34 American Cruise Lines American Pride Cruise Reviews

My first river cruise. Choose Columbia River for the scenery. Clarkston, WA ..to Portland, OR. Travel from Houston to the cruise was a challenge. Easy to get to Portland. Getting to Clarkston,WA. Or Spokane by plane from portland ... Read More
My first river cruise. Choose Columbia River for the scenery. Clarkston, WA ..to Portland, OR. Travel from Houston to the cruise was a challenge. Easy to get to Portland. Getting to Clarkston,WA. Or Spokane by plane from portland was unrealistic so we rented a car and drove 6 hours. Once we were inClarkston it was well organized. (Car was returned to Lewiston airport hotel provided shuttle back to hotel.) Embarkation went smoothly. Just a short walk to ship ...hotel staff took our luggage to ship. My cabin was as expected. Neat clean lots of room and drawer space. HINT. When you leave it is requested you leave your key card on the desk ....no card on my desk.. plenty of staff available to get me a new card. *****Key cards are magnetized so I had problems with it demagnetizing when it was near my IPAD. Cruise was great I researched ahead of time so I knew the guests would be a mature group. The tours were adequate for the remote areas we cruised. The crew went out of their way to make sure slower guests disembarked for tours safely and with dignity.. This was my first River Cruise and there will. Be many to follow. I am not a fan of the huge cruises with thousands of guests. Yes ACL cruises are expensive. I read lots of reviews and knew what to expect Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We are experienced cruisers and world travelers - this was our first time with our 11- & 9-year-old grandkids, and first time on American Cruise Lines. We embarked from Clarkston, WA and sailed west along the Snake & Columbia ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers and world travelers - this was our first time with our 11- & 9-year-old grandkids, and first time on American Cruise Lines. We embarked from Clarkston, WA and sailed west along the Snake & Columbia Rivers to Astoria, then back to Portland, OR. It was a themed cruise focusing on the journeys of Lewis & Clark. We had the kids read about L&C before departing - the old Landmark and "We Were There..." books. They were the only two kids on board; otherwise I'd estimate the median age of the 150 passengers to be ~70. The on-board speaker did a good job bringing L&C's journeys to life, and tying them in to each of the attractions we visited. We had two adjoining cabins, with a door in between (405 & 407). This felt very spacious. Crew was 100% American (not that I care, as we've never experienced this before). Service was very good (equiv. to Holland America or RCCL, but not quite Regent). Bottom line - we booked a follow-on cruise on the Mississippi based upon this experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We wanted to cruise the Snake and Colombia Rivers to trace the last part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The route was very good and the onboard historian added immeasurably to the cruise. The cabin was roomy for a river cruise but the ... Read More
We wanted to cruise the Snake and Colombia Rivers to trace the last part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The route was very good and the onboard historian added immeasurably to the cruise. The cabin was roomy for a river cruise but the bed was in need of upgrade. The cabin was astern on the second deck so it was noisy when underway. Ports were interesting and tours offered mostly interesting. The tour to Mt Saint Helens was a long bus ride for a short time there. The port of Astoria was interesting because it was at the mouth of the Columbia River and Lewis and Clark’s first encounter with the Pacific.. The final port of Portland was worth staying for a post cruise day.. The precruise port of Clarkston would have been more interesting for us if travel delays prevented us from doing the Hells Canyon jet boat tour. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
About us - my husband and I are in our early 40s, no children, spending time with my well and healthy but aging parents on this cruise. Initially concerned about the expense, average age of the cruisers (65 and older) and if we would be ... Read More
About us - my husband and I are in our early 40s, no children, spending time with my well and healthy but aging parents on this cruise. Initially concerned about the expense, average age of the cruisers (65 and older) and if we would be bored. Parents are not footing the bill so to speak. My husband and I have hectic, stressful jobs from which it is hard to obtain this amount of time off. This is our first river cruise. Pre-cruise hotel: Red Lion Inn, Jantzen Beach. Clean, large, and with great views of the Columbia River. Hotel restaurant had good food but service was slow. Surrounding area with a Target and other convenient stores (ie. liquor and pharmacy) within walking distance or very short Uber/Lyft ride. Embarkation: Not a great first impression as they asked to be in a meeting room at a certain time and let us sit for over 30 minutes without word from a cruise representative on why things were running late . There was also not enough seating in the room especially when many had disabilities. My husband, parents and I stood for most of the time allowing others with disabilities to be seated. My husband and another younger (in his 50s) passenger went and got additional