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Our friends and my husband and I always wanted to do a Mississippi River cruise. Chose American Cruise Lines. Sailed on the Queen of the Mississippi. We had a wonderful time. Cabin had ample room, balcony had room for 2 chairs and a ... Read More
Our friends and my husband and I always wanted to do a Mississippi River cruise. Chose American Cruise Lines. Sailed on the Queen of the Mississippi. We had a wonderful time. Cabin had ample room, balcony had room for 2 chairs and a table (about 30" rd). Entertainment was good. Plenty of on board activities, games, books to read, a putting green on the upper deck, some work out equipment and plenty of places to sit and relax. The dining room was impeccable, waiters/waitresses, chefs, all were more than one could ask for. The meals were fantastic. We had 2 ports of call, Oak Alley Plantation which was jaw dropping and a bus tour to St. Francisville/Baton Rouge which was okay. The service on the boat was A+. The staff from the Hotel Manager to waiters, housekeeping etc. were friendly, polite, helpful. Will consider doing the Snake River tour in a couple of years. Thank you for a memorable vacation! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This is a great way to see some history in a comfortable setting with great service and food. Small ship cruising will spoil you for the ultra large ships. From the moment the Cruise Directors met you at your complimentary hotel til they ... Read More
This is a great way to see some history in a comfortable setting with great service and food. Small ship cruising will spoil you for the ultra large ships. From the moment the Cruise Directors met you at your complimentary hotel til they load you on the bus to go home there is nothing that you could want that they would not try to supply. This was their first cruise of the season but it seemed like this crew had been working together for 10 cruises. What I most enjoyed was the freedom to do what I wanted with my time. I choose to go on all the shore stops but if I had wanted to I could have just stayed in my cabin like the couple across the way did. The food was excellent and, because I have dietary request, I met with the chief the first day and he took care of me. If they go where you want to go and when you want to go, I can think of no better organization to make cruising a real treat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The day before the tour was St. Patrick's day. I toured new Orleans of foot, went to Café Du Monde for French donuts and coffee. There was even a parade with traditional beads. The evening before the cruise was relaxing in the ... Read More
The day before the tour was St. Patrick's day. I toured new Orleans of foot, went to Café Du Monde for French donuts and coffee. There was even a parade with traditional beads. The evening before the cruise was relaxing in the hotel. The tours during the cruise were well arranged, guides excellent, and the Historian had talks the day before the tour to put us in the atmosphere. The food was excellent - southern/creole with alternate entrees and salads. Our server handled special needs very well. The entertainment, histories of life in the various communities, civil war along the river and music were all outstanding. Even the weather was perfect. As a handicapped senior, the personnel catered to my needs. I highly recommend this trip for friendliness of crew and personnel, and even for helping me with boarding pass for my return trip home. Also, a bus tour was added of New Orleans for those who had long waits at the airport for departure flight. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go with some friends over the New Year Holiday. We were also attracted by the history orientation of the cruise. Great lectures by Bill, the river historian. He is truthfully amazing in his ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go with some friends over the New Year Holiday. We were also attracted by the history orientation of the cruise. Great lectures by Bill, the river historian. He is truthfully amazing in his knowledge of river history. He really made a difference in understanding the lower Mississippi. We really enjoyed the cocktail hour before dinner. The boat was hospitable. I would rate the food as very good. Another fun thing that they served regional food. The service on the boat was outstanding. All staff were very accommodating and in at least two instances went out of their way to provide extra service. I knew when we were in good shape we arrived at the boat and we had forgotten to put our luggage tags on and one of the staff told us not bother - just let him know our cabin number and name and point out our luggage and he would take it from there. No longer than 10 minutes after we checked in our luggage arrived in our room. But this was not exceptional - this was typical of the behavior of the entire staff. We were pleased that we were only charged for one tour, all the rest were included in price of the cruise. All of us in our party had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
American Cruise Lines has a slogan, "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." Yep, they certainly did it. Everything was perfect. The food was scrumptious. I liked that they offered half portions, so I was less tempted to ... Read More
