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Queen of the West
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67% 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
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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

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) was such ... Read more
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 stations when ... Read more
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 and ... Read more
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Queen of the West Ratings

Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.6
Public Rooms
4.1
Cabins
3.6
Entertainment
3.5
Spa & Fitness
2.2
Family & Children
1.0
Shore Excursions
3.8
Enrichment
3.9
Service
4.1
Value-for-Money
3.3

Sailing From

Portland, Oregon

Cruises To

Alaska

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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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