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83 American River Cruise Reviews

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subnursejoyce
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
We paid a lot of money for this cruise, way more than for a luxury ship. It left Charlotte, SC and was supposed to sail to Jacksonville, Fl. Instead, it stopped at Fernandina Beach. That messed up the connection plans of quite a few of the ... Read more
JRiley13
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
For our third cruise with American Cruise Lines we chose a trip down the Mississippi River from Memphis,TN to New Orleans, LA. As with the other two trips, we found the ship to be delightfully outfitted for our 144 passenger group. The ... Read more
sightseer2
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
As members of the Eagle Society, we are dedicated to cruising on American Cruise Lines. The Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise was our most recent and 4th cruise with American Cruise Lines. We thoroughly enjoy each cruise so we continue to ... Read more
364 interstate
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
We enjoyed the atmosphere of the cocktail and Hors d' oeuvres in the Chesapeake lounge. The room was set up in a relaxing and friendly manor. The Hors d' oeuvres were delicious they were brought around fresh and hot. We loved the fresh ... Read more
sablatt
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My family of six (88, 61, 59, 29, 25, & 18 years old) took the two Owner's cabins, which each can hold three people and are located on the top deck, next to the captain's cabin. The captain was always at the helm or corner pilots ... Read more
lremly
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
I selected ACL's cruise down the Snake and Columbia Rivers for several reasons: I'm interested in the Lewis and Clark expedition, I wanted to see the landscape of the Inland Northwest, and my earlier cruise with ACL (the Lower Mississippi) ... Read more
crawshaw04
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
This cruise exceeded all our expectations. The only negative is that the cabins were much smaller than advertised though still ample. The balconies were small and not private being shared with two other cabins. Nonetheless, the efficiency ... Read more
marthapalmer
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
This cruise was extremely inconsistent in service, dining, entertainment and excursions For the amount of money we spent (over $8000) we expected to have outstanding service and dining. Real lobster crackers are a must for whole lobsters - ... Read more
bhj
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
This was our seventh cruise with ACL. As always, they didn't disappoint us. The highlight was taking a shore tour to Olympic National Park and the scenery from Hurricane Ridge. It was 46 degrees in June but the view was well worth it, ... Read more
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barbthom2
Member Since 2014
1 review
With beautiful weather we left Baltimore's Inner Harbor and sailed down the Bay under two bridges the second being the double spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The ship had only 54 passengers so over the cruise we met many of them. They ... Read more
StevieMcD
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
American Cruise Lines always does a great job: interesting ports, great food, good lecturers, caring staff and large cabins. They do everything to cater to their passengers including paying postage on letters and complimentary cocktail ... Read more
pabate
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
The ship was clean, the dining room was well lit, the crew was marvelous and the cruise was very interesting. The food was well above average, however the way the last dinner was served was not so good. The lobster tail was split but it ... Read more
Alamedacruiser
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The Queen of the West docked at the Red Lion Hotel at Jantzen Beach in Portland. Boarding was easy with our bags picked up from our room in the hotel. We boarded about 10:30 am and joined our new shipmates in the lounge. Our room was ready ... Read more
HDN2ACRUISE
Member Since 2013
1 review
This was my seventh cruise with American Cruise Lines and my first aboard the Queen of the Mississippi. This cruise was exceptional. The food was well planned, presented and varied. The option of half portions was not only economical in ... Read more
MissAndy
Member Since 2014
1 review
Everything about this River cruise from Memphis to NewOrleans was first class. 1. Staterooms were spacious with the largest bathrooms I have experienced on a cruise ship. 2. Food was plentiful with lots of variety. Service was ... Read more
DiDume
Member Since 2014
1 review
" Small cruising done perfectly " truly describes the experience. The staff are well trained, polite and very accommodating. Food and drinks were outstanding. Entertainment and "Toots" enhanced the overall experience. That is why we hope ... Read more
Singoalla
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise on an American Cruise Line ship. From the time we embarked on the ship in New Orleans until we disembarked 7 nights later, the quality of the service, the state rooms, the food, the outings, the guides and the ... Read more
LINDYJ
Member Since 2014
1 review
I have read some of the less than satisfactory reviews of the Queen of the Mississippi and felt compelled to comment. I thought is was a wonderful trip and I am seriously considering another cruise with the line as soon as possible. I ... Read more
RandyM22
Member Since 2014
1 review
First off let me say that I really like this cruise line. So much so, that we are taking them in Alaska this summer. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The food service and staff were excellent. The other passengers were quite ... Read more
double s
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
14 forum posts
Sailed November 2013
We accompanied my 88 yr old parents on a 7 nite cruise NOLA to NOLA. We had originally booked a 4 nite, but the duration changed to 7 with no price increase. Let me stop and say how delightful the Captain, Officers, Stewards, Servers, ... Read more
JDaykin
Member Since 2013
1 review
Many years ago, my partner, John, and I sailed from St. Louis to New Orleans on the American Queen... I always felt that trip was 'unfinished' as we missed the 'upper river'. When John died over a year ago, I decided to 'finish' our trip ... Read more
RevLance
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
First, let me say that this was our third cruise on the American Star, and that we have already booked two more with American Cruise Lines--on the Mississippi and then in Maine. Previously we toured the New England Islands and the ... Read more
Inahuri
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed October 2013
My husband and I traveled on the Queen of the Mississippi with ACL and I couldn't wait to get home and share my experience with my friends and family. I am 56 and my husband is 61 and although I believe we were the youngest passengers ... Read more
lx50hatch
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed October 2013
My wife and I have been thinking about sailing with American Cruise Lines for a few years and now that I am recently retired, we were able to plan and enjoy our first cruise. I wish we would have sailed sooner. We had a great time! Some ... Read more
cruisingbob21
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed September 2013
This cruise was the return trip to Seattle for the American Spirit after a summer season of seven day round trip cruises from Juneau. While we visited the usual cruise ship ports of Juneau and Ketchikan, the real attraction was the small ... Read more

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