This is the second time we cruised the Columbia/Snake Rivers with American Cruise Lines. We took this trip on ACL Song in Oct. 2021. That time the fall leaves were...
We loved the Columbia/Snake river itinerary. It was beautiful on this 4th of July cruise with this authentic America West Paddlewheel ship all decked out in her fla...
This was our second cruise on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington with ACL. The views and locks are spectacular and the pace is very relaxing. Each to...
From the first day, there was so much to do. We loved our port specialist, David and his lectures about where we were visiting and the information we learned about t...
I took my first cruise on American Cruise Lines was August 2014. I took the Columbia/Snake River cruise. It was on the Queen of the West. It was one of the best vaca...
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signed up to travel the Columbia-Snake River to visit Hell's Canyon. That part of the trip was cancelled by Nat Geo without notifying the passengers. Instead we vi...
My friend and I signed up for the self guided tour in Oregon. The Willamette valley ride was a perfect blend of beautiful scenery, great road maps and excellent Pino...
Lifecycle did a great job arranging our trip. Adam was particularly delightful in making it a wonderful experience. I will mention that the drivers in Oregon were pa...
My wife and I and our close friends met in Oregon to take a fully guided, week-long tour of the Wine Country (Willamette Valley, Hood River, etc) with LifeCycle. Tri...
This was our first time in Oregon, and my wife and I had a fantastic time riding through the wine country of the Willamette Valley, around Mt. Hood, and back along t...
Amazing and wonderful cycling tour in Oregon with Lifecycle Adventures. Our guide, Josh, made our trip rating excellent with his very personal attention to our desir...
The Oregon bike trip was one of the best trips of my life and I can hardly wait to go on another one with you all! Thanks for the fantastic vacation! 5+ stars to you...
Most trip reviews tend to focus on some or all of these 5 key areas, not all of which may be relevant to you: the tour guide, travel company, service level, country or countries traveled in, and the trip itinerary.
Remember, just because you see a 1 star review doesn’t necessarily mean that person disliked the country.
When reading Columbia River Cruise reviews, it’s important to remember that not all river cruises around the world are the same. If you’re used to European river cruises for example, you may be surprised at the casual tone on board a river cruise in the United States.
Of course casual doesn’t mean to imply a lower standard of service - however if a traveler had certain expectations from previous river cruising experience, this may lead to a bad review. If you are looking for comfort and ease, without the stiffness that can sometimes come with a river cruise in Europe, then you won’t be disappointed.
Additionally, Columbia River cruises are very much about enjoying the outdoors. Port excursions involve hikes and walks, taking in the nature and spectacular views over the river. Nothing is terribly strenuous, but you should be prepared for mainly nature and wildlife themed excursions.
It’s also important to note that most Columbia River cruises focus heavily on the journey of Lewis & Clark. Their presence is felt throughout the tourist attractions of the Pacific Northwest - so don’t be surprised if you hear about them every day along your cruise!
If you want a professional take on cruising the Columbia River, see the Travelstride Columbia River Guide »