Monday, 14 June 2010

American Cruise Lines Prepares for Queen of the West Launch


American Cruise Lines said upgrades to its newly acquired Queen of the West are underway and the company is anticipating a successful first season in the Pacific Northwest, starting Aug. 7. American Cruise Lines is converting 17 staterooms to private balcony rooms and adding a library lounge on the third deck. The company also is upgrading the existing lounges and dining room with new furniture and other amenities.

American will operate one-way itineraries between Portland, Ore., and Clarkston, Wash., including the Columbia River Gorge. With this relaxed cruising schedule, American plans to improve the quality of shore excursions and bring onboard local talent from historians to entertainers. Weekly departures are scheduled through October. The company said many of this year’s cruises are sold out or close to it, and that 2011 bookings are becoming very popular.

American Cruise Lines' modern ships, each carrying no more than 120 passengers, are designed to navigate America's inland waterways and rivers, docking in the heart of each port and taking you where larger ships could never go.

A longer season is scheduled for next year, from April through November. For more information, call 800-814-6880 or visit www.americancruiselines.com.