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Columbia and Snake River Cruises

Embrace dramatic scenery and relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers aboard a luxury vessel on our Columbia and Snake River cruises. Take time to linger on the decks of our paddlewheeler as you cruise through the Columbia River Gorge. It is here that history thrives in the parade of a quiet land, uplifted by the rocky cliffs and ripened trees that stretch from the ground below. We invite you to experience the serenity of wilderness in the Pacific Northwest on a cruise aboard the American Empress. The Columbia and Snake Rivers are flowing passageways to rare ventures. Soothing waterways lead to wine country, and allow the ever-moving world around you transform into a vessel of tranquility and peace – ripe for adventuring. Explore all of our U.S. river cruises to plan your next getaway in America’s heartland.

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Columbia and Snake River Cruises


9-day River Cruise: Portland, OR (Vancouver) to Spokane, WA (Clarkston) (or reverse)

Enjoy the best of the Pacific Northwest aboard our Columbia and Snake river cruises. Choose to cruise from Portland to Spokane, or the reverse for the trip of a lifetime. Embark on a river cruise to see that the natural world is alive here – unlike anywhere else on earth – and through historic sites and locks and dams, it flows. Sea lions sunbathe on buoys as the distant horizon unblankets the sky to reveal its snow-capped mountains between Portland and Spokane. 

There is a powerful melody through Oregon and Washington that combines the whistle of wind through tree branch, waterfall crash and birdsong from above. Crystal waters and plunging cliffsides captivate the eye; serenity and relaxation capture the spirit as you cruise down the river.


7-day River Cruise: Roundtrip Portland, OR (Vancouver)

Explore popular port cities like Vancouver and Astoria as you cruise along the Columbia River on our roundtrip river cruises from Portland. Cruising along the Columbia River presents an adventure divine. No language can accurately capture it; the serene Pacific Northwest cannot be held within wordsmithery. Its spirit flows more freely than poetry, and says more than anyone ever could. It glides smoothly against the body’s borders, and in the midst of it all, invites you to experience a moment, a memory, a revelation that is yours alone.


9-day River Cruise: Spokane (Clarkston) to Portland (Vancouver, WA) (or reverse)

The cruise will start off with a private wine reception at the pre-voyage hotel. Onboard, guests will enjoy upscale offerings include various tastings, pairings and educational series by regional experts.


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Special Edition Voyages

These thoughtfully planned cruises feature unique and special voyage programming. Lively onboard events pair with exclusive shore excursions to create meaningful, in-depth and unforgettable memories. Look for the crown icon.

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American Empress

American Empress

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress cruises the Columbia and Snake Rivers delivering a rich sense of history in modern comfort and carries just 221 passengers. Boasting a vast collection of some of the most intricate artifacts and artwork of Native Alaska, Russia, the Gold Rush and…
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Flavours of the Rivers

Regionally inspired food is a way of life on the river. Wild salmon, so fresh it might have been swimming this morning, grilled to perfection. Moonshine bread pudding that evokes echoes of the Tennessee hills. A succulent dumpling that reminds you why Washington apples are the world’s favourite temptation.

The Charms of the Rivers

Step on board and enjoy entertainment as congenial as a friendly pub and as lively as a cabaret. Since the days of the legendary showboats, America’s riverboats have been centers of music, folklore and theatrical delight. From the American Queen’s spectacular Grand Saloon to intimate venues throughout every boat, you’ll find so much to see, hear and do that your only problem will be fitting it all in. Entertainment for your mind is abundant, as well, with fascinating storytelling, enlightening lecturers and engaging Riverlorians.

Life on the Rivers

The moment you step aboard, you know this is something special. You’re surrounded by world-class art, beautiful furnishings and perfectly selected amenities. You’re welcomed by crew and staff whose sole desire is your comfort, enjoyment and safety.

And beyond that, you’ll connect with new sights, dialects, cultures and traditions. You’ll meet like-minded travelers who share stories and invite you to do the same. The familiarity of the space grows by the day – with every “good morning,” with each new friendship formed. Memories made on board are the finest souvenirs you’ll take home.

The Wonders of the River

Comprehensive, guided shore excursions are the highlight of every day in port. Expect to connect with people who have made the rivers their home, to learn firsthand how the rivers shape their past and future. Each experience has been thoughtfully designed for you, whether you’re visiting a historic home, losing yourself in a local museum or delving into unique regional traditions and cultures.

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