16 American Cruise Lines American Pride Cruise Reviews

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 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
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
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
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
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 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
I was pleasantly surprised with the luxury on the ship and the cruise line overall. The cabins are very generous, full-sized bathroom and shower, gourmet food and appetizers. The all-American staff is amazing. Daily happy-hour and ... Read More
I was pleasantly surprised with the luxury on the ship and the cruise line overall. The cabins are very generous, full-sized bathroom and shower, gourmet food and appetizers. The all-American staff is amazing. Daily happy-hour and appetizers was a great way to meet fellow shipmates and make new friends. The dining room is well-appointed and spacious. Wine was offered at both lunch and dinner. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. Items that were not on the menu could be requested and everything was done to meet expectations. Evening reviews of the area, Snake and Columbia Rivers, and historical information on Lewis and Clark and their expeditions to Astoria, Oregon, were very informative and interesting. The service was excellent and the entire all-American staff appeared to be enjoying their multi-tasking jobs. The bus transports used for excursions were the same throughout the cruise. They followed us so we had the same buses and drivers, making it very nice to be familiar with them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Very lovely cruise. I have been to this area several times, but was nice to see it by water and not by road. The cabin was clean and spacious. We have sailed through Europe twice, yet these cabins were much more spacious. Coffee ... Read More
Very lovely cruise. I have been to this area several times, but was nice to see it by water and not by road. The cabin was clean and spacious. We have sailed through Europe twice, yet these cabins were much more spacious. Coffee machines in each room was a nice amenity along with balconies in nearly every room. History and lectures each day was interesting. Tours were informative and the guides were knowlegable. Food was regional. The fish was local and nicely prepared. The staff was courteous. They did not know too much about the area, but they were from different areas of the country and young. Many of them were college students studying for their degree. We booked another trip to go to Alaska next year with American Cruise Lines. We enjoy that you can get up close and personal to small ports and places that the big ships cannot access, especially in Alaska Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have never been to the Pacific Northwest and wanted to explore the area and thought that this might be an interesting way to see the area. We have sailed with American Cruise Lines once before and thought that we would try them again ... Read More
We have never been to the Pacific Northwest and wanted to explore the area and thought that this might be an interesting way to see the area. We have sailed with American Cruise Lines once before and thought that we would try them again as the first cruise was very nice. The onboard expert, Todd was very engaging and knew everything imaginable about Lewis and Clark. He dressed like Lewis and Clark in his buckskins and all of the guests really enjoyed all that he had to say. The food was locally sourced and the service was top tier. We were very happy. Service in the dining room was attentive. The servers also were the ones that cleaned the rooms. The trip to Mount Saint Helens was the highlight for us. The weather was perfect and the scenery was lovely. Cindy, our bus driver drove us all week and was knowlegable about the area. Other than the rain we had for 2 days, the cruise was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This trip was chosen because of its historic nature and I had not been on a paddlewheel boat. All of my cruising has been on ocean liners and one riverboat in Europe. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the spacious cabins and bathrooms ... Read More
This trip was chosen because of its historic nature and I had not been on a paddlewheel boat. All of my cruising has been on ocean liners and one riverboat in Europe. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the spacious cabins and bathrooms which are a rarity!! The boat was cozy and well appointed, and outstanding service . All crew were friendly, accommodating and efficient. They could not do enough for me and a smile and a conversation was continuous. The trip was relaxing with the tours well planned. I was not rushed at all and given many opportunities to rest and enjoy the ride. I had a mobility problem and everyone was so willing and able to assist me in getting off the boat in a wheelchair. The entertainment was fun and a highlight were the popcorn and sundaes offered during the shows. It is lovely to explore our United States with an historian onboard who was interesting and informative. My friend and I were so enthusiastic that we booked a two week trip on the Mississippi River next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Why did I choose this cruise? Because American Cruise Lines was offering a trip down a river that I had never traveled. The scenery was spectacular! The weather was wonderful! And there were two moon lite nights when I just sat on my ... Read More
Why did I choose this cruise? Because American Cruise Lines was offering a trip down a river that I had never traveled. The scenery was spectacular! The weather was wonderful! And there were two moon lite nights when I just sat on my balcony and gazed into the night as the ship drifted down the river. How spectacular! How relaxing! Loved it! The trip I took was the river boat cruise along the Snake River / Columbia River from Clarkston, Washington to Portland, Oregon. Getting checked in was an easy process and the hotel in Clarkston made sure my luggage made it onto the ship. The ship was clean and fun to explore. My single occupancy cabin was easy to get around in though the bed was rather small for a man of my size (6' 2" and 260 lbs). Was able to shower easily though it too was a little cramped. The food was wonderful! I will make you aware that the food portions are for seniors. Good thing they had a cocktail hour every night that offered wonderful appetizers. I learned to help myself to the hors doeuvres before heading down for dinner. I have a food allergy to onions and the cooking staff was able to avoid putting them into my meals. Did enjoy going to Mount Saint Helens and also enjoyed going to the Multinomah Falls waterfall. Otherwise I did not partake in the other trips that were offered (and there were several everyday). There were times I could get off the boat and walk around town for an hour. And I really did enjoy a fish and chips lunch at Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles (even wrote a review on Google I was so impressed). The crew was fantastic! College kids earning some money for school did a great job of serving food, cleaning rooms, and taking care of other chores. These young people were impressive. I am now investigating taking another cruise on American Cruise Lines. Don't know where or when but I will be on another cruise shortly. I truly enjoyed this vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date July 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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