We wanted to explore the Columbia Gorge on a small ship and this one looked interesting. Portland is an easy flight for us, so we took Southwest and had free baggage. This is an older ship that was renovated in 2015. We oped for a larger cabin because my husband does not like twin beds, but the cabin was still on the small side. Every aspect except the size of the cabin exceeded our expectations. The food was fantastic, some of the best we have ever had on a ship. Lots of variety and you could do a "half and half" (half of two different entrees) and the service was quick and courteous. The servers were almost all young and very friendly. I think they all did double duty; cleaning cabins and serving in the restaurant. The talks in the evening were excellent and we learned a lot about the Gorge, the Nez Perce Indians, and Lewis and Clark. The shore excursions are all included in the price, and we particularly liked the tour of the Bothwell Dam (with an excellent ranger guide) and the tour and gourmet lunch at a Washington State winery. The embarkation and disembarkation were were well done; no problems and very smooth. There was an open bar on the ship 24 hours a day, and you could help yourselves to cocktails or wine at your leisure. The 2 female bartenders seemed to know how to make every kind of cocktail!. There is a jetted hot tub on the top deck where you can sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. There is also a small fitness center and complimentary yoga classes every day. They even gave a complimentary massage to the guests, which was greatly appreciated.This is not a cruise for those who want rock climbing, water slides or Broadway entertainment. Most of the guests were probably in their 50's, 60's or 70's, although there were 3 with walkers, who had help whenever needed. This is also not a trip for young children, although some college kids might like it. I would definitely use this cruise line again, and am looking forward to either an Alaska trip or the one that features the San Juan Islands.
Overall this was a great trip!