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92 American River Cruise Reviews
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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
2 reviews
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
bobazwi
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
It rained the first 3 days of the trip which was not the fault of ACL.This meant we could not go to Astoria. They didn't seam to know what to do and we traveled about 35 miles in 3 days. The cabins on this boat are so small that the bed ... Read more
GmaLS
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers, from Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR, on the Queen of the West, our fifth trip with American Cruise Lines (ACL), was fascinating. The scenery was often breath-taking, especially in the Columbia Gorge, ... Read more
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p4b
Member Since 2009
1 review
19 forum posts
The Columbia River scenery was nice, the locks and dams were interesting. The pros: Laid back Quiet not crowded Casual The cons: Cabins are really small Food is very marginal and little choice Snacks are very salty, pretzels etc., ... Read more
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Hydrokitty
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
4,239 forum posts
DH and I had looked forward to the "Lewis & Clark" cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers for a long time. The ship was clean and comfortable; the ports were fantastic, although for what they charged they could have cut the price for ... Read more
SmilinInTheSun!
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed August 2013
It was a fun cruise and a surprise in that we couldn't sail from our original St. Paul, MN, point of departure. Since the water was too low on the upper Mississippi, the company repositioned our Queen to Cincinnati. We stayed overnight at ... Read more
perryt
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2013
Lobster until you couldn’t eat any more in Rockland. This was an Eagle Society cruise with special vistas. The tour didn’t start well with a bout of seasickness as we chopped through the Atlantic. With tender care of the crew, ... Read more
traveler413
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2013
The cruise entailed two one-week back- to- back cruises of the San Juan Islands and the Alaskan Inside Passage. We chose the San Juan Island cruise as it took us to a very scenic area of the US which is difficult to arrange by car and ... Read more
Levin
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2013
The American Cruise Line ship Independence is a very comfortable ship to cruise on. The cabin was very comfortable, water pressure good, and the shared spaces were very nice. The ship was clean and in good order. Our captain and crew ... Read more
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cornelia lewis
1 review
We very much enjoyed the cruise, although it was VERY cold! We were disappointed not to have a pre boarding morning tour of Charleston. We loved Beaufort, Savannah, Sapelo Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island and Amelia Island and ... Read more
Lhasalou
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Before we boarded the Queen of the Mississippi we were scooped up and taken care of in royal and friendly fashion. The crew took our luggage and sent us in to relax with fresh cookies, coffee and live jazz music while we sorted out the ... Read more
boardwalk0409
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed January 2013
Last week my wife and I took our first cruise in the United States. It was aboard the Independence, one of the ships of American Cruise Line. It was a great experience, and we hope to sail on the same ship again next year. We did a lot of ... Read more
runnerkate
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
Speechless...that is how we feel. Do not take the Mississippi River Trip!!! The river is too low. The company knew that before we departed. The informed us our first night on the river that we would not make it to Vicksburg. That was the ... Read more
neenahite
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed November 2012
Since we intentionally choose small we were not looking for Casinos or extravaganzas. We got a cruise that can be compared to cruising on a friends yacht with about 90 of her dear friends. The ship was spotless. The cleaning never ... Read more
bellplayer
Member Since 2013
1 review
Not rated Sailed September 2012
Our introduction to our trip was great! We brought our cousins from Cincinnati aboard for lunch. We realized that we were just below the Begals stadium and the Red Sox stadium! As we departed, then our trip on the Ohio river began! Our ... Read more
loverofrivers
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
A couple of weeks ago on September 15th,I boarded the Queen of the Mississippi for a cruise to St. Paul, MN on the Upper Mississippi. Unfortunately, a barge had hit a lock causing the lock to be closed for needed repair and cleanup. This ... Read more
cruznfromms
Member Since 2007
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
American Cruise Lines -- Queen of the Mississippi -- St Louis roundtrip 9/15 Day 1: St Louis: Already had to clean the bathroom door something red all over NOT sure what it was and I'm not sure why they couldn't have cleaned it. ... Read more
carmella33298
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed August 2012
This cruise was fabulous. We were blown away by the outstanding crew. When you meet them once, they remember your name when you see them again. Open dining was terrific because you could sit at any table -- there was no assigned seating. ... Read more
anglerted
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
Sailed August 2012
A grand old lady refurbished several times but in great shape. If you are looking for music, dancing and lavish entertainment, you are on the wrong cruise. We embarked from Clarkston, WA for a very interesting and informative almost ... Read more
BEE021
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
Give American Cruise Lines marketing staff an A+---but the hype is very close to fraud, based on my recent experience. Where do I begin to tell you of all the disappointments---first, the Rolls Royce stabilizers were nowhere to be seen, ... Read more
shinnecock
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was my first cruise. We choose American Cruise Lines since we wanted a small intimate cruise line, and weren't sure how we would handle the larger ships or seas. Also living in Florida, we only had to drive to St. Augustine to catch ... Read more

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