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American Queen Steamboat Company American Empress Cruise Reviews

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83 American Queen Steamboat Company American Empress Cruise Reviews


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cbt5

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Pacific Northwest Grandeur

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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 ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Nformato

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

American Empress - Beautiful and Entertaining!

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 ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Amble Along

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

The BEST way to see the Columbia River!!!

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 ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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RealJewell

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

First River Cruise . . . and not our last

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 ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Safsimcowz

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Lewis & Clark Expedition

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 ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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KGlasgow

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Many Hits, but a few misses

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 ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Nona Gal

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Wonderful cruise, amazing sights, upscale?

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. ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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West Palm Frank

4 Reviews Written

22 Helpful Votes

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 ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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smurfjet

3 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

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

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 ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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treywash

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Well organized cruise with history emphasis

We had driven through the Columbia Gorge, but wanted to see it up close at a gentle pace. Our trip started in Spokane. One night at the Historic Davenport Hotel was included in the trip. We opted for an extra ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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adamsdle

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Very good cruise EXCEPT first day!

We chose this cruise to see the Pacific Northwest. It was good, except for the nightmarish first day with no air conditioning and a toilet that did not work! UGH! We were moved (to a lesser room) and after that ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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Jens56

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great cruise with one exception

Loved this cruise which sailed from Vancouver ,Washington to Clarkston Washington over 9 days .Not being American we didn’t really know anything about Lewis and Clark ,and mainly picked this cruise for the ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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CraftsOnCruises

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Fabulous Crew, Entertainment, and Food!

The following is a post I wrote for my travel blog: Welcome aboard American Queen Steamboat Company’s second paddlewheel riverboat, the 223-passenger (and 83 crew) American Empress. She’s a beauty with her ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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djett

11 Reviews Written

83 Helpful Votes

American Empress on the Columbia River

My wife and I, along with four other couples, sailed the American Empress from Spokane to Portland on May 20, 2018. This was our third cruise with American Queen Steamboat Company. We had previously done the Upper ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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Frncie

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

We had a great time on this trip, although there were a few, ahem, unexpected features. We traveled on the American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress, from Clarkston, Washington to Vancouver ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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Bonsai9

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Leisurely River Cruise

We arrived at the Historic Davenport hotel in Spokane a day early (as is our custom). One night in this wonderful period hotel is included with the cruise. The hotel has an enormous two-story atrium that is quite ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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gradydude

7 Reviews Written

25 Helpful Votes

Spring in the Northwest

Our 9 day Lewis and Clark cruise included a night in Spokane at the Davenport Hotel. The sleep experience was lovely and the restaurant very good. We took the extra tour of Spokane and were glad we did, an ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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grannygrayfox

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Spectacular Scenery in comfort.

I am in my 70s, an Australian solo traveller, love seeing new places and love cruising. I enjoyed an upper Mississippi cruise on the American Queen a couple of years ago and, as I had never been to the Pacific ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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micoman

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Clarkston to Vancouver Washington on the Snake and Columbia Rivers

On September 10th my wife and I and 34 neighbors from our Del Webb community took the American Empress riverboat from Clarkston Washington to Vancouver Washington (not Canada). The costs were $9189 not including ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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K9pal

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

A Beautiful Week on the Columbia/Snake River

We are an active couple in our mid-late 60's, and this was our first river boat cruise in the US. We wanted to do another European river cruise, but decided to stay in the US this year and had never been to the ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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ElEl

8 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Clarkston to Vancouver/Portland on the Snake and Columbia Rivers

We were on the American Empress for its Clarkston to Vancouver cruise on October 9-16, 2017. We flew to Spokane on October 7 and spent two nights at Spokane’s Davenport Hotel (one night was already covered by the ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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southtown

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Cool & Scenic Columbia River Gorge

We chose a destination with cool weather and new scenery. North Texas summers are hot, oppressively hot. We had not traveled often enough in Washington and Oregon. This cruise not only gave an opportunity to see ...
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Sail Date July 2017


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Cwjabernard

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Refurbished ship needs work

Regrettably, our $7K cabin had malfunctioning air conditioning. It was terribly hot so we were provided with a fan! On the fourth day of the cruise, a maintenance person fixed the air conditioning unit but the ...
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Sail Date July 2017


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jcluvbirds

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Relaxing Tour of Lewis and Clark Route

We had never been to the Pacific Northwest and wanted to experience the beauty and grandeur that Lewis & Clark discovered. The ship is small enough to be intimate, yet large enough to enjoy quiet areas without ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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NCabe

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Snake and Columbia Rivers

EXCELLENT!!! I LOVE river cruising!!!! We visited the Pacific Northwest, from Spokane to Portland, down the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The American Empress is clean, the service has been superb, all the staff ...
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Sail Date July 2017


American Empress Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.4
Dining4.54.5
Entertainment4.54.5
Public Rooms4.54.4
Fitness Recreation3.53
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment5.04.4
Service5.04.7
Value For Money4.04.2
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