seating from outside the meeting room for those without seats. Hotel staff, after 30 minutes, arrived and finally provided more seats. Embarkation finally proceeded after 45 to 60 minutes of waiting if memory serves correct. Initial impression of the boat: clean, well kept in all general population areas. All staff was very friendly and rarely did you walk by a staff member without being greeted through out the cruise. Dining: excellent. Fresh fruit at breakfast everyday - loved! Lunch and dinner always with an appetizer (soup or salad), three different choices for entrees (two meat options, one vegatarian) and dessert. My husband is a big guy and a big eater and he was never hungry after a meal. Snacks are available 24/7 including Coke products, Chex Mix, Sun Chips, granola bars and cookies. We were glad that we did bring our own insulated cups for consuming beverages in our room. Cups were small plastic cups in general areas and standard Styrofoam coffee cups in the room. Serving staff and chef's would do their best to satisfy every dietary need. We brought our own snacks and liquor just in case but overall they were not needed. We ate a small amount of our snacks when the on board snacks did not appeal. We barely touched our own liquor. Happy hour and "late bar" were open bars and generous. We'll just say my rum and coke did not taste like coke. Entertainment/Enrichment: We did not attend many as they are "age" appropriate - bingo, music talent sang mostly older songs. The lecturer on board was a naturalist which was interesting but many things were held inside and my husband and I did not want to miss the scenery and cool weather therefore much of those times we spent on our balcony or on the 4th and 5th decks. Ports/excursions: Our favorites were Mount St. Helens, WAAAM and the Hells Canyon Jet Boat (definitely worth the extra money). Many of the ports are small towns/cities and are walkable (we averaged about 2 to 5 miles per port). Thoroughly enjoyed going through the many locks on the river. Disembarkation: went smoother than embarkation. Spent the extra for the Spokane shuttle -pro: off the boat at 7 am and at the airport by 9:30 AM; con: costly and our flight wasn't until 2 pm so had a long wait at the airport. If we had do it over, we probably would have rented a car, gotten a hotel in the Clarkston, Lewiston or Spokane area and explored then left the next day instead of the on the day of disembarkation. In summation: we were concerned about the cost at first, but now we are glad we went and feel the cost was worth it. Were we bored? No. Although many things are tailored for an older population, we still enjoyed the quiet, leisurely and slow pace. Would not recommend for children, there is a lot of down time that only adults would enjoy. Recommendations: take binoculars for bird watching and better views of the scenery; take a few DVDs with you - there were times that the satellite TV did not get good signal and one night we did end up using the DVD player; make sure you have a large data plan on your phone if you need to check e-mail etc. - the WiFi on the boat never worked for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
As a first time river cruise client, we were anticipating a first class experience by the information provided in the ACL print, the cost associated with this booking and the communication with the sales staff prior to the trip. We were ... Read More
As a first time river cruise client, we were anticipating a first class experience by the information provided in the ACL print, the cost associated with this booking and the communication with the sales staff prior to the trip. We were super excited to travel the Columbia and Snake rivers to see the scenery and gain knowledge on US history. To say this cruise fell short is being kind! It should have been first class all the way! Upon arrival on the ship we noticed the majority of passengers were quite elderly. The greeting as we boarded was non- welcoming and non-informative. We are 66/67 so considered seniors but the demographics were more our parents’ age. When I mentioned this to the Hotel Manger she said that was the targeted clientele . She was correct in that activities etc were geared for them. They may not be able to advertise the demographics but it could be inferred in the literature in other ways. ****EVENING ENTERTAINMENT- from 8:15 to 9 with 4 evenings that were utterly awful! The 3 evenings that were ok, people wanted the entertainer to continue but they were not contracted to do so! Nothing to do after 9...not even able to get a drink! At 9 o’clock the ship was dead!! When I asked the Hotel Manager about this she said the staff has long days so they need to be finished by then! Really!? We are on vacation! In our opinion it should have been staffed later than 9! Nothing fun on the ship, not even music in the main areas! Nothing to give you the feel of where you were traveling. As we were traveling along the river it would have been great to know some of the things we were seeing...names of mountains, dams etc. just a daily paper with the names of the cities and dams. Announcements!? ****FOOD- I am gluten intolerant and had sent the information to the cruise line immediately in their forms and even discussed prior to booking. On level 4 where snacks were available, my only choice throughout the trip was apples, oranges and sometime bananas! I am not expecting to be catered to but even the chips were “Sun Chips” which are not GF! How is it in this