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Vancouver American Queen Steamboat Company American Empress Cruise Reviews
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Following the Lewis and Clark Expedition along the Columbia and Snake Rivers
"My husband and I have taken quite a few cruises on mid to larger ships. We were tired of the big cruise ship/company experience, as every ship seemed to offer the same food/activities, etc, and decided to take a..."Read More
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Rebel2386

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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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

Departure Port: Brisbane

7 Helpful Votes


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

Departure Port: Brisbane

2 Helpful Votes


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 60s

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

Departure Port: Brisbane

16 Helpful Votes


Great cruise with one exception

Review for American Empress to U.S.A.

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Jens56

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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 beautiful scenery, but learning about the Lewis and Clark expeditions was a bonus ,the Riverlorian was very informative and we enjoyed his commentary .The food ,the staff and the service were ...
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Sail Date: May 2018

Departure Port: Brisbane

7 Helpful Votes


Pleasant week on the Columbia River

Review for American Empress to North America River

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aphrab

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Not our favorite cruise, yet, this week's expedition offered rest and beautiful country in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The staff bombarded us with picky details and scheduling, more than was necessary. The boat was noisy and the companionways too chilly. Not many places to retreat and read. Too small for lounge chairs. Food was well prepared—caesar salad, fruit compote, pork roast, ...
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Sail Date: July 2017

Departure Port: Brisbane

20 Helpful Votes


Beautiful Area

Review for American Empress to U.S.A.

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NancyB1942

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

We had sailed on American Queen along the Mississippi before and knew and liked the way the Hop-off Hop-On excursions operated. Our cabin onboard the Empress was larger and than what we had before, and we really enjoyed our private balcony. The food has been outstanding--especially the seafood options, and having complimentary local wine with dinner is a nice touch. Having the Riverlorian ...
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Sail Date: June 2017

Departure Port: Brisbane

8 Helpful Votes


Great river cruise on scenic Columbia River

Review for American Empress to U.S.A.

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bemije

2-5 Cruises

We had a great trip. Loved the accommodations, the size of the boat, dining options and quality of the food, high quality entertainment, educational experiences, hop on/hop off option and beautiful scenery. The population skewed to the older side, so we were considered younger, active seniors (ages 67 and 69). This was not a problem since the Hop on/hop off feature allowed us to do extra ...
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Sail Date: October 2016

Departure Port: Brisbane

9 Helpful Votes


Excursions mediocre for seasoned cruisers

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KrissaJ

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

The travel from Spokane and Embarkation process was very efficient. The stay at the Davenport hotel was the highlight of the trip. Cabins on board the Empress were adequate and the beds were comfortable. The cabins were clean, well appointed and good size for the length of the cruise. The staff onboard was attentive and engaging . The Hop on, hop off excursion process was efficient but really not ...
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Sail Date: October 2016

Departure Port: Brisbane

10 Helpful Votes


Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Review for American Empress to U.S.A.

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1901Phil

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Interesting places and wonderful and varied scenery. We were not disappointed. Starting in an area with 100 inches of rain a year and ending where there are just 8 Interesting calls in mostly small towns but each had several good points of interest. A good jump on jump off coach service included in the cruise fare and the optional excursions were ...
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Sail Date: September 2016

Departure Port: Brisbane

10 Helpful Votes


Mediocre, wouldn't recommend

Review for American Empress to North America River

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Cbunny

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Wanted to revisit the NW and felt that this was an excellent way to do it. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. The food was plentiful, but mediocre in quality. Music in the lounge was so loud that it intruded into our cabin and despite 3 requests to have the volume lowered, nothing was changed. We couldn't hear the TV and it was impossible to read with the loud music - and we were ...
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Sail Date: September 2016

Departure Port: Brisbane

8 Helpful Votes


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