2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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 pre-cruise hotel is the ... 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
4 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
7 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
American Pride Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.8
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 4.4
Enrichment 5.0 4.6
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.0

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