day and age that granola bars, potato chips, corn chips, nuts, chocolates etc could have not been offered that are GF? Other people enjoy those foods without being GF! I also know there were others that were GF as well. It was the same snacks for all 7 days! I am sure others would have appreciated variety! For breakfast, I could have eggs with meats or one type of yogurt. In 7 breakfast meals only 3 days were a GF pastry offered, half the time nothing! No other GF items offered!! The left over banana bread was also offered for dessert at lunch and dinner!!! Bedsides Ice Cream I had two choices for dessert in 14 meals besides banana bread!! Meals on ships are suppose to be a treat. Taking the GF experience out of the equation, the food was AWEFUL!!! Last meal was good....I guess to send us off with a good feeling about the meals! *****ATTIRE - Several days before we left I called asking about the attire on the ship. I was told the dinner attire was no shorts, no jeans, no gym shoes. Men were to wear dress pants, dress shirts and even sport coats on cooler evenings. Women in dress slacks or dresses. We packed accordingly. This is also published on their website. People dined in the same clothes as they had worn all day walking around. Men were in crumbled shorts, gym shoes, sweat shirts and most women not much better. What a disappointment. ****EXCURSIONS- Pendleton tour-Would you not think that going to a Western Steak House That you would be served bee? None of the three options met the theme! No beef offered! Since I am GF my only option was a salad! ! I had two salads!!! The tour in Pendleton was less than 10 minutes, not much force. The remaining time was for shopping!! Not worth $99pp. Falls trip- the ship was notified that we could only see the falls from below since there was work being done above. We spent 5-10 minutes viewing the falls from the ground and the remains 50+ minutes standing around waiting to get back on the bus or in the gift shop! There are other places to see in the area. Total waste of time!!! Trips had a zero level of physical activity besides getting on and off the bus! At the Maritime Museum only the admission was covered, not any of the film options...all of which were more than the admission. Not disclosed my ACL. ****STAFF - The wait staff in the dining room was wonderful, hard working, young and friendly people and the bus drivers were all quite informative and nice. Ian has a lot of knowledge and, for the most part, delivered history information well. Sometimes a little too demonstrative and lengthy on a point. *****VALUE- We feel that the trip was not worth the money. After the cruise we spent time at beautiful resorts, dining at high end restaurants and visiting sites. Our expenses were less than half of the daily rate and far nicer in every way!! MOST IMPORTANTLY...their customer service did not care about our dissatisfaction! It took them weeks to get back to me with the same info here that I provided to them. Then, it was a phone call asking me about our experience!!! WOW!!! NEVER EVER GO WITH AMERICAN CRUISE LINE...THEY ONLY WANT YOUR MONEY!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We did the Mississippi river cruise with ACL the year before and had a great time. We prefer small ship cruises, especially river cruises. We took a couple of walks around the area of our embarkation port, which was in front of the ... Read More
We did the Mississippi river cruise with ACL the year before and had a great time. We prefer small ship cruises, especially river cruises. We took a couple of walks around the area of our embarkation port, which was in front of the hotel, and it was beautiful. We disembarked in Clarkston, WA and took a shuttle(a little expensive) to Spokane to fly home, which was one of many choices. Since we didn't fly home till the next day, we had time to walk from our hotel to one of many parks in the area and had lunch at a great seafood restaurant on the river. The ship was built in 2012 and in our opinion, in real good condition. We were informed the first day that WiFi would be slow and spotty, and it was. But we were going in out between mountains and in areas where there wasn't good reception. Our stateroom and bathroom was what we expected for the size we paid for. I wish it was bigger but my husband was happy with it. Plenty of drawers for our clothes and stuff, and the closet was big enough. It had sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony. Perfect. The room was cleaned twice a day and the stewards on our deck were awesome. The dining room was spacious, clean and had huge windows for the views. The dining staff were mostly young and first timers, but always pleasant and willing to learn from their mistakes. There were plenty of food choices at all the meals and the food was real good and presented beautifully. Before dinner there was cocktail hour, and before the nightly entertainment, there was a Late Night bar. The three lounges were all themed different, were comfortable, had good viewing windows and were always stocked with snacks, juices, coffee, and water. The upper deck was a good place to be when you wanted to be outside to sit, to hit a few golf balls, or take a few laps around for exercise. The tours every day were great and there were plenty of choices for all types of interests. And the onboard historian and entertainment were just as good if not better. A lot of the tours and onboard talks were hisorical and focused on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Most of the tours were included in the tour, but a few such as the jet boat tour and Pendleton mill tour were extra. The ship crew members from the Captain to the galley cew, went above and beyond to make us all feel special. They all smiled, had something nice to say, answered our questions and helped when needed. This not a cruise for kids. Or even teenagers, in my opinion. It is planned for adults who are in their 50s or older and want to explore and learn about the country in a little slower pace, like on a river boat. We are going on another cruise with American Cruise Line again, and also thinking about trying a different line later. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have traveled extensively on European river boats, so we decided to try ACL's Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise. We opted for the pre-cruise Hell's Canyon Jet Boat tour, which was a fun-filled experience. ACL's ... Read More
We have traveled extensively on European river boats, so we decided to try ACL's Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise. We opted for the pre-cruise Hell's Canyon Jet Boat tour, which was a fun-filled experience. ACL's pre-cruise hotel is the Quality Inn in Clarkston, Wa. and it was an excellent choice because of its location on the river. Also, the meals were good, the rooms comfortable, and staff friendly and efficient. We were able to board the jet boat and the ship from the dock at the Quality Inn, making it very convenient and easy. The cabins (We were in #317.) were as spacious as a hotel room--quite different from those in Europe. The public rooms were comfortable and multipurpose for lectures and entertainment. An exercise room is available. Cocktails and appetizers were served nightly from 5:30p to 630pm when dinner was served. During entertainment, nightly at 8:30pm, cocktails were served as well a ice cream sundae, root beer floats and popcorn. Dining was held at one time for lunch and dinner and seating was at tables for four, six or eight. Menu selections included a meat, fish, fowl, and vegetarian option and included appetizer, main course, and dessert. The bread was fantastic every meal. An expert provided daily lectures on Lewis and Clark that greatly enhanced the experience. At night, the musical programs were presented by gifted artists, providing a very enjoyable hour. We were surprised by the age of the staff. All of them were young, enthusiastic, and efficient. Their goal was to make our journey the best--and they did that. Shore excursions were well-managed and bus transportation was available at every port. One of the buses was equipped with a chair lift making excursions accessible to all on board. There's actually not that much to see along the rivers, but ACL made all of it accessible, including Mt. St. Helen's. The average age of travelers on ACL is 75 and their cruises are geared to that age group. Therefore, the pace is slower than younger cruisers would enjoy. That's why, although we enjoyed the cruise and were impressed with most aspects of ACL, we probably will wait several years before we do another one. If you're a cruiser who wants a leisurely journey with a quality company, then, ACL is for you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We wanted to see the lower Snake River and see some sites from the Lewis & Clark expedition. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and were pleased with the choice. The boat is comfortable, especially the Sky and Cascade lounges. ... Read More
We wanted to see the lower Snake River and see some sites from the Lewis & Clark expedition. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and were pleased with the choice. The boat is comfortable, especially the Sky and Cascade lounges. The staterooms are a bit dated, but comfortable and we enjoyed the balcony with table and chairs where we had several breakfasts enjoying the sunrise over the river. The crew is friendly and eager to please. The Riverlorian, Bill, and his wife added to our knowledge and gave us lots of laughs and entertaining evenings. The food is good, adequate choices, and they will make things not on the menu. I think the schedules for the days activities are well thought out, and for this reason we found it a very relaxing experience. We did the precruise experience in Clarkston with a jet boat trip into Hell’s Canyon. The Quality Inn was a most welcoming and friendly place to start the trip. If you’ve forgotten anything, Costco and Wallmart are a 5 minute walk. There is a winery next door and you are welcome to bring any wine on board that you like. I should mention that we had a visit with my husbands cousin while on board and the ships crew couldn’t have been nicer. They were welcoming and even were willing to have her join us for dinner and fix a special dietary meal for her! Read Less
Sail Date September 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
This was the 3rd cruise with American Cruise Lines for my wife and I. It was recommended to us by fellow travellers during our last ACL cruise in Chesapeake Bay. In particular they asked us to make sure that we booked a trip where Todd ... Read More
