7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We were referred by a friend/colleague who had been on more than one cruise with this company. The cruise is designed for more mature passengers which was very nice. No one was loud, rude or drunk on this cruise. When I considered that ... Read More
We were referred by a friend/colleague who had been on more than one cruise with this company. The cruise is designed for more mature passengers which was very nice. No one was loud, rude or drunk on this cruise. When I considered that most of the excursions were included in the fee, it is comparable to other cruise lines. I really liked that they didn't try to "nickel and dime" you for photos, tourist mementos, etc. There were families with young children on board, but it was good. The staff service was exceptional. Most were college students doing internships or recent graduates. Its hard physical labor for them, but they demonstrate a very good attitude. The lecturers were from Minneapolis, Minnesota - Steve and Joann. They were very interesting; I highly recommend being on one of their cruises - especially the upper Mississippi near there home. We will consider using this company again. We were celebrating a retirement and loved it. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The cruise left New Orleans, went up to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and returned to New Orleans. Highlights included 3 plantation homes (each very different), a working cotton plantation with roots going back to the late 1700s, and the ... Read More
The cruise left New Orleans, went up to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and returned to New Orleans. Highlights included 3 plantation homes (each very different), a working cotton plantation with roots going back to the late 1700s, and the Vicksburg Battlefield National Park. The best thing about the cruise, though, were the staff/cruew and their service service. A cruise director overheard me mentioning how good the peanut butter cookies were, and the day they were featured, I received a plate of them, still warm, in my stateroom! Another passenger was bothered by the engine noise and he was moved to a new, upgraded stateroom. Because the river was at flood stage, some excursions had to be planned on the fly--passengers experienced no disruptions. The food was excellent all the way around. By the end of the cruise, the staff was calling me by name! I have been on 3 cruses with American Cruise Lines and everyone has been special, not only in the things we saw/experienced, but also because of the nice, friendly, helpful staff and crew. Read Less
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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We had a delightful introduction to River-cruising in the USA with American Cruise Lines up the Mississippi. Their attention to every detail made the trip pure pleasure for us. And we thank their wonderful chef for accommodation to our ... Read More
We had a delightful introduction to River-cruising in the USA with American Cruise Lines up the Mississippi. Their attention to every detail made the trip pure pleasure for us. And we thank their wonderful chef for accommodation to our vegetarian meal requests. Every staff person on board was helpful, anticipating all needs even before we realized we needed them! The shore excursions at each River stop were perfectly arranged. The experts on board added immeasurably to our experience, with their lectures about the River, the Civil War, and the river-boat culture. We now know that it's all about the River! A special commendation for Bill Weimuth whose outstanding presentations and multi-faceted entertainment skills are tailor-made for River cruising in the USA. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Best experience anyone could imagine unless their are more hours in a day. Staterooms, bath, and balcony were exactly as advertised with room to share for two. Ideal to be able to listen (or not) to river historian on ship radio broadcast ... Read More
Best experience anyone could imagine unless their are more hours in a day. Staterooms, bath, and balcony were exactly as advertised with room to share for two. Ideal to be able to listen (or not) to river historian on ship radio broadcast from lounge while lounging on balcony and watching the river sites. Locally sourced meals were prepared by top notch chefs and served to high standards. Excursions on time and high quality. Guides except for one who was ill were excellent and from the location; their knowledge was presented with humor and candor. All needs seemed to be provided for disabled folks routinely with gentle care. Crew was professional, well trained, and passenger service centered, always happy and friendly. High river level never interfered with our itenerary since Captain adjusted sailing times to fit without compromising any activities. Sailing was smooth and seemed effortless. We will sail with them again! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
Everything was taken care of for us from before we arrived at the ship. We arrived and was greeted by a familiar face - a crew member that we had sailed with in the past. The service throughout the cruise is highly personalized due to ... Read More
Everything was taken care of for us from before we arrived at the ship. We arrived and was greeted by a familiar face - a crew member that we had sailed with in the past. The service throughout the cruise is highly personalized due to the intimacy and the smallness of the boat. The cruise began in New Orleans and returned 7 days later back in New Orleans. The historians onboard, Bill and Laura were also the entertainment for a couple of nights as they sang river songs. Entertainment each evening was a local resident to add to the enrichment. The historians added quite a bit to the experience onboard telling us about the area and wildlife. The shore tours were good. They ship director would take us to different plantations and museums - all very nicely organized and well planned. The tour guides were knowlegable and pleasant. Food was more local flair with a focus on creole and Cajun. Everything was very tasty, especially the dessert. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was cruise number five for us on American Cruise lines and we continue to be impressed. This time we did the upper Mississippi river from St. Paul to St. Louis. We picked the week that a Mark Twain impersonator was onboard and it was ... Read More
