13 American Cruise Lines American Pride Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Pre-cruise at Red Lion Jansen beach hotel,$ 40 cab ride from airport ,very large hotel,nice rooms ,good restaurant,boat docks at hotel,free breakfast on day of embarkation.Some confusion on day of embarkation.Onboard welcome and lunch on ... Read More
Pre-cruise at Red Lion Jansen beach hotel,$ 40 cab ride from airport ,very large hotel,nice rooms ,good restaurant,boat docks at hotel,free breakfast on day of embarkation.Some confusion on day of embarkation.Onboard welcome and lunch on boat,crowded. Had room 404 on deck 4 forward,large room, quiet,nice veranda,small but,usable.Was liformed by others that lower deck cabins were noisy at times.Breakfast in morning good,lunch also good ( see menu pics) beer and wine with lunch.Dinners also good,service and food started at level 8,but slipped to level 4or 5 by day 3 of cruise.Some servers inattentive at times,find a good one and stay with them,crew all young and nice and friendly. Food fine first 3 days,but started to be served cold quite often after that,not sure if this was a service problem or cooking one.Snacks available in all lounges all day,cookies,chips soda coffee,tea and specialty coffees. Sometimes beer and wine setup in the Sky lounge after 1:00pm.Lounges very nice,Paddlewheel cuttest,but noisy while under way,Sky lounge best,could move inside or outside as mood or weather dictates.Fith deck nice in good weather.Happy hour in Cascade lounge at 5:30 pm,any drink you want,and interesting appetizers,shrimp,crab claws,cheese ,smoked salmon ,also two servers with other appetizers.Late bar with intertainment,same drink set up ,intertainment ok ( we’re not show people) Shared boat with group from Smithsonion society,nick named them THE ROYAL FAMILY.Had their own section of dining room,own buses,left boat first,etc discouraged from associating with the second class citizens,although some broke the rules.be aware this can happen,enough said.Excursions,some additional charges not mentioned in brochures,Astoria,Fort Clatsop,if you have nothing better to do,Cape Disappointment,beautiful,well worth it,great views,Mt St.Helens very nice ,long bus ride,worth it,Multnomah falls very nice ,beautiful,Bonneville dam interesting,The Dalles ,small town,rest day for us.Cascade Cliffs winery ,small,but nice. Helles canyon boat ride was excellent.saw mule deer,rocky mountain sheep.excellent lunch,long ride ,but fascinating.Scenery on trip beautiful,be aware all lock transitions are at night or early in the morning and can be noisy at times,we could touch the lock wall from our veranda. Transfer to the Spokane airport good,Garden inn by Marriott one mile from airport free shuttle too and from hotel,very nice restaurant across parkin lot,short walk,nice hotel Biggest challenge is flying,no surprise there. in summary a good trip, but expensive compared with an ocean cruise,two or three times as much .Not for young people ,at 70 was one of younger people on board Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We had always wanted to do the Lewis & Clark Columbia River Trip. American Cruise Line's American Pride river boat provided such an opportunity. Although the ship is dated and shows some wear and tear, we rate the trip as ... Read More
We had always wanted to do the Lewis & Clark Columbia River Trip. American Cruise Line's American Pride river boat provided such an opportunity. Although the ship is dated and shows some wear and tear, we rate the trip as EXCELLENT!!! The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was super and the shore trips fantastic.. This trip is a bit expensive but it is "all inclusive". It which includes all alcohol (beer, wine & cocktails), tips and most shore excursions. The buses were comfortable and drivers informative and fun. In fact, many times they showed videos of the attraction or area we were about to see. The on-board programs were top notch. Their Lewis & Clark program is outstanding. We really enjoyed seeing this part of our great country and learning about an important period of our history. Five stars for this one. What more can I say? Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was a small ship-175 passengers on a USA River. We did not need to fly to or from another country. The trip on the Columbia and Snake Rivers was Wonderful. While we had driven the route through the Gorge, it was totally different ... Read More
