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#1
Midlothian VA
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Joined Apr 2000
Paddle wheeler first timer. Looking for fellow "paddlers" to communicate with prior to cruise.

Lewis and Clark itinerary. Should we buy coonskin caps?

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#3
Burbank, CA
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Joined Aug 2008
Originally posted by Bop
Paddle wheeler first timer. Looking for fellow "paddlers" to communicate with prior to cruise.

Lewis and Clark itinerary. Should we buy coonskin caps?

Bop
You might want to read my review https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberr...EntryID=621323 as we just returned from this cruise. Had a wonderful time and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
#4
Midlothian VA
967 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Djett,
Great useful review. We are really looking forward to this cruise. Anticipation is half the fun. We will cont
tact the hotel and furnish flight times, etc. when they are available.

Thanks a lot for your review.
Happy cruising!
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#5
Midlothian VA
967 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Originally posted by craftygrandma
We will also be on this cruise and are first time river cruisers. We are Mike and Debbie from Albuquerque. NM.
Welcome aboard!
Thanks for the reply. Read Djett's review if you haven't already. Good information.
We are a group of 4 from Midlothian VA.

More later,
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#6
Phoenix, Az
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Joined Sep 2011
There are 4 of us looking at this cruise and date?

Not really trying to jump on your thread before we actually book it....but I am wondering if anyone has / had a preference for either the Starboard or Port side? Was Either side better for sightseeing while cruising?


Thanks for letting me jump in here.
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  • Aug 1993 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Vancouver - 'Original' Star Princess
  • July 2009 - Baltics (Dover, England to St.Petersburg, Russia) NCL Jewel
  • July 15, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Seattle - NCL Pearl
  • September 1st 2013 - Castles On the Rhine - Uniworld's 'SS Antoinette'
  • June 4, 2014 - Rome & Med. - NCL Epic (roundtrip)
  • February 10, 2015 - (Coastal) LA - Ensenada - Crown Princess
  • March 27, 2016 - Panama Canal - Miami to San Diego - Celebrity Infinity
  • September 30, 2016 - New England - Quebec City to Boston - NCL Dawn
  • March 9, 2017 - California Coastal / Catalina Island - Star Princess
  • February 16, 2018 - Panama Canal - Miami to Los Angeles - NCL Star
  • June 23, 2018 - Alaska Land/Cruise - Fairbanks to Vancouver - Celebrity Millennium
Booked:
  • February 20, 2019 - Hawaii - 17 nights - San Diego (RT) - HAL Eurodam
  • January 26, 2020 - Western Caribbean - 12 nights - New Orleans (RT) - NCL Getaway
  • September 22, 2019 Pacific NW - AQSC - Columbia River Cruise via American Empress
  • Our Bucket List:
  • Coastal Cruise (West Coast - for Daughter in Law)
#7
Burbank, CA
156 Posts
Joined Aug 2008
Originally posted by Buck1949
There are 4 of us looking at this cruise and date?

Not really trying to jump on your thread before we actually book it....but I am wondering if anyone has / had a preference for either the Starboard or Port side? Was Either side better for sightseeing while cruising?


Thanks for letting me jump in here.
We just returned from sailing Clarkston to Portland. Our cabin was 415 on the starboard side. We liked it because we had afternoon shade.
#8
Phoenix, Az
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Joined Sep 2011
Originally posted by djett
We just returned from sailing Clarkston to Portland. Our cabin was 415 on the starboard side. We liked it because we had afternoon shade.
Thank you. We hadn’t really considered needing shade, but don’t want sun blaring in either...especially if a little warm in September. I noticed your cabin is one of those with a semi private balcony. Were you bothered by people walking by at all hours - and did you use your balcony to move about the ship more than the interior access? We have only one prior river cruise and the previous ship’s configuration was totally different.

Thanks once again for your input.
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Sailed:
  • Aug 1993 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Vancouver - 'Original' Star Princess
  • July 2009 - Baltics (Dover, England to St.Petersburg, Russia) NCL Jewel
  • July 15, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Seattle - NCL Pearl
  • September 1st 2013 - Castles On the Rhine - Uniworld's 'SS Antoinette'
  • June 4, 2014 - Rome & Med. - NCL Epic (roundtrip)
  • February 10, 2015 - (Coastal) LA - Ensenada - Crown Princess
  • March 27, 2016 - Panama Canal - Miami to San Diego - Celebrity Infinity
  • September 30, 2016 - New England - Quebec City to Boston - NCL Dawn
  • March 9, 2017 - California Coastal / Catalina Island - Star Princess
  • February 16, 2018 - Panama Canal - Miami to Los Angeles - NCL Star
  • June 23, 2018 - Alaska Land/Cruise - Fairbanks to Vancouver - Celebrity Millennium
Booked:
  • February 20, 2019 - Hawaii - 17 nights - San Diego (RT) - HAL Eurodam
  • January 26, 2020 - Western Caribbean - 12 nights - New Orleans (RT) - NCL Getaway
  • September 22, 2019 Pacific NW - AQSC - Columbia River Cruise via American Empress
  • Our Bucket List:
  • Coastal Cruise (West Coast - for Daughter in Law)
#9
Midlothian VA
967 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Originally posted by djett
We just returned from sailing Clarkston to Portland. Our cabin was 415 on the starboard side. We liked it because we had afternoon shade.
We enjoy balconies but don't spend a great deal of time on them. Much more fun in the public areas. We always end up wondering if we should have selected the other side. (grass always greener?) Like the smaller vessels on European rivers. Flip the coin?

Buck, hope to see you on board. You can give me $1 for thread jumpin!

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#10
Burbank, CA
156 Posts
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Originally posted by Buck1949
Thank you. We hadn’t really considered needing shade, but don’t want sun blaring in either...especially if a little warm in September. I noticed your cabin is one of those with a semi private balcony. Were you bothered by people walking by at all hours - and did you use your balcony to move about the ship more than the interior access? We have only one prior river cruise and the previous ship’s configuration was totally different.

Thanks once again for your input.
You can walk out of your cabin onto your balcony area with two chairs and small table, then walk directly onto the deck. A waist-high railing separates your balcony from the deck. The opening onto the deck can be closed off with a chain, no gate. Each balcony is separated by a metal panel. We had four cabins next to each other and the crew removed the panels for us which really opened the area up. We used our balcony quite a bit and were never bothered by people walking by. In fact, met some nice people that way. We were in cabin 415 just forward of the River Grill so we usually went to the River Grill using the outside deck rather than inside hallway.
#11
usa
69 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
Originally posted by djett
You might want to read my review https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberr...EntryID=621323 as we just returned from this cruise. Had a wonderful time and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Hello Djett . Happy to see your review . We are booked in 415 and 413 for a Dec 18 cruise . Do you have more photos from the cabin /bathroom ? My mom is in a wheelchair and would like to know about the step up into the bathroom? How high and Grab bars if you noticed? We have a portable potty chair we are thinking to bring as a back up . She can walk around the cabin with a walker I know rooms are small but what can you say about using a walker to walk around he beds ect? any advice, photos would be great . Thank You Doreen
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Phoenix, Az
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Originally posted by Bop
We enjoy balconies but don't spend a great deal of time on them. Much more fun in the public areas. We always end up wondering if we should have selected the other side. (grass always greener?) Like the smaller vessels on European rivers. Flip the coin?

Buck, hope to see you on board. You can give me $1 for thread jumpin!

Bop
I guess you will be seeing us (4 total) on board. I figure I don't owe you that $1 either since I'm going to be a regular here going forward - and not a thread jumper after all !

Looking forward to this cruise.
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Sailed:
  • Aug 1993 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Vancouver - 'Original' Star Princess
  • July 2009 - Baltics (Dover, England to St.Petersburg, Russia) NCL Jewel
  • July 15, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Seattle - NCL Pearl
  • September 1st 2013 - Castles On the Rhine - Uniworld's 'SS Antoinette'
  • June 4, 2014 - Rome & Med. - NCL Epic (roundtrip)
  • February 10, 2015 - (Coastal) LA - Ensenada - Crown Princess
  • March 27, 2016 - Panama Canal - Miami to San Diego - Celebrity Infinity
  • September 30, 2016 - New England - Quebec City to Boston - NCL Dawn
  • March 9, 2017 - California Coastal / Catalina Island - Star Princess
  • February 16, 2018 - Panama Canal - Miami to Los Angeles - NCL Star
  • June 23, 2018 - Alaska Land/Cruise - Fairbanks to Vancouver - Celebrity Millennium
Booked:
  • February 20, 2019 - Hawaii - 17 nights - San Diego (RT) - HAL Eurodam
  • January 26, 2020 - Western Caribbean - 12 nights - New Orleans (RT) - NCL Getaway
  • September 22, 2019 Pacific NW - AQSC - Columbia River Cruise via American Empress
  • Our Bucket List:
  • Coastal Cruise (West Coast - for Daughter in Law)
#13
Midlothian VA
967 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Hi Bill,

OK, debt forgiven! I was going to donate the 1$ to the indigent cruisers' society. I guess some poor family will have to stow away.

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#14
Phoenix, Az
2,121 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Originally posted by Bop
Hi Bill,

OK, debt forgiven! I was going to donate the 1$ to the indigent cruisers' society. I guess some poor family will have to stow away.

Bop
Oh well that money would have come back to me anyway... I'm pretty sure I belong to the ICS!!
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Sailed:
  • Aug 1993 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Vancouver - 'Original' Star Princess
  • July 2009 - Baltics (Dover, England to St.Petersburg, Russia) NCL Jewel
  • July 15, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Seattle - NCL Pearl
  • September 1st 2013 - Castles On the Rhine - Uniworld's 'SS Antoinette'
  • June 4, 2014 - Rome & Med. - NCL Epic (roundtrip)
  • February 10, 2015 - (Coastal) LA - Ensenada - Crown Princess
  • March 27, 2016 - Panama Canal - Miami to San Diego - Celebrity Infinity
  • September 30, 2016 - New England - Quebec City to Boston - NCL Dawn
  • March 9, 2017 - California Coastal / Catalina Island - Star Princess
  • February 16, 2018 - Panama Canal - Miami to Los Angeles - NCL Star
  • June 23, 2018 - Alaska Land/Cruise - Fairbanks to Vancouver - Celebrity Millennium
Booked:
  • February 20, 2019 - Hawaii - 17 nights - San Diego (RT) - HAL Eurodam
  • January 26, 2020 - Western Caribbean - 12 nights - New Orleans (RT) - NCL Getaway
  • September 22, 2019 Pacific NW - AQSC - Columbia River Cruise via American Empress
  • Our Bucket List:
  • Coastal Cruise (West Coast - for Daughter in Law)
#15
Phoenix, Az
2,121 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
This thread sure is quiet.... of course River Cruises don't normally have a lot of Cruise Critic posters.

Maybe a few more will join over the upcoming months. When we did the Rhine River cruise several years ago, we did have a pretty well attended Roll Call... around 15 or so as I recall. So you just never know.
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Sailed:
  • Aug 1993 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Vancouver - 'Original' Star Princess
  • July 2009 - Baltics (Dover, England to St.Petersburg, Russia) NCL Jewel
  • July 15, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Seattle - NCL Pearl
  • September 1st 2013 - Castles On the Rhine - Uniworld's 'SS Antoinette'
  • June 4, 2014 - Rome & Med. - NCL Epic (roundtrip)
  • February 10, 2015 - (Coastal) LA - Ensenada - Crown Princess
  • March 27, 2016 - Panama Canal - Miami to San Diego - Celebrity Infinity
  • September 30, 2016 - New England - Quebec City to Boston - NCL Dawn
  • March 9, 2017 - California Coastal / Catalina Island - Star Princess
  • February 16, 2018 - Panama Canal - Miami to Los Angeles - NCL Star
  • June 23, 2018 - Alaska Land/Cruise - Fairbanks to Vancouver - Celebrity Millennium
Booked:
  • February 20, 2019 - Hawaii - 17 nights - San Diego (RT) - HAL Eurodam
  • January 26, 2020 - Western Caribbean - 12 nights - New Orleans (RT) - NCL Getaway
  • September 22, 2019 Pacific NW - AQSC - Columbia River Cruise via American Empress
  • Our Bucket List:
  • Coastal Cruise (West Coast - for Daughter in Law)
#16
Midlothian VA
967 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Hey Buck,
I see you are still on the Boards. Yes, river cruises tend to have fewer folks but things usually pick up when we get closer to embarking date. I have met some great friends on the Boards starting on the old AOL only cruise Board in the late 90's. There was big resistance when the current Cruise Boards opened to everyone. Silly, right?
When we "switched over" to river boats, it was like starting over. Had to get used to checking European weather forecasts to see if we could get under the bridges and such. I think I saw Steamboat somewhere on here. He was very helpful to me on our Danube cruise.
Anyway, things will pick up in a few months and we can put days until cruise counters on our pages.
Look forward to meeting you.
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#17
Phoenix, Az
2,121 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Originally posted by Bop
Hey Buck,
I see you are still on the Boards. Yes, river cruises tend to have fewer folks but things usually pick up when we get closer to embarking date. I have met some great friends on the Boards starting on the old AOL only cruise Board in the late 90's. There was big resistance when the current Cruise Boards opened to everyone. Silly, right?
When we "switched over" to river boats, it was like starting over. Had to get used to checking European weather forecasts to see if we could get under the bridges and such. I think I saw Steamboat somewhere on here. He was very helpful to me on our Danube cruise.
Anyway, things will pick up in a few months and we can put days until cruise counters on our pages.
Look forward to meeting you.
Bop
Funny when we did our Rhine cruise I had a guy make contact with me who was going to be on the riverboat just before me.....and was getting off the same morning we were getting on in Basel Switzerland. We actually were able to meet up and have a coffee that morning. We have kept in touch.....but seems as though we have not been able to coordinate going on a cruise together.

So you never know for sure who/how you may meet someone here on Cruise Critic.
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Sailed:
  • Aug 1993 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Vancouver - 'Original' Star Princess
  • July 2009 - Baltics (Dover, England to St.Petersburg, Russia) NCL Jewel
  • July 15, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Seattle - NCL Pearl
  • September 1st 2013 - Castles On the Rhine - Uniworld's 'SS Antoinette'
  • June 4, 2014 - Rome & Med. - NCL Epic (roundtrip)
  • February 10, 2015 - (Coastal) LA - Ensenada - Crown Princess
  • March 27, 2016 - Panama Canal - Miami to San Diego - Celebrity Infinity
  • September 30, 2016 - New England - Quebec City to Boston - NCL Dawn
  • March 9, 2017 - California Coastal / Catalina Island - Star Princess
  • February 16, 2018 - Panama Canal - Miami to Los Angeles - NCL Star
  • June 23, 2018 - Alaska Land/Cruise - Fairbanks to Vancouver - Celebrity Millennium
Booked:
  • February 20, 2019 - Hawaii - 17 nights - San Diego (RT) - HAL Eurodam
  • January 26, 2020 - Western Caribbean - 12 nights - New Orleans (RT) - NCL Getaway
  • September 22, 2019 Pacific NW - AQSC - Columbia River Cruise via American Empress
  • Our Bucket List:
  • Coastal Cruise (West Coast - for Daughter in Law)
#18
22 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
My husband and I will be first time cruisers on the Empress September 10-17th from Clarkston to Vancouver. Not sure what to expect. We’ve done 2 Viking River Cruises, Bordeaux and Normandy and loved them. We’re very worried about the fires in the area, but no one is posting about them.
#19
Midlothian VA
967 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Hi LE,
Welcome aboard!

We are converted ocean cruisers who have done several European river boat cruises on AMAwaterways. Great cruise food, services. Hard to go back to the "cattle call" of the large ships. We still are very fond of Princess although haven't been on many since the ownership change.
Anyhow, I am not going to worry about fires and such quite yet. Surely the west coast will get some rain and mudslides to put out the fires . We will pray for the folks who are losing everything.

I am not sure about the AQSC experience but will try to keep my expectations low and enjoy the good parts which surely will materialize. It is always a fun experience to meet new friends. We watched the PBS special about Lewis and Clark and are looking forward to traveling on the Snake and Columbia rivers. Hope we don't need gas masks.

Bop
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Phoenix, Az
2,121 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Originally posted by LEAFEATER
My husband and I will be first time cruisers on the Empress September 10-17th from Clarkston to Vancouver. Not sure what to expect. We’ve done 2 Viking River Cruises, Bordeaux and Normandy and loved them. We’re very worried about the fires in the area, but no one is posting about them.
Hi LEAFEATER,,,,,,

Hopefully you will have a great cruise, and are able to pass on your thoughts afterward. This is our first (hopefully of many ) River cruises in the US. for us. We have done the Rhine River aboard the SS Antoinette a few years ago, via Uniworld Boutique Cruise lines. We LOVED it. Unfortunately we are no longer traveling to Europe (many reasons) so we are doing big ship cruises (not mega ships) and now hopefully a few river cruises in and around the US.

Hope to hear from you after your cruise.
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Sailed:
  • Aug 1993 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Vancouver - 'Original' Star Princess
  • July 2009 - Baltics (Dover, England to St.Petersburg, Russia) NCL Jewel
  • July 15, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage - via Seattle - NCL Pearl
  • September 1st 2013 - Castles On the Rhine - Uniworld's 'SS Antoinette'
  • June 4, 2014 - Rome & Med. - NCL Epic (roundtrip)
  • February 10, 2015 - (Coastal) LA - Ensenada - Crown Princess
  • March 27, 2016 - Panama Canal - Miami to San Diego - Celebrity Infinity
  • September 30, 2016 - New England - Quebec City to Boston - NCL Dawn
  • March 9, 2017 - California Coastal / Catalina Island - Star Princess
  • February 16, 2018 - Panama Canal - Miami to Los Angeles - NCL Star
  • June 23, 2018 - Alaska Land/Cruise - Fairbanks to Vancouver - Celebrity Millennium
Booked:
  • February 20, 2019 - Hawaii - 17 nights - San Diego (RT) - HAL Eurodam
  • January 26, 2020 - Western Caribbean - 12 nights - New Orleans (RT) - NCL Getaway
  • September 22, 2019 Pacific NW - AQSC - Columbia River Cruise via American Empress
  • Our Bucket List:
  • Coastal Cruise (West Coast - for Daughter in Law)