American Pride

American Pride Review and Specifications

Specifications of American Pride

Year built2012  /  Age : 7
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Classpaddlewheel riverboat
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2700 gt
Last Refurbishment2015
Former namesQueen of the Mississippi
Christened byLines Phyllis Dale

Review of American Pride

Launched in 2012, American Pride (old Queen of the Mississippi) steamboat) is one of American Cruise Lines paddle-wheeler riverboats, with fleet-mates Queen of the West,Queen of the Mississippi (new ship 2015) and America (new ship 2016).

History - construction and ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. The 2,700-ton, 150-passenger paddlewheel boat American Pride features a 23-ton paddle wheel mounted at the stern. This authentic and traditional Mississippi riverboat is similar in design to the big-size riverboats American Queen and American Empress operated by American Steamboat Company.

American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi)

On August 4, 2015, American Cruise Lines announced that the boat would be renamed (first to "American Eagle") and repositioned from Mississippi to Columbia-Snake River System in early 2016, and replaced on the Mississippi by the ship "America". Another new paddle-wheeler constructed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding assumed the name "Queen of the Mississippi". ACL has since listed on its website the old Mississippi ship's name as "American Pride".

Cruise itineraries

American Pride itinerary program is based on 8-day Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises (one-way itineraries) leaving either from Portland Oregon or Clarkston Washington. Some of the American Cruise Lines riverboat deals are on themed voyages. Among those themes are "Food and Wine", "Fall Foliage", "Music", the Holiday themed sailings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Follows the list of the boat's USA ports of call:

Cabins

American Pride has 5 passenger decks (accessible via one elevator) and a total of 78 staterooms (of which 6 Suite, 49 Balcony, 22 River-view /non-opening windows) in 7 grades. Most of the accommodations are Balcony rooms, with floor-ceiling sliding doors leading to a private step-out veranda. American Pride boasts the industry's most spacious rooms with private balconies (cabin sizes from 268 to 460 ft2 / 25 to 43m2). There are no connecting rooms onboard. Wheelchair accessible cabins are only two.

American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi)

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The American Pride paddle-wheeler has a single-capacity, open-seating dining room. This is the main restaurant onboard featuring floor-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers, classy furniture, 4- and 8-seat tables and luxury dining amenities. Most of the cuisine is American fare. The menu boasts itinerary-inspired gourmet specialities and fresh food. Breakfast is buffet-style, with made-to-order items. Lunch offers soup, choice of 3 dishes, chef’s salad. Dinner offers soup, salad and 3 entrees. The wine list has a selection of domestic wines. Any dietary needs are catered for.

American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

  • Magnolia Lounge is the biggest lounge featuring large windows on three sides and Victorian-style furniture. It offers massive-wood bar, comfortable seating and open-air terrace, great to mingle with friends or enjoy live music performances in the evening. Magnolia Lounge hosts daily activities (including media presentations and lectures), evening cocktails and small-scale shows. The evening entertainment program features live band music and magician acts.
  • Natchez Lounge is a past-guest club room with its own outdoor deck space. it serves the “Eagle Society” loyalty program of the line. Among the activities are trivia and member discussions.
  • Paddlewheel Lounge overlooks the red-painted 3-story stern paddle wheel of the boat. Its experience is marked by dark wood panelling, panoramic windows and comfortable seating. Binoculars are available for passengers, live piano music is played in the evenings. The lounge has its own self-service bar with complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day.
  • Sky Lounge is popular for afternoon tea, social gatherings and panoramic river views. Its floor-ceiling doors open to a terrace furnished with deck chairs and padded loungers. The bar area offers light snacks throughout the day.

The ship also has an Upper Lounge (cards room), Mark Twain Library, Sun Deck (Promenade, open-air observation lounge area with Top Deck Cafe bar, shaded seating, rocking chairs, live calliope music, putting green, outdoor gym).

American Pride cruise deals are inclusive of the Internet (Wi-Fi), all tours/excursions, flight and coach transfers, live evening entertainment, daily expert lecturers, food tastings, 24-hour coffee/tea, replenished daily bottled water, room-service (twice daily).

American Pride wiki

American Pride riverboat cruises in the USA deliver a unique experience on a market that was once booming, later dormant, present-day exotic - and like no other. The Mississippi river paddle boats were the "cruise ships of the old", delivering both pleasure travel and cargo shipping services in the US in the late 1800s. But unlike her predecessors, the American Pride boat offers amenities and comforts unseen in these destinations before - including large-sized cabins with private verandas and bathrooms, Wi-Fi Internet, classy room service, lifts (to all decks), complimentary land tours and themed entertainment.

The cruise ship is a classic sternwheeler (paddle-wheeler) and the newest one in the American Cruise Lines fleet (first cruise August 11, 2012). This vessel, by its paddlewheel riverboat cruise ship design, is sister to the fleet-mate Queen of the Mississippi (new ship 2015) and America (new ship 2017). It is also similar to Queen of the West (fleet mate) and to American Empress and American Queen (both of the American Steamboat Company's fleet).

Despite the fact that this boat is powered by marine diesel engines, many call American Pride "steamboat". The ship is designed as a replica of the big riverboats which used to sail on the USA's largest rivers (Mississippi, Ohio, Snake, Columbia) in the late 1800s. Aka "paddle steamers", these magnificent ships were driven by steam power plants that rotate their stern paddle wheel (some were with two side-wheels).

The riverboat's paddle-wheel is driven by a hydraulic motor, powered by two Caterpillar ACERT diesel engines. For better manoeuvrability and higher cruising speeds, the ship is also assisted by two Azimuth thrusters (aka "Z-drives"), which are fully submerged under water and able to rotate at 360 degrees.

The ship's 7-night / 8-day itineraries are on Columbia and Snake Rivers with one-way departures from Portland Oregon and Clarkston Washington.

Next infographic shows American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi's and America's sister-ship). Here you can see what is what and where on these unique riverboats.American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi) infographic

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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American Pride Itineraries

The below listed American Pride cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest American Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Apr 12 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $4354
2019 Apr 22 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $4815
2019 May 02 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $4719
2019 May 12 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $5104
2019 May 22 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $5104
2019 Jun 01 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Jun 08 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Jun 15 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3315
2019 Jun 22 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Jun 29 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Jul 06 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Jul 13 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Jul 20 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Jul 27 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Aug 03 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Aug 10 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Aug 17 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Aug 24 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Aug 31 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Sep 07 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Sep 14 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Sep 21 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Sep 28 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2019 Oct 05 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Oct 12 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Oct 19 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2019 Oct 26 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Mar 09 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3492
2020 Mar 16 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3492
2020 Mar 23 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3492
2020 Mar 30 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3492
2020 Apr 06 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $4815
2020 Apr 16 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $4815
2020 Apr 26 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $4815
2020 May 06 11 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $4815
2020 May 16 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 May 23 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 May 30 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jun 06 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jun 13 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jun 20 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jun 27 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jul 04 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jul 11 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jul 18 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Jul 25 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Aug 01 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Aug 08 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Aug 15 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Aug 22 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Aug 29 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Sep 05 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Sep 12 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Sep 19 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Sep 26 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3912
2020 Oct 03 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Oct 10 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Oct 17 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Oct 24 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Oct 31 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700
2020 Nov 07 8 days, one-way from Portland Oregon to Clarkston Portland Oregon $3700