on this cruise line and we had a most wonderful time. The staff couldn't do enough for you. We were celebrating our anniversary and were treated to a special wine and just over all great service. The rooms are ... Read more
wdrone
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed December 2014
We enjoyed our first "Christmas Away From Home", on board the "Queen of the Mississippi", along with 135 other passengers. Arriving a few days prior to the trip, we stayed at the Dauphine Orleans hotel in the French Quarter - a good choice ... Read more
eaorja
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We looked forward to taking a cruise on the "Queen of the Mississippi". We decided to go on the trip for our 25th wedding anniversary. The trip was from New Orleans to Memphis. What a HUGE disappointment, to say the least. First of all, ... Read more
billandjanie
Member Since 2014
1 review
This was our third voyage with American Cruise Lines and, once again, we were delighted. Neither the cold or rain could lessen the crews enthusiasm to make this another great cruise. The galley prepared fine food for the duration of the ... Read more
seamominsb
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
The interior of the Independence, which was put into service in 2010, looks like the 60s. I assume the interior was designed to look like Americana, but it just looks tired with soiled and worn upholstery, and tacky carpets and ... Read more
Cloverel
Member Since 2014
1 review
First, we were told when we booked that the average age is 65. The actual average age is 80-82+. On board the cruise director told us she couldn't understand why we were told that? She said the cruise we were on is actually a bit younger ... Read more

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