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31 American River Cruises Cruise Reviews

AdventuRed avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Holiday Inn experience at Burj Al Arab prices


This cruise line promises small ship cruising "done perfectly", and claims that it stands out from larger, much more affordable lines with personalized service, all-inclusive dining, and meticulous attention to ...
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Sail Date July 2017

RRFPresident avatar


2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

An amazing disappointment

Being seasoned cruisers on ocean sailing lines, we were interested to try out the American Cruise Line's style of cruising the inland waterway enabling us to visit seaside towns that we'd never otherwise see on a ...
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Sail Date November 2019

Belleflower avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Worst cruise ever, especially for the high cost

My husband has wanted to cruise the Mississippi since growing up on it as a kid. We chose this line because friends had a great experience on the Columbia River. This was the worst-run cruise we have ever been on, ...
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Sail Date August 2019

Bbmoon avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes


We chose this cruise because of its itinerary (which was unique and they were good ports that we enjoyed). Unfortunately due to the very poor quality of the ship and crew we were not pleased with the cruise overall. ...
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Sail Date July 2019

jsn55 avatar


4 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

A below-average experience at top dollar

Jacksonville to Charleston 12/21/18 I really, really hate being critical or complaining. But a realistic review of this cruise is important for others to read. I should have picked up on the lack of CC ...
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Sail Date December 2018

dianecruiser avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Big disappointment. Training crew, and downhill from there.

The only reason I didn't give this cruise a one out of five is because a few things went well, including embarkation and disembarkation; plus, the poorly trained staff at least tried (for the most part). Our ...
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Sail Date July 2018

Bruce1968 avatar


1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Very disappointed

Wanted to see the northwest and brochures for American Cruise lines was inviting. The queen of the West American Cruise Line trip was very disappointing. The ship was old, food mediocre, overpriced, noisy going ...
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Sail Date August 2018

JAYB1943 avatar


2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes


Wanted to see the snake/columbia rivers. Only cruise line to offer the itinerary we wanted. PLUSES: * FRIENDLY CREW, ALBEIT INEXPERIENCED * OPEN BAR COCKTAIL HOUR EACH EVENING * SMOOTH RIDE, ...
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Sail Date June 2018



1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Updates Needed

Chose cruise for the itinerary. As compared to 2 other riverboat US cruises we have taken this ship doesn’t begin to live up to our previous experiences. The size or square footage of the cabins is a plus on the ...
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Sail Date March 2018

darwinfair avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Expected mediocre, got worse

We chose this cruise for a smaller ship, on board lecturer, fewer passengers. We had to miss our first port due to hurricane damage and that was understandable. We missed another port due to engine problems but ...
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Sail Date November 2016

bijoux123 avatar


1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Historic South and Golden Isles

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 ...
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Sail Date November 2016

mdwilbur060 avatar


1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Poor Assistance From Staff

Wanted a local, small river cruse for personal service. I'm 91 and the Snake River cruse was on my bucket list. Cruse line changed my early arrival hotel which was right across the street from the ship to a hotel ...
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Sail Date October 2016

Marcolady avatar


1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Floating Nursing Home

Embarkation in Portland, Maine went smoothly but upon entering the ship and cabin we were very disappointed. Upon the suggestion of another couple with us, we were led to believe that small ship cruising would have ...
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Sail Date July 2016

otterbabi1962 avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Looking for an A+ experience, scored well below average.

We chose American Cruise Lines because we wanted to be on a small ship, we loved the itinerary, our friends who'd been on before said everyone seems like family, and the reviews were great. We were looking for ...
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Sail Date April 2016

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Ronald S Hollo

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Paid for a Marriott, got a Best Western.

The catalog seems to be different from what we received on the cruise. We complained when the air conditioning did not work properly, toilets did not flush, could not get a bottle of water and public bath room was ...
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Sail Date September 2015

Blaze13 avatar


1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Very disappointing; drive the Columbia River rather than sail the "Queen"!

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 ...
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Sail Date June 2015

frebob avatar


1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Mississippi River Cruise

We stayed at a hotel near the port in Memphis. The check-in process was smooth. The boat was in good condition and traveled on the river very well. Spending time on our balcony while going down the river was ...
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Sail Date May 2015

seamominsb avatar


7 Reviews Written

44 Helpful Votes

Costly Disappointment

The interior of the Independence, which was put into service in 2010, looks like the 60s. I assume the interior was designed to look like Americana, but it just looks tired with soiled and worn upholstery, and tacky ...
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Sail Date November 2014

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1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

What an expensive disappointment

We paid a lot of money for this cruise, way more than for a luxury ship. It left Charlotte, SC and was supposed to sail to Jacksonville, Fl. Instead, it stopped at Fernandina Beach. That messed up the connection ...
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Sail Date November 2014

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Matriarch Travelor

3 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Not What Was Promised

I wanted to take my sons on an Alaskan cruise for the past 15 years. It finally came together this August. This was a once-iin-a-lifetime trip and we were all so excited. My sons, their wives, their child, my ...
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Sail Date August 2014

marthapalmer avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

New England Islands

This cruise was extremely inconsistent in service, dining, entertainment and excursions For the amount of money we spent (over $8000) we expected to have outstanding service and dining. Real lobster crackers are a ...
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Sail Date July 2014

cruise**77 avatar


6 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Disappointing Cruise, Not Worth What We Spent

We had cruised three times previously on American Cruise Lines (ACL), and generally had good to very good experiences, although the cruises are expensive. So, we looked forward to this cruise along the coast of ...
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Sail Date September 2013

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independent traveler

1 Review Written

Caught Unaware

Had I read their description on your site, I might have been a little more prepared for what I experienced and may have decided not to take the trip. The attraction for me initially was the Puget Sound/San Juan ...
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Sail Date September 2013

fuzzyflorida avatar


1 Review Written

Queen of the West

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 ...
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Sail Date July 2013

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