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105 American Queen Steamboat Company North America River Cruise Reviews

We have long wanted to visit New Orleans and explore towns along the lower Mississippi, so this itinerary was perfect. We opted for the add-on "City Stay" offered by the cruise line. Only one other couple chose this option...it ... Read More
We have long wanted to visit New Orleans and explore towns along the lower Mississippi, so this itinerary was perfect. We opted for the add-on "City Stay" offered by the cruise line. Only one other couple chose this option...it was pricey and did not really offer much more than the basic trip (One night hotel stay is included with the trip, so in effect, this choice only added on one more day.) There were vouchers for a dinner, and admission to some local attractions, as well as a hotel more centrally located and a New Orleans Highlights excursion before embarkation. Embarkation and disembarkation was perhaps the smoothest we've ever witnessed. The ship itself is wonderful, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Service was top notch, as was the entertainment. It was interesting to visit the towns where we docked. We sometimes opted for the included "Hop on-Hop off" bus, and also purchased additional premium excursions at two of the ports, Nottoway and Vicksburg. You get a real feel for the way of life in these towns, and the residents were very friendly and accommodating. Having read some reviews that criticized the food on board, we were not sure what to expect in this regard. However, these fears were misplaced, because every meal was absolutely delicious...as good if not better than what we have experienced on other upscale cruises. Overall, we found this entire experience to be excellent, and are already looking into our next trip with American Queen Sreamboat Company. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had a great time on this trip, although there were a few, ahem, unexpected features. We traveled on the American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress, from Clarkston, Washington to Vancouver (Portland), westbound per Lewis ... Read More
We had a great time on this trip, although there were a few, ahem, unexpected features. We traveled on the American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress, from Clarkston, Washington to Vancouver (Portland), westbound per Lewis and Clark. This was the last week of April 2018, and almost none of the forecast rain materialized. A lovely time on the river and uncharacteristically green, even in the East, with sunny days and cool nights. This was our first river cruise ever so, with nothing to compare it to, I will venture to write a review. We flew into Spokane and paid way too much for a taxi to the hotel. Should have taken the shuttle for $25 a couple. The Historic Davenport Hotel clings to its glorious past, and it is charming and elegant, with stunning public spaces. Our corner room was large and welcoming. The Spokane River passes through town just a couple blocks away, and it is definitely worth a visit to see the rushing rapids. The neighborhood is not the best, and even in broad daylight, I found myself looking over my shoulder and clutching my purse. The elegant hotel is an oasis from the surrounding streets, but it seems somehow out of place and time. We had an excellent dinner at Wild Sage Bistro on 2nd Avenue in Spokane. Bus ride to Clarkston the next day was long and unremarkable. THE GOOD Our stateroom. We were on the Vista Deck, which means people could stroll by and chat. We found this charming and did not worry at all about lack of privacy. (That’s what window shades are for.) Our Category A suite was large and comfortable with a coffee maker, a loveseat and two chairs, and plenty of storage space. Housekeeping visited twice a day and did a great job. A side note about Vista Deck. The Empress has no gym on board, but a number of regular walkers made their rounds past our veranda every day. We cheered them on and joined them from time to time. (8 1/2 laps = 1 mile.) Dining. Overall: outstanding! Many choices, different every day, attentive service. We ate mostly in the dining room, with waited tables. Our Maître D “Baja” ensured that the wine was flowing freely at each evening meal. We always joined other diners, and these moments were some of the most memorable of the trip. The buffet in the Grill was also available for breakfast and lunch, with ice cream and snacks throughout the day. At night, the Grill becomes the premium restaurant, reservations required. Lobster is to die for. Room service is always available as well. On our “sea day” we enjoyed lunch on our veranda as we watched the scenery glide by. Entertainment. There were two nights with guest entertainers, Will Keifer with Banjomania, and Kevin Neil, a very funny cowboy guitar player. Both were really excellent. The Empress Quartet, consisting of piano, sax, bass, and drums, was entertaining as well. Excursions. Red Mountain Wine and Spirits tour was very enjoyable. Interesting presentations, nice scenery, and good wines. Bonneville Dam was a pleasant surprise. We had a guided tour into the vast turbine room where the electricity is generated (walked across an actual spinning turbine), then to the viewing windows to watch fish climbing the fish ladders. Unique experience! Jet Boat on Hell’s Canyon was a little disappointing. At 5 hours, it was too long and, although it was pretty country, it was really just a slow boat up and back the Snake River Canyon. Didn’t see any wildlife. THE BAD We’d heard the stateroom walls were thin. This was true. We never heard our neighbor on one side, but on the other side (as the sound came right through our pillows!) we heard their TV turned to cable news at all hours of the day and night, even in the pre-dawn hours. We could hear every word and even identify the guests being interviewed. AQSC needs to get a handle on this, either with soundproofing (unlikely) or cutting off the satellite feed in the wee small hours. WiFi was “free,” but it was also pretty much non-existent for most of the cruise. Also, for much of the same time, we were out of cell phone range. (On reflection, maybe not such a bad thing.) Mary, the “Riverlorian,” was like that annoying sixth grade teacher you still remember, but not fondly. She talked down to us like we were stupid. And please spare me the political jokes - we’re on vacation. We left ten minutes into the first session and never went back. This was a big disappointment for me, because I was really looking forward to following the history as we traveled the route of Lewis and Clark down the Columbia River. Sadly, a missed opportunity. And where was Frank, the fabled piano player in the Paddlewheel Lounge? His substitute was uninspiring. THE UNEXPECTED Veterans Meet & Greet in the Paddlewheel Lounge. Each veteran was invited to share a brief account about his or her service. There were probably forty veterans and their family members. The greatest percentage were veterans of the Korean War, which was a fair reflection of the average age of the passengers. A good experience and a nice idea. Locks. As we traveled downstream, we went through a series of locks, four on the Snake and four more on the Columbia. It was fascinating to watch our Captain as she skillfully steered our big boat through those small locks, sometimes with inches to spare! Now this was weird. Certain of the young, male dining staff habitually hugged the guests, male and female, with much squealing and clapping of hands. They would come around the desk and ambush you on arrival, and intercept you again on departure. Some of the other guests seemed to enjoy this. Not me - it creeped me out. In this day and age, you just have to wonder. IN SUMMARY No vacation would be complete without a few surprises, and overall, we had a great time. The best part, of course, was all the interesting people we shared our cruise with. A different kind of trip for us and a lasting memory. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have long wanted to travel the Mississippi river and finally did it. Picked the American Queen steamboat which is a real steam powered riverboat. Passenger capacity is 450, on this trip there were 358 passengers. Crew was 175. Staff ... Read More
