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American Queen Steamboat Company purchased American Empress (formerly Majestic America Line's Empress of the North) in 2013 and completely refurbished the vessel, officially launching it in spring 2014. The ...
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Nora Charles
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
8 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Columbia River Clarkston to Portland We don't want to repeat other reviews so just some additional information some may find helpful. Cabin:- All cabins seem to be the same size. Some have a double bed; some have 2 single beds. ... Read more
lynnbart9
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We were on the American Empess on the Columbia and Snake River. This is an excellent cruise. The staff is the best, and the food is out of this world. They do everything so well from the hop on hop off tours to the premiun tours. It ... Read more
SFW
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We took this Pacific Northwest river cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. I really wanted a more intimate experience than a large ship/liner and this 220+ passenger boat was a perfect fit. From arrival to the hotel, to transportation ... Read more
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jbradshaw
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We cruised on the American Queen last October on the Tennessee/Columbia Rivers and enjoyed it very much. The positives of this cruise was the size of the room and its furnishing (other than the twin beds!), the service, the shore ... Read more
cosmopolite2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Chose this cruise to get a unique view of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Very happy to report that this was an exceptional cruise ... full of information, relaxation, education, entertainment, fine dining. The Hop on Hop off excursions ... Read more
Rebel2386
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
449 forum posts
9 helpful votes
My husband and I have taken quite a few cruises on mid to larger ships. We were tired of the big cruise ship/company experience, as every ship seemed to offer the same food/activities, etc, and decided to take a river cruise in the USA. ... Read more
mitchhellman
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
All of my adult life, I have scoffed at the ads on TV and in the media touting cruises and cruise lines. The prospect of spending days on board a boat with 3000+ total strangers, many of whom are out to behave badly, while dodging rugrats ... Read more
George Werderich
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
19 helpful votes
This is second trip on Empress. We were doing it to relive route of Lewis and Clark. Our previous trip on the boat had been very nice. So we did it from the opposite direction. Some of crew was the same and others we had met on American ... Read more
engscot
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 helpful votes
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) Best For: • Guests who enjoy a first-rate, relaxed river cruise experience. • Couples, family & friends traveling together, and parents traveling with adult children. ... Read more
debraandsteven
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed April 2016
This is my first cruise with American Queen Steamboat Company. Although it is only my 2nd day I have had many requests and they have all been fufilled. I have some food allergies and requests and they were all taken seriously, although it ... Read more
grandslamhomer
Member Since 2012
1 review
12 helpful votes
My wife and I took an American Queen Steamboat Company Cruise on The American Empress Steamboat last week, traveling up the Columbia and Snake Rivers. We have been on 30 international large cruise ships, but this was our first United ... Read more
setfortravel
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
we were on the Snake and Columbia rivers following their trail.. It is amazing to see this terrain and in awe on how they navigated it over 200 years ago with the rapids etc., The Mt St. Helens volcano extra trip was interesting . I did ... Read more
SunCityDon
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We just returned from a wonderful, scenic, relaxing cruise from Vancouver, WA to Clarkston, WA on the American Empress paddle wheeler up the Columbia and Snake Rivers. It was extremely enjoyable in every way. The age group of the ... Read more
kayakbob
Member Since 2008
1 review
74 forum posts
21 helpful votes
My wife and I sailed on the August 9 departure of the American Empress, a 7-night journey that began in Vancouver WA (across the river from Portland OR) and ended in Clarkston WA, about 2 hours south of Spokane. The cruise exceeded my ... Read more
beldingi
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Everything was beyond what I expected. Larger cabin, comfortable bed, excellent food. And the service - bar manager, cruise directors, Carmen the Maitre D', the housekeepers, Anton in Astoria Room, Richard and Jill and Shade and Michael in ... Read more
evac93rd
Member Since 2012
1 review
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We cruised from Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR 18-26 July 2015 on the American Empress. Everything was seamless on this cruise except for a couple of things that were not the cruise lines fault. The travel agency that had reserved the ... Read more
Isako
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
We met the American Empress in Clarkston WA, so we flew into Spokane WA and stayed at the luxurious Davenport Hotel in Spokane. American Queen Steamboat Co pays for your stay at the Davenport, including a great breakfast buffet the next ... Read more
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Alstromeria
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Corrections/rebuttals of other reviews: There is a toilet on board the busses. We did not have the female Riverlorian – ours was Lawrence and he was very interesting and informative. I attended all of his lectures. I didn’t ... Read more
Suzanne Freerking
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
We are back from the cruise and really enjoyed it. The suite was the largest we have been in on any cruise, river or ocean. The ship was only a little over half full, so we got a lot of great attention, but I believe if the ship had been ... Read more
Artandfood
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
First, a caveat: I am not an aficionado of cruise ships, and furthermore the only two cruises I have previously taken were by Crystal Cruises and Oceania, so I not only may not know what serious cruisers like, I also probably have ... Read more
Sburygrandma
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
The ship was not full (which was to our advantage) but I do not understand why not...this is the best trip we have taken in ages! The American Empress leaves either out of Vancouver, Washington or Clarkston, Washington depending if the ... Read more
daydreamcruiser
Member Since 2002
1 review
15 forum posts
8 helpful votes
American Empress May 30 to June 7, 2015 First a little about us. We have sailed on 39 ocean cruises and one European river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. This is our first riverboat cruise. My husband is a retired Air Force Colonel ... Read more
padrek
Member Since 2009
30 reviews
66 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The American Empress is the 2nd ship for American Queen Steamship Co and plies the Snake and Columbia Rivers in Washington and Oregon. Like the American Queen (AQ), the American Empress (AE) is a paddlewheel ship but AE is diesel powered ... Read more
asksphinx
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
A good friend and myself took the first cruise of the season on the American Empress. We were greeted at the dock by a very friendly petite woman (Lyndie) offering to help with our bags. We checked into a lush 2 bed room. Very ... Read more
miketristangadt
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We just finished a cruise from Vancouver Wa. to Clarkson Wa. And we were impressed with the quality of the product. Everyone was super friendly, no matter the position or rank onboard.. The food was excellent, the entertainment was ... Read more

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