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American Empress, Columbia & Snake Rivers ex Spokane (Clarkston) to Vancouver – 04 Apr 2021

Cruise Only 8 nights with American Empress departing 04th April 2021

Cruise Inclusions

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

Itinerary

*Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure.
  • Full itinerary
    9 days
  • Day
    1
    Spokane, Washington (USA)
  • Spokane, Washington (USA)

    Spokane is a city in the state of Washington, in north-western United States. It is the seat of Spokane County. It is located on the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain foothills in eastern Washington, 92 miles (148 kms) south of the Canadian border, approximately 20 miles (30 kms) from the Washington-Idaho border and 232 miles (373 kms) east of Seattle along Interstate highway 90. The city and wider Inland Northwest region is served by Spokane International Airport, 5 miles (8 kms) west of downtown Spokane.

    The first humans to live in the area, the Spokane people (their name meaning “children of the sun” in Salishan), arrived between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, living off plentiful game. Known as the birthplace of Father’s Day, Spokane is officially nicknamed the “Lilac City”.

    The first American settlers in what is now Spokane were J.J. Downing and S.R. Scranton, cattle ranchers who squatted and established a claim at Spokane Falls in 1871. Together they built a small sawmill on a claim near the south bank of the falls. James N. Glover and Jasper Matheney, Oregonians passing through the region in 1873, recognized the value of the Spokane River and its falls for the purpose of water power. They realized the investment potential and bought the claims of 160 acres (0.65 km2) and the sawmill from Downing and Scranton for a total of $4,000. Completion of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1881 brought

    settlers to the Spokane area and that same year it was officially incorporated as a city with the name “Spokan Falls”. In the late 19th century, gold and silver were discovered in the Inland Northwest. The local economy depended on mining, timber, and agriculture until the 1980s.

    Many of the older Romanesque Revival-style buildings in the downtown area were designed by architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter after the Great Fire of 1889. The city also features Riverfront and Manito parks, the Smithsonian-affiliated Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Davenport Hotel and the Fox and Bing Crosby theatres. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokaneand the city is also the centre of the Mormon Spokane Washington Temple District. Professional and semi-professional sports teams include the Spokane Indians in Minor League Baseball, Spokane Shock in arena football and Spokane Chiefs in junior ice hockey.

    Spokane has a humid continental climate; a rare climate due to its elevation and significant winter precipitation. However it is adjacent to and sometimes even classified as a cool-summer Mediterranean climate because the average temperature for the coldest month is just over 27 deg C. The area typically has a hot, arid climate during the summer months accompanied by short spring and fall seasons.

    The vessels used to cruise American Rivers range from Mississippi Paddle Steamers, to small ships and to river boats. The destination and the rivers generally drive the ship type. Seasons vary by river. Lower Mississippi cruises operate year round, while cruises on the Coastal Waterway, the St Lawrence and the Columbia don’t operate in the winter and their schedules may be set to enjoy Fall Colours or historical events. The weather varies according to the region, river and season. Fall cruises to view the autumn colours will be cooler while summer cruises will be warm to hot.

    General Information:

    Population:

    210,721

    (2013) Langugage:

    English Currency:

    American Dollar (USD) Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT -7 hours Dial Code:

    +1

  • Day
    2
    Clarkston, Washington, USA
  • Clarkston, Washington, USA

    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. Picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates and a deep history make this scenic inland port a desirable stop. Spend the day enjoying Clarkston, Washington and neighboring Lewiston, Idaho while tracing the legacy of the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – for whom the cities are named.

  • Day
    3
    Clarkston, Washington, USA
  • Clarkston, Washington, USA

    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. Picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates and a deep history make this scenic inland port a desirable stop. Spend the day enjoying Clarkston, Washington and neighboring Lewiston, Idaho while tracing the legacy of the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – for whom the cities are named.

  • Day
    4
    Richland, Washington, USA
  • Richland, Washington, USA

    Step off the boat directly into a perfectly polished park, and take a short stroll to downtown shops, eateries and attractions. Incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until it was acquired by the U.S. Army for the site of the Hanford Engineer Works – used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historic venues are part of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. This and many other intriguing locations are offered as part of your experience in Richland.

  • Day
    5
    Richland, Washington, USA
  • Richland, Washington, USA

    Step off the boat directly into a perfectly polished park, and take a short stroll to downtown shops, eateries and attractions. Incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until it was acquired by the U.S. Army for the site of the Hanford Engineer Works – used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historic venues are part of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. This and many other intriguing locations are offered as part of your experience in Richland.

  • Day
    5
    The Dalles
  • The Dalles

    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. The Dalles, although a part of the Oregon High Desert, features a long growing season and a relatively warm climate that supports the growing of grapes. As a result, the region is home to a wine scene unlike any other in Oregon. Visitors will be pleased to see the rolling hills speckled with vineyards.