I have long wanted to travel the Mississippi river and finally did it. Picked the American Queen steamboat which is a real steam powered riverboat. Passenger capacity is 450, on this trip there were 358 passengers. Crew was 175. Staff was excellent. They made every effort to make you happy. My table waiters were absolute professionals and accommodated any variation of the dinner meal that was possible. All of the staff were cheerful, pleasant, happy people to be around. My cabin was a luxury cabin that included two writing desks, closet, a couch, arm chair, glass table with 3 chairs, large screen TV and all the drawer space that could possibly be used by two people. The on board entertainment was well worth watching as well as live music in several of the bars on board. Food was good to great with an informal buffet area called the Front Porch open if you didn't wish to go to the main dinning area. The menu was somewhat different between the main dinning area and the Front Porch increasing the food options. The Front Porch had a different version prime rib every night along with chicken or fish. Wine or beer is included with the dinner meal. The boat was clean and well maintained with elevators for those that didn't want to use the stairs to move between decks. There were open seating areas at both the front and rear of the boat for watching the river and boat traffic. On this trip it was cool most days so a light jacket was needed. I spent a lot of time on the observation deck watching the river. The main froward observation area was just out side the Front Porch so you could duck in and get hot coffee, fresh cookies, tea etc, at any time. There was an observation area with bar at the rear of the boat with shade and sun tables, free hot dogs and a great view of the river. There is a small heated pool and an exercise equipment room. And of course the boat has a steam calliope that was played each time we left a dock. The shore activities included extra cost tours that were well received by those the took them according to the folks I talked to. I did not take any of those because the boat had a free sightseeing tour bus at each stop. This was a new arrangement to me called Hop on, Hop off. The buses had a circular route with 4 to 6 stops at various sights. The bus would stop and allow passengers to get off and go see the sight or just wander around town. The next bus would be by in 15 to 20 minutes and you could get back on and go back to the boat or to which ever stop you wanted to visit next. These buses ran continuously for the duration of the stop. I found this a great idea that allowed me to visit those things I wanted and get off the beaten path when I wanted to walk around and explore. Due to the high river levels some of the scheduled stops were changed or shortened. The on board activities included presentations by the "Riverlorian". He spoke about the history of the river, the towns that we were stopping at, stories of life on the river etc. I found those presentations well worth the time and a very interesting. Those were always well attended. Another interesting thing about the boat was the observation are down in the engine room. You could go down there any time of day or night and watch the 1932 steam engines and talk to the one of the watch staff about any of the technical sides of the boat. There were two shows every evening in the Grand Saloon. That provided an opportunity for each of the two dinner seatings to catch the show each night. I enjoyed all the shows I attended. The age group was mostly retired people. I saw one child on the boat who was with his grandparents. He had picked this trip out of several offered by his grandparents. The passengers were a friendly group that seemed to be interested in meeting new people. It was always easy to find a good conversation. Getting on and off the boat was well handled and as painless as is possible. The trip included an overnight stay at the Hilton Riverside. Your bags were picked up from your room and deliver to your stateroom by the time you boarded the boat. A similar system was used on disembarkation day. You placed your bags outside your stateroom the night before and they were on the shore close to your preferred method of transportation as you got off the boat. All in all I rate the experience as very good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Liked the idea of a jazz cruise. Ballroom dancing and historic ports on the river. Our RIVERLAURIEN was a great source of information. The food was superb and the service amazing. We will never go on another huge ocean liner. ... Read More
Liked the idea of a jazz cruise. Ballroom dancing and historic ports on the river. Our RIVERLAURIEN was a great source of information. The food was superb and the service amazing. We will never go on another huge ocean liner. The American Queen has spoiled us for anything else but river cruising. Our stateroom was decorated in period style. Bay window was useful for watching the night lights as we traveled. Passing barges and towns provided an amazing light show. The other public rooms were equally lovely. The Replica of Fords Theater was great and so was the Mark Twain lounge. The cookies were my nemesis! We were lucky to have flood stage on the river so it was amazing to get into ports rather easily right on the levees. A bit of added adventure. Our entertainment every evening was tops! We will be doing another trip on this boat ....perhaps the upper Mississippi next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Created from a 1995 hull, 340 foot-long paddlewheeler, American Duchess, features four decks and employs 80 American crew to run the boat and manage its 80 suites—the first all-suite paddlewheeler to cruise U.S. rivers. The maximum ... Read More
Created from a 1995 hull, 340 foot-long paddlewheeler, American Duchess, features four decks and employs 80 American crew to run the boat and manage its 80 suites—the first all-suite paddlewheeler to cruise U.S. rivers. The maximum passengers she will sail with is only 166, so the crew-to-passenger ratio is quite high. Our cruise was sold out; however, the boat never felt crowded at any time, even in the show lounge where there were always plenty of seats. (There were 165 seats available, including the chairs that line each wall.) One of the reasons there was always so much space to roam was the fact that the suites range in size from 180 square feet (for an interior cabin like ours) to 550 square feet for a two-story loft suite featuring 19-foot ceilings. Those suites (and the Owner’s Suite) had their own “River Butler” to spoil them rotten, so I’m guessing those passengers spent a lot of time in their cabins! For those passengers who had the “Commodore Services” included with their suite and had a butler, he was available for them throughout the ship. We saw him everywhere, and he made sure his passengers knew it. Have you heard of helicopter parents? Well, he was a helicopter butler. Although the décor of the boat wasn’t to my taste, the abundance of blown and fused glass artwork was. Bruce and I absolutely loved it, especially since Bruce is a glass artist and glass is our favorite art medium. The American Duchess had a modern boutique hotel feel to it, rather than a traditional riverboat ambiance. In all honesty, we preferred the 1800’s motif of the American Queen, built and decorated to replicate the paddlewheelers of their heyday. Most notably, the Duchess lacks a promenade deck, a must for open air enjoyment of the views, especially for a sunset stroll. Of course, Winter Storm Inga didn’t allow for much of that; however, I would have sorely missed a promenade deck had the weather been better. (The Duchess does have a large sun deck; however, it just doesn’t have the appeal of the top deck space on the American Queen.) Sadly, the Duchess also lacked a calliope, a