American Empress – COLUMBIA RIVER CRUISE – 31st May 2020

Cruise Line
American Queen Steamboat Company
Ship
American Empress
Package Departs
31 May 2020
Package Duration
8 Nights
Embark Ship
Spokane, Washington (USA)
Disembark Ship
Vancouver, Washington, USA
D - Oceanview E - Balcony C - Balcony B - Balcony
US $3,535
per person
US $3,635
per person
US $3,935
per person
US $5,135
per person

THE BEAUTY AND BOUNTY OF NATURE- This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the beauty and bounty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country the Red Mountain region. You will experience both climates on this voyage sailing west via the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the only break in the Cascades between British Columbia and Southern Oregon. At each port, you can embrace the culture and history of this region on an included shore excursion, such as a guided tour of Nez Perce National Historical Park to learn about the Native American tribe that assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition and that still inhabits a reservation near Lewiston.

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EARLYBIRD OFFER – book 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 $3,935 – NOW from $3,635*pp
Category D Large Ocean View with window twin was $3,835 – NOW from $3,535*pp
Category C Deluxe with private Veranda twin was $4,235 – NOW from $3,935*pp
Category B Superior with private Veranda twin was $5,435 – NOW from $5,135*pp
Category A Suite with semi private Veranda twin was $6,335 – NOW from $6,035*pp
Category LS Luxury Suite with private Veranda twin from $8,835*pp
Single SO sole use with private Veranda from USD $5,735*
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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 Clarkston (Washington USA) to Vancouver/Portland (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
31 May 2020
Spokane, Washington (USA)
Hotel
01 Jun 2020
Clarkston, Washington, USA
Embark
02 Jun 2020
Clarkston, Washington, USA
03 Jun 2020
Richland, Washington, USA
04 Jun 2020
River Cruising
05 Jun 2020
The Dalles
06 Jun 2020
Stevenson, WA
07 Jun 2020
Astoria, Oregon, USA
08 Jun 2020
Vancouver, 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 Clarkston to Vancouver aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Spokane.

THE BEAUTY AND BOUNTY OF NATURE – This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the beauty and bounty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country the Red Mountain region. You will experience both climates on this voyage sailing west via the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the only break in the Cascades between British Columbia and Southern Oregon. At each port, you can embrace the culture and history of this region on an included shore excursion, such as a guided tour of Nez Perce National Historical Park to learn about the Native American tribe that assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition and that still inhabits a reservation near Lewiston.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Hotel Stay – Spokane, WA
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Spokane, Washington.

Day 2: Clarkston, WA, Departure 6:00 PM
Take time to explore Spokane at your leisure or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Excursion before making your way to Clarkston to begin your American Empress voyage. Your voyage will start with an evening dinner cruise departing around 6 PM and returning back to Clarkston later in the evening.

Day 3: 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. 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 4: Tri-Cities (Richland), WA
Richland is located at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers. The town has become an important hub for produce and local food and products. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of tis stunning and unique river-town. Spend the day exploring the many attractions and shops that line the streets of the city. Richland is weaved with history and filled with a culture that is unlike other northwest cities. Experience a place that thrives on the community and utilizes the support from each other to sustain a strong, intertwined city.

Day 5: River Cruising
Behold the beauty of nature as you enjoy a day of scenic river cruising. Picturesque canyon walls and fascinating volcanic formations will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. As you wind through the dramatic mountains and forested ridges of the great Pacific Northwest, join our Riverlorian on-deck for insightful and entertaining narration.

Day 6: The Dalles, OR
Known as the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles has long been a destination point for pioneers and adventurers alike. Located on the south bank of the Columbia River between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, the city’s rich history dates back thousands of years to the Native American trading which took place right on the banks of the river. Explore the history that weaves through the town at every stop, discover the art that lines each of the streets, and taste the culinary expertise at some of the town’s most popular cuisine restaurants!

Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: Vancouver, WA, Arrival 0800 AM
Disembark the American Empress.

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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