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 provisions the company has provided. With masking mandated in all airports and airplanes, 100% of the passengers and crew completely vaccinated, PCR testing provided within 24 hours of boarding the ship, and masking mandated at all ports of call, we decided to take the chance and are So Grateful to have had this Fabulous trip together!
The cruise was just Wonderful all the way through. The boat is Beautiful and well-kept with so many comfortable places to hang out and relax. Our cabin was surprisingly well-appointed with plenty of room for both of us to completely unpack.
Because we booked the trip at the last moment, we were assigned to the later dinner time, instead of our preferred earlier seating. The ever-helpful, completely unflappable maitre’d Alan, advised us to come for the early dinner time when that suited us and he would see about getting us seated, which he did on every occasion without any fuss. The food was consistently Excellent and beautifully presented with a great variety for all the meals in both the main dining room and the upstairs grill. The waiters were all so welcoming, friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The upstairs grill also has a cappuccino / expresso maker and a soft ice cream dispenser that are available 24 hours/day. (We especially Loved Carmen, Marcus, Jonathan, and Chef Larry upstairs who paid such good attention to us every day). We still can't get over that all the alcohol on board (except premium brands) was completely included in the trip. We had a different cocktail in the lounge each day and the bartenders were Amazing (especially Hadder in the Paddlewheel Lounge), knowing how to make every drink we ordered with a flourish. We were in wine country and we Loved having a different glass (or two) of Delicious wine with dinner every night.