Queen of the West

Queen of the West Review and Specifications

Specifications of Queen of the West

Year built1995  /  Age : 24
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Washington USA)
Classpaddlewheel riverboat
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)71 m / 233 ft
Beam (width)15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage2100 gt
Passengers
Crew47
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks4
Cabins74
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2011

Current itinerary of Queen of the West

Queen of the West current cruise is 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA. Prices start from USD 2865 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 19 May, 2019 and ends on 27 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
20 May    Departing from Portland OR, Oregon hotels
21 May    Astoria, Oregon
22 May    Rainier OR, Oregon
23 May    Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA
24 May    The Dalles OR, Oregon
25 May    Pendleton OR, Oregon
26 May    Clarkston WA, Washington
27 May    Arriving in Clarkston WA, Washington hotels

Review of Queen of the West

The paddlewheel riverboat Queen of the West cruises on Columbia and Snake rivers, departing from Portland Oregon and Clarkston Washington.

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner American Cruise Lines (ACL) is USA's largest river cruise company (headquarters in Guilford Connecticut) operational since 1991. The company specializes in cruise shipping on USA's largest navigable inland waterways (rivers and lakes) as well as in cruises along the US East Coast, US West Coast and Florida. All ACL vessels feature some of industry's largest passenger cabins with private balconies, spacious lounges and outdoor deck spaces, gourmet cuisine, top-quality enrichment program with many complimentary land tours and excursions, highly-personalized service by all-American staff and crew. All ACL cruise ships are US-flagged and built by the company-owned Chesapeake Shipbuilding Yard in Salisbury (Maryland USA).

Queen of the West cruise ship

Launched in 1995, Queen of the West cruises on 7-day itineraries in the US Pacific Northwest along the route of Clark and Lewis. The vessel was built for American West Steamboat Company and later sold to Majestic America Line. In 2009 was sold to ACL and extensively drydock renovated in 2011.

Cabins

This American Cruise Lines riverboat features spacious staterooms, and most of them have private balconies. There are a total of 74 cabins (of which 6 Suite, 39 Balcony, 29 River-view /non-opening windows) in 8 grades. They all have opening picture windows with a private view and individual climate control. A DVD player, satellite TV and complimentary Wi-Fi are a plus in all staterooms.

Shipboard facilities and amenities

The vessel's sister by design is Queen of the Mississippi (cruising on Ohio and Mississippi rivers in the Southern USA). Both ships have stern-mounted paddlewheel (20-ton). It is driven by a hydraulic motor, powered by diesel engines. The ships are easily navigated by a couple of Z-drive units providing more manoeuvrability and higher cruising speed than typical riverboats.

Queen of the West cruise ship

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars include: Lewis & Clark (dining room), Mt Hood Lounge (shows), Paddlewheel Lounge (observation), Mark Twain Library, Sun Deck - Promenade, Calliope Lounge (observation) and Calliope Bar & Grill (fast food), shaded seating, rocking chairs, live calliope music.

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

Queen of the West cruise prices are per person (USD) and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative American Cruise Lines riverboat cruise rates. They might be different when you book your USA river cruise deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates.

River cruise itineraries

Queen of the West ship offers 7-night itineraries on authentic paddle-wheeler cruises in the USA Pacific Northwest. Although the oldest in the fleet, this riverboat was extensively refurbished in 2011 so it's basically a new ship combining traditional American river travel experiences with modern technologies and amenities. Sailings are operated with departures from homeports of Portland OR and Clarkston WA.

Queen of the West wiki

The Queen of the West riverboat cruises on Columbia and Snake rivers in the US Pacific Northwest. The boat is a traditional sternwheeler (paddle-wheeler), and the oldest ship in the American Cruise Lines fleet. One of the vessel's special features is the 45ft (14m)-long bow ramp allowing guests to go ashore anywhere along the river route. The boat has a 3-story-high paddlewheel, powered by a modern propulsion system that uses biodegradable hydraulic oil. Most of the guests are senior Americans, few families/children.

Despite the fact that the boat is diesel-powered, many ACL fans call Queen of the West "steamboat" due to her design. This type USA river cruise ships are designed replicas of the big-capacity riverboats which used to operate in the late 1800s on the USA's largest rivers, like Mississippi, Ohio, Snake, Columbia. Aka "paddle steamers", each of them had a steam power plant rotating the stern paddle-wheel, or the two side wheels (of the alternative design).

This vessel, by its paddlewheel riverboat cruise ship design, is similar to American Pride and Queen of the Mississippi (both from American Cruise Lines fleet), and to American Empress and American Queen (both of the American Steamboat Company's fleet).

The 2011 refurbishment included refitting of staterooms (expanding the size of cabins, individual climate control, stationary, closet, 4-drawer dresser; adding more balconies - now 60% of all accommodations), lounges renovations (custom built furniture, new interior decor), also a reconstruction of the galley and the engine room.

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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Queen of the West Itineraries

The below listed Queen of the West 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 28 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2019 May 05 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2019 May 12 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2019 May 19 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2019 May 26 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2019 Jun 02 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Jun 09 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2765
2019 Jun 16 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Jun 23 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Jun 30 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Jul 07 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Jul 14 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Jul 21 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Jul 28 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2019 Aug 04 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Aug 11 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Aug 18 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Aug 25 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Sep 01 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Sep 08 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Sep 15 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Sep 22 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Sep 29 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Oct 06 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Oct 13 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2019 Oct 20 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Columbia River Portland OR $1912
2019 Oct 24 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Columbia River Portland OR $1912
2020 Mar 06 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Mar 13 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Mar 20 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Mar 27 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Apr 03 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Apr 10 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Apr 17 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Apr 24 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 May 01 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 May 16 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 May 23 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 May 30 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $2865
2020 Jun 06 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2020 Jun 13 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2020 Jun 20 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2020 Jul 05 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2020 Jul 12 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2020 Jul 19 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2020 Jul 26 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3073
2020 Aug 02 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Aug 09 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Aug 16 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Aug 23 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Aug 30 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Sep 06 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Sep 13 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Sep 20 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Sep 27 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Oct 04 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3285
2020 Oct 11 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Columbia River Portland OR $1912
2020 Oct 15 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Columbia River Portland OR $1912
2020 Oct 19 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Columbia River Portland OR $1912
2020 Oct 23 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Columbia River Portland OR $1912