I have wanted to do this cruise for a long time, sailing in all five Great Lakes. I have watched the two ships (currently Ocean Navigator and Ocean Voyager, formerly Victory I and II)) go through various owners. Each time someone bought them and started up, I thought next year I'm going to do this. And then they'd go out of business. I really hoped AQV would make a go of them. But the day before my cruise ended, I learned that AQV is selling these ships and getting out of the lake itineraries. So in a way, this review is pointless, as this is the last year for this cruise. But if you really want to see ALL the lakes, this could be your moment.
There are other, newer, larger ships on the Lakes, but they're more expensive and AFAIK, only AQV is doing the itinerary with all five. That was a bucket list for several people I spoke to. So was Niagara Falls. This itinerary took us through the "Soo Locks" at Sault Ste Marie, and the locks of the Welland Canal, which I found fascinating.
The booking process and dealing with AQV's bad website and bad phone reps is off-putting. But stick with it because it all gets better on the ships.
Response from BriannaH, Guest Relations @American Queen Voyages
This is the smallest cabin category, but except for the large "owner's suites" they're all about the same. And that means small. I didn't mind the small space, except that there was no comfortable chair. Just the desk chair. Comfortable for a desk chair, but not for relaxing.
There was ample closet, shelf, and drawer space. The desk was very shallow, so there wasn't much room in it or on it.
The bathroom gets mixed reviews. The counter and sink were large, and there was a shelf below it. So plenty of room for toiletries, etc.
But the shower was tiny! It was round, and I would estimate under 30 inches in diameter. The shower was a little weak. Fortunately, it was hand-held, so I could take it out of the holder to rinse my hair, rather than stand under it for ages.