This was cruise number five for us on American Cruise lines and we continue to be impressed. This time we did the upper Mississippi river from St. Paul to St. Louis. We picked the week that a Mark Twain impersonator was onboard and it was entertaining and educational. We like the fact that we can explore so many beautiful areas of our country by taking the American cruises. I should say that this cruise line is aimed at the over 40 crowd of mature discerning cruisers. Our cabin, service, shore tours, and meals were top-notch. Alcoholic beverages at happy hour and at lunch and dinner are at no extra charge. The entertainment in the evening, is presented in an informal lounge with sofas and lounge chairs, and the show may be as simple as a local jazz trio from a port of call, but nonetheless it is always very good. We are looking forward to our next American Cruise lines trip. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
I chose back to back one week trips for this adventure. I have traveled on American Cruise Lines many times on many ships and have never been disappointed. This trip was on the paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi. I flew to Memphis ... Read More
I chose back to back one week trips for this adventure. I have traveled on American Cruise Lines many times on many ships and have never been disappointed. This trip was on the paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi. I flew to Memphis two days early in order to stay at the legendary Peabody Hotel, a grand old hotel, and was glad that I did. Since the ship holds a max of 150 passengers, embarkation was very easy and was handled by one of the Cruise Directors at the end of the gangplank. My lovely cabin was ready. I chose Deck four for its quiet nature. Those who like a little more activity might choose Deck two which has two large lounges, a small lounge and the Hotel Manager's Office. There is one large dining room which holds everyone at once. Open seating is the rule at all meals. The food is quite good and abundant. Half portions are always available. In the morning, passengers are given menu choices for lunch and dinner. Several choices are always available, and special requests can be written at the bottom of the menu card. These cards are collected and given to the chef. I had several special requests during the journey which were always honored. Almost every day there were shore excursions which, on this cruise, were complementary. I took all of them because I think that there is something to be learned everywhere. The local guides were, for the most part, very knowledgeable. This is a journey for adults, not for children. The daily complementary cocktail hour before dinner was always well attended and the accompanying hors d'ouvres were excellent! I was sorry to disembark. The transfer to the airport was done with ease. I am looking forward to my next river cruise with American Cruise Lines. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We followed the Lewis and Clark Trail on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. We are veteran river cruisers (Europe) but this was our first with ACL and first in the USA. The open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner gave us an opportunity to ... Read More
We followed the Lewis and Clark Trail on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. We are veteran river cruisers (Europe) but this was our first with ACL and first in the USA. The open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner gave us an opportunity to mix and mingle with passengers from all over the USA and Canada. Meals and service were outstanding. Todd Weber, Lewis and Clark expert, made history come alive in his presentations throughout the week. The captain was personable as well as informative as he sailed us through 8 locks on the rivers. Scenery was spectacular and shore excursions were varied - from town visits, interpretative centers, museums, Multomah Falls & Bonneville Dam, Mt. St. Helens, Rose Gardens in Portland, OR. So many wonderful photo opportunities. Evening musical entertainment was chosen appropriately for the theme and quite enjoyable. Our cabin was located just two doors from the lounge making early morning coffee, snacks and pastries very convenient. This was a cruise I would surely recommend to my friends. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
This was our 3rd cruise with ACL and we enjoyed it just as much as the first two. The coast of Maine is beautiful and the excursions they had chosen for us to chose from were great. The entertainment on board was enjoyable and loved the ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with ACL and we enjoyed it just as much as the first two. The coast of Maine is beautiful and the excursions they had chosen for us to chose from were great. The entertainment on board was enjoyable and loved the sing along. we never miss out on much onboard and love that there is plenty of time to rest and relax also. We really enjoyed the Lobster Bake. It was fun and much more enjoyable to eat the lobster out of doors. The servers onboard were confident in helping you with any thing that you may need. Cannot wait to try another cruise with this company. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
This was our very first cruise. We met many people who had many trips under their belt and listened to their tips and information. Our stateroom was fantastic and the balcony was so great day and night. I am a birdwatcher and saw many I ... Read More
This was our very first cruise. We met many people who had many trips under their belt and listened to their tips and information. Our stateroom was fantastic and the balcony was so great day and night. I am a birdwatcher and saw many I recognized a few I didn't. Mark Twain onboard was a delight and also Mr.Marking and his many talents he shared with us. The food every day was fit for a king (and queen) and we got to choose every meal what we wanted which was so fun. We are definitely looking forward to our next cruise on ACL. Great job crew everyone was so good to us. I enjoyed just relaxing and listening to Mark Twain the most. My husband like Mr.Marking and his many singing styles and performances. We played bingo and I attended the Fur,Fin and Flora talk. The service was astounding. I had the co-director help me get tickets for the bus home online..which was so great. My overall opinion of the ship and cruise is just wonderful would not know what I could improve on!!! Read Less
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