American Empress – COLUMBIA RIVER CRUISE – 2nd Aug 2020

Cruise Line
American Queen Steamboat Company
Ship
American Empress
Package Departs
02 Aug 2020
Package Duration
8 Nights
Embark Ship
Vancouver, Washington, USA
Disembark Ship
Spokane, Washington (USA)
D - Oceanview E - Balcony C - Balcony B - Balcony
US $3,935
per person
US $4,035
per person
US $4,335
per person
US $5,735
per person

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPLENDOR – `Ocian in view! O! The joy!` These are the original words, and spelling of `ocean,` William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark`s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you`re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Shore Excursion to Multnomah Falls or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

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EARLYBIRD OFFER! – Book this cruise by 31 July 2019 and save up to US $300 per person.

Prices per person in USD from:
Category E semi private Veranda twin was $4,335 – NOW from $4,135*pp
Category D Large Ocean View with window twin was $4,235 – NOW from $3,935*pp
Category C Deluxe with private Veranda twin was $4,635 – NOW from $4,335*pp
Category B Superior with private Veranda twin was $6,035 – NOW from $5,735*pp
Category A Suite with semi private Veranda twin was $7,035 – NOW from $6,735*pp
Category LS Luxury Suite with private Veranda twin from $9,835*pp
Single SO sole use with private Veranda from USD $6,335*
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Cruise-Stay package prices include:
– 1 night hotel accommodation pre-cruise with breakfast and taxes
– One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day
– 7 night Columbia & Snake River cruise aboard the American Empress from Vancouver/Portland (Washington USA) to Clarkston (Washington USA)
– All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
– Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
– All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
– 24-Hour Room Service onboard cruise
– Complimentary wine and beer with dinner onboard
– Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage
– This cruise line operates their own dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches
– Port charges of USD $199 per person
– Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (26Mar19). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Visitors to the United States must complete an online ESTA application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 31Jul19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 26 Mar 2019 to 31 Jul 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
02 Aug 2020
Vancouver, Washington, USA
Hotel
03 Aug 2020
Vancouver, Washington, USA
Embark
04 Aug 2020
Astoria, Oregon, USA
05 Aug 2020
The Dalles
06 Aug 2020
Stevenson, WA
07 Aug 2020
River Cruising
08 Aug 2020
Richland, Washington, USA
09 Aug 2020
Clarkston, Washington, USA
10 Aug 2020
Spokane, Washington (USA)
Disembark

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

Please select your preferred category and cabin configuration/price. Then scroll down and select Continue to provide your contact details and preference. Our cruise specialists will check availability and respond to you as soon as possible.

Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
D - Outside Stateroom with Window
   
E - Veranda Stateroom
   
C - Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
   
B - Superior Veranda Stateroom
   
A - Suite with Veranda
   
LS - Luxury Suite with Veranda
   

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7 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Clarkston (Spokane) aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Vancouver.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPLENDOR – “Ocian in view! O! The joy!” These are the original words, and spelling of “ocean,” William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Shore Excursion to Multnomah Falls or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Hotel Stay – Vancouver, WA
Enjoy your complimentary stay at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel. The evening is yours to venture into the city and independently explore local attractions.

Day 2: Vancouver, WA
Departure 6:00 PM
Today is the big day! Spend a few hours before your departure exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver.

Day 3: Astoria, OR
Astoria is known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years, Clatsop Indians inhabited the lands that are now known as Astoria. In 1805, Lewis and Clark led their expedition through the town and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. In 1813, a British warship sailed into the Columbia River, gaining possession of the city and holding control until 1818, when they finally agreed to a joint occupation of the land. The British did not fully leave Astoria until 1846. There is no doubting the rich history has deep roots grounded in this Columbia River town. When the history combines with the scenery, the harmony will surely bring you back for more!

Day 4: The Dalles, OR
At the end of the overland Oregon Trail, The Dalles holds a unique place in history as a jumping-off spot for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, adventurers, gun-slingers, floozies, and scallywags. Lewis and Clark camped at this location at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey in 1805 and 1806. Fort Dalles was established in 1850. Oregon Trail pioneers ended their overland journey at The Dalles, forced to build rafts and take the “river road” west to Fort Vancouver, then into the Willamette River valley. Ten thousand years of Native American trading took place on the banks of the Columbia River, shaped by the Ice Age Missoula floods. The town was located at the foot of a series of dangerous rapids which the Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders called “The Dalles of the Columbia.”

Day 5: Stevenson, WA
On the banks of the scenic Columbia River, the city of Stevenson is your launch pad to the Washington side of the Gorge. A stroll along the Rock Cove pathway or the Columbia River waterfront is a great way to take in surroundings. Downtown Stevenson is home to unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Stevenson is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Explore the eastern entrance to Mount St. Helens or the spectacular Lewis River Valley.

Day 6: Scenic River Cruising or Optional Premium Experience
Spend a leisurely day cruising through the scenic Columbia River Gorge. You may wish to relax on your veranda and take in the spectacular scenery, attend a discussion with our Riverlorian or enjoy a variety of onboard activities. If you prefer a day ashore, you can also choose a premium excursion that take you to the Pendleton factory while the vessel is underway.

Day 7: Richland, WA (Tri-Cities)
Richland is located near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers, the northern most point reached by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. First incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until the Army acquired it and 670 square miles of adjacent land in 1943 as the site of the Hanford Engineer Works which was used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historical venues are part of the new Manhattan Project National Historic Park. The city is also home to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a branch campus of Washington State University.

Day 8: Clarkston, WA
Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America’s deepest gorge, Hells Canyon on the Snake River. The picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates, and a deep history make this scenic inland port a more-than-desirable stop! Spend the day following the footsteps of the historic Lewis and Clark journey – where the city received its name. This incredible city is filled with artifacts and stories that depict the journeys of famous explorers. Clarkston has the ideal climate for visitors to enjoy countless activities including fishing, scenic walks along the trails, shopping, and exploring!

Day 9: Clarkston, WA (Spokane)
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future.

Proudly serving America’s western rivers, the American Empress delivers classic elegance and modern luxury on a grand scale. One step onboard and you will quickly discover that there is far more to this vessel than her welcoming appearance and signature red paddlewheel.

Boasting a vast collection of some of the finest historical artifacts and artwork of the Native Alaska, Russian, Gold Rush and sternwheeler eras, the corridors of the American Empress hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside.

Join the American Empress for a paddlewheel cruise through America’s Pacific Northwest. Indulge yourself with delicious, onboard dining choices, welcoming staff and country club ambiance.

American Queen Steamboat Company is strongly committed to preserving the marine environment and continually strives to do our part in keeping America’s waterways cleaner.

Each American Empress cruise includes:
• All meals
• Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions by a fleet of dedicated deluxe motorcoaches
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay
• Complimentary wine & beer with dinner on board
• Free on board internet
• 24 hour room service
• Complimentary cappuccino, expresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
• The attentive service of an all-American staff
• Daily lectures by American Queen’s `Riverlorian` – a history and culture expert
• Evening entertainment

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 360 feet
  • Maiden Voyage: 2003
  • Refurbished: 2014
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 221
  • Crew Nationality: American
  • Officer Nationality: American
  • Dining Staff Nationality: American
  • Ship Registration: USA

Ship Amenities

  • In Room Safe
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Flatscreen Television
  • Private Bathroom with shower

Ship Facilities

  • Paddlewheel Lounge
  • Showroom
  • Dining Room
  • Calliope Bar & Grill
  • Pilot House
  • The Show Lounge
  • The Astoria Dining Room
  • River Grill & Bar

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