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95 American River Cruise Reviews

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pmakofka
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 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
mcmansell
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
The New England Islands cruise was fabulous!!!! We visited a number of islands and mainland locations that I had been wanting to see for a long time. Being able to see them on one trip and not having to pack and unpack was perfect. We ... Read more
matron#1
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
21 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
0 forum posts
5 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
0 forum posts
3 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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
32 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
0 forum posts
6 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
Dick Crippen
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
After cruising the Rhine last year we decided to try a river cruise in America. Our choice was the American Eagle from New Orleans to Memphis. Because of my schedule, we had to schedule it in July which was probably not the best from the ... Read more
WillieW0218
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
lynnmarv1
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The Glory is a wonderful small ship - 50 passengers - and this 10 day itinerary from Providence, RI to Portland, ME has so many beautiful ports. The food was the best we have had in 6 other American Cruise Lines trips and featured ... Read more
judinsd
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Sunshineivy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a wonderful cruise. We've done many of the big cruise ships and we were tired of them, and wanted something more personal. We had 147 guests on board, and the public rooms used for entertaining and dining were large enough to ... Read more
glendel2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
6 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
0 forum posts
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
Urum
Member Since 2013
1 review
7 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We've recently sailed on American Eagle from New Orleans to Memphis. It was not a pleasant experience though: First of all and the most important: if you ever been on a river cruise in Europe/Asia with let’s saying Viking, ... Read more
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From Arizona
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Senior Bob
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on a small ship. Our previous 4 cruises were with Holland America and Princess. The American Eagle is a new paddle wheeler and we were on it's christening cruise. She holds about 140 passengers and, being new, ... Read more
mlsrls
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
All in all the cruise was a total delight and we were treated like royalty. The Captain and his entire crew went out their way to make this such an enjoyable trip. When my sister in law realized she had left a piece of luggage after ... Read more
wdrone
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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