This was a small ship-175 passengers on a USA River. We did not need to fly to or from another country. The trip on the Columbia and Snake Rivers was Wonderful. While we had driven the route through the Gorge, it was totally different taking in the scenery from a ship. We had the experience of going through several of the locks during daylight which was very interesting. The cabins are more than adequate with excellent storage space and comfortable beds. The bathrooms are small but more than adequate. The number of outlets in the room is adequate for all your charging. Dining is served for all the passengers at the same time. It is open seating, with tables of 4, 6, or 8. The food is prepared to order but is not a huge menu. It was always quite good - not Crystal quality but good. Wines served were adequate and are included with meals. A Cocktail Hour is held every day with appetizers and choices of drinks available. There is some entertainment every night. We chose the Lewis and Clark cruise because of the Lecturer - Todd Weber. He was Outstanding. Almost all the the Shore excursions are included and are interesting. TV and internet was hit or miss throughout the cruise. We would definitely take another trip that Todd Weber was guest lecturer on. He made the difference between an interesting cruise and an outstanding cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Lewis and Clark expedition "Riverlorian" on board was very knowledgeable, and his visual aids and manner of presenting was very engaging. The staff were outstanding in their commitment to providing personal service. ... Read More
Lewis and Clark expedition "Riverlorian" on board was very knowledgeable, and his visual aids and manner of presenting was very engaging. The staff were outstanding in their commitment to providing personal service. Complimentary wine was served at all meals. I asked if they had "14 Hands" wine during the first dinner. They did not have it, but one of the staff bought some at the next port, and served it during every meal for the rest of the cruise! The servers at meal time truly enjoyed what they were doing, learned peoples names, and smiled all the time. When we asked them how they got into their jobs, we discovered that many of them had formal trying and degrees in Hospitality and Tourism or Culinary Arts. The different staff areas (housekeeping, food service, etc.) evidenced a commitment to ongoing training in that we observed them having daily staff "huddles" to review their areas performance. Procedures used throughout the cruise (boarding, meals, excursions, security,etc.) evidenced excellent organization always Multiple lounges on board were attractively decorated, clean, and always stocked with refreshments. Before dinner cocktail hour included complimentary top shelf liquor as well as outstanding gourmet quality munchies. We will travel with American Cruise Line again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and the crew were great. The scenery was fantastic and Todd Weber who was an expert on Lewis and Clark was very good and really knew his stuff. I love travelling with American Cruise Lines as they are ... Read More
we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and the crew were great. The scenery was fantastic and Todd Weber who was an expert on Lewis and Clark was very good and really knew his stuff. I love travelling with American Cruise Lines as they are very attentive to your needs and I enjoy seeing our country. A great way to do that. The cabins are large and bathrooms are big and there is plenty of storage for your things. Look forward to any new cruises and the ships they are planning. This was our 4th trip with them and have made some great friends through them. As a matter of fact we met two couples on our first cruise and have done all others with them. Planning to go again when we can decide where we want to go. Food was fantastic on this cruise. I highly recommend them to any one Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Have become river cruise travelers (our other river cruises were in France with UniWorld) & wanted something in a part of the U.S. that was unfamiliar. This trip met that criteria. We did not arrive at the departure destination in ... Read More
Have become river cruise travelers (our other river cruises were in France with UniWorld) & wanted something in a part of the U.S. that was unfamiliar. This trip met that criteria. We did not arrive at the departure destination in time to do anything there; however, the overnight hotel was good--only problem was having no phone number handy in order to get there shuttle to the airport. Somehow our assigned cabin # was given to someone else & we ended up across the hall; however, rooms were same so it didn't really matter except for the extra confusion & staff handled it quickly. This was a food & wine theme cruise and that part was truly excellent! Personnel were for the most part very friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and helpful (including fun-loving, fact-filled tour bus drivers). Our first trip with ACL; won't be the last. It was overall a positive experience.We enjoyed it very much. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
To see Worth West on Columbia River. Food service was outstanding. The crew was very accommodating and customer oriented. The Captain was engaged with passengers and personable. Dining staff was excellent and attentive to out needs. ... Read More