charming feature I enjoyed so much on the American Queen. The most impressive area of the Duchess was the bar, dining room, and stairs leading up to the Lincoln Library. The dining room layout was similar to the American Queen in that it had tall ceilings on each side with a lower ceiling in the center. Without a doubt, the dining room on the Duchess was nicer, though, because even though the boat was sold out (like it was when we were on the Queen), there was much more room in between the tables. In addition, there was only one seating; however, you could be seated any time within the open hours (5:30 – 8:00 PM for dinner) and dine either alone or with others. There was no assigned seating, and they accepted reservations for parties of six or more. Since the American Queen Steamboat Company has an executive chef who creates the menus for all three of their boats, the menus were similar to what we enjoyed on the Queen, and the food was similar—fabulous on both boats. The service on the Duchess was better, though, and much more relaxed. (By the way, we had the same Maitre D’ on both cruises! Oscar boarded the Duchess the same day we did.) The desserts (at least the chocolate ones!) were better on the Duchess, though. Rachel did a great job! I especially liked the creative little birthday dessert that was left in my cabin along with a card. I also received an incredible piece of chocolate ganache cake in the dining room for dessert! In addition to the dining room, the River Club and Terrace was a more casual option for meals. Breakfast and lunch were buffets, whereas dinners were table service. We enjoyed a lobster tail there on our first night aboard, when we joined the other Steamboat Society of America members (repeat cruisers with the company) for an invitation-only dinner. The final option for food was in Perks, a little café with a self-serve cappuccino machine, juice dispenser, popcorn maker, and windows to sit and watch the river. Those were all well and good; however, it was the fresh-baked chocolate chunk cookies I was after. Yeah, there were other varieties, too, but it was always extra special when I could nab my favorite! (In the morning, they had pastries, and fresh fruit was always available.) Entertainment included “Riverlorian” talks during the day, as well as the usual bingo, Name That Tune, trivia, etc. What we enjoyed the most, however, were the lounge shows each evening. Max (also the cruise director), his wife, Darcy, and Matt were three talented and personable singers who performed each night backed by a top-notch band. We had a few chats with Scott, the bass player, and it turned out we new several of the same San Diego-based jazz musicians! By far, the best feature of the American Duchess was its crew, from the captain on down. They bent over backwards to make every passengers’ experience a memorable one—especially when we were hit with snow and temperatures that averaged twenty degrees below normal. The day after the blizzard, Captain Joe McKey was out on the River Club Terrace scraping snow off the deck and cleaning things up. (Yes, you read that right; the captain!) In the dining room, Executive Chef Jeff Warner constantly came out to the “front of the house” (in restaurant speak) to help serve or pick up plates. He was very personable and made sure all his passengers were happy. Read the book Waiter Rant, and you will soon learn that is not typical. I know, because I worked in the restaurant/ hospitality business for several years, most notably at the University Club in San Diego for my last seven years. Unless it was to take a bow at an event or receive kudos from a requesting club member, the chef never left his comfortable domain of the kitchen. One thing that brought a smile to my face one late evening in the Lincoln Library was seeing one of the bartenders playing Monopoly with a young passenger who had nobody her age to pal around with on board. At another table, the Riverlorian was playing a card game with some other passengers. Whether that was permitted by the hotel manager or not, I don’t know; but, I sure hope they didn’t get reprimanded. As a matter of fact, I hope they will be encouraged in the future to do more of the same! It is an example of the congenial atmosphere that is evident between the crew and passengers, and it was, in a word, special. I hope they always keep the magic they have created. American Queen Steamboat Company has a winning formula down to every detail. The success they have had and the awards they have won are well-deserved. It is my hope they can sustain it and never cut back or cut anything out like what has happened with several of the large cruise ship lines. Ask any of the long-time cruisers with Princess Cruises or Royal Caribbean Cruise Line what I mean, and they will tell you. As a former guest lecturer with both companies, I speak from experience. When you start cutting back, people notice, and you will lose your most loyal customers. More importantly, word gets around. American Queen Steamboat Company, you have a great thing going. May it always stay that way!" Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My Wif on the wanted to do a River Boat cruise. We did one in 1986 on the Mississippi Queen. She was the sister boat to the American Queen and Delta Queen. We had a great time but the average age was at least 70 plus. But we still had a ... Read More
My Wif on the wanted to do a River Boat cruise. We did one in 1986 on the Mississippi Queen. She was the sister boat to the American Queen and Delta Queen. We had a great time but the average age was at least 70 plus. But we still had a great time. We are now retired so we fit right in with all the senior citizen. The cruise started in Memphis and you could start your day with a tour of Graceland and other Memphis Stops. We were dropped off at 3 to board. We went to our cabin which was a suite on the 5th deck and our Luggage was on our bed. We unpacked and headed down for our departure party. The next morning we approached Greenville Tenn. It was very foggy and rainy, the captain navigated the narrow channel and got us landed, However the fog and drizzle was getting worse. he announced we were leaving early and had cancelled the days tour, Most all stayed aboard to meet new friends and explore the boat, Meals are served in either the main dining room with 2 seatings. The other restaurant was the Front Porch up front on Deck 3. The Main dining room is deck one as well as the theatre. The Pursers desk, gift shop, the Mark Twain lounge, the Men's parlour and the Ladies parlour are on deck 2. Cabins are on decks 2 - 5., We also s Very highly topped in Natches and Vicksburg. a tour of the battle ground was offered. We also stopped at a plantation called Nottoway.very heavily decorated for Christmas. We saw a dance demo then had dancing for the passengers, As we left to go back to the boat, they lit a bonfire on the levy. We were a day early. we saw more bonfires on the levees Christmas Eve. We spent the night and left the next afternoon, We arrived in New Orleans on Christmas Day about 1, They had a great Christmas Day buffet. They had a church Service Sunday morning and Christmas morning, There was lots to do, Talks about the river, tours of the pilot house and engine room. You were right down with the engines. The engineer on duty would come over and answer questions and you could watch the engines turn the paddle wheel. The entertainment was very good with lots of music provided, The crew was very friendly and all would speak as they passed, the entertainers did likewise and mingled with the passengers. At the end of the cruise we had a tour of New Orleans and saw everything from Bourbon and Royal and Canal Street. Also saw the Trolleys that we had passes to ride. We spent two nights at the Intercontinental Hotel. Very up scale we got vouchers for one of the Brennan's Restaurants and breakfast vouchers, Some guests stayed at the main Hilton. The cruise is slow paced. we traveled at about 15 mph as we were going down stream. There were a few passengers younger than 40 but not many. Most are 70 plus. They had golf carts to take people up the levee to the tour buses that follow the boat, If you haven't tried a river boat cruise, try the American Queen. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
