Our first voyage with American Cruise Lines. Top marks for friendliness and helpfulness of "above and beyond" staff, especially Courtney, Amber and Sally. Ship captain gave an informative tour of the pilot house and kept things running on time and smoothly.
The American Song was built in 2018 specifically for the Snake and Columbia River. The smaller ship provided for smooth passage through the locks and dams. Enjoyed the smaller guest capacity of 184, as it provided a more friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Friendships were made and stories exchanged!
My father and I enjoyed learning of the history of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery with the remarkable Todd Weber, dressed in period clothing, weaving the stories to create a living history.
The daily excursions were amazing. Highlights were the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (amazing raptor program with live birds of prey), Fort Dalles (wonderful guide interpreting the surgeon quarters), the Multnomah Falls (the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation of 620 feet), Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop (refurbished layout of the fort the Corps of Discovery wintered 1805-1806), and Cape Disappointment State Park (furthest point westward of the Lewis and Clark expedition with a view of the lighthouse built in 1856).
Dining - food was excellent. A few more tables would have provided more seating options for smaller groups with a desire to dine together. More buffet style lunches and dinners would have reduced dependency on wait staff. Vinyl or easy to clean dining room chairs, may improve unfortunate odor.
Cabin - very comfortable, plenty of drawer space, and lovely balcony.
Wonderful adventure creating memories for a lifetime.
Perfect size, plenty of storage, great balcony.
Perhaps a card for passengers to indicate if bed linen needs to be changed.
This would save water and crew time.
Suggestion: Instead of a travel bag, American Cruise Lines can distribute reusable water bottles with logo. This would reduce cost of single use plastic water bottles, help the environment and serve as a marketing tool when passengers return home.
Great, only ship on the river!