To see Worth West on Columbia River. Food service was outstanding. The crew was very accommodating and customer oriented. The Captain was engaged with passengers and personable. Dining staff was excellent and attentive to out needs. They were willing to chat with guests and go the extra mile to meet our requests. The variety of food was excellent featuring many local foods. The dining staff was open to special food requests like grilled cheese sandwiches. Bill Wiemuth, our cruise guide, was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable and an engaging presenter. With his wife Laura, they were an terrific team. The greatly enhanced our cruise experience. Enjoyed all our post experiences, especially our excursion Mt St. Helens. This was an amazing experience. A special thanks to the Captain and dining staff who welcomed the visit of a close personal friend on board in Richland, WA. for lunch and a tour. It was a highlights for us and "above and beyond for the crew. One of or best criuses. If able we will look at another ACL river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because it included Astoria, Oregon and the Pacific coast and traveled up the Columbia and Snake Rivers to the western foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It traversed multiple climate zones, from the Pacific rainforest ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it included Astoria, Oregon and the Pacific coast and traveled up the Columbia and Snake Rivers to the western foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It traversed multiple climate zones, from the Pacific rainforest to high mountain deserts and finally mountains. The river climbed through multiple locks, the Dalles and ended at Hells Canyon on the Snake River. Gentle cruising along the river gave us opportunity to observe wildlife, small villages and towns, and lifestyle in remote areas of the west. While traveling, we were provided informative discussions on the travels of Lewis and Clark, in reverse of their journey, local entertainment, and lovely accommodations. The meal service was well done, with open seating at all meals, and a good menu selection. They cheerfully altered menu items to your preference, and provided half servings of entrees for the smaller appetite. There was a cocktail hour preceding dinner every evening with open bar and plentiful appetizers. With only 140 passengers, it was easy to meet everyone and feel welcome at any activity. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This cruise was a small boat cruise, with about 120 passengers onboard. We had a great time. We have cruised on large ships, but really enjoyed the smaller ship and getting to know the people we were traveling with. The meals were ... Read More
This cruise was a small boat cruise, with about 120 passengers onboard. We had a great time. We have cruised on large ships, but really enjoyed the smaller ship and getting to know the people we were traveling with. The meals were excellent with a wide choice of locally sourced selections for the daily menu. Breakfast was off the menu with a selection that allowed everyone to eat as if they were at home. There was a small baked goods and fruit buffet as part of the breakfast. Lunch offered a soup, salad, entrée and dessert. Dinner was soup, salad, a choice of entrees and a choice of desserts. There were fresh cookies each morning at about ten o'clock in the two lounges and an included open bar cocktail hour every day before dinner. There was a free excursion event at each port as well as featured excursions, which were additional. The excursions, free or paid, were very good and highlighted those events and locations along the Columbia River. There was nightly entertainment provided by local talent, which lasted at least an hour. It was mostly music, with three different musicians, and a local Native American Nez Perce entertainer. There was also a Lewis and Clark Expedition Historian, Todd Weber, who over four different discussion/briefing periods covered the Lewis and Clark Expedition, from the beginning to the west coast (Cape Disappointment) and back to St Louis, MO. The American Pride, is a paddle wheel boat, only a few years old. It is in excellent shape, with a young, energetic, and helpful crew. Embarkation and disembarkation was well coordinated and bags were at our room or on the ramp in an easy to find organized arrangement. Being a small boat cruise, there is not as much to do on board as a large ship, and the passengers, mostly older (45 and above) were self motivated and made excellent use of the shore excursions. There were no children on this ship. We enjoyed this small cruise well enough to sign up for another next year in Alaska. Thank You America Cruise Lines and the Crew of the American Pride for a Very Nice Time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Our cruise included an area of the United States we had not traveled in before. We were most interested in the Lewis and Clark story as well as the beautiful scenery on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. We were very impressed with Bill, our ... Read More
