34 American Cruise Lines Queen of the West Cruise Reviews

We enjoy river cruises as opposed to ocean cruises. We enjoy the silence of the river, and the history surrounding it. On this Lewis and Clark themed cruise along the Snake and Columbia Rivers in Washington and Oregon, we relived a most ... Read More
We enjoy river cruises as opposed to ocean cruises. We enjoy the silence of the river, and the history surrounding it. On this Lewis and Clark themed cruise along the Snake and Columbia Rivers in Washington and Oregon, we relived a most important part of our nations past, forged in part by these two infamous explorers. Great shore excursions and presentations by the River Historian added to the experience. The hospitality of the ship and crew was outstanding. The food and drink was excellent. It should be noted that the Queen of the West is the line's oldest ship and the rooms and bathroom are smaller than newer ships. But so little time is spent in the room, we found the accommodations to be adequate. The one difficulty was a high step into the bathroom which may be difficult for an elderly person. We enjoyed the entire cruise so much that we immediately signed up for another cruise next year! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Doing the Lewis and Clark riverboat Cruise has always been on our bucket list. This seemed to be a good time of the year. Queen of the West is an older boat and is very intimate. Bedroom very small but haven’t spent much time in it ... Read More
Doing the Lewis and Clark riverboat Cruise has always been on our bucket list. This seemed to be a good time of the year. Queen of the West is an older boat and is very intimate. Bedroom very small but haven’t spent much time in it but to sleep. Several places where you can sit, watch the scenery, read or visit with the new friends you meet daily. Crew very attentive and Edgar to please. First morning we boarded at 10:30 AM snakes and open bar has we were oriented to our boat. Meals have been delicious! Who doesn’t like a root beer float or ice cream sundae at 8 PM?? As we travel we learn more about the history of the area we are in. Loved Astoria’s quaint look. Houses on hills like San Francisco but then you seen a doe with her fawn meandering down the street or tucked under a 300 foot fir. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We were a little hesitant to sail on the Queen of the West after reading some reviews here on cruise critic and other sites. We spent the night at the Red Lion Inn in Jantzen Beach. Hotel was very nice and the restaurant was as well. ... Read More
We were a little hesitant to sail on the Queen of the West after reading some reviews here on cruise critic and other sites. We spent the night at the Red Lion Inn in Jantzen Beach. Hotel was very nice and the restaurant was as well. The ship was docked within walking distance of the hotel. The crew was so well organized and had our luggage in our cabin by 9:00. We had cabin suite 402. There are only two owners suites on this deck. The cabin was spacious. A Keurig coffee machine is in these suites only. Bring your robe as they do not supply one. Cabin was awesome with views on both Starboard and Portside. There are doors on either side. My advice is to keep your cabin door locked even while you are occupying. We had at least 4 different passengers walk in thinking our cabin was a lounge or the pilot station.??? There is a sign that indicates St. Helen's suite 402. My guess is they were looki loos, not to mention a passenger who used our patio deck as her personal chair. The crew was wonderful. Can't say enough about them. Food is subjective. Some days it was good and some days not so good. This was the first cruise on the Columbia River for the season. The ship had been completely remodeled. It was refreshing to sit on new furniture and duvets. Closet space is ample. They provide umbrellas if needed. Cocktail hour has just about anything you would want and the hordeurves were exceptional. Captain was friendly and mingled with the passengers. My only complaint was there was a lack of communication from the Cruise Director and/or Captain when there were delays. We were delayed twice which shortened our excursions. Entertainment during cocktail hour was loud which prevented us to talk with other passengers. Most of us are 60+ so hearing is impaired somewhat. Lecturer Bill on this cruise was outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I wanted to experience the area from the perspective of the river itself. I have traveled with American Cruise Lines before and wanted to do it again. The ship is one of the oldest in this fleet, but it was beautiful nonetheless. The cabin ... Read More