  • Day
    6
    The Dalles
  • The Dalles

    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. The Dalles, although a part of the Oregon High Desert, features a long growing season and a relatively warm climate that supports the growing of grapes. As a result, the region is home to a wine scene unlike any other in Oregon. Visitors will be pleased to see the rolling hills speckled with vineyards.

  • Day
    6
    Stevenson, WA
  • Stevenson, WA

    Stevenson embraces the adventurist – with hiking trails, hot springs and local wineries, a visitor is sure to find plenty to do. Opportunities for educational enlightenment abound within the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and at Bonneville Dam. Consider a stop downtown to visit restaurants, cafés and small locally owned shops in which reside treasures of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Day
    7
    Stevenson, WA
  • Stevenson, WA

    Stevenson embraces the adventurist – with hiking trails, hot springs and local wineries, a visitor is sure to find plenty to do. Opportunities for educational enlightenment abound within the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and at Bonneville Dam. Consider a stop downtown to visit restaurants, cafés and small locally owned shops in which reside treasures of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Day
    8
    Astoria, Oregon, USA
  • Astoria, Oregon, USA

    Astoria is known to be the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. There is no doubting the richness of the history grounded in this Columbia River town. For thousands of years, the Clatsop Tribe inhabited the lands. Today, you can climb to the top of the Astoria Column – wrapped in depictions of history – look out over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean and watch your model wooden airplane glide through the air to its rest below.

  • Day
    9
    Astoria, Oregon, USA
  • Astoria, Oregon, USA

    Astoria is known to be the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. There is no doubting the richness of the history grounded in this Columbia River town. For thousands of years, the Clatsop Tribe inhabited the lands. Today, you can climb to the top of the Astoria Column – wrapped in depictions of history – look out over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean and watch your model wooden airplane glide through the air to its rest below.

  • Day
    9
    Vancouver, Washington, USA
  • Vancouver, Washington, USA

    A suburb of Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington, has taken on a distinctive identity of its own. Located in an ideal spot among Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Coast, Vancouver boasts a newly renovated waterfront and an abundance of activities, scenic landscapes and historic attractions for all to enjoy.

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Spokane, Washington (USA)

Spokane is a city in the state of Washington, in north-western United States. It is the seat of Spokane County. It is located on the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain foothills in eastern Washington, 92 miles (148 kms) south of the Canadian border, approximately 20 miles (30 kms) from the Washington-Idaho border and 232 miles (373 kms) east of Seattle along Interstate highway 90. The city and wider Inland Northwest region is served by Spokane International Airport, 5 miles (8 kms) west of downtown Spokane.

The first humans to live in the area, the Spokane people (their name meaning “children of the sun” in Salishan), arrived between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, living off plentiful game. Known as the birthplace of Father’s Day, Spokane is officially nicknamed the “Lilac City”.

The first American settlers in what is now Spokane were J.J. Downing and S.R. Scranton, cattle ranchers who squatted and established a claim at Spokane Falls in 1871. Together they built a small sawmill on a claim near the south bank of the falls. James N. Glover and Jasper Matheney, Oregonians passing through the region in 1873, recognized the value of the Spokane River and its falls for the purpose of water power. They realized the investment potential and bought the claims of 160 acres (0.65 km2) and the sawmill from Downing and Scranton for a total of $4,000. Completion of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1881 brought

settlers to the Spokane area and that same year it was officially incorporated as a city with the name “Spokan Falls”. In the late 19th century, gold and silver were discovered in the Inland Northwest. The local economy depended on mining, timber, and agriculture until the 1980s.

Many of the older Romanesque Revival-style buildings in the downtown area were designed by architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter after the Great Fire of 1889. The city also features Riverfront and Manito parks, the Smithsonian-affiliated Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Davenport Hotel and the Fox and Bing Crosby theatres. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokaneand the city is also the centre of the Mormon Spokane Washington Temple District. Professional and semi-professional sports teams include the Spokane Indians in Minor League Baseball, Spokane Shock in arena football and Spokane Chiefs in junior ice hockey.

Spokane has a humid continental climate; a rare climate due to its elevation and significant winter precipitation. However it is adjacent to and sometimes even classified as a cool-summer Mediterranean climate because the average temperature for the coldest month is just over 27 deg C. The area typically has a hot, arid climate during the summer months accompanied by short spring and fall seasons.

The vessels used to cruise American Rivers range from Mississippi Paddle Steamers, to small ships and to river boats. The destination and the rivers generally drive the ship type. Seasons vary by river. Lower Mississippi cruises operate year round, while cruises on the Coastal Waterway, the St Lawrence and the Columbia don’t operate in the winter and their schedules may be set to enjoy Fall Colours or historical events. The weather varies according to the region, river and season. Fall cruises to view the autumn colours will be cooler while summer cruises will be warm to hot.

General Information:

Population:

210,721

(2013) Langugage:

English Currency:

American Dollar (USD) Time Zone:

UTC/GMT -7 hours Dial Code:

+1

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