American Empress riverboat cruises launch in the Pacific Northwest

Published on: November 23, 2013 | Last Updated on September 3, 2018

The American Queen Steamboat Company will launch its newly refurbished American Empress on her maiden voyage departing Portland, Oregon on April 5, 2014.

The nine-day journey will immerse guests in the splendor of the Columbia and Snake Rivers featuring stops at some of the region’s most celebrated ports including Astoria, Oregon; Stevenson, Washington; The Dalles, Oregon; Sacajawea State Park, Washington; and finally Clarkston, Washington.

Complimentary shore excursions will be available in every port, including the cultural and historical landmarks that signify the legacy of the region’s first settlers. Daily lectures will be provided by a Riverlorian, an onboard history and culture expert.

“We are delighted to expand our brand of U.S. river cruising to the majestic and scenic Columbia and Snake Rivers,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than in the pristine waterways of the Pacific Northwest and we know our guests will appreciate the scenery appearing much as it did when Louis and Clark arrived in 1805.”

Built in 2002, the American-flagged American Empress was operated by Majestic America Line from 2002 to 2008, sailing Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Pacific Northwest.

Highlights of the 2001 trip include:

  • Pre-cruise hotel stay
  • Regional Pacific Northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with contemporary flair.
  • Shore tours in all ports
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner

Fares for the nine-day eastbound Portland to Clarkston river cruise experience begin at $3,795 per person, double occupancy.

For additional information and reservations, see the American Queen Steamboat Company website.

Previously on More Time To Travel:

Back on the River: The American Queen Steamboat

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