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Queen of the West Review

Queen of the West
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64% of cruisers loved it
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  • Sails the Columbia and Snake rivers
  • Three-story paddlewheel driven by "green" engine
  • Received multi-million-dollar renovation 2011

Queen of the West Overview

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 Portland, Oregon. First launched in 1995, the ship underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2011, which included the addition of private balconies, a new library on the third deck, and the conversion of several cabins into singles.

The 230-foot ship is propelled by a three-story-high churning paddlewheel. But unlike earlier paddlewheelers, Queen of the West doesn't rely on a steam engine. Instead, it is powered by a revolutionary hydraulic propulsion system that uses environmentally safe biodegradable hydraulic oil. The new "authentic" paddlewheel provides a quieter and smoother ride, with less impact on the environment.

Another unique feature: A 45-foot-long bow ramp allows passengers to go ashore anywhere along the river, much as the 19th-century vessels did. Passengers can take a shore excursion sponsored by the cruise line or arrange their own outing in ports.

Emphasis onboard is on scenery, culture and camaraderie. Experts are brought aboard to inform and entertain, often focusing on regional history or traditions. All meals, which feature fresh meats and seafood, and in-season fruits and veggies, are taken in one open seating.

Some 60 percent of the cabins feature balconies, and all have flat-screen satellite TV's and DVD players. There are 12 cabins for solo travelers.

Passengers tend to be senior Americans, with few, if any, families or children.

Queen of the West Member Reviews

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08/15
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 Ohio Rivers ... Read more
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 relatively ... Read more
06/15
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 right away and ... Read more
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Queen of the West Ratings

Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.6
Public Rooms
4.0
Cabins
3.4
Entertainment
3.5
Spa & Fitness
2.2
Family & Children
1.0
Shore Excursions
3.8
Enrichment
4.0
Service
4.0
Value-for-Money
3.2

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Ship Stats
Crew:
Launched:
1995/2011
Decks:
4
Tonnage:
Passengers:
120
Registry:
United States
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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