First, I want to say that the Duchess is a lovely boat and the AQSC does everything possible to make journeys enjoyable. Of course, there are occasional glitches but none that should deter anyone from taking a cruise on the Duchess. ... Read More
First, I want to say that the Duchess is a lovely boat and the AQSC does everything possible to make journeys enjoyable. Of course, there are occasional glitches but none that should deter anyone from taking a cruise on the Duchess. Accommodations: We had booked one of the deluxe suites which are located near the rear of the boat. There is a living area with a dining table and four chairs, a bedroom area, a double-sized balcony, and a bath and a half. All are tastefully decorated and there is also a refrigerator and coffee maker in the living area. There are two TVs and that provided one of the few glitches in that changing the channels on the TV in the living room, turned on the TV in the bedroom area. Once we learned to close the doors between the two areas, that was no longer a problem. The only real negative to the room was the bath/shower combination which was difficult to step in and out of. In addition, the shower curtain was so long that one had to stand on it while showering. Dining: The real highlight of the cruise was the exceptional dining. We ate most often in the grand dining room which was elegant. Breakfast was served there with about seven or eight selections that changed daily. The dinner menu in the grand dining room typically involved four courses -- Appetizer, Soup or salad, entree, and dessert. There were always three appetizers listed, about five or six choices of soup or salad, seven or eight entrees, and about half a dozen desserts. Like the breakfasts, the dinner menu changed daily. The one exception to the timing involved the “Thanksgiving Feast” that was served mid-day with “leftovers” available in the evening. The appetizers were elaborate including such things as fried artichokes, mushroom tart, and olive bruschetta. Soups were memorable with entries like lobster bisque, crab and corn chowder. Among our main course entrees were lamb chops, lobster tail, a variety of fish dishes, pastas, and strip steak. The presentation of the entrees always included sauces and vegetable accompaniments. The kitchen was very accommodating in deleting any items from the presentation that one did not want. And, complimentary wine was included with dinner with a choice of either a red or white wine. We also had one dinner (reservations required) and several breakfasts in the River Grill and Bar, a far more informal space. Both breakfast and lunch there are served buffet style and the breakfast buffet seemed to include the same selections each day. No matter the restaurant or the time of day, a highlight of all meals involved the baked goods – breads and pastries were especially delicious. Room service was also available, but we used it just once on a day when my stomach rebelled at all of the rich food. I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich. Excursions: One of the reasons we chose the AQSC cruise was the opportunity to view the ports via a HOHO bus. Our ages preclude long walks and standing for a long time listening to a tour guide. Instead the HOHO busses that followed the ship allowed one to see each community and get off according to one’s interests. The cruise line had prepaid admission to the key attractions in each community and one could hop off to see anything that appealed and get back on when a later bus arrived. (The busses circulated on a 15 or 20 minute schedule.) There was a guide on each bus who described special features of the port. The evening prior to the port stop, one was provided with the route of the bus with stops indicated. In addition, the map included information about the main attractions like museums, shopping stops, restaurants, restrooms, and almost anything else one might want to know. I should add that there are also premium (extra-cost) excursions which many people selected. Getting to and from the boat was easy as a golf cart would shuttle you up and down the often steep banks of the river. AQSC should also be commended for its relationships with the major attractions as many were willing to open to accommodate those on the HOHO busses at times when they would normally be closed such as early in the morning or on Thanksgiving Day. Entertainment: Each day there was a talk by the Riverlorean and a show in the evening. The Riverlorean talks lasted anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes and covered such topics as terminology about the boat, characteristics of the Mississippi river, major floods on the river, and common phrases that originated from the old river boats such as “hitting rock bottom.” All of these lectures were quite interesting. The evening shows varied with two caberet style performances, an evening of jazz, another of country music, and one focusing on Broadway showtunes. The American Duchess showband of four or five musicians accompanied all performers. They were quite versatile and also provided music at occasional receptions and/or special programs. There were also games scheduled throughout the day though we did not participate in any. Service: Without exception, the staff were hard-working and very pleasant. By the end of the week you felt like they were new friends. Embarkation and Disembarkation: We flew to New Orleans and spent two nights there before boarding the boat. One of the nights was at the Hotel Roosevelt, the hotel used by the cruise line. We took a tour of New Orleans during the day of embarkation which began at the hotel and ended at the boat. Disembarkation involved taking a tour of Memphis before being dropped off at the airport. Both embarkation and disembarkation went relatively smoothly. Clientele: The average age of those on the cruise would be late 60's. The boat was about 2/3rds full and thus it was very easy to get seating in the dining rooms and space on the HOHO busses. It appeared that many cruisers came with families or travel groups-- far fewer couples than we have experienced on ocean cruises. 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Sail Date November 2017
We were on the American Empress for its Clarkston to Vancouver cruise on October 9-16, 2017. We flew to Spokane on October 7 and spent two nights at Spokane’s Davenport Hotel (one night was already covered by the cruise). The Davenport ... Read More
We were on the American Empress for its Clarkston to Vancouver cruise on October 9-16, 2017. We flew to Spokane on October 7 and spent two nights at Spokane’s Davenport Hotel (one night was already covered by the cruise). The Davenport is a wonderful and historic hotel — be sure to take the self-guided tour of some of the hotel’s public rooms. We ended the cruise with two nights at the Dossier Hotel in Portland, Oregon (a much less interesting hotel with not much to offer except a good location). This is a cruise that will appeal to people who are interested in the history, geology, wildlife, indigenous peoples, and scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest’s Snake and Columbia Rivers. It has an unhurried schedule, which makes it possible to be on a river cruise that is both fascinating and relaxing at the same time. While the boat is well-maintained and very attractive, it would not be a good choice if you are looking for a cruise that includes a spa, a swimming pool, specialty shops, casino, etc. It has none of these. While it does not have a gym, it does have bicycles onboard that you can take out when the boat is in port and you can walk around the entire top deck (though you may smell some diesel fumes on the stern section when the boat is docked). The weather during this October cruise was fairly cool. Mornings were sometimes in the upper 30’s or low 40’s, and highs were usually in the 