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The 120-passenger Queen of the West, formerly of the defunct Majestic America Line, cruises the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Itineraries include six-, seven- and 14-night sailings from ...
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Sharon Strain
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
I went on this cruise with my sister who is from FL. I am from Portland, OR so it was close to home for me to board the ship. While I was close to home, I had never been on the Columbia/Snake River. The scenery was beautiful and it was ... Read more
Lauretteellis@aol.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
18 helpful votes
This cruise was a pleasant surprise. The critics, we felt, were harsh and not very fair. Yes the rooms were small and it was pricey but there were many positives which outweighed the negatives. The food was unbelievable not only for a ... 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
thomrice
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 helpful votes
We took the October 3rd river cruise with American Cruise Lines on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. We paid the cruise company to transfer us and our luggage from the airport to the ship. During the transfer and boarding process, part of ... Read more
SteelMagnolia9
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
343 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was my second cruise with American Cruise Lines. It was also my first visit to the Pacific Northwest with the exception of a trip to Seattle many years ago. The cruise was to Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR with ports of Richland, WA; ... Read more
lynnmarv1
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
7 helpful votes
We sailed with American Cruise Lines on the Queen of the West from Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR along the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Although this small paddlewheel-style ship (120 passengers) is nothing special to look at, the ... Read more
maryelleng
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We spent a week on this boat and I can safely say that as a veteran of many European and American River Cruise ships, this is by far the worst I have ever encountered. We had previously traveled with American Queen up the Mississippi and ... 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
Blaze13
Member Since 2008
1 review
31 forum posts
7 helpful votes
As frequent river (Europe) and ocean cruisers, we came with high hopes for a top notch ship to equal the price paid. We knew the ship was old; we weren't prepared for lack of quality care of the vessel (save the engineering which was ... Read more
GeneralGrant
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
I noted the last review was written by our New Zealand friends. Sailing with friends almost always makes up the bumps that occur when traveling. Our cruise on the Queen of the West was virtually without bumps. I met Captain Simmons ... Read more
SCNZ
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
We were one of the first 6 to board this ship in Lewiston. Warner kindly let us on a bit earlier as we waited in the lounge area for our rooms to be ready. Warner knew his job and we were disappointed to see him go after day one. He just ... Read more
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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
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
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
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
4,053 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
fuzzyflorida
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed July 2013
Complete itinerary not given until we boarded boat. Queen of the West is an older ship, but was to have been re-done in 2011. The public areas are nice, rooms are exceptionally small - had one piece of furniture removed so we could use the ... Read more
wm80108
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed August 2012
Thoughts of a vacation and, more specifically, a cruise came into our minds. Decision making, planning, all must be done. When that is accomplished, all-encompassing thoughts of anticipation become overwhelming. We have had many trips on ... 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
Elegant Trogon
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
The Queen of the West looks tired. Our Veranda stateroom was small & cramped, and the door to the veranda was not all glass so the view we expected wasn't there. There were fumes so we didn't use the balcony much. The day we arrived the ... Read more
loverofrivers
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
After taking Amtrak from Memphis to Spokane, I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn at the airport. ACL had a special rate which included the transfer to Clarkston, WA to board the Queen of the West. The drive to the port was so lovely, ... Read more

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