I wanted to experience the area from the perspective of the river itself. I have traveled with American Cruise Lines before and wanted to do it again. The ship is one of the oldest in this fleet, but it was beautiful nonetheless. The cabin was a little small, but as a single it was adequate. The common areas were lovely; very comfortable furniture and a great place to just relax. The captain was exceptional; personable and accessible. He often came to dinner to mingle with the passengers. He shared his stories with us and was very gracious in asking us to share our stories. The cruise director was such a lovely person. So much personality and eager to help proactively ensuring that all was well. The crew was exceptional; friendly and courteous, quick to help and easy to find when necessary. The food was delicious and varied. The portions were just right. You could always ask for more, but it seems that waste of food was minimized. The dining staff was wonderful; prompt service, quick to respond to requests, and always cheerful and friendly. The service from the entire crew could not have been better. The shore excursions ranged from interesting to spectacular. The highlights were Astoria, waterfalls, Mt. St. Helens, and the jet boat tour down the Snake River. The geography on the river was so interesting and unusual. All in all, I am very glad that I took this cruise. It was a wonderful, relaxing week. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
After our 2017 cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi, we wanted to experience another cruise on ACL. We piggybacked this cruise with a few days in the Willamette Valley, so the shorter cruise time was not an issue. The food was great, ... Read More
After our 2017 cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi, we wanted to experience another cruise on ACL. We piggybacked this cruise with a few days in the Willamette Valley, so the shorter cruise time was not an issue. The food was great, although the portion sizes did seem a little smaller than our prior cruise. Note that this ship is not one that ACL had built; so the orientation is a bit different than their other ships. You have to step up to get into the bathroom (which was not an issue for us but could be for someone using a walker). There were plenty of shore excursions to choose from (complimentary as well as reasonably priced options), as well as wandering on your own in Hood River. On-board lectures as well about Lewis and Clark, since we were in Lewis and Clark territory. You should pay up for the larger staterooms if you can. It was also a nice touch that the wines were all either Washington state or Oregon wines. These cruises attract an older crowd (not for children). Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My 92 year old mom wanted to do this, so my sister and I took her. It was wonderful. We stayed in Room 401 on Queen of the West, which held the three of us easily. (They moved out the large bed and gave us three twins: perfect!) ... Read More
My 92 year old mom wanted to do this, so my sister and I took her. It was wonderful. We stayed in Room 401 on Queen of the West, which held the three of us easily. (They moved out the large bed and gave us three twins: perfect!) Mom's vision is very limited, so it was mostly about staying aboard and enjoying the time together as we leisurely moved along the Columbia River. The room had a refrigerator, Keurig, sofa, desk, easy chairs...was so comfortable, and the view from our picture windows (on both sides of the room/ship) so delightful that we were able to comfortably be in the room with mom as needed during the day. Food was so delicious, and portions were appropriate (you could ask for half portions). Late afternoon cocktail hour (with appetizers) provided the time to mingle with other guests as desired. Service was delightful...any request we made was quickly accommodated, and we felt pampered. The hotel the night before (Red Lion) was very nice, with a good restaurant on site. Boarding/deboarding went smoothly and efficiently. We would definitely do this again!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We love river cruises because of the constant beautiful scenery and the slower, more relaxing pace. This cruise was no exception ... and the weather was very agreeable, too! The crew members all did a fantastic job in anticipating our ... Read More
We love river cruises because of the constant beautiful scenery and the slower, more relaxing pace. This cruise was no exception ... and the weather was very agreeable, too! The crew members all did a fantastic job in anticipating our every want and need, and even worked hard to make an unforeseeable situation (one of the bridges near the end of our cruise was hit and damaged by a previous vessel, so we were unable to cruise to our final port) be as manageable and enjoyable as possible. We saw some fantastic cities when we were in port. In addition to having the opportunity to visit many sites in these cities as a group, we also had ample opportunity to meander the streets independently. Our cabin was very comfortable, although we were too busy to spend much time in it! The food was superb ... and there was PLENTY to eat, all day and all night, if desired! (Thanks for the Andes mints available 24/7!) I don't think there was a single cruise member that didn't smile and greet us each time we saw them, even if it was a dozen times a day. We are already booked for another cruise in 2019 ... and wish that it was here already! Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The size of the ship was a selling point. It wasn't large. We were able to disembark smoothly at various ports and explore them. Ships' crew was the best!. Very helpful and fantastic at what they did. We felt like royalty. ... Read More
