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American Empress Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
88 reviews

Pleasant week on the Columbia River

Review for American Empress to North America River
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2017

Not our favorite cruise, yet, this week's expedition offered rest and beautiful country in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The staff bombarded us with picky details and scheduling, more than was necessary. The boat was noisy and the companionways too chilly. Not many places to retreat and read. Too small for lounge chairs. Food was well prepared—caesar salad, fruit compote, pork roast, burgers, cheesecake—except for the clam chowder, which was malodorous. The riverlorian, Laurence Cotton, gave excellent guidance to Lewis and Clark history and to the background of significant figures. He also answered difficult questions about major events and post-expedition influence. Library contained quality choices of biographical, native American, and pleasure reading. Bar service was friendly and prompt with afternoon snacks—cookies, popcorn, guacamole, chips and dip—but pianist was a self-important clown who drowned out conversation with his "improvisations." Nighttime shows destroyed the serenity. Bus tours offered some excellent commentary and some pointless chatter, occasionally inaccurate. The cruise line does not compare with Voyages to Antiquity. An appealing evening entertainment would take passengers to a casino.

Cabin Review

Cabin second tier

Our cabin was in a poor state of repair—hole in carpet and broken remote, P.A., and door latch—and required complaints to housekeeping to correct problems. At times there was a whiff of sewer gas. Good bedside lighting and comfortable beds. Keurig coffeemaker could be contrary. Plenty of linens and hangers. Bathroom was tiny, especially vanity shelf for two people.

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