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 chair to put on socks. Pace is exceptionally slow even for a very senior citizen - boat was more like a nursing home than a cruise. Young people hired to serve in the dining area were exceptional. Food was unremarkable!!!!
Scenery was typical NW US scenery. Certainly could have done the whole trip by flying into Portland, renting a car and driving on both sides of the Columbia River and seen much much more. Excursions were typical, but were not included in the very high price charged for the trip. The last day in Portland was a real waste of time and money! If you wanted to spend a day in Portland, go to a hotel and take the hop-on-hop off bus or public transportation system and see way more!
Had a knowledgeable historian aboard who did a good job presenting programs. Other entertainment was average or less. If you stayed aboard and didn't go for an excursion, there was no information between the boat and towns as to what might be some on-shore options. Managed to find a great massage place in Stevenson, but Richland didn't offer anything - entire town was closed including the museum. The Dalles actually had a welcoming party and made us feel special to be in their town.
All and all, wouldn't do the trip again nor recommend it to anyone else. Was looking at this trip for a possible trip for our senior group, but would never recommend it. Will look at a bus trip instead due to the high cost and poor food.