Sail Date: August 2018
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
Wanted to experience the Columbia River and snake River. The trip was a huge disappointment. The ship was basic. No riverboat atmosphere. Cabins sparse. Veranda furniture rusty. Windows dirty. Food only fair. Often not warm and had to ... Read More
Wanted to experience the Columbia River and snake River. The trip was a huge disappointment. The ship was basic. No riverboat atmosphere. Cabins sparse. Veranda furniture rusty. Windows dirty. Food only fair. Often not warm and had to be sent back to kitchen Service minimal. Many dining room staff were not trained sufficiently. Four of them said that they were new-started the day before noon Entertainment was quite good 3 nights out of 7. Staff did not exude friendliness. No security at all. No one checking passengers in or out. Extremely overpriced. Excoursions poorly run. This cruise was advertised as a luxury cruise. We expected a riverboat atmosphere but the public rooms felt like a retirement home coffee shop. To describe the food as gourmet is a huge stretch of the imagination. A tablemate described the food as hospital food. They did have lots of booze at the happy hour. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We wanted to see as part of the US we had not visited before--the Northwest--and we thought seeing it by river would be different and fun. We also wanted a small cruise for our first cruise, and this 150-maximum person cruise seemed right ... Read More
We wanted to see as part of the US we had not visited before--the Northwest--and we thought seeing it by river would be different and fun. We also wanted a small cruise for our first cruise, and this 150-maximum person cruise seemed right for us. We also liked the idea of having a theme (following the path of Lewis and Clark) and of having a historian/lecturer on board. The historian was terrific--funny, informative, entertaining and engaging. He helped put everything we were seeing in context. The excursions, which were almost all included in the overall price, were uniformly interesting and fun. Dining was excellent. Three delicious, chef-prepared meals using local ingredients. It was like eating every meal at a fine restaurant. The staff was unfailingly attentive and friendly--from the wait staff to the cruise directors to the cleaning and support staff. Our one suggestion was to have more physical activity offered as options, such as short hikes. We would definitely go on another cruise with ACL. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This is my 4th cruise on American Cruise Line. It is just my style. After doing the big ship cruises for years I am now ready to relax and just enjoy the boat and the scenery. I do not need fancy clothes or fancy entertainment. Fancy ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise on American Cruise Line. It is just my style. After doing the big ship cruises for years I am now ready to relax and just enjoy the boat and the scenery. I do not need fancy clothes or fancy entertainment. Fancy food is great and that is what we got. They have tours every day so you have something to do. In fact the day is filled with activities. After three cruises most of your tours are included in the price. Also included are the tips and the Happy Hour before dinner with brand name liquors and top of the line appetizers. Food is excellent with two or three choices for each meal. If you don't like anything the chef will make you what you want. This is a small ship with older passengers. There are a lot of people working on it so we got lots of personal attention. Every one of the crew did an outstanding job. Go on ACL. You won't regret it. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
First time on ACL. Wanted to see this part of U.S. Liked small ship atmosphere. 144 passengers. Pre-cruise hotel: Need different place ;-( Embarkation/Debarkation smooth. Ship clean, well maintained; cabin spotless, room for ... Read More
First time on ACL. Wanted to see this part of U.S. Liked small ship atmosphere. 144 passengers. Pre-cruise hotel: Need different place ;-( Embarkation/Debarkation smooth. Ship clean, well maintained; cabin spotless, room for everything, furnishings could use a bit of updating; add amenities such as small in-room safe, charging strip/plugs for electronics, as ship is 5 yrs old and in constant use. Dining: one seating per meal--1/2 portions available, room service available, plenty of between meal food at several points around ship. One definitely does NOT go hungry! Open bar during dining hours--no shortage of anything ;-) Average age of passengers on this cruise: 60+, some with mobility issues; no children on board. Entertainment was low key, lectures interesting and well done. Excursions: missed only one due to wildfires. Service to the max, nothing was too much effort for any/all of the crew from Cruise Directors on down to deck hands. A real "can-do" attitude. Cruise was marred only by wildfires in 4 states, creating smoke/ash, limiting visibility and outdoor deck enjoyment--no control over that. Bottom line: Liked cruising on this line, booked another for next year! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this trip to experiment with river cruising, great option for us. Saw the westward travel of pioneers with great appreciation of the difficulty involved. Cabin and staff great, good variety offered at meals. On board activities ... Read More
We chose this trip to experiment with river cruising, great option for us. Saw the westward travel of pioneers with great appreciation of the difficulty involved. Cabin and staff great, good variety offered at meals. On board activities limited to lectures about Louis and Clark, solo or duet entertainment at night. Fitness was machines on top deck. Felt too much time spent on lower Columbia River in Bonneville Dam area, was given two and a half days and sped through Snake River section, with the majority covered at night. Several docking locations were not near areas to walk, and had to use "alternative" locations or relocate a few times. Not much offered for young people, either on board or ashore. Many excursions were to museums. Good for history buffs. Did love the trip to Mount Saint Helens, even though it was a long bus ride. Passed on the trip to Pendelton, all day and promoted by bus driver as "lots of walking, if Bonneville Dam was bad this will be worse" resulting in many people dropping the trip, found out later it was not that bad. Read Less
American Pride Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.9
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 3.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.3
Family 1.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.5
Enrichment 5.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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