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“Food OK....the fun was more the people than the cruise itself.”

Portland Spirit River Cruises
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$175.00*
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Small-Group Portland City Driving Tour and Willamette River Lunch Cruise
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Columbia River Gorge Tour and Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

I went on this cruise as part of a conference I was attending. The food was poor for Portland with 2 Chicken breaded dishes offered and a bean type Vegan dish which was disgusting! There was one bar tender for over 100 people which made for long lines. The ride up and down the river was pleasant, but nothing spectacular...very little interaction with the crew or captain. being from Pittsburgh PA, I have been on many river cruises which were of much higher caliber. Lines to the bathroom were also long.

1  Thank BobbiKolonay
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Portland S, Public Relations Manager at Portland Spirit River Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2014

Hello Bobbi,
Thank you for your response. What cruise were you on? Date of the event and organization?
We take our reviews very serious and do our best to resolve any issues. This information will help us improve our product and services.
Thank you,
Molly Olson
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

What a great way to see the Willamette!
We had a groupon for an evening cruise and sat on the top deck of the big boat the whole time.
The captain was an entertaining narrator of river history and remarks about the various features, houses, bridges, etc. The crew was pleasant as well. Our cruise was sparsely populated at the end of the season, but this would be a great thing for a group as well.

Thank JennyStoffel
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Portland S, Public Relations Manager at Portland Spirit River Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2014

Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise. We hope to have you on board this summer! Thanks!

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Reviewed May 23, 2014

I was surprised at the high quality of the lunch served on this boat. Normally, such cruises provide something barely edible but this was fresh, delicious and beautifully served. The view is beautiful and we had lovely weather. The commentary was interesting and the music provided by the lovely piano player was a relaxing background for the scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed our short trip.

Thank SpikeAustralia
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

I live in Portland and have celebrated New Years Eve, Dinner, Brunch, a trip to Astoria and much, much more. This company and ships associated with it have some of the most amazing trips you can think of. Check the listings on their webpage and pick your trip. It's pricey yes, but with fresh Northwest Cuisine and atmosphere, it's well worth it for a fun afternoon or a special occasion. I have gone at least once a year but my most recent is next week for the annual trip to Astoria (5/15)

3  Thank Pauline L
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Portland S, Public Relations Manager at Portland Spirit River Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2014

Hello!
We are so glad you've enjoyed the array of cruises the Portland Spirit offers. We appreciate your business and look forward to having you on board for out Astoria cruise!
Thank you,
The Portland Spirit

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Did the Sunday Brunch cruise in Tri Cities. Found it well organized. Even though pretty fully booked we were boarded quickly and shown to our table. The food was really quite good, decent variety and tasty. Champagne, juice, and water glasses were kept full as were coffee cups. The servers were attentive and friendly. Food was only served from the lower deck but that wasn't any problem. Dessert trays were put out on both decks.

I wish we'd have been able to go further up the river but time constraints didn't allow. If there is a longer trip offered we'll likely take it.

The price included champagne, didn't see the need to order any other drinks although there were a few "specials" offered. You have the obligatory picture taken upon boarding but no pressure to buy. Ours turned out good so we did.

Every staff person we encountered went out of their way to make up comfortable. All in all couldn't have been more pleased

3  Thank David R
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Portland S, Public Relations Manager at Portland Spirit River Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2014

Hello!
Thank you for your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback.
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise.
We hope to have you on boar again!
Thank you,
The Portland Spirit

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