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 and the sandwich options from the grill were made to order.
Excursions were often greater than expected.
Our cruise was void of ANY CHILDREN, certainly a real plus and another pleasant experience is that there were NO photographers on board other than passengers. This cruise line does not seek to exploit passengers by taking pictures at the most inopportune times and selling them for overinflated prices.
The only possible negative comment would be that several ports lacked shopping options. That certainly is not the fault of the cruise line, but certainly a financial mis-opportunity for the local economy.
The ship's staff from top to bottom all had perpetual smiles and friendly personalities. This did not appear fake, but a testiment to happ employees.
We ditched the nightly entertainment for the spectacular evening views from the top deck of the ship....truly spectacular.
A+ - cleanliness
A+ - comfortable bed
A+ - spacious bathroom
A+ - balcony