Our cruise included an area of the United States we had not traveled in before. We were most interested in the Lewis and Clark story as well as the beautiful scenery on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. We were very impressed with Bill, our "Riverlorian" - and appreciated his personal interest and learned a great deal from him about the area and Lewis and Clark. He and his wife, Laura, added a great deal to our experience. The other entertainment was on a mediocre level. Most of the staff were very professional looking, and all were helpful and courteous. The young waitstaff in the dining room added greatly to the experience. They were well trained, courteous and friendly. We do feel the Cruise Company should provide lodging the night before the cruise if at all possible. However some passengers had a poor experience with this. We had made our own reservations at the hotel where the boat docked. The jet boat ride on the Snake River is a must for everyone. This was our second cruise with American Cruise Lines and we hope to travel with them again. We enjoy this laid back type of cruising, without the glitz and glamour the large ships offer. We feel we should mention that we have taken great river boat cruises in Europe, which included our air fare, at a lower cost than American Cruise Lines (which did not include air fare). Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Very lovely cruise. I have been to this area several times, but was nice to see it by water and not by road. The cabin was clean and spacious. We have sailed through Europe twice, yet these cabins were much more spacious. Coffee ... Read More
Very lovely cruise. I have been to this area several times, but was nice to see it by water and not by road. The cabin was clean and spacious. We have sailed through Europe twice, yet these cabins were much more spacious. Coffee machines in each room was a nice amenity along with balconies in nearly every room. History and lectures each day was interesting. Tours were informative and the guides were knowlegable. Food was regional. The fish was local and nicely prepared. The staff was courteous. They did not know too much about the area, but they were from different areas of the country and young. Many of them were college students studying for their degree. We booked another trip to go to Alaska next year with American Cruise Lines. We enjoy that you can get up close and personal to small ports and places that the big ships cannot access, especially in Alaska Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This trip was chosen because of its historic nature and I had not been on a paddlewheel boat. All of my cruising has been on ocean liners and one riverboat in Europe. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the spacious cabins and bathrooms ... Read More
This trip was chosen because of its historic nature and I had not been on a paddlewheel boat. All of my cruising has been on ocean liners and one riverboat in Europe. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the spacious cabins and bathrooms which are a rarity!! The boat was cozy and well appointed, and outstanding service . All crew were friendly, accommodating and efficient. They could not do enough for me and a smile and a conversation was continuous. The trip was relaxing with the tours well planned. I was not rushed at all and given many opportunities to rest and enjoy the ride. I had a mobility problem and everyone was so willing and able to assist me in getting off the boat in a wheelchair. The entertainment was fun and a highlight were the popcorn and sundaes offered during the shows. It is lovely to explore our United States with an historian onboard who was interesting and informative. My friend and I were so enthusiastic that we booked a two week trip on the Mississippi River next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The ship was comfortable, well maintained, staff friendly. The food was another issue. Restaurant service was spotty. After three days of cold soup, I gave up on soup and switched to salads. Main course was often marginally warm. On ... Read More
The ship was comfortable, well maintained, staff friendly. The food was another issue. Restaurant service was spotty. After three days of cold soup, I gave up on soup and switched to salads. Main course was often marginally warm. On the last evening when were served lobster tails, it was a nightmare. My first lobster tail was not only cold but it was not cooked. The shell was the dark brown of the lobster straight out of the water. A cooked lobster is red. It took three "send backs" before I got a hot cooked lobster tail. It was really sad. That was true of the others at our table also. The cook, I can't call him or her a chef as a chef knows better. Frankly, it ruined the trip for us. We were planning to use American for a Hudson River cruise, never more, never more! Take your own food along. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
American Pride Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 3.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.2
Enrichment 5.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.9

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