60’s (occasionally in the low 70’s). Since we checked the weather forecasts before we left home, we brought clothes that we could layer – shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, and a light, rain-proof jacket. (Not much rain, fortunately.) There are a lot of pluses. Mary, our “riverlorian,” was outstanding. She is a natural teacher who has an impressive mastery of a wide range of topics, from Lewis and Clark to the “Great Missoula Floods” to the underlying geology of the region to the history and culture of the indigenous peoples in the region. She is an engaging story-teller: fun to listen to and a terrific asset to the cruise. She scheduled a range of talks at all different times of the day, and was often in the Paddlewheel Lounge to answer individual questions. In a very different way, the American Empress entertainers were also a great asset. Mel, Kevin, Lindy and the American Empress Quartet were perfect for this cruise: they are all very accomplished performers and musicians who provided evening shows that were aimed at an audience of mostly folks in their 70’s and 80’s. (There was also a piano bar in the Paddlewheel Lounge that people seemed to enjoy. We, however, were generally in bed when he was performing.) The cruise includes hop-on, hop-off buses at each of the stops that run every half hour in the morning and every hour in the afternoon. What I especially liked is that (a) the local guides who ride with you on the buses are very knowledgeable presenters so that even if you just stay on the bus the whole time, you’ll still see and learn a fair amount and (b) the stops themselves are very well chosen. The American Queen Steamboat Company seems to put a lot of thought and effort into choosing and vetting these stops. The hop-on, hop-off stops are all included with the cruise. Our only “premium” tour (i.e., you pay extra) was the full-day trip to see the rose gardens in Portland followed by a trip to Mount St. Helen’s. Wow! Part of the wow factor was that we lucked out and had a stunningly clear day for the trip to Mount St. Helen’s and an excellent guide (Trudy). It was a memorable day and well worth the extra cost. The artwork on each hallway and in the public spaces makes the boat something of a floating museum. The artwork is numbered, and there’s a booklet in each cabin that lets you do a self-guided tour. It’s worth doing. Unlike some other cruises, the American Empress does not bombard you with constant p.a. announcements hassling you to buy something or do something. Just a few announcements to remind you that a talk or presentation is about to begin. I appreciated their restraint. We stayed in one of the two luxury suites that includes the cruise line’s “Commodore Services.” While it is costly, I think that we got our money’s worth. We were extraordinarily well cared for by Todd, our river butler, and Liz, our housekeeper. The location of this stateroom (Room 201) was another big plus: it is at the front of the boat on starboard side and has a private balcony. We had great views in two directions (forward and starboard) from which we could view scenery, birds, and marine life or watch what happens when the boat goes through the locks. If it was cold out, we could stay inside our stateroom’s sitting area and still have a great view through the windows that faced forward. But I think that we would also have enjoyed this cruise a lot even if we hadn’t been in that suite. We ate most of our meals in the Astoria Dining Room. The menu is surprisingly varied. There was plenty of standard fare (steaks, chops, and pasta) but also options that were more adventuresome. It is not a four-star dining experience, but it is awfully good, and the servers are remarkably friendly and eager to please. It includes unlimited wine at dinner. The River Grill has breakfast and lunch buffets each day, but we preferred the sit-down service in the Astoria Dining Room. Our only dining disappointment was the one night we dined in the River Grill, rather than in the Astoria Dining Room. I had lobster tail, and my wife had a steak. Both were merely OK (the lobster tail is rather tiny, actually), and the place was surprisingly noisy. The prep area is right where you enter the restaurant from the inside hallway (a bizarre location, frankly), and it fills the room with the noise of clanging dishes and pans. It didn’t help matters that at a table near us was a boorish fellow diner with a booming voice and very decided political views who perhaps was drinking too much of the wine and would not stop talking. Another complaint: the walls are pretty thin. The company might consider providing white noise machines for those in staterooms with noisy neighbors. Apart from that, we had a great time. This is civilized cruise for people who get a lot of pleasure from seeing and learning new things. The passengers are mostly retirees, and most are outgoing and sociable. At meals you have the option of sitting at a table for two, four, or six — which is a way of saying that you have the freedom to mingle as much or as little as you want with others on board. In sum, the cruise lived up to its description on the American Queen Steamboat Company’s website, and if you are attracted by what you read on the website about it, then you’ll enjoy this cruise very much. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We have been cruising in Europe and Caribbean for years but decided to experience the Mississippi and Southern history and culture on American Queen. This turned out to be a fabulous cruise. Great weather, incredible ship, stateroom and ... Read More
We have been cruising in Europe and Caribbean for years but decided to experience the Mississippi and Southern history and culture on American Queen. This turned out to be a fabulous cruise. Great weather, incredible ship, stateroom and service. Food superb. Entertainment better than our ocean cruises. Most of all we enjoyed the casual pace of exploring many small southern cities. The people were very cordial and the hop-on-hop-off buses took us to the best sites in each town. Many glamorous southern plantations in original condition. Terrific museums highlighting civil war, Mississippi river, southern slave economy, and many contributions of blacks both freeman and slaves to our country. Yes the boat is mostly seniors. But since the boat is relatively small, we had the opportunity to meet so many kind, gentle and wise couples from all over the country and the world that it was truly hard leaving them at the end of the cruise. We made many new friends and plan to keep in touch with them. Overall the best cruise in years. We plan to go on the Pacific Northwest cruise with this same company next year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Going down the Mississippi on a paddle boat has always been on my bucket list. We were put up at the Sheridan in Memphis. Good choice. Easy five minute trolley from and to Beale St.Went to Sun Studios and Beale Street. Excellent breakfast ... Read More
Going down the Mississippi on a paddle boat has always been on my bucket list. We were put up at the Sheridan in Memphis. Good choice. Easy five minute trolley from and to Beale St.Went to Sun Studios and Beale Street. Excellent breakfast included. Loved the food and music on Beale St. From embarkation to disembarkation on the American Queen, everything went smoothly. The great majority of our shipmates were in their seventies as were we. Everyone very friendly and easy to get to know. Our outside cabin was of good size. Large bathroom with a super shower. Food was excellent. Entertainment was better than outstanding. The shore excursions each day were very informative with very knowledgeable guides. Staff was friendly, helpful and seem to take pride in their work. I would rate the American Queen 10 out of 10 stars and would and have recommend everything about the experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose a destination with cool weather and new scenery. North Texas summers are hot, oppressively hot. We had not traveled often enough in Washington and Oregon. This cruise not only gave an opportunity to see these states but also ... Read More