This was the 3rd cruise with American Cruise Lines for my wife and I. It was recommended to us by fellow travellers during our last ACL cruise in Chesapeake Bay. In particular they asked us to make sure that we booked a trip where Todd Weber was the tour guide. This we did, although we had to join a waiting list. Unfortunately the forest fires in California created so much smoke that it drifted north to our pre cruise stop- Seattle and into Oregon. No fault of ACL. Back to the cruise. We were the only Brits on board. Us together with one Australian couple were the only non USA citizens on this trip. Todd Weber gave a great daily narration of the struggles that Lewis an Clark’s had to endure to help open up a route to thePacific. He also brought along samples of the various implements and Arms they used on the journey. Due to the smoke our view of Mount St Helens was non - existent. The food on board was a little disappointing as was the wine selection. Obviously a budget selection. The Happy hour is still a favourite. But too many seats, no room to circulated and meet fellow travellers. The crew done an adequate job but did not really engage with the passengers. Without Todd this trip would have been really disappointing. 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
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
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
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
Sail Date September 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
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
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
Sail Date June 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
We received a $1000 gift certificate in the mail..and from there came a fabulous vacation on American Cruise Lines. We took the Lewis & Clark tour on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and it was absolutely beautiful. Local Farm to ... Read More
We received a $1000 gift certificate in the mail..and from there came a fabulous vacation on American Cruise Lines. We took the Lewis & Clark tour on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and it was absolutely beautiful. Local Farm to Table meals prepared daily by two fabulous chefs! Only 102 passengers on the 150 passenger ship. Open Seating allows you to meet so many new people. 3 meals a day...Included. Beer and Wine Lunch and Dinner...Included. Cocktail Hour...Beer Wine and Spirits..Included. Shore Excursions..Included. There were several premium excursions which we paid for and took...all excellent. Afternoon Tea...Included. Entertainment...Included. A fabulous Historian and his amazing wife...music and history..Included. If you have not experienced a River Cruise, why not start right here at home. All American staff who were young and entergetic and took care of everything we could possibly need. Plan to gain weight on this amazing food but so worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
We decided to start seeing the US more. This trip had Todd Weber as a lecturer. He brought Lewis and Clark to life, by his talks, his wardrobe and visual aids. The ship was great as well. The staff could not be more helpful and ... Read More
We decided to start seeing the US more. This trip had Todd Weber as a lecturer. He brought Lewis and Clark to life, by his talks, his wardrobe and visual aids. The ship was great as well. The staff could not be more helpful and dedicated. If there was anything you needed or wanted, it was granted. The tours during each day were excellent. They all brought to life the Lewis and Clark expedition. Dining is a big issue for me due to my dietary restrictions( shell fish allergy). The chef and kitchen staff made sure I was healthy and full with each meal. The ship is a great size. Small enough to get around with plenty of space to roam or "get lost". There was an elevator for those that need it.There was always refreshments available. Rooms are large and we had empty drawers! The Captain did a great job going upstream and we felt safe. All the employees considered our safety and comfort. The local talent that came on board were very good. I attended each of the shows and was very happy. This was our 4th cruise with American Cruise line and have booked a 5th one for next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wanted a local, small river cruse for personal service. I'm 91 and the Snake River cruse was on my bucket list. Cruse line changed my early arrival hotel which was right across the street from the ship to a hotel that was over 20 ... Read More
Wanted a local, small river cruse for personal service. I'm 91 and the Snake River cruse was on my bucket list. Cruse line changed my early arrival hotel which was right across the street from the ship to a hotel that was over 20 miles away. That hotel had no restaurant and we had to have sandwiches delivered for dinner. I had to get a cab to the ship. Cruse line was to provide baggage transfer. When I arrived at the ship, NO baggage. Cruse lines didn't bother to find my bags or assist in locating them. Cruse lines didn't bother to assist getting me a ride to a local store to buy some clothes. Without any baggage, I had no coat and couldn't attend and off ship excursions due to the chilly weather. NO help from the staff. Spent lots of time in the ship laundry cleaning the clothes on my back. Stuck on board. The airline was able to reunite me with my bags at the airport when I departed to come home. Cruse lines refused to provide any type of refund or even a letter of apology. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
American Pride Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.3
Enrichment 5.0 4.4
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 3.9

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