Columbia and Snake River Cruises

Living portraits of the Pacific Northwest


We invite you to experience the serenity of wilderness in the Pacific Northwest aboard the American Empress. The Columbia and Snake Rivers are flowing passageways to rare ventures. Take time to linger on the decks of our paddlewheeler as you cruise through the Columbia River Gorge. 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.
 
Our masterful culinary team captures local flavors and creates market-inspired dishes that evoke myriad heritages throughout the region. Guests return to an era in which service mattered, as our warmhearted staff caters to every need, and the edible creations are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the stomach. Sample the bounty of growth throughout the area with comestible artistry that pays homage to this captivating corner of the United States.
 
The constant transformation of wind carries birdsong and the sweet smell of earth through open windows and doors as guests wallow in relaxation. Upon porting, a world of discovery awaits beyond the sunburned hillsides and graceful waterfalls along the riverbanks. From New-Aged Portland to the wild West in The Dalles, our talented shore excursions team leads the quest for memory-forging recreation in both Hop-On Hop-Off and premium experience settings.
 
Guests can appreciate the individuality of the region through a multitude of activities that offer a new perspective on some of America’s most prized sites. Optional premium experiences allow guests to take in Hells Canyon via jetboat, Astoria from the top of its famed Astoria Column and The Dalles from high above at the Maryhill Museum of Art. Motorcoaches transport guests through roads lined with spruce and pine trees to places such as Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helens or a factory tour followed by a shopping experience at the Pendleton Woolen Mills.
 
Embrace dramatic scenery and relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers. 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. Trace the passageway of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark through the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress.

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(41) Columbia and Snake River Cruises Available

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Nov 24 - Nov 30

Vancouver, WA Roundtrip (Portland, OR)

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST - This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates...

Duration
7 Days
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$1,799
Mar 15 - Mar 23

Vancouver, WA (Portland) to Clarkston, WA (Spokane) 9-Day Journey

Consider the beauty in aging – age evolves maturity, knowledge, experience. Discover the intoxicating influence of one of the world’s classic beverages, and sample the uniquely American notes of Pacific Northwest on our Wine Cruises. A...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,399
Mar 22 - Mar 30

Clarkston, WA (Spokane) to Vancouver, WA (Portland)

Consider the beauty in aging – age evolves maturity, knowledge, experience. Discover the intoxicating influence of one of the world’s classic beverages, and sample the uniquely American notes of Pacific Northwest on our Wine Cruises. A...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,399
Mar 29 - Apr 06

Vancouver, WA (Portland) to Clarkston, WA (Spokane) 9-Day Journey

Consider the beauty in aging – age evolves maturity, knowledge, experience. Discover the intoxicating influence of one of the world’s classic beverages, and sample the uniquely American notes of Pacific Northwest on our Wine Cruises. A...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,499
Apr 05 - Apr 13

Clarkston, WA (Spokane) to Vancouver, WA (Portland)

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...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$2,499
Apr 12 - Apr 20

Vancouver, WA (Portland) to Clarkston, WA (Spokane) 9-Day Journey

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...

Duration
9 Days
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$2,499
Apr 19 - Apr 27

Clarkston, WA (Spokane) to Vancouver, WA (Portland)

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...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$3,099
Apr 26 - May 04

Vancouver, WA (Portland) to Clarkston, WA (Spokane) 9-Day Journey

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...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$3,099
May 03 - May 11

Clarkston, WA (Spokane) to Vancouver, WA (Portland)

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...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$3,499
May 10 - May 18

Vancouver, WA (Portland) to Clarkston, WA (Spokane) 9-Day Journey

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...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$3,499
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