We chose a destination with cool weather and new scenery. North Texas summers are hot, oppressively hot. We had not traveled often enough in Washington and Oregon. This cruise not only gave an opportunity to see these states but also the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and the scenic mountains; Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. The river is a vista of ever-changing mountainous scenery. We went thru 8 or 9 locks (from sea leve to about 800 feet elevation at Lewiston, Idaho.) Our first day in Astoria, Oregon, was cool enough that I was concerned with not bringing enough warm clothing. The entire trip the morning weather was excellent and as we got further from the coast the afternoon weather got warmer. So if you are looking for a morning shiver with your cup of coffee during July and August, here is the trip. The food, the service, the accommodations, the entertainment, the crowd (over 70) was great. No kids, no drunks, just plain ordinary seniors, dignified, mostly well-traveled and polite. The staff & crew were well trained, very professional and would go out of their way to be friendly. Our first cruise was on the 'old Delta Queen' many years ago and this riverboat cruise was just as memorable as our first. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
EXCELLENT!!! I LOVE river cruising!!!! We visited the Pacific Northwest, from Spokane to Portland, down the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The American Empress is clean, the service has been superb, all the staff provide super service, the ... Read More
EXCELLENT!!! I LOVE river cruising!!!! We visited the Pacific Northwest, from Spokane to Portland, down the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The American Empress is clean, the service has been superb, all the staff provide super service, the food is good, and the scenery is beautiful. The shore excursions so far have been excellent and very informative. Have enjoyed the Hop On Hop Off bus so I can explore each stop at my own pace. We have encountered a rare glitch....a railroad bridge that is out of order for 48 hours and the boat can't get under it. The cruise staff has done an extraordinary job of arranging alternative activities for us...and even opened up the bar! Fortunately we are stuck in a beautiful and very appealing location...and the boat can be restocked. I like having the open seating for dinner and have consequently met nice people from all over the country. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Everything was wonderful! The embarkation and disembarkation at all ports was great--the crew was helpful (my husband is wheelchair-bound)--but we don't get to use the Grand Staircase (duh!) we had to go around the Dining Room ... Read More
Everything was wonderful! The embarkation and disembarkation at all ports was great--the crew was helpful (my husband is wheelchair-bound)--but we don't get to use the Grand Staircase (duh!) we had to go around the Dining Room through coiled ropes, storage lockers, etc to get to the front of the ship, but even that was interesting to see what they have. The food was delicious! I ate a lot of fish and tried to keep desserts to sorbet (I am maintaining a 60 pound weight loss) so I always added the fresh vegetables, which were different every night (yippee!) We ordered lunch to go when we were on long excursions and they were really nice sandwiches, etc. with carrots and celery when I remembered to request them. The desserts were delicious and a real challenge to eat the whole thing. Yummy! The entertainments was nice--a bit country for my taste, but enjoyable nonetheless. I did one of the games early in the cruise and made several friends that I kept running into, so that was nice. There is a self-service laundry (free) so I didn't have to pack so much and could just do a load when I needed to, nor did I have to pack dirty laundry to take home. I really enjoyed watching the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers as we floated by. It was really lovely! And relaxing. And going through the locks was quite interesting! I also enjoyed reading in the Ladies Lounge--very light and comfortable chairs to sit in. Hint--Don't try to use the computers onboard if you want service. It is really spotty, but I knew that before. I also enjoyed walking around the Promenade Deck each day. People were very nice to cheer me on and I got to see both sides of the ship while I walked. I didn't really use the gym--why a treadmill when the view is fantastic?? HINT--take a sweater or sweatshirt to wear to the Dining Room, Show Room and some of the other public rooms. They are kept at Arctic temperatures!! I wore the provided bathrobe more in public rooms than in my cabin. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Traveled with friends. Crew was exceptional, from the housekeepers all the way to the captain and everyone inbetween. They made a point of learning names and making sure that we all had a great time. The Cruise directors, Kevin and ... Read More
Traveled with friends. Crew was exceptional, from the housekeepers all the way to the captain and everyone inbetween. They made a point of learning names and making sure that we all had a great time. The Cruise directors, Kevin and Mel were terrific. Our waiter, Bob and his helper, Sarah, were attentive and accommodating. The piano lounge entertainer, Frank Chase was very entertaining. What a talent. The dance party was out of this world, it was especially fun because so many of the crew joined us on the dance floor. The hop-on/hop-off busses were convenient. We will definitely recommend this trip to friends in the future. We hope that this will not be our last riverboat cruise with the American Queen company. We travel with the same friends mostly, and I do believe that we all enjoyed the cruise. It was peaceful and relaxing, offering enough to do without us feeling rushed at all. We were especially pleased that we were not being "sold" on buying stuff all the time the way some ocean going ships do. We were also so pleasantly surprised at the lack of "tourist traps." Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Wamted to see USA - usually cruise im Europe. Great Ship - great scenery and the food was good; Loved the entertainment. The only negative was the tour bus. The headrests were too high and viewing out the windows was not good. There ... Read More
Wamted to see USA - usually cruise im Europe. Great Ship - great scenery and the food was good; Loved the entertainment. The only negative was the tour bus. The headrests were too high and viewing out the windows was not good. There was only one entrance and exit on the bus. The guides were all terrific. Staff on board very accomodating. I asked for and ironing board and iron to be brought to my room and it was there immediately; Service was outstanding throughout the whole cruise. People on the cruise were fun to be with. Our cruise had only one child. We have been on over 75 cruises - Europe - Asia - - 6 continents. This was exceptionally good and a joy to be on. I would recommend to anyone wanting a scenic cruise and good accommodations and very friendly and helpful service. We lucked out with fabulous weather. All good. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first American river boat cruise. We have done Europe and Russia. We were very pleased with the boat and the cruise overall. We left from Spokane where we did a pre-cruise tour of the city and then went by bus to Richland ... Read More
