Queen of the West Review

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Queen of the West

Queen of the West Overview

The 120-passenger Queen of the West, formerly of the defunct Majestic America Line, cruises the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Itineraries include six-, seven- and 14-night sailings from Portland, Oregon. First launched in 1995, the ship underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2011, which included the addition of private balconies, a new library on the third deck, and the conversion of several cabins into singles.

The 230-foot ship is propelled by a three-story-high churning paddlewheel. But unlike earlier paddlewheelers, Queen of the West doesn't rely on a steam engine. Instead, it is powered by a revolutionary hydraulic propulsion system that uses environmentally safe biodegradable hydraulic oil. The new "authentic" paddlewheel provides a quieter and smoother ride, with less impact on the environment.

Another unique feature: A 45-foot-long bow ramp allows passengers to go ashore anywhere along the river, much as the 19th-century vessels did. Passengers can take a shore excursion sponsored by the cruise line or arrange their own outing in ports.

Emphasis onboard is on scenery, culture and camaraderie. Experts are brought aboard to inform and entertain, often focusing on regional history or traditions. All meals, which feature fresh meats and seafood, and in-season fruits and veggies, are taken in one open seating.

Some 60 percent of the cabins feature balconies, and all have flat-screen satellite TV's and DVD players. There are 12 cabins for solo travelers.

Passengers tend to be senior Americans, with few, if any, families or children.

53 Queen of the West Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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dritleinr
Member Since 2015
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Sailed three weeks ago
The Queen of the West is an old paddle wheeler that should be retired. The crew was extremely friendly and helpful and the service was excellent. However the food choices were limited and my diabetic requests were never sent to the ship ... Read more
Mcharb
Member Since 2017
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We selected theLewis & Clark itinerary. Overall we were pleased but size & lack of decor in cabin was disappointing. Very small single closet for 2 people. No place to store suitcases Only 3 drawers. Balcony is small & has 2 ... Read more
Lewisinde
Member Since 2015
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I am 62 years old and went with my 89 year-old mother who is still very mobile. Parts of the cruise were interesting and others not. First of all, let me tell you that the accommodations were very nice. Unfortunately, we didn't pay for a ... Read more

53 Queen of the West Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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dritleinr
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
The Queen of the West is an old paddle wheeler that should be retired. The crew was extremely friendly and helpful and the service was excellent. However the food choices were limited and my diabetic requests were never sent to the ship ... Read more
Mcharb
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We selected theLewis & Clark itinerary. Overall we were pleased but size & lack of decor in cabin was disappointing. Very small single closet for 2 people. No place to store suitcases Only 3 drawers. Balcony is small & has 2 ... Read more
Lewisinde
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I am 62 years old and went with my 89 year-old mother who is still very mobile. Parts of the cruise were interesting and others not. First of all, let me tell you that the accommodations were very nice. Unfortunately, we didn't pay for a ... Read more
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