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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 the sternwheeler era in and around Portland, Oregon, the corridors of our Columbia and Snake River cruise boat hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside.

We invite you to step aboard our authentic paddlewheeler and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.

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

  • Flatscreen Television
  • Private Bathroom with shower
  • 24-Hour Room Service

Ship Facilities

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

Dining

Inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest, our menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of the region. Savor each succulent bite, swirl and sip amidst the rich ambiance of the Astoria Dining Room If you are looking for a more casual atmosphere, the River Grill is for you. Meals there feature favorite main dishes, such as roast prime rib alongside irresistible sides – roasted new potatoes, classic mac-and-cheese and fresh salads.

Deck Plans

Entertainment

Entertainment on the American Empress is one-of-a-kind. Make plans to spend your evenings with nightly river cruise entertainment. Live entertainers will bring down the house in The Show Lounge. Catch world-class entertainment, relive a historical moment or hear a famous river tale originally told by Lewis and Clark. And be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes to the the Paddlewheel Lounge to enjoy a late-night live set by our talented musicians.

Staterooms and Suites

LS - Luxury Suite with Veranda

Feel as if you own the American Empress in this expansive suite. You are treated to sweeping river views through large windows facing forward and starboard. Step out onto your private veranda and scean the riverbanks for wildlife. Sip a beverage and converse in your spacious sitting room complete with a large flat-screen TV, premium sound, cocktail table and wet bar. Your bedroom is separate from the sitting room for the ideal home away from home.

410 sq. ft.
Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
One Sofa Bed
Large View Windows
Private Veranda
Sitting Room
Panoramic View Forward and Starboard
Wet Bar
Large Flat-screen TV
Alarm Clock
Mini Refrigerator
Coffee Maker
Sound System
Safe

  • LS - Luxury Suite with Veranda

    Feel as if you own the American Empress in this expansive suite. You are treated to sweeping river views through large windows facing forward and starboard. Step out onto your private veranda and scean the riverbanks for wildlife. Sip a beverage and converse in your spacious sitting room complete with a large flat-screen TV, premium sound, cocktail table and wet bar. Your bedroom is separate from the sitting room for the ideal home away from home.

    410 sq. ft.
    Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
    One Sofa Bed
    Large View Windows
    Private Veranda
    Sitting Room
    Panoramic View Forward and Starboard
    Wet Bar
    Large Flat-screen TV
    Alarm Clock
    Mini Refrigerator
    Coffee Maker
    Sound System
    Safe

  • A - Suite with Veranda

    Enjoy this large suite with a comfortable sitting area and premium sound system. Your semiprivate veranda provides splendid river views from four stories above the river as well as direct access to the wraparound Vista View Deck, perfect for sharing a view and socializing with fellow guests. View stateroom floor plan.

    * 310 sq. ft.
    * Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
    * Large View Windows
    * Semiprivate Veranda with Vista View Deck Access
    * Sitting Area
    * Flat-screen TV
    * Alarm Clock
    * Mini Refrigerator
    * Coffee Maker
    * Sound System
    * Safe

  • B - Superior Veranda Stateroom

    Relax and unwind in this spacious stateroom with either a cozy sitting area or a panoramic view with large forward-facing windows. Your private veranda provides a quiet place to watch the dramatic, ever-changing scenery.

    * 210-250 sq. ft.
    * Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
    * Large View Windows
    * Private Veranda
    * Sitting Area or Panoramic View Forward
    * Flat-screen TV
    * Alarm Clock
    * Mini Refrigerator
    * Safe

  • C - Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

    Deluxe veranda staterooms are a popular choice for many couples. Share a toast on your private veranda as you glide through the scenic Pacific Northwest.

    * 180 sq. ft.
    * Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
    * View Windows
    * Private Veranda
    * Flat-screen TV
    * Alarm Clock
    * Mini Refrigerator
    * Safe

  • D - Outside Stateroom with Window

    Delight in this large stateroom with generously sized windows and lovely river views.

    * 180 sq. ft.
    * View Windows
    * Flat-screen TV
    * Alarm Clock
    * Mini Refrigerator
    * Safe

  • E - Veranda Stateroom

    Enjoy a great value with this efficient stateroom. Your semiprivate veranda provides breathtaking views as well as direct access to the Vista View Deck.

    * 150 sq. ft.
    * Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds
    * View Windows
    * Semiprivate Veranda with Vista View Deck Access
    * Flat-screenTV
    * Alarm Clock
    * Mini Refrigerator
    * Safe

  • SO - Single Outside Stateroom with Veranda

    SO - Single Outside with Veranda
    Take advantage of the features found in a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom in this slightly scaled down version, custom fit for the single traveler. * 160 sq. ft. * One Twin Bed * View Windows * Private Veranda * Flat-screen TV * Alarm Clock * Mini Refrigerator * Safe

Enrichment

Learn more about the region in which you are traveling with a number of enrichment programs we offer. See for yourself the highlights of each port that we visit on one of our guided Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions, or elect to take part in one of our expertly designed premium experiences. And our onboard historians – we like to call them Riverlorians – provide interesting lectures on the history and culture that surrounds you as you roll down the river.

Relaxation

On deck, refreshing spray and sunbeams kiss the skin as the endless upturns of earth disappear in the horizon – a teaser for the spectacles onshore. Private verandas serve as the perfect places to sip coffee and experience the world around, while public outdoor seating invites travelers to engage with one another, creating relationships that last a lifetime.

Voyages on this Vessel: