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American Empress<br>8 Night 'Pacific Northwest Splendor'<br>Portland to Clarkston

American Empress
8 Night 'Pacific Northwest Splendor'
Portland to Clarkston

Ship: American Empress
Cruise Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
Departures: 
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Vancouver (WA), Astoria, Stevenson, The Dalles, Richland, Clarkston
Airport gateway (Arrival) : CLIA CHOOSE CRUISE MONTH OFFERS 2018
Airport gateway (Departure) : Clarkston

 

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

 

 

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.

Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.. It is here that our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Vancouver.

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. 

If you didn’t have a chance to check-in on the first night, the hospitality desk will be open today between 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM at the official Pre-Cruise hotel. During the easy check-in procedure, representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer questions regarding your upcoming voyage. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring or relaxing in no time. If you think of additional questions, the hospitality staff will be at your service until the transfers begin to take you to the American Empress.

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: 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 5: 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 6: Scenic 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 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

Arrival 8:00 AM

Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Clarkston at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer. 

 

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Ports

Vancouver (WA)

Astoria

Astoria is known as America's oldest settlement west of the Rockys. Preserved buildings and historic sites are complimented by beautiful views of the pristine Oregon coast.

Country - United States of America
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 190kms
Currency - US Dollars (USD)

Places of Interest
Columbia River, Fort Stevens State Park

Stevenson

The Dalles

Richland

Clarkston

Clarkston is the gateway to North America's deepest gorge, Hells Canyon.

 

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American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company

Awaiting you on board the Steamer American Queen are uncompromising elegance and hospitality, meticulous attention to detail and refined amenities that outshine the splendor of even the golden age of river travel. It's been far too long since genuine steamboats have graced the rivers of America. With the formation of the American Queen Steamboat Company, Steamboating is back and better than ever. As the only authentic overnight steamboat on American rivers, the Steamer American Queen affords you a voyage of enchantment. Incomparable luxury and modern comforts, unforgettable cuisine and entertainment, thoughtful, gracious service - all stem from the passion to set a new standard of excellence.

 

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American Empress

The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, the American Empress follows in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, the intrepid explorers who have come to define the historical context of our Pacific Northwest voyages. The soaring mountains and dramatic landscapes remain majestic, unspoiled and inimaginably glorious with an abundant wildlife and fascinating frontier spirit. Each American Empress voyage offers unique perspectives on the region's history, culture and landscape that you can't get anywhere else: up-close, in-depth and unforgettable.

Remarkable shore excursions are provided in each port of call and include the cultural and historical landmarks that signify the living legacy of the region's first settlers. Guests with specific interests are encouraged to enjoy the variety of Premium Shore Excursions such as the Walla Walla Wine Trail or a journey to the volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens.

As history plays such a large part of your cruise experience, our Riverlorian is onboard for each voyage to impart the history and legends of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In addition, we often feature a diverse lineup of guest historians who take to the stage and transport you to another era. You will enjoy hearing from these noted speakers who offer astounding insights on the culture and heritage of the Pacific Northwest destinations you will visit.

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, 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. You needn't be an art enthusiast to appreciate the captivating display of Pacific Northwest heritage that this unique collection represents.

The American Empress incites moments of sheet perfection with her seamless blend of stunning backdrops, exceptional dining venues, dynamic public spaces and stunning decor. We invite you to step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.

Highlights

• The largest and most elegant Riverboat in the Pacific Northwest
• Included shore excursions in every port of call
• Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage - includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and   
  transfers to American Empress
• Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
• Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
• Regional Pacific Northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a
  contemporary flair
• Gracious service from a friendly, all American staff
• Country Club casual ambience, no formal wear required
• Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert
• All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before
  your eyes
• Our own dedicated fleet of luxury motorcoaches

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