American Cruise Lines is increasing the size of staterooms on the Queen of the West, a paddewheeler ACL acquired last year.

The stateroom size will increase from an average of about 160 square feet to an average of about 240 square feet. In some cases, two staterooms will be combined to make one suite. In other instances, three staterooms will be configured into two larger cabins.

The changes will result in lowering the ship’s capacity from 150 passengers to 120 passengers.

Also, ACL is adding more private balconies to the Queen of the West, a ship built in 1996.

ACL recently finalized the Queen of the West’s 2010 schedule on the Columbia River. From Aug. 7 through October, trips will depart weekly from Portland, Ore., or Clarkston, Wash.

The two itineraries will be the Columbia and Snake River cruise between Portland and Clarkston, and the Great Western Rivers cruise roundtrip from Portland.

Both itineraries will cruise the Columbia River and the Columbia River Gorge, with a stop in Astoria, Ore., the home of Lewis and Clark’s winter camp, Pendleton. Both cruises then continue east to the Snake River.

Transportation to and from airports in Portland and the Clarkston area are included in the cruise fare. For passengers on the Columbia and Snake River cruise who prefer to return to their originating airport, a complimentary post-cruise option will be offered, which includes transportation to the embarkation port, a shore excursion with lunch along the route and an overnight stay in the embarkation city.

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