This was our first American river boat cruise. We have done Europe and Russia. We were very pleased with the boat and the cruise overall. We left from Spokane where we did a pre-cruise tour of the city and then went by bus to Richland where we embarked. The cruise was to be from the Snake River to the Columbia River ending in Vancouver, WA. However, due to excessive rains and flooding, the Snake River portion was not possible, so we started in Richland, WA. Despite this disappointment, it was a wonderful cruise. The very pleasant and attentive staff, comfortable and clean cabin and excellent meals made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. THe entertainment was top-notch for such a small boat. We had a large cabin with a private verandah, which was so pleasant. We would highly recommend this cruise and this company. In fact, we just booked a future cruise while on board. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I have dreamed of cruising onboard the Delta Queen/Mississippi Queen/American Queen since the 1970s when I first saw the Delta Queen on the Ohio River. For me, this was a bucket list item and, once I booked my trip, I spent many hours ... Read More
I have dreamed of cruising onboard the Delta Queen/Mississippi Queen/American Queen since the 1970s when I first saw the Delta Queen on the Ohio River. For me, this was a bucket list item and, once I booked my trip, I spent many hours pouring over everything I could find about the boat so I wouldn't miss anything once onboard. I really thought I had over-hyped myself and that it couldn't possibly live up to my dreams but it did. The boat was beautiful, the bed was comfortable, the food was delicious and the service was something special. To top it off, the weather was beautiful. The Steamboat Syncopators and American Queen performing ensemble were so talented and, when they started into their Dixieland piece, I teared up for being so excited. We cruised from Memphis to New Orleans and the ports were wonderful. The hop-on, hop-off bus really makes it easy to enjoy the site seeing. The only drawback to the trip had nothing to do with the boat and her team, it was some ungrateful people who seemed bent on complaining about everything. I found a way after day one to avoid them. I, for one, am so grateful to the staff of the American Queen for making my time with them a dream come true. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I was expecting a hot steamy average cruise. But I was wrong, dead wrong. This cruise was as classy and as pleasing as the major cruise lines can offer on a medium size boat. The food was American fare and it was just to our liking. ... Read More
I was expecting a hot steamy average cruise. But I was wrong, dead wrong. This cruise was as classy and as pleasing as the major cruise lines can offer on a medium size boat. The food was American fare and it was just to our liking. Nothing European fancy and nothing exotic it was just what Americans like. The cabins are small, but the newer ships are squeezing the cabins smaller and smaller. So we enjoyed the size of the cabin. The size of the bathroom was bigger than on some cruise ships. The amenities were generous and the cabin steward was the best we have experienced. All of the staff actually seemed to enjoy working there. Frank Delreo of NCL says "Happy employees make happy customers". He is one hundred percent right. The American Queen's employees really seemed to like their job working on the cruise ship and the customers really enjoyed the cruise. It makes a lot of sense. Our cabin steward, Jesse of section 4.1 was outstanding. I never found her without a smile on her face. Remember the cabin walls are thin so bring ear plugs. Cruising down the Mississippi is calm and smooth. So there will never be any concern about rough seas. It is like a smooth highway of water. The entertainment was very good. The musicians and singers were excellent. There were two main seating's for dinner and then two main shows every night to accommodate. Most of the cruisers were sixty to eighty years, but there were several young couples. It looked like most everyone enjoyed the situation. My wife wanted to see as many plantations as we could see so we opted for all of the plantation tours. My favorite was at Natchez when we were most graciously received into the home of Ginger Hyland. We were shown around a huge home and then invited to a fabulous southern cooked dinner. Excellent. We highly recommend the American Queen Steamboat cruise down the lower Mississippi. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose this cruise for two reasons 1) I had traveled on the American Queen and had a great time and 2) the Snake and Columbia Rivers were places I wanted to explore. That being said, one must be philosophical about river travel. This ... Read More
I chose this cruise for two reasons 1) I had traveled on the American Queen and had a great time and 2) the Snake and Columbia Rivers were places I wanted to explore. That being said, one must be philosophical about river travel. This spring the water in the Snake has been too high for some weeks. Unfortunately, mine was one of those weeks. So two of the reasons I signed up for the tour, the Snake River and the Dalles were cancelled. However, this cruise still gets 5 stars because everything that is the control of the on board staff and crew is perfect! The food, the service, the boat, the entertainment cannot be topped. Our Riverlorian, Laurence, was outstanding. The entertainment crew was top notch. In the evenings when I should have been watching the river go by, I was enjoying the entertainment at both ends of the boat. There are not enough superlative words to describe the level of talent on the Empress. The size of the boat is perfect.It is smaller than the AQ but so intimate. After two or three days the crew knows your name, and you have made friends with folks from all over. A few tips:1) If you are traveling with a friend and sharing a room, see if you can get a room where the beds are perpendicular to each other. If I had known this was option I would have requested it as the rooms are very small for two people to move around in. 2) For those of us mechanically challenged, a card in near the shower with instructions as to how to operate it would have been very helpful. 3) Get to know the deck crew. I was lucky to have met Terry. From him I learned that to see one of the best river lock/dam systems anywhere in the world, the John Day, I would need to be at the bow of the boat at 3am. He arranged a wake up call and I was there with a few other hearty folks. It was amazing! 4) Get a bike at the ports where you can bike along the river. 5) On a rainy day, get the art brochure from the pursers office and take yourself on a tour of the art on the boat. It is really nice stuff. Shore Excursions and Ports of Call: One suggestion for the AQ company, is for more time in Astoria. One day was not nearly enough. We spent two days in a smaller port where there was much less to see. Would I go again? YES but only if I could be sure that I would be able to be on the Snake River and see the Dalles. Time of year might make a difference and I would check on that before I booked. I embarked in Spokane a lovely city, with a fine book store with craft shop attached. Loved the Davenport Hotel. I disembarked in Portland. Both processes went smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this US waterways cruise because 1) I had never done a river cruise before, 2) it is fully in the USA so no worries about difficulty returning to my homeland, and 3) a steamboat is intriguing. The American Empress is an intimate ... Read More
