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American Empress Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Many Hits, but a few misses

American Empress Cruise Review by KGlasgow

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: North America River

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 Hits:

The room and service was excellent as expected

The food was amazing with a variety of changing options at every seating

The scenery in transit was beautiful

The "riverlorian"

The Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Tour

Most of the entertainment

The Misses:

Some of the excusrions. The example I'll give is The Ultimate Pacific Northwest Experience, but we had similar experiences on more than excursion.

This tour attempts to pack in far too much in one day. We were on the bus traveling between locations far longer than we got to spend at any of them. "Enrichment" on this tour is simply not an option. For example, stopping at the magnificent Multnomah Falls, we were allotted less than an hour. Only the most active and spry of us made it to the bridge, wit barely enough time to walk the rest of the grounds. It was basically race the bridge, then back down to spend a few minutes in the gift shop before taking off to the next place. Lunch was great, but maybe a catered lunch at Timberline instead, with more time at that location (and the others) would have made this excursion better. Maybe it's just me, but I would prefer more detailed enrichment at fewer places than less at more locations and spending too much time travelling between locations.

The Entertainment

The quartet contains talented musicians and excelled at the small scale pieces tasked to play. It was perfect for the '50-60's night. For some of the bigger themed pieces, a quartet is just not big enough to simulate some of the "big band" or Broadway orchestra pieces that were presented. This band would be so much better served with just one more member, specifically a horn, either trumpet or even a trombone, and it would really round out the sound.

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