American Cruise Lines has a slogan, "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." Yep, they certainly did it. Everything was perfect. The food was scrumptious. I liked that they offered half portions, so I was less tempted to overeat. There were only 60 on the Cruise, although the ship will carry 98. With open seating at meals, we got to meet so many interesting people. The Line caters to older passengers. They were always there to assist. The elevator for handicapped was most welcome. I have some mobility issues. Our state room was very comfortable and spacious, with a small private balcony. We could control our own temperature, or open the window for fresh air. The state room had so much drawer space that we could not fill it all, and a closet. :-) My husband was able to workout every morning on an elliptical on the top deck. The on-board lecturer was great about answering questions about the area, and gave several interesting talks. He came on some of the excursions, and added an additional dimension to local guides. Many of the excursions were accessible for the less mobile. I did not try any walking tours, although my husband did. The excursions were well planned and gave a good look at the area (Historic South). Do note that excursions are extra, and you are billed only for those that you attend. There was on-board entertainment nightly. Mostly it was some type of music or a lecture. One day, we played bingo, and I won the top prize - a big bag of souvenirs! Another day, the chef demonstrated how to make a bread cornucopia. His creations were on display for our fantastic Thanksgiving Dinner. There is no bar on the ship, but complimentary wine and beer was served at lunch and dinner. At 5:30 every evening, a very complete bar was set up in the lounge for complimentary cocktails, beers or wines. We did not lack for festive alcohol. Fabulous appetizers accompanied the cocktail hour. It is difficult to say enough about the remarkable service. The entire crew worked very hard; they were always up-beat and smiling. The captain was most accessible. He dined with the passengers when he could. Gratuities were included in your cruise price. This is not a cruise for children. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The cruise was interesting with the different ports. We were celebrating our 56th anniversary. Most of the meals were good, some bad dinners. There was one dinner with an entre of prime rib. The meat was not of prime quality. Overall the ... Read More
The cruise was interesting with the different ports. We were celebrating our 56th anniversary. Most of the meals were good, some bad dinners. There was one dinner with an entre of prime rib. The meat was not of prime quality. Overall the fish entries were unappetizing. Rice was as excessive with all servings. The crew and staff were excellent, especially Marie. We did not like the continuous promotion for future cruises offering free tours and/or free cruises. Our perception is that we are subsidizing these tour promotions with the price we paid for this cruise. Many of the people we met were enjoying free tours and cruises. We enjoyed their company but felt that our spending over $13,000, we were annoyed by the fact were paying for some of these "freebees". Perhaps my annoyance is based on my experience as a CFO of a 70,000 plus employee company. We appreciate the opportunity to voice our opinion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Booked while on another American Cruise. The history of the river (excellent Riverlorian on board) and it's importance in the civil war and commerce and western expansion was so interesting. Most shore excursions were free. The food ... Read More
Booked while on another American Cruise. The history of the river (excellent Riverlorian on board) and it's importance in the civil war and commerce and western expansion was so interesting. Most shore excursions were free. The food was excellent and the small capacity of the ship (150 passengers) is what we love. We booked another cruise for July on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The staff is all americans and young. Very professional and friendly. Fair includes a pre-cruise hotel stay and transport to the airport at the completion of the cruise. On both American cruises we have sailed the clientel is older than the average of cruises we have been on. I would say many of the passengers are older than 75 years of age. There are a number of canes and a few walkers but everybody seemed to be able to get on and off the boat and the busses without much difficulty. All wine and beer at meal times are included in the price as is the one hour cocktail hour before dinner. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We always wanted to go to New Orleans and to cruise the Mississippi. So, the cruise on the paddle wheel America from New Orleans to Memphis was a dream come true that surpassed all expectations!! The young staff was absolutely ... Read More
We always wanted to go to New Orleans and to cruise the Mississippi. So, the cruise on the paddle wheel America from New Orleans to Memphis was a dream come true that surpassed all expectations!! The young staff was absolutely delightful. It was most encouraging seeing young people begin their careers. This staff was ALWAYS pleasant and ready to meet any request. Yes, they did make a few minor mistakes, but were always apologetic (and as a retired teacher I firmly believe that you learn best from your mistakes.) Cruising on a small ship with Bill our educator (can't remember his title) made history come alive. The entertainment was remarkable!! The Victory Belles from the WWII Museum brought back the "old" songs. Weldon and Bill Jazz duo were amazing. I usually am not a big fan of comedians, but the singing comedian Judy was well loved by all the audience. Vicksburg stands out as a destination. We had never heard much about this Civil War site, but it beats Gettysburg by a mile. Natchez was another standout as was Memphis. The Plantation tours gave us good insights into King Cotton. Relaxing, Seeing, Eating, Learning and being Entertained what more could you ask for. It was so good we booked a cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers for the fall of 2017. Hint: We had perfect weather in early November Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
have been cruising the mississippi with american queen steamboat company and had a great time , I figured that American cruiseline would be as nice with same type of food and a beautiful ship as well. The food was like cafeteria ... Read More