The size of the ship was a selling point. It wasn't large. We were able to disembark smoothly at various ports and explore them. Ships' crew was the best!. Very helpful and fantastic at what they did. We felt like royalty. The cruse director Natalie kept us running smoothly. One day we played bingo on Board and we got prizes!! Dining was fantastic. Majority of food served was locally grown. We had various food choices for each meal. It was like having your own personal Chief. And if it wasn't on the menu, the Chief was very accommodating. We saw him go out the way and prepare Hot Dogs for two young ladies and pizza for another set of children. We had entertainment each night with additional desserts. We didn't have to worry about the cost of anything except for the offered Shore excursions. We would diffidently book another cruse this American Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We saw your advertisement on TV and decided to investigate. What a great choice we made, the journey on the Columbia River and the Snake River was glorious even though we are "local". Saw things that we had never seen before. ... Read More
We saw your advertisement on TV and decided to investigate. What a great choice we made, the journey on the Columbia River and the Snake River was glorious even though we are "local". Saw things that we had never seen before. What a great staff you have from getting us on board, housekeeping, dining staff, managers, all the way through to the Captain. All were delightful and made us feel at home. We are so looking forward to our next journey with you, The Mississippi River trip. These cruises are fairly expensive so we need to save up and will be sailing with you again in 2 years. Thanks to all those folks working on our ship, making us feel so important!!! A big hi and thank you to Maggie, our server in the dining room. We attempted to sit in her area for each meal. Can't wait to see you all again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Wanted to see the Columbia and Snake rivers. While this boat was an older one and cabins were a bit small, the overall trip was excellent throughout the cruise, from top to bottom, from the captain to the daily servers, cruise and hotel ... Read More
Wanted to see the Columbia and Snake rivers. While this boat was an older one and cabins were a bit small, the overall trip was excellent throughout the cruise, from top to bottom, from the captain to the daily servers, cruise and hotel director to cabin attendants. We've traveled extensively internationally and domestically, and we can say the service was as good as it gets.. Also, entertainment and lectures were enjoyable and instructive. Food was good in general with a few low points, but overall it was good. Cabin was clean and well attended, though small, around 150 sf. The scenery was wonderful and when we had an excursion, we had plenty time to enjoy the trip. Excursions covered the main sites along the route and we were well informed about the sites before leaving the boat. Bus driver was informative, friendly and helpful. Departures and arrival times were generally on time, but we were on vacation, so that was not of concern. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My wife chose this as our first cruise. I follow the History of the American West and my interest was peaked. God made all the reservations and everything as this was her first vacation planning adventure. We came to relax and let ... Read More
My wife chose this as our first cruise. I follow the History of the American West and my interest was peaked. God made all the reservations and everything as this was her first vacation planning adventure. We came to relax and let Miss America solve World Peace and World Hunger as she was more qualified than us. Very good trip with open seating for all meals. You were NOT assigned a table. In addition ship had 193 people on it and it was just fun to enjoy the scenery, the lock system and trips to Mt St Helena and the Gorge Museum in which the curator did a fantastic job, but no one went to see it. The towns we stopped at were small and some did not even have a Wal Mart. So evidently it was not an official city in the USA without a Walmart. We shop at COSTCO. The historian who gave various talks with slides on the Lewis & Clark Expedition did it with a little humor and it was not a dry college lecture. Had a 1 on 1 with him as the fur trappers were the precursors to the the settlement of the American West even though they were not mention in the L&C Diaries. Had a poor PR Dept If you want to see the West and just relax this is a trip for you.. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Because of the length and the location. We love to cruise because it is a great way to see several places without packing and unpacking. Also, great to know where you can have great meals every day. The Columbia River area has always ... Read More
Because of the length and the location. We love to cruise because it is a great way to see several places without packing and unpacking. Also, great to know where you can have great meals every day. The Columbia River area has always been of interest to us. We were not disappointed. Even though it was early in the season, we had good enough weather to enjoy being outside at the ports. We enjoyed the tours and feel they were well-chosen. The Queen of the West was a fun ship to be on. We especially enjoyed the evening entertainment on this ship and hope they will continue to invite the artists on future voyages. We enjoyed the fact that there were only ninety-one people on board which gave us a chance to meet several very nice people. We enjoyed being able to move around at meal times and sit with different people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wanted to visit wineries and see the nature of the area. Always wanted to go see Mount Saint Helens and Mutlanomah Falls. The ship was clean, comfortable and attractive. Plenty of public lounges to relax in. The guest rooms were ... Read More
Wanted to visit wineries and see the nature of the area. Always wanted to go see Mount Saint Helens and Mutlanomah Falls. The ship was clean, comfortable and attractive. Plenty of public lounges to relax in. The guest rooms were comfortable, but smaller than expected. We used the balcony each morning and often had coffee out there as we watched the passing scenery go by. The lecturer and historian was enriching, entertaining and engaging. He knew the history of the area as spoke a lot of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Bus drivers were also narrators that added to the tours. The tours were well organized and took us to places like Bonaville Dam, Ft. Clatsop (Lewis and Clark's camp), Pendleton and various museums and historic places. The food is a big part of the onboard experience. The food was consistently good with local seafood and local recipes used by the chefs. The dining room servers were always friendly and mostly college students. Hoping to do another American Cruise Lines trip, maybe in Alaska soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The tour was fun and informative but the best part was the incredible attention that we received. My wife requires a wheelchair and from the captain on down we were taken care of. The staff went out of their way to accommodate us and to ... Read More
The tour was fun and informative but the best part was the incredible attention that we received. My wife requires a wheelchair and from the captain on down we were taken care of. The staff went out of their way to accommodate us and to be sure that we were included in every excursions. The food was excellent and the accommodations comfortable. The captain was always accessible and the staff first rate. Young people scurrying around to make sure all the guests were cared for. They went out of their way to call us by name and check on us to see that we were happy and comfortable. The trip on the Columbia River was truly exciting and the scenery was breathtaking. We learned so much about the area and saw so many beautiful sites. We have recommended American Cruise Line to friends and family and they will always be our first choice for a travel adventure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because our love of the American west and our history on the beautiful Columbia River.The Lewis and Clark history was part of this trip with a wonderful narrator on board. We toured the Maritime Museum in Astor, Mt. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our love of the American west and our history on the beautiful Columbia River.The Lewis and Clark history was part of this trip with a wonderful narrator on board. We toured the Maritime Museum in Astor, Mt. St. Helen's, Multhomah Falls and a pass thru the locks on the Hood River all as part of the trip. There were other side excursions available as well. We chose to spend as much time on board as possible. The staff is well trained, friendly and courteous. The Queen of the West was our first choice as this ship is small - 100 passengers and met my "bucket list" to go on a paddlewheeler. If you want a noisy casino or all night bars...this is not your cruise. If you are looking for intimate, relaxing, private and casual cruising, this is it. I can't wait to return. Oh, did I mention the food? All you could ever eat and wonderful. I'll be eating yogurt for the next couple of weeks. We're still sharing our pictures with friends and encourage them to consider this cruise line...where ever they wish to travel. American Cruise lines handled all our needs including additional hotel reservations prior to the boarding and assistance when we left. Give it a try - you'll love every minute. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our first cruise with American Cruise Lines. We wanted to see another part of the country and this met our request. this was a unique experience for my wife and I. We celebrated our 50 th anniversary. The crew was very good, as ... Read More
