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American Queen Voyages American Empress Cruise Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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"We visited Hells Canyon then Richland, The Dallas, Stevenson, Astoria and disembarked in Vancouver WA.We boarded the American Empress in Lewiston WA...."Read More
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2-5 Cruises

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Loved learning about Corps of Discovery Expedition and the river locks

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water kid
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

The boat was period décor throughout. Having a little balcony was relaxing. I was on a Road Scholar booked trip so excursions were included and well arranged. Learning about the hardships of the Discovery Expedition, it was surprising that the trip was completed. The food in the main dining room was sumptuous with a variety of choices. I personally opted for the River Grill. It was more ...
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Hello water kid! We appreciate your kind words and are thrilled you had an excellent time on American Empress. We hope to welcome you back aboard in the future!...

Sail Date: May 2022


pleasant, easy going cruise

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roamgeorgia
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Staff worked very hard to please the guests. The crew continually displayed great enthusiasm and many wore more than one hat--and wore them well. Cabin was comfortable. Dining room food was very good for the most part with enough variety for a week on board. Excursions were somewhat limited due to inclement weather and location. Talented musical entertainers. Our first river cruise after ...
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Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages

Hello roamgeorgia! We are thrilled to hear you had an excellent time sailing with us, despite the sporadic T.V. reception. We will make sure to pass your feedback along to our crew....

Sail Date: April 2022


History, geology and geography abound!

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Salish Sailor
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We live in the Pacific Northwest, so we are familiar with much of the territory that we visited, but we wanted to see it from the rivers. Our special interests were the history and geology. Since we know the area, we did not take many of the special (extra charge) excursions, but the one that we did take...the jetboat into Hells Canyon...was a highlight of the trip for us! We highly recommend ...
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Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages

Hi Salish Sailor! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad you enjoyed the trip! We will be sure to send the feedback to our crew. We hope to have you sail with us again!...

Sail Date: April 2022


Not a wine cruise

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Denverkb
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

Our cruise trip began with a night at the beautiful Historic Davenport hotel in Spokane Oregon. We boarded the American Empress in Lewiston WA. We visited Hells Canyon then Richland, The Dallas, Stevenson, Astoria and disembarked in Vancouver WA. The ship was lovely and food, service and entertainment were good. In each port we found interesting and/or scenic things to see and do - and ...
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Sail Date: November 2021


Not as described

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Wlater
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

In midst of wave of new Covid cases, safety is not a big concern. They spray the luggage, but mask enforcement is minimal if at all. It has been shown that contacting Covid from surfaces is at the bottom of the list. No social distancing in any venue. Supposedly they follow state law when docked and on land, but not when moving on water. If you need mask protection when at the dock, you ...
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Sail Date: November 2021


Fabulous cruise

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aimeelevinweiner
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

My mom and I got back two weeks ago from the Columbia river cruise through the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) with the American Queen Voyages Company. We were initially booked on this tour in April 2020 just before the world shut down. We have been dreaming of rebooking since then, and although we were somewhat nervous about cruising at this time, were reassured by the Co-Vid ...
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Sail Date: October 2021


Trailing Lewis and Clark

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bob brown
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

(First, actual embarkation was in Clarkston, WA, but that port wasn't listed) I wanted to take my first 'post-pandemic' cruise close to home, and always wanted to try a riverboat cruise. My wife had already been on most of their other itineraries, and always wanted a Snake/Columbia River cruise. She had 'Ruby' status on AQSC, so we chose this one, and in our preferred westbound, downriver ...
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Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages

Dear Bob Brown, We’re thrilled you chose us to take your, “first 'post-pandemic' cruise close to home” aboard one of our authentic paddlewheelers! We love that you noticed we say “boat” and...

Sail Date: July 2021


American Empress, July 11-19, 2021: Cruising In The Time Of COVID

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Cyberchomp
10+ Cruises

July 8-11: Pre-Cruise First: my wife (“The Missus”) and I had a taste of river cruising almost a decade ago, sailing up the Danube on Ama Waterways. We had a fabulous time. But it’s a PITA to get from the West Coast to Europe. We’ve been on over forty ocean cruises on various cruise lines. We had never sailed the byways of North America. This was our reason to try American Queen. Not so ...
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Sail Date: July 2021


Bumpy start, but the staff onboard and the scenery along the rivers made the cruise special.

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Julie04005
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

This was was my first river cruise, but I traveled with three others who had traveled with AQSC before and love river cruising, especially the HO-HO opportunities offered by AQSC. They agreed, this cruise was a letdown. We sailed from Clarkston to Portland and I’d recommend that sailing, especially if you are a Lewis & Clark fan. You get to experience the changing scenery and follow their ...
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Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages

Hi Julie04005, This is incredible feedback. You painted a picture that allowed us to really see and understand your experience. Your insights are tremendously helpful to us. While we missed...

Sail Date: June 2021


Safe and Secure During the Pandemic

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digcruising2
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

This was the third actual cruise for the American Empress after the reopening. We started from Clarkston WA and sailed down the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The cruise was fairly full and the crew was slightly short handed. But the officers and assigned people filled in marvelously well. The cabins are small and compact on the Empress but most have private verandas. Food was American style, ...
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Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages

Dear digcruising2, We want to thank you for the special recognition of Chelsea and Lawrence! You are right – we are so very lucky to have them both on board. Your 5 Star review means a lot...

Sail Date: June 2021


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