have been cruising the mississippi with american queen steamboat company and had a great time , I figured that American cruiseline would be as nice with same type of food and a beautiful ship as well. The food was like cafeteria meals, No great choices , breakfast was a small table with two types of pastries, with a limited menu ,Dinners and lunch were nothing to talk about.Lots of pork not much chicken dishes and not great veggie dishes. American queen steamboat company had a huge table with unlimited amt of choices and great choices for meals. The difference between the two companies are like day and night, American cruise line hasn't even got a pursers office, the maid service is done by the staff that serves you at the restaurant, not very professional, and their outfits are the look like blue scrubs that you see in hospitals,how unprofessional is that. I was at the owners suite thinking it would be beautiful since I paid almost twice the price as the other rooms , what a shock that was, The Star is an old ship , it was so drab.No colors on the long hallways to your rooms One shore excursion was on an island in which they had an oyster bake, you would think the ship would let the guest know that we would get bit by certain bugs and warn us about it. Lots of us got home all bit up ,I was scratching for a week after ,I still have marks on my arm American cruise line has the monopoly on the eastern coast and probably doesnt care since it has no competition. I would not recommend anyone to cruise with them at this time .Although they were very nice and polite and service was great , I was very disappointed. I spends thousands of dollars and did not feel I at all got my moneys worth. .. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My husband and I are seniors as were most of the other passengers on this cruise. We had a wonderful time visiting the grand plantation homes along the Mississippi and the Vicksburg Civil War Battleground. The service on the riverboat ... Read More
My husband and I are seniors as were most of the other passengers on this cruise. We had a wonderful time visiting the grand plantation homes along the Mississippi and the Vicksburg Civil War Battleground. The service on the riverboat was excellent as was the food and the entertainment. The cruise staff made it very easy for people with mobility issues to enjoy the ports of call. They had a golf cart and several wheel chairs available to assist in getting passengers to and from the buses and other destinations. The husband and wife entertainment team (Bill and Laura) on board was extremely talented and knowledgeable. Laura is a talented singer and entertainer while Bill's knowledge of the Mississippi River is exceptional. He is a River Historian, storyteller, singer, piano player, magician, and Riverboat Gambler all rolled into one. When not sightseeing or eating, there were many comfortable lounge areas to relax and read, play cards or just watch the river flow by. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Why did I choose this cruise? Because American Cruise Lines was offering a trip down a river that I had never traveled. The scenery was spectacular! The weather was wonderful! And there were two moon lite nights when I just sat on my ... Read More
Why did I choose this cruise? Because American Cruise Lines was offering a trip down a river that I had never traveled. The scenery was spectacular! The weather was wonderful! And there were two moon lite nights when I just sat on my balcony and gazed into the night as the ship drifted down the river. How spectacular! How relaxing! Loved it! The trip I took was the river boat cruise along the Snake River / Columbia River from Clarkston, Washington to Portland, Oregon. Getting checked in was an easy process and the hotel in Clarkston made sure my luggage made it onto the ship. The ship was clean and fun to explore. My single occupancy cabin was easy to get around in though the bed was rather small for a man of my size (6' 2" and 260 lbs). Was able to shower easily though it too was a little cramped. The food was wonderful! I will make you aware that the food portions are for seniors. Good thing they had a cocktail hour every night that offered wonderful appetizers. I learned to help myself to the hors doeuvres before heading down for dinner. I have a food allergy to onions and the cooking staff was able to avoid putting them into my meals. Did enjoy going to Mount Saint Helens and also enjoyed going to the Multinomah Falls waterfall. Otherwise I did not partake in the other trips that were offered (and there were several everyday). There were times I could get off the boat and walk around town for an hour. And I really did enjoy a fish and chips lunch at Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles (even wrote a review on Google I was so impressed). The crew was fantastic! College kids earning some money for school did a great job of serving food, cleaning rooms, and taking care of other chores. These young people were impressive. I am now investigating taking another cruise on American Cruise Lines. Don't know where or when but I will be on another cruise shortly. I truly enjoyed this vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have taken cruises before, but this was exceptional. Not only was the scenery, excursions and boat travel wonderful, the service was beyond compare. You could tell many of the servers were college students in the service field. They ... Read More
We have taken cruises before, but this was exceptional. Not only was the scenery, excursions and boat travel wonderful, the service was beyond compare. You could tell many of the servers were college students in the service field. They were ready for every request and were always extremely gracious. I walked away in awe, thinking this cannot be matched. We shall see. We will surely take another cruise with this cruise line. My wife does not like big waves on the open ocean, so this solved that problem. We enjoyed the history of the river, with lots of information on Lewis and Clark. The ports were very welcoming with many interesting sites. We started in the desert areas of eastern Washington and Oregon and finished in Astoria, on the Pacific coast. We took a trip to Mount Saint Helens, the Gorge with waterfalls, huge dams and more. We were able to walk around the port cities, and the locks were quite a drop. I believe some of the biggest drops of any locks in the world. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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