11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I chose this cruise because I went with a group of 20 people. The Columbia River Gorge is beaufiful and in a part of the country not visited by my husband and me before. Other members of the group has previously cruised with American ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I went with a group of 20 people. The Columbia River Gorge is beaufiful and in a part of the country not visited by my husband and me before. Other members of the group has previously cruised with American Cruise Lines; this was a first for us. I would not recommend the Queen of the West to anyone else. We managed with the room and bath but it was far less than desirable. The crew, service, and food were excellent - could not have asked for better. The excursions were excellent and tour quides very knowledgeable about the areas visited. I like the small ship crusing experience - a first for us as we had been on larger ships on other cruises (twice to Alaska). I would travel with American Cruise Lines again but would definitely choose a newer vessel with better accommodations. That's all folks! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We were looking for a cruise departing near our home, and were also interested in American Cruise Line since we thought we should see some of the USA now, having cruised in the Caribbean and Europe, and we wanted to experience small ship ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise departing near our home, and were also interested in American Cruise Line since we thought we should see some of the USA now, having cruised in the Caribbean and Europe, and we wanted to experience small ship cruising. This cruise fit perfectly in our plans and we were fortunate that long time friends of our also joined this cruise. Throughout the cruise the staff were very helpful, willing to stop and chat, and were friendly (smiled a lot -- obviously enjoyed their work). They loaded and off loaded our luggage, our cabin was ready when we arrived, and had no flaws of any kind. The air conditioning worked superbly for the muggy days (very few). Meals were varied and delicious. Lobster was served a lot -- from whole lobsters, to lobster mac and cheese, lobster salad, lobster stew; wonderful. Also served were beef, pork, lamb. Lots of excellent salads and desserts, too. The wait staff - stewards - were college youngsters who also cleaned the rooms and made the beds. All of these young people were delightful and attentive. All had some connection to the hospitality industry and many were interns. They had been well trained and were well supervised and very pleasant and hard working. Besides breakfast, lunch and dinner warm cookies were served mid morning, cocktails before dinner and ice cream sundaes and root beer floats in the evening. All were gratis. Our captain was sharp, knowledgeable, informative and a terrific ship handler. We always knew ahead of time what he planned to do ship wise. A few downsides: a wonderful lobster bake occurred ashore as part of the cruise, and the food was wonderful. However, insufficient transportation was provided to the bake so a long delay occurred. And seating was unnecessarily crowded. The music provided was excellent. As a separate matter, the man on board who conducted lectures and pointed out geographical interests was a bit glib and somewhat opinionated inappropriately. Could be better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
We have been on large ships and four previous cruises with American Cruise Lines, a sister line to Pearl Seas. The new Pearl Mist is similar to, but larger, than the ACL ships. Although there were some negatives on this trip to the ... Read More
We have been on large ships and four previous cruises with American Cruise Lines, a sister line to Pearl Seas. The new Pearl Mist is similar to, but larger, than the ACL ships. Although there were some negatives on this trip to the Canadian Maritimes, the positives far out-weighted the negatives. The wait staff on the Pearl Mist was probably the best that I have encountered on any cruise! Likewise for the housekeeping staff. All were very professional. I have cruised before with cruise director, Chris Corbett. He has always taken care of any personal requests that I have had. Marci, the young cruise director, has a great personality and was liked by everyone. All other staff, the representative from corporate, hotel manager, dining room manager, etc., were very congenial. The staterooms were very spacious and provided in-room coffee makers and good internet access, one hour per day free and after that a slight charge. Meals were better than on most other ships. The servings were not too large, but certainly adequate. Three choices were provided for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was made to order. Entertainment was also very good. Through no fault of the ship we missed three ports. The train ride in Caspe' was cancelled due to a problem with the train. Although Sam Ladley was very interesting and completely knowledgeable of the areas covered on the cruise it would have been interesting to have had local talent come on board to discuss local interests. One of my favorite parts of this and other the other ACL cruises is the people one meets on these boats. The ships are small enough, this one was 200 or so passengers, one has an opportunity to mingle during the complementary cocktail hour or during open seating in the dining room. In 2015 we are back on an ACL fall cruise on the Hudson River. I do not rule out a 2016 trip back on the Pearl Mist. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
We enjoyed the atmosphere of the cocktail and Hors d' oeuvres in the Chesapeake lounge. The room was set up in a relaxing and friendly manor. The Hors d' oeuvres were delicious they were brought around fresh and hot. We loved ... Read More
We enjoyed the atmosphere of the cocktail and Hors d' oeuvres in the Chesapeake lounge. The room was set up in a relaxing and friendly manor. The Hors d' oeuvres were delicious they were brought around fresh and hot. We loved the fresh fruit with breakfast the menu selection was excellent. There was something for everyone breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was very carefully thought out and prepared. The state rooms were very impressive. I loved being able to hang up my clothes with ample amount of hangers. The deep draws in the bathroom were also a plus. We do not like clutter and there was none. This made our state room stress free. Activities and Tours Our favorite tour was Captain Jack's lobster boat. We found it very informative and were very lucky to be on the tour which weight and sold them. We also enjoyed the Penobscot Narrow observation tour. Playing bingo was so much fun. I can't remember laughing so hard for so long. Your Captain, first mate, waiter's and waitresses, the entire crew were dynamic. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
This was a marvelous 10 night cruise from Portland, ME to Providence, RI with six stops in Maine along with days in Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The 50 passenger American Glory was full, and we all had a great time. A guest ... Read More
This was a marvelous 10 night cruise from Portland, ME to Providence, RI with six stops in Maine along with days in Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The 50 passenger American Glory was full, and we all had a great time. A guest lecturer was aboard with us, and evening entertainment was usually imported from shore. This cruise is geared for intelligent adults...children would not be happy. Shore excursions were optional and varied in their interests. Some passengers took off on their own and were given good directions about doing this. Travel to Portland was easy by air, train or automobile. Disembarkation in Providence was very efficient and fast. A shuttle to the airport was provided for those who wished it. The American Glory is a fine little ship with three lounges as well as ample outdoor space on three levels and a spacious dining room...Seating is never assigned. The food was excellent and represented the local environment with a lot of fresh fish and lobster on this New England cruise. Special Lobster Cruises are available! I have traveled a number of times as a solo passenger on American Cruise Lines and have always had a fine experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
My husband and I have considerable experience as presenters on inland waterway cruises. We were looking for a (nonworking) trip that would accommodate his mobility difficulties with my own interest in regional culture. And we love to ... Read More
My husband and I have considerable experience as presenters on inland waterway cruises. We were looking for a (nonworking) trip that would accommodate his mobility difficulties with my own interest in regional culture. And we love to eat! The 7-day Maine coast Lobsterfest cruise was a winner on all counts. My husband could be comfortable resting in the cabin while I was active on shore excursions, which were excellent. The service was provided by a young staff whose thoughtfulness and enthusiasm more than made up for any lack of experience. I still remember all their names and think of them with gratitude. The shore excursions were thoughtfully planned, and the onshore expertise was very good indeed. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the onboard culture specialist, who was knowledgeable but not particularly outgoing; nonetheless, the library resources on board were great and I filled in my "research" gaps quite satisfactorily. We are early to bed folks, so missed much of the entertainment. I can't say enough about the excellence of the food. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, and am very particular about the quality of my seafood and the imagination and flair with which it is prepared. I would rate the food 11 on a scale of 1-10! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2013
Lobster until you couldn’t eat any more in Rockland. This was an Eagle Society cruise with special vistas. The tour didn’t start well with a bout of seasickness as we chopped through the Atlantic. With tender care of the crew, we were ... Read More
Lobster until you couldn’t eat any more in Rockland. This was an Eagle Society cruise with special vistas. The tour didn’t start well with a bout of seasickness as we chopped through the Atlantic. With tender care of the crew, we were fine the next day. Excellent history of Maine by Sam Ladley through out the voyage. Towns along the way, particularly Bar Harbor, were an experience in themselves. We returned to Bar Harbor the next week and there was the Independence tied up again. This is one trip we would like to do again, particularly the Coastal Main Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Again the flexibility of the itinerary was something you wouldn't expect on a larger ship. As a member of the Eagle Society we pay one charge for the trip included excursions. Read Less

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