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.
The AAL, Private Balcony Cabin was the same size as on a large cruise ship. However, the bathroom was larger, especially the shower, on the American Pride, than on previous large cruise ships. There was ample room to move around with both of us in the cabin and plenty of storage space.