This was our first cruise with American Cruise Lines. We wanted to see another part of the country and this met our request. this was a unique experience for my wife and I. We celebrated our 50 th anniversary. The crew was very good, as well as the food. We found it to be a very intimate experience. Having set down meals was a bonus. Ample food. Enjoyed the cocktail hour also. Met people from all over the country. The room was a bit small but it served its purpose. Enjoyed the various stops along the river. The scenery was worth taking of pictures. The locks always intrigued me, being from Sault Ste Marie Mich. many years ago. Enjoyed conversations with Captain Simmons, my having been in the NAVY. We have referred several of our friends to look into cruising with ACL. We are looking into the Alaska cruise possibly next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise for several reasons: 1. This was our 7th cruise with America Cruise Lines (ACL) so we knew we could expect the best of everything. As before, we were not disappointed. 2. ACL has wonderful speakers and tour ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons: 1. This was our 7th cruise with America Cruise Lines (ACL) so we knew we could expect the best of everything. As before, we were not disappointed. 2. ACL has wonderful speakers and tour leaders and those people on this cruise were phenomenal. They book local entertainers which adds a lot to the evening fun. 3. The food and accommodations are wonderful; always to be looked forward to. 4. The shore excursions are always well planned and the bus drivers do a great job talking about that tour area's history, points of interest, people of note, etc. 5. One of our favorite parts of traveling with ACL is that we don't have to worry about anything. Passengers are politely reminded of tour departure and return times, what kind of weather to expect, alternatives to a planned tour, etc. 6. It's nice to have someone else make some of the decisions for you and to have them be right. That really jumps up the relaxation factor. 7. The boats/ships are small and maneuverable with a limited number of passengers, usually no more than 150, and rarely that many. We've been on large cruise ships and won't be going back. Large ships are crowded, impersonal, and difficult to get on and off of - too much hassle for a relaxing time. NOTE: We sailed from Portland, Oregon; it needs to be added to your list of ports. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have taken cruises before, but this was exceptional. Not only was the scenery, excursions and boat travel wonderful, the service was beyond compare. You could tell many of the servers were college students in the service field. They ... Read More
We have taken cruises before, but this was exceptional. Not only was the scenery, excursions and boat travel wonderful, the service was beyond compare. You could tell many of the servers were college students in the service field. They were ready for every request and were always extremely gracious. I walked away in awe, thinking this cannot be matched. We shall see. We will surely take another cruise with this cruise line. My wife does not like big waves on the open ocean, so this solved that problem. We enjoyed the history of the river, with lots of information on Lewis and Clark. The ports were very welcoming with many interesting sites. We started in the desert areas of eastern Washington and Oregon and finished in Astoria, on the Pacific coast. We took a trip to Mount Saint Helens, the Gorge with waterfalls, huge dams and more. We were able to walk around the port cities, and the locks were quite a drop. I believe some of the biggest drops of any locks in the world. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was my second cruise with American Cruise Lines. It was also my first visit to the Pacific Northwest with the exception of a trip to Seattle many years ago. The cruise was to Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR with ports of Richland, WA; ... Read More
This was my second cruise with American Cruise Lines. It was also my first visit to the Pacific Northwest with the exception of a trip to Seattle many years ago. The cruise was to Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR with ports of Richland, WA; The Dalles, OR; Stevenson, WA; Port Kalama, WA; Astoria, OR and Portland, OR. I loved being in this part of the U.S. on a river cruise. It is truly a spectacular way to see the country via the river. The highlight of the cruise for me was seeing Mt. St. Helen's. I was in a cabin with a window (non-balcony) that I shared with a friend. There were two twin beds and plenty of storage/closet space for two people. The bathroom is small and is similar in size to an oceanview cabin bathroom on a large cruise ship. The cabin was very comfortable for a week on the river. The upper deck has outside seating with tables and chairs as well as rocking chairs, so I didn't miss having a balcony at all. There are also some chairs and loungers on the bow of each deck where one can sit outside. My cabin was kept very clean throughout the cruise. The food, dining service, enrichment activities (lectures) and shore excursions were all very good to excellent. Entertainment was good, but I would have liked a bit more variety. There are 120 passengers and everyone was friendly. There is a daily cocktail hour and it's a nice opportunity to meet others. If you would like a unique trip through the Pacific Northwest, this cruise is it Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We sailed with American Cruise Lines on the Queen of the West from Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR along the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Although this small paddlewheel-style ship (120 passengers) is nothing special to look at, the ... Read More
