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Discover the Flavours of the Pacific Northwest

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Embrace dramatic scenery and relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers aboard AQSC's boutique style vessel, the American Empress. Boasting a vast collection of some of the most intricate artifacts and artwork of Native Alaska, Russia, and the Gold Rush era in and around Portland, the corridors of this Columbia and Snake River cruise boat hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the breathtaking scenery unfolding outside as you cruise through the Columbia River Gorge, the largest National Scenic area in America.

You'd be hard-pressed to find vistas as stunning as the ones surrounding the Columbia River Gorge. Awe-inspiring waterfalls spill from basalt cliffs, lining the historic Columbia River Highway, and the landscape seems to grow bigger, grander and brighter as it rolls eastward. Thanks to its unique geography, the Gorge also boasts a world of wine - from pinot noir to chardonnay in the cool western hills, to tempranillo and syrah in the drier, sunnier east.

A variety of boutique wineries have capitalized on the complex and varied microclimates of the Pacific Northwest, and created new and exciting twists on winemaking. A couple of times a year (October & November departures), you can travel into the heart of this wine country with American Queen Steamboat Company and discover the intoxicating influence of one of the world's classic beverages during their themed Wine Cruises. These sailings will feature all the standard AQSC cruise inclusions as well as wine tasting receptions, pairings and educational talks by regional wine experts, special dinner menus and so much more. Availability is limited as the ship accommodates only 245 guests on board so call your travel professional and Book your wine trip today!

9 days Pacific Northwest Splendor

Portland (Vancouver) to Spokane (Clarkston) or reverse

Start your cruise with a complimentary hotel stay in Vancouver or Spokane, WA. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. A Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences before, during and after your cruise. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

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 you to enjoy.

7 days The Wilder West
Roundtrip Portland (Vancouver)

The Columbia River presents an adventure divine. No language can accurately capture it as it invites you to experience a moment, a memory, a revelation that is yours alone. A stop in 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. Do consider a stop downtown to visit restaurants, cafés and small locally owned shops in which reside treasures of the Pacific Northