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12 American Cruise Lines Portland (Oregon) Cruise Reviews

I had always wanted to take this cruise of the Columbia River. The scenery and history was so interesting and the ship was lovely. Being a small ship with 184 passengers, everything was close. The staff was young and very hard-working ... Read More
I had always wanted to take this cruise of the Columbia River. The scenery and history was so interesting and the ship was lovely. Being a small ship with 184 passengers, everything was close. The staff was young and very hard-working and did an excellent job. The food was great and plentiful. The history of the area, following the path of Lewis and Clark, was fascinating and the geology and scenery in the area was so interesting. We loved floating down the river and seeing Washington and Oregon from a different perspective. The shore excursions were mostly included in the price of the cruise. We especially enjoyed seeing Mt St Helen. Most of the ports were in rural areas, which was fine. There’s something interesting to see everywhere. Overall we would highly recommend this cruise. Although the cost is on the high end, it is all-inclusive and we would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Doing the Lewis and Clark riverboat Cruise has always been on our bucket list. This seemed to be a good time of the year. Queen of the West is an older boat and is very intimate. Bedroom very small but haven’t spent much time in it ... Read More
Doing the Lewis and Clark riverboat Cruise has always been on our bucket list. This seemed to be a good time of the year. Queen of the West is an older boat and is very intimate. Bedroom very small but haven’t spent much time in it but to sleep. Several places where you can sit, watch the scenery, read or visit with the new friends you meet daily. Crew very attentive and Edgar to please. First morning we boarded at 10:30 AM snakes and open bar has we were oriented to our boat. Meals have been delicious! Who doesn’t like a root beer float or ice cream sundae at 8 PM?? As we travel we learn more about the history of the area we are in. Loved Astoria’s quaint look. Houses on hills like San Francisco but then you seen a doe with her fawn meandering down the street or tucked under a 300 foot fir. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We explored Portland, OR for a couple of days prior to boarding the ship, which enriched our cruise experience, since the cruise did not include a shore excursion there. Embarkation was very easy, as the ship was docked right behind our ... Read More
We explored Portland, OR for a couple of days prior to boarding the ship, which enriched our cruise experience, since the cruise did not include a shore excursion there. Embarkation was very easy, as the ship was docked right behind our hotel. All our documents and information was well organized. The ship was new, clean and beautiful, less than a year old, and decorated very nicely. Our cabin was spacious and included a private balcony. We were favorably impressed with the size of the bathroom compared to the other cruise we had taken (on a different cruise line). The staff was friendly, helpful and efficient. Food was excellent with plenty of choices, including vegetarian. Our nightly entertainment included some very talented (and funny) people. We had numerous shore excursions to choose from, something to fit everyone's interests and fitness levels. We especially enjoyed Multnomah Falls and Cape Disappointment State Park. We definitely plan to travel with American Cruise Lines again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The American Song is a newer ship, so everything was fresh and new. The staterooms are roomy, with a large bathroom. Plenty of storage, but not a lot of hanging space. The (very) young crew was very professional and tried hard to please ... Read More
The American Song is a newer ship, so everything was fresh and new. The staterooms are roomy, with a large bathroom. Plenty of storage, but not a lot of hanging space. The (very) young crew was very professional and tried hard to please everyone. The food was good, and drinks are included during happy hour, dining and with the evening entertainment. There os no assigned seating, so you can meet many other people this way. The entertainment was ok, two nights were excellent and other nights not so much. The bar closes right after the entertainment, so if you want drinks later that could be a problem. The excursions that were offered were good, and on this cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers the scenery was amazing! We went on the jet boat ride into Hell's Canyon, which was a lot of fun. This cruise Line caters to a senior crowd, and wouldn't be suitable for younger families. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We were seeking a vacation that could accommodate my husband in a wheelchair and chose the river cruise on the Columbia River on the American Song. This new boat is beautiful with lovely cabins and public rooms. The dining room was lovely ... Read More
We were seeking a vacation that could accommodate my husband in a wheelchair and chose the river cruise on the Columbia River on the American Song. This new boat is beautiful with lovely cabins and public rooms. The dining room was lovely and accommodated all guests at once. The cuisine was excellent and locally sourced, and the service impeccable. Since this cruise travels in a fairly rural area, one goes for the scenery and history/ local culture rather than big entertainment. We would recommend an extra day or two to explore the Portland area pre or post cruise. For our needs, the boat was completely accessible. Every room has showers with safety bars. There are also bars in the hallways.The staff were exceptional in all regards. Getting on and off the boat for shore excursions was challenging for my husband, but fantastic staff assistance made it all possible. I would recommend this cruise line to anyone, but especially note its ability to handle someone with mobility issues (assuming an able-bodied companion). Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We were a little hesitant to sail on the Queen of the West after reading some reviews here on cruise critic and other sites. We spent the night at the Red Lion Inn in Jantzen Beach. Hotel was very nice and the restaurant was as well. ... Read More
We were a little hesitant to sail on the Queen of the West after reading some reviews here on cruise critic and other sites. We spent the night at the Red Lion Inn in Jantzen Beach. Hotel was very nice and the restaurant was as well. The ship was docked within walking distance of the hotel. The crew was so well organized and had our luggage in our cabin by 9:00. We had cabin suite 402. There are only two owners suites on this deck. The cabin was spacious. A Keurig coffee machine is in these suites only. Bring your robe as they do not supply one. Cabin was awesome with views on both Starboard and Portside. There are doors on either side. My advice is to keep your cabin door locked even while you are occupying. We had at least 4 different passengers walk in thinking our cabin was a lounge or the pilot station.??? There is a sign that indicates St. Helen's suite 402. My guess is they were looki loos, not to mention a passenger who used our patio deck as her personal chair. The crew was wonderful. Can't say enough about them. Food is subjective. Some days it was good and some days not so good. This was the first cruise on the Columbia River for the season. The ship had been completely remodeled. It was refreshing to sit on new furniture and duvets. Closet space is ample. They provide umbrellas if needed. Cocktail hour has just about anything you would want and the hordeurves were exceptional. Captain was friendly and mingled with the passengers. My only complaint was there was a lack of communication from the Cruise Director and/or Captain when there were delays. We were delayed twice which shortened our excursions. Entertainment during cocktail hour was loud which prevented us to talk with other passengers. Most of us are 60+ so hearing is impaired somewhat. Lecturer Bill on this cruise was outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Oregon was on my bucket list, so for a retirement gift, I took this tour on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. American Cruise Lines has their ships made in America, and their staff booked my trip flawlessly, always able to answer my ... Read More
Oregon was on my bucket list, so for a retirement gift, I took this tour on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. American Cruise Lines has their ships made in America, and their staff booked my trip flawlessly, always able to answer my questions, and sending me information and luggage tags, etc way ahead of time. They provide a complimentary precruise package, which is a night at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, a deliciouis breakfast, and the boat docks by the hotel, so very convenient. You schedule your own transportation to Portland, and sadly there is no shuttle from airport to hotel ($50 taxi for many); I have suggested the hotel supply a shuttle. The ship itself is new and lovely, small and friendly. Four levels and very fast elevators, much faster than large ships. Although I had a single room, I had plenty of room and all rooms have a balcony. The bathroom was stocked with lots of extra amenities under the sink, so I had everything I needed; there is a shower and water is plenty hot. There is a flat screen TV in the room, but it is apparently on Direct TV and it it lost signal quite often while I was watching the Final Four, so I was anxious and hope they solve that issue. The Hotel Manager Nico, and the Cruise Directors as well as every single person on that staff are helpful, pleasant, and bend over backwards to help you. Twice daily at 10am and 3pm they serve warm cookies, and they had turtle, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, sugar cookies and others alternating...yum! There are enough seats in the large dining room for everyone apparently, and meals are whenever you come down: Breakfast 730-9 (early riser 630); lunch 12-130, and dinner 530-730, with cocktails/hors d'oeuvres 530-7 and Back Porch Cafe 11-230p and 4-8p.In the dining room you get a menu to choose from about 5 entrees, some usually local fare, and the soups are always great. The hot bread was great, in fact everything was great. There is free wine/beer beginning at lunch, with cocktails later on through evening. During the evening entainment, usually a singer or duo with funny/song singing, the servers bring popcorn, ice cream sodas, ice cream sundaes. There are sodas and snacks left all night in the lounge such as chips, nuts, granola bars. There is no infirmary or casino or pool/hot tub. There is a small workout area with machines, bottled water, but I didnot use it. There is a library with TV and two PCs and printer. There is a complimentary laundry room with free Tide Pods and dryer sheets. You get a lanyard with your name and an RFI card to open your room, etc, and since there is no tipping, it is cashless. There are a few simple activities like art class with a water color artist providing supplies so we could learn to paint, some scrabble and cardgames, trivia. There is a daily movie playing in the rooms pertaining to the area we cruised through, like a movie about Mt St Helens or Fort Clatsop. There were excursions included at every stop, but some premium signature excursions that cost more. The trip was relaxing, with smooth river sailing, so bumps or rocking. Some of the seniors had jazzies and walkers and canes, but they all were able to navigate this small ship well. If the ship ends in Lewiston/Clarkson, there are arrangements to the airports or taxis. I cannot emphasize how very wonderful everyone on the ship was. If I wanted something, when they stopped at every port to get fresh produce, etc, they told me they would pick up anything I wanted. I was glad I got to learn so much about Oregon, saw the Multnomah Falls, and so much history and I recommend this cruise line. :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We sailed the Columbia/Snake River cruise. The American Song is a beautiful ship with spacious staterooms and very comfortable design and furnishings. The public deck areas are exceptionally nice with probably the most comfortable deck ... Read More
We sailed the Columbia/Snake River cruise. The American Song is a beautiful ship with spacious staterooms and very comfortable design and furnishings. The public deck areas are exceptionally nice with probably the most comfortable deck furniture I have experienced on a cruise ship. The crew was very personable, friendly and accomodating. The hotel director went above and beyond to ensure guests needs were met. The onboard historian brought the river alive with storytelling that made you appreciate what your were seeing and experiencing. It was more than just a cruise, it was an educational experience. The other passengers were very compatible and friendly and it made for a very pleasant journey. The itinerary was very good with a good selection of shore excursions that made it interesting and enjoyable. Going through the locks at each of the Dams was fascinating and interesting. Overall, I give American very high marks. We would definitely cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I wanted to experience the area from the perspective of the river itself. I have traveled with American Cruise Lines before and wanted to do it again. The ship is one of the oldest in this fleet, but it was beautiful nonetheless. The cabin ... Read More
I wanted to experience the area from the perspective of the river itself. I have traveled with American Cruise Lines before and wanted to do it again. The ship is one of the oldest in this fleet, but it was beautiful nonetheless. The cabin was a little small, but as a single it was adequate. The common areas were lovely; very comfortable furniture and a great place to just relax. The captain was exceptional; personable and accessible. He often came to dinner to mingle with the passengers. He shared his stories with us and was very gracious in asking us to share our stories. The cruise director was such a lovely person. So much personality and eager to help proactively ensuring that all was well. The crew was exceptional; friendly and courteous, quick to help and easy to find when necessary. The food was delicious and varied. The portions were just right. You could always ask for more, but it seems that waste of food was minimized. The dining staff was wonderful; prompt service, quick to respond to requests, and always cheerful and friendly. The service from the entire crew could not have been better. The shore excursions ranged from interesting to spectacular. The highlights were Astoria, waterfalls, Mt. St. Helens, and the jet boat tour down the Snake River. The geography on the river was so interesting and unusual. All in all, I am very glad that I took this cruise. It was a wonderful, relaxing week. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We did the Mississippi river cruise with ACL the year before and had a great time. We prefer small ship cruises, especially river cruises. We took a couple of walks around the area of our embarkation port, which was in front of the ... Read More
We did the Mississippi river cruise with ACL the year before and had a great time. We prefer small ship cruises, especially river cruises. We took a couple of walks around the area of our embarkation port, which was in front of the hotel, and it was beautiful. We disembarked in Clarkston, WA and took a shuttle(a little expensive) to Spokane to fly home, which was one of many choices. Since we didn't fly home till the next day, we had time to walk from our hotel to one of many parks in the area and had lunch at a great seafood restaurant on the river. The ship was built in 2012 and in our opinion, in real good condition. We were informed the first day that WiFi would be slow and spotty, and it was. But we were going in out between mountains and in areas where there wasn't good reception. Our stateroom and bathroom was what we expected for the size we paid for. I wish it was bigger but my husband was happy with it. Plenty of drawers for our clothes and stuff, and the closet was big enough. It had sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony. Perfect. The room was cleaned twice a day and the stewards on our deck were awesome. The dining room was spacious, clean and had huge windows for the views. The dining staff were mostly young and first timers, but always pleasant and willing to learn from their mistakes. There were plenty of food choices at all the meals and the food was real good and presented beautifully. Before dinner there was cocktail hour, and before the nightly entertainment, there was a Late Night bar. The three lounges were all themed different, were comfortable, had good viewing windows and were always stocked with snacks, juices, coffee, and water. The upper deck was a good place to be when you wanted to be outside to sit, to hit a few golf balls, or take a few laps around for exercise. The tours every day were great and there were plenty of choices for all types of interests. And the onboard historian and entertainment were just as good if not better. A lot of the tours and onboard talks were hisorical and focused on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Most of the tours were included in the tour, but a few such as the jet boat tour and Pendleton mill tour were extra. The ship crew members from the Captain to the galley cew, went above and beyond to make us all feel special. They all smiled, had something nice to say, answered our questions and helped when needed. This not a cruise for kids. Or even teenagers, in my opinion. It is planned for adults who are in their 50s or older and want to explore and learn about the country in a little slower pace, like on a river boat. We are going on another cruise with American Cruise Line again, and also thinking about trying a different line later. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
After our 2017 cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi, we wanted to experience another cruise on ACL. We piggybacked this cruise with a few days in the Willamette Valley, so the shorter cruise time was not an issue. The food was great, ... Read More
After our 2017 cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi, we wanted to experience another cruise on ACL. We piggybacked this cruise with a few days in the Willamette Valley, so the shorter cruise time was not an issue. The food was great, although the portion sizes did seem a little smaller than our prior cruise. Note that this ship is not one that ACL had built; so the orientation is a bit different than their other ships. You have to step up to get into the bathroom (which was not an issue for us but could be for someone using a walker). There were plenty of shore excursions to choose from (complimentary as well as reasonably priced options), as well as wandering on your own in Hood River. On-board lectures as well about Lewis and Clark, since we were in Lewis and Clark territory. You should pay up for the larger staterooms if you can. It was also a nice touch that the wines were all either Washington state or Oregon wines. These cruises attract an older crowd (not for children). Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Lewis and Clark expedition "Riverlorian" on board was very knowledgeable, and his visual aids and manner of presenting was very engaging. The staff were outstanding in their commitment to providing personal service. ... Read More
Lewis and Clark expedition "Riverlorian" on board was very knowledgeable, and his visual aids and manner of presenting was very engaging. The staff were outstanding in their commitment to providing personal service. Complimentary wine was served at all meals. I asked if they had "14 Hands" wine during the first dinner. They did not have it, but one of the staff bought some at the next port, and served it during every meal for the rest of the cruise! The servers at meal time truly enjoyed what they were doing, learned peoples names, and smiled all the time. When we asked them how they got into their jobs, we discovered that many of them had formal trying and degrees in Hospitality and Tourism or Culinary Arts. The different staff areas (housekeeping, food service, etc.) evidenced a commitment to ongoing training in that we observed them having daily staff "huddles" to review their areas performance. Procedures used throughout the cruise (boarding, meals, excursions, security,etc.) evidenced excellent organization always Multiple lounges on board were attractively decorated, clean, and always stocked with refreshments. Before dinner cocktail hour included complimentary top shelf liquor as well as outstanding gourmet quality munchies. We will travel with American Cruise Line again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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