I chose this US waterways cruise because 1) I had never done a river cruise before, 2) it is fully in the USA so no worries about difficulty returning to my homeland, and 3) a steamboat is intriguing. The American Empress is an intimate boat with a capacity of approximately 220 passengers. It offers beautifully appointed cabins with private verandas. Housekeeping is personalized and the same attendant serves you all week. Embarkation is as easy as can be with luggage awaiting your arrival in the cabin. Once aboard, a presentation is offered to acquaint the travelers to the location of key venues and to meet the staff serving you during the cruise. The ship is easy to navigate, elevators and stairways easily visible, clean environment, and comfortable areas to meet or have conversations. Dining is spectacular with a more upscale dining room as well as a casual lounge. Both serve a variety of menu items and the food is very well prepared. Delicious! The staff obviously enjoy their jobs and interact with all passengers in a friendly, playful yet professional manner. Absolutely delightful. Ports of call are interesting, based in history of the area, and shore excursions deepen one's knowledge of the area. The on board Riverlorian also details what you are seeing as the cruise follows the Columbia River. This is not a cruise for youngsters (one must be 18 to be on board). It is definitely primarily an informational cruise. The on board entertainment is twice nightly, delightful, fun, and engaging. I would, and will, go again! A fabulous trip, fun and enjoyable. LOVED it all! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The cruise was wonderful...Our hotel accomadations at embarkation were very nice, and very comfortable. The ship docked right outside the lobby for easy access. Once onboard, the experience was better than expected... The crew were very ... Read More
The cruise was wonderful...Our hotel accomadations at embarkation were very nice, and very comfortable. The ship docked right outside the lobby for easy access. Once onboard, the experience was better than expected... The crew were very friendly and helpful. We could not have asked for a better experience... And oh yeah.. The food was fabulous!. Our servers in the main dining hall could not have been more accomadating. And did I mention the FOOD WAS FABULOUS! Our cabin steward was very helpful, and was able to help with most of our questions regarding the ship. The evening entertainment was varied, and although not all of it appealed to me, there was no doubting the talent of the musicians and entertainers. Very classy... I would definitely do another American Queen cruise of the Mississippi and would I would highly recommend the cruise to anyone looking for an alternative to an ocean cruise. Fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My husband and I finally decided to take the American Queen on a round trip lower Mississippi cruise. My expectations were a slow boat down a muddy river. Boy howdy was I wrong. The ship was elegant but not overstated. The staff, ... Read More
My husband and I finally decided to take the American Queen on a round trip lower Mississippi cruise. My expectations were a slow boat down a muddy river. Boy howdy was I wrong. The ship was elegant but not overstated. The staff, everyone we encountered totally delightful. The entertainment as good as it gets, a professional 8 piece Dixieland jazz band, 4 very talented song and dance performers, and a piano man extradoaire. I wish the food wasn't so good. The maitre d, Dana handled the dining room with grace and true hospitality. The front porch buffet was cheerful and served prime rib every evening. Weather cooperated enough to dine outside. We tried to compare this cruise to other cruise experiences and we could not. The American Queen stands alone. We especially liked the hop on hop off bus. It allowed the best possible experiece of the historical towns we visited. A stand out is the civil rights museum and the basillica in Natchez, the Kidd and Lousiana state Museum in Baton Rouge. Our balcony cabin had plenty of room and the bathroom roomy with a full tub. My husband loved watching the commerce on the lower Mississippi. The cabin was refreshed twice daily. We never had to ask for ice. Embarkation was very easy from the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. One thing that stood out in my mind was how kind the employees were to folks with moblility issues. Golf carts were available to access the levees. The excursions gals were excellent. The riverlorian, Bobby was a great banjo player and story teller. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this trip because it was a Big Band Cruise on the Mississippi. We were also very interested in the stay in New Orleans and in the tours that were offered at the various ports. The ship itself was very attractive and ... Read More
We chose this trip because it was a Big Band Cruise on the Mississippi. We were also very interested in the stay in New Orleans and in the tours that were offered at the various ports. The ship itself was very attractive and comfortable.The furnishings in the public areas were authentic period pieces and some of the most interesting I have ever seen. I cannot review this trip without mentioning the incredible crew. Both the ship's crew and the touring company staff were extremely friendly and most helpful throughout the trip. Both went out of their way to do everything they could make our stay memorable! Highlights: The two that stand out for us on this trip were the entertainment and tours. The entertainers were Broadway level performers who provided spectacular shows every evening. The Big Band music is some of the best we ever experienced! The second were the shore excursions. During the orientation it was mentioned that they were rated #1 in the World in Cruise Tours. I understood immediately why they received that distinction. They were extremely well organized and we were provided with some of the most knowledgeable and interesting guides we had ever met on any trip that we have taken in the US or abroad. When the tour was completed, we felt that we had truly experienced the culture and character of that area. My husband and I can’t wait until we can board the American Queen again to experience more of our great country. We are hoping next to take a trip on the American Queen Empress which sails in the Northwest. Lots more great tours to take! Thank you American Queen and Shore Excursions for providing us with a trip long remembered! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband expressed interest in a Mississippe River cruise. I booked immedately on a last minute so price was what drew me however, will definitely book again. It's a wonderful cruise. The food is excellent...a great menu ... Read More
My husband expressed interest in a Mississippe River cruise. I booked immedately on a last minute so price was what drew me however, will definitely book again. It's a wonderful cruise. The food is excellent...a great menu selection for all meals. Excellent wines are served at dinner. There are treats all over the boat ... popcorn, cookies, scones, specialty coffee and iced tea. Can;t name everything They have baked delightful gluten free desserts and scones for me. The service is excellent. The beds very comfortable. The entertainment is wonderful. The music is everywhere. The staff are so very friendly and they remember everything from one day to the next. The decor is so elegant. The Mark Twain room has fabulous furnishings with soft music playing all the time and the ladies parlour is bright and cheerful with gorgeous comfortable chairs and sittees. A wonderful place for sitting quietly reading. Highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was a great experience, with excellent musicians in all venues. The 12-piece big band was so good, the four production entertainers were energetic and fun--and very talented. Although I had hoped for more dance hosts, our cruise ... Read More
This was a great experience, with excellent musicians in all venues. The 12-piece big band was so good, the four production entertainers were energetic and fun--and very talented. Although I had hoped for more dance hosts, our cruise director filled in as a host. He treats everyone as though they were his special friend. We noticed that and adored him for his ability to seem like he is enjoying dancing with each lady. Alex is a real asset to your company! Food was good and too readily available. My goal was not to gain on this cruise, but I'm afraid that goal went "down the tube" from Day 1. My friend enjoyed the prime rib night after night in the Front Porch. I was happy with choices and service in the dining room. Cruising on the river is very relaxing. I have done many ocean voyages but see why people like the small, intimate feel of the AQ. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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