We sailed with American Cruise Lines on the Queen of the West from Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR along the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Although this small paddlewheel-style ship (120 passengers) is nothing special to look at, the experience is excellent. Meals were plentiful and delicious. Wine flowed at lunch and dinner. The sights along the way - dams, locks, waterfalls, wineries, volcanos - and tons of Lewis & Clark history - make the trip very worthwhile. Despite some overcrowding at full capacity, the staff handled the entire week, not without some adversities, with grace and dignity. We have traveled 6 other times with American and will cruise with them again in the near future. If you have a clear understanding of the type of cruise you are embarking on, you will have a delightful time. We became close with two other couples plus the wine specialist Reggie and her husband. This is the type of cruise where you can make new friends, with both fellow passengers and special staff. Cabins are small but adequate. Bring some of your own hangers! Bathrooms are small but hot water is plentiful. We spent much time in the main lounge, on the top deck, and away on excursions. Or at meals! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I noted the last review was written by our New Zealand friends. Sailing with friends almost always makes up the bumps that occur when traveling. Our cruise on the Queen of the West was virtually without bumps. I met Captain Simmons ... Read More
I noted the last review was written by our New Zealand friends. Sailing with friends almost always makes up the bumps that occur when traveling. Our cruise on the Queen of the West was virtually without bumps. I met Captain Simmons right away and it quickly became evident that he has passed on to his crew his philosophy of taking care of his passengers. Warner gave us a great first day and it was really difficult for his replacement to live up to his enthusiasm. Jess, our tour guide, was a Mouseketeer reincarnated with a bubbly personality. Cindy, driver of bus #1, could make her living as a standup comedian! When she wasn't providing descriptions and history for our tours, she filled the gaps with humor that kept us in stitches. After our lucky first ride with her, I would "sprint" to her bus to grab seats for my wife and NZ friends. The crew was made up of young college students who served our well prepared meals then changed into their housekeeping duds to make up our rooms. The rooms are small but expected. Our onboard narrator was outstanding and made the history of not only Lewis & Clark but of Oregon as a territory and state great fun; he was quite a story-teller. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Dave and Bo, a really amazing pair of entertainers, Dave on his piano and Bo on the string bass. All in all a fun week with perfect weather and good friends Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We were one of the first 6 to board this ship in Lewiston. Warner kindly let us on a bit earlier as we waited in the lounge area for our rooms to be ready. Warner knew his job and we were disappointed to see him go after day one. He just ... Read More
We were one of the first 6 to board this ship in Lewiston. Warner kindly let us on a bit earlier as we waited in the lounge area for our rooms to be ready. Warner knew his job and we were disappointed to see him go after day one. He just had a way with him that made you feel special, the lass that took his place was not as confident and we found she just didn't have that personable ability that Warner had. The faux enthusiasm reminded of us of a UK comedy TV program," Hi de hi." Gladys, who had a similar job of gathering the groups to impart information to holiday makers, also spoke through a microphone with similar gusto. The rooms, although smaller than other river cruises in Europe were of a similar standard, as was the food. The Americans on board were all part of the great experience we had on this cruise. We were travelling with friends, a Texan couple, so were weren't strangers to the ways of the locals!!! Having said that, we became of interest to some Americans as we were yet again, the only New Zealanders on board. As Kiwis we are well travelled and enjoyed very much the history of the Colombia Snake river and excursions. I would like to mention Cindy one of the tour guides and driver of bus 1. What an amazing lady, so entertaining and a wealth of knowledge, and (some made up nonsence which had us in hysterics). She has the gift of the gab as we would say back here at home, and although she is contracted to do this job, don't let go of this lady, such a huge asset to have. It was a ship shape affair with all staff tending to our needs of feeding and cleaning our rooms, they must be exhausted each night, but they just carried on like troopers. All in all a most successful and interesting look into Pacific North West Area of the USA. We would highly recommend this particular boat cruise to anyone interested in the history and scenery of this area. We finally finished this trip in Portland, refreshed and satisfied with our choice. Will definitely be interested at another cruise at some stage. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I have always had an interest in the rivers of North America. I enjoy boats and water. It was extremely comfortable cruising on the restored Queen of the West, stern wheeler up the Columbia and Snake Rivers of Oregon and Washington. ... Read More
I have always had an interest in the rivers of North America. I enjoy boats and water. It was extremely comfortable cruising on the restored Queen of the West, stern wheeler up the Columbia and Snake Rivers of Oregon and Washington. Service was excellent. One of my favorite times was having breakfast on the bow while viewing the majesty of the mountains and listening to our on board guide Todd Weber. Tears came to my eyes with the beauty I was seeing. Todd gave a talk about the Lewis and Clark expeditions in this area. Hearing the history regarding the discovery and developing of this part of our country added to the full experience of the cruise. I truly like having guides on board to ask questions and expand the trip. The shore excursions were fun and interesting. There were historical excursions, such as the Fort of Lewis and Clark,and there were visits to a world renowned Rodeo which is in the town of Pendleton where the well known wool manufacturer is also located. Most of all the scenery impresses me the most when I travel. Yes I will be going again in June 2017. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The highlight of the trip was the resource person, Todd Webber, who took the part of Mariwether Lewis telling the history of the expedition. Richland the try cities site of the Hanford Nuclear facility. Getting to know the ... Read More
The highlight of the trip was the resource person, Todd Webber, who took the part of Mariwether Lewis telling the history of the expedition. Richland the try cities site of the Hanford Nuclear facility. Getting to know the resourcefulness of the bus driver, Cindy, as she chatters through our trips. Morning visit to Sacajawea State Park and museum located at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia where the expedition camped. Afternoon visit to Hanford Reach Museum was packed with atomic energy information as it related to the people living in the trycities during the 40's. Huge amount of information about the Missoula flood which gouged out the Snake and Columbia Rivers. June 1 The Dales, OR. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the morning. More geology, local history and raptor show. Afternoon visit the museum was a surprise with Rodan room as packed as the Paris studio. June 2 Stevenson OR. The Bonneville Dam was a treat with an opportunity to see through windows several species of fish struggling up stream. June 3 Kalama, WA Trip to Mt St Helens blast center ended at Weyerhaeuser Center when the mountain hidden. The center was informative about logging the damaged trees as well a reforestation. June 4 Astoria, OR (the home of the Goonies) Trip through the city to the column which was under renovation. Fortunately, the view of the Pacific was spectacular. Then off to Fort Clatsop where the expedition over-wintered. Good visitors center. Afternoon we toured the Colombia River Maritime Museum at our leisure. Impressive the number of known shipwrecks around the mouth of the river. June 5 Portland Morning Todd covered the fates of several corps members. Tour of the city limited by the Rose Festival. The rose gardens were spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This cruise exceeded all our expectations. The only negative is that the cabins were much smaller than advertised though still ample. The balconies were small and not private being shared with two other cabins. Nonetheless, the efficiency ... Read More
This cruise exceeded all our expectations. The only negative is that the cabins were much smaller than advertised though still ample. The balconies were small and not private being shared with two other cabins. Nonetheless, the efficiency and personal touches of the cruise lines was evident in the reception, tours, social hours, evening programs, and especially the meals. I told the chef personally that we had a wonderful epicurean experience that happened to occur on a cruise. The cleaning and wait staff were personable, intelligent and hardworking attesting the thorough hiring criteria of the company. Most had college degrees or were college students and easily interacted with the passengers, most of whom were retired professionals. We were so pleased we booked another cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
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