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Michelle Roy

Age: 62


Number of Cruises: 15

Cruise Line: American Cruise Lines

Ship: Queen Of The West

Sailing Date: 2010-08-21

Itinerary: Columbia and Snake Rivers

The cruise was wonderful. American Cruise Lines recently purchased the Queen of the West, and let me tell you they have done a beautiful job with it. I cruised on it several years ago, before they bought it, and some wonderful changes have been made. They added a few lounges which made everything more comfortable and freshened everything up. The lounges don’t feel like bars anymore. The crew was absolutely lovely and did everything with a smile. This was my first cruise with American Cruise Lines and I booked my second one for next spring while I was onboard.

I think the food was my favorite part – each meal was terrific and the chef was careful to use a lot of local specialties. Each meal is also complimented by regional wine. They made the meals feel like a part of the itinerary. Everything was top notch.

The stateroom was plenty large and nicely kept. In the time since my last cruise, a private balcony appeared, which I used far more than I expected to. ACL put chairs and a little coffee table out there which made it a delightful place to spend time.

I really enjoyed everything onboard. There is always some kind of little activity going on. ACL had a guest speaker who would host talks about the area or where we were going to next and each night they had some kind of entertainment. There were about 100 passengers onboard, and everyone got along well. ACL had a cocktail hour each night that brought us together and open seating in the dining room meant that you could sit with new people every night.

The shore excursions are an important part of the cruise because most of the towns are small. The tour brings you to the best thing to see there, which might otherwise be difficult to get to. My favorite tour was to Pendleton, where we got to see a real rodeo and were treated to a lunch at Hamley’s Restaurant. ACL charges for tours, but they all seemed pretty reasonable. Sometimes I just wanted to stay on the boat and relax, so I did not go on all of the tours.

My cruise left from Clarkston, WA on August 21. We cruised all the way down the Snake River and into the Columbia stopping along the way and ending in Portland. I liked the one way trip a lot more than I expected because it let everything go at a more relaxed pace and we never missed anything. We could spend more time in ports, and the captain always made certain to be in the best areas of the rivers during the day. ACL did a great job with the boat and I can't wait for my cruise next spring.

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