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American Queen Steamboat Company American Empress Gourmet Food Cruises Cruise Reviews

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After 40 cruises, this was numero uno
"Cruised before on the American Queen. Loved the service and staff. 5 stars. Thought the Empress might be similar and it was just as good, maybe considering the scenery, better. First, the cabin. Knowing that..."Read More
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The BEST way to see the Columbia River!!!

Review for American Empress to North America River

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Amble Along

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

In November I traveled with a small group of 10 on the American Empress steamboat-style Cruise. The group absolutely LOVED the trip and the ship! The food was incredible- truly top notch! We even had lobster tail! The meals were always artfully prepared and served by the kindest, warmest staff I’ve encountered on a cruise ship. Every meal was an event. During our scenic rides cruising the ...
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Sail Date: November 2019


First River Cruise . . . and not our last

Review for American Empress to North America River

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RealJewell

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We had been wanting to try a river cruise, especially after watching the size of ocean-going cruise ships balloon until some can carry more than 6,000 passengers. The American Empress beautifully accommodates just over 221, with an attentive crew of 88. Our Category C cabin--212--was cozy, but well laid out so that we had plenty of closet space and storage, even in the bathroom. Yes, the shower is ...
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Sail Date: November 2019


Lewis & Clark Expedition

Review for American Empress to North America River

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Safsimcowz

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Embarking from the port of Clarkston, Washington and disembarking in Portland, Washington aboard the American Queen Steamboat Company Empress. The staff went out of their way to assure that passengers had an enjoyable & smooth experience. The food was spectacular, tasty and service in high fashion! The lunch buffet was equally delicious....daily ethnic options were a pleasant experience ...
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Sail Date: August 2019


Exciting Experiences

Review for American Empress to North America River

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Retired Tchr

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

What a wonderful week we had as we sailed down the Snake and Columbia Rivers aboard the American Empress! This was our first cruise with the American Steamboat Company and there was so much about the cruise that didn’t disappoint. We have sailed many larger cruise ships but never a riverboat. The crew was the most friendly crew we have experienced. The Captain was visible and friendly too. The ...
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Sail Date: July 2019


Wonderful cruise, amazing sights, upscale?

Review for American Empress to North America River

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Nona Gal

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We wanted to experience the pacific northwest and travel with some good friends. The literature advertised this as upscale, all inclusive. We've taken many ocean cruises (15+) but never a river cruise anywhere. I'm not sure I'd say this is upscale, and I'm not convinced its worth the additional monies versus what you'd pay for a large vessel cruise. The Hop On/Hop Off bus is a nice feature, as ...
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Sail Date: July 2019


Many Hits, but a few misses

Review for American Empress to North America River

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KGlasgow

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

This cruise for for my 10th anniversary. We were the youngest couple on the boat (not a critique, just an observation). It was the first river boat experience for both of us. There was one port-of-call change that was made after we booked due to an event at on of the ports that seemed significant enough to have warranted more warning. The excursions we took: The LEWIS & CLARK ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


Pacific Northwest Grandeur

Review for American Empress to U.S.A.

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cbt5

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

Absolutely had a fantastic cruise aboard the American Empress! We sailed from Clarkston, Washington to Vancouver, Washington. Flew into Spokane and spent the night at the grand Historic Davenport downtown. Beautiful hotel inside and out. The next day, we took a “pre-cruise” excursion that explored Spokane. We could have explored on our own, but I loved the convenience of having it already arranged ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


American Empress - Beautiful and Entertaining!

Review for American Empress to U.S.A.

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Nformato

6-10 Cruises

Age 20s

After traveling with the American Queen Steamboat Company on the American Duchess, we had such an enjoyable experience that we decided to book a trip on the American Empress in the Pacific Northwest; and it was so worth it! From the smooth check in process at the hotel to easy and enjoyable disembarkation day options, the whole week ran so seamlessly We never had to worry about a thing! The ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

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After 40 cruises, this was numero uno

Review for American Empress to North America River

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West Palm Frank

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Cruised before on the American Queen. Loved the service and staff. 5 stars. Thought the Empress might be similar and it was just as good, maybe considering the scenery, better. First, the cabin. Knowing that the cabins on these boats tend toward being a bit smaller and knowing that the weather would be cold and rainey, we opted for one of the biggest cabins onboard, 704. Cabin was large and ...
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Sail Date: April 2019


Sequel to my 9/14 review (it's worth referring to that one, also)

Review for American Empress to North America River

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smurfjet

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

This was a 4-night "add-on" to the end of the normal cruise season. The price was irrestible, plus the convenience of being a round-trip cruise. We'd previously done the traditional 8-day, one-way trip up the Columbia on this boat. Earlier this year, we did a lower Mississippi cruise on the American Queen. AQSC is a "class act", and we love the company. I hope they will expand to other ...
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Sail Date: November 2018


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