Columbia River Cruises
Introducing our lineup of stateside river cruises, exploring the heart of America. Immerse yourself among a floating palace, a testimony to our country’s finest qualities, inspired by a time of historical growth and cultural significance. Take a trip down tranquil river systems, with world-class meals prepared in elegant dining rooms, nightly entertainment inspired by the regions you drift pass, and with shore excursions in some of the quaintest towns the United States has to offer. Discover fine amenities, hospitable services, and educational enrichment during your truly American river cruising vacation.
We highly recommend booking with months in advance, as preferred room categories sell quickly!
Scenic Columbia and Snake Rivers
Clarkston, WA to Vancouver, WA (Portland)
Dates available: March – November
The American Empress is your home to exploring the Snake Rivers and the Pacific Northwest, with accommodations that include hardwood floors, illuminated armoires and spacious floorplans. Your journey will include sweeping views of bluffs and mountainsides, colored tan and vibrantly green from centuries of weathered conditioning. Your stops will take you on leisurely explorations, from wineries to picture-perfect towns.
Day 1: Sunday – Spokane, WA Hotel Stay
Day 2: Clarkston, WA Embark 3:00pm
Day 3: Tuesday – Clarkston, WA Depart 2:30pm
Day 4: Wednesday – Richland, WA (Tri-cities)
Day 5: Thursday – River Cruising
Day 6: Friday – The Dalles, OR
Day 7: Saturday – Stevenson, WA
Day 8: Sunday – Astoria, OR
Day 9: Monday – Vancouver, WA Disembark 8:00am
Highlights: Mount St. Helens | Columbia River Gorge | Fluctuating climates and varying landscapes | Picturesque towns | Museums and Interpretive centers | Cascading waterfalls | Acclaimed wineries | Splendid architecture
Cultural and regionally inspired dining, complimentary wine and beer with dinner, delicious multi-course dinners, buffets for breakfast and lunch, lavishly appointed dining rooms, 24-hour room service, seasonal dining with river views, holiday dining.
Guided tours at each port of call, deluxe motorcoach transportation, self-guided art tours onboard your authentic steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat, pilot house, and engine room tours, Broadway-caliber entertainment, themed activities and late-night lounge performances.
Rooms and Amenities
You’ll enjoy rooms featuring as little or as much as you desire, from multiple bathrooms to upgraded suites featuring lofts and furnished balconies with idyllic river views. You’ll have access to wifi/internet, coffee, tea, espresso. Some rooms include river butler service, who can make reservations for you amongst other premium services.
Comprehensive guided tours at stops in some of America’s most beautiful towns and cities, with the freedom to explore, however you’d like. You’ll enjoy access to many historic and educational attractions at each stop, up to you to follow a guided or independent route. Choose your own path and enjoy each stop’s museums, delicacies, and culture.
On-board historians will guide you on your journey, offering intimate river chats and educational Q&A’s. They’ll give you comprehensive destination overviews, pilot house tours, and even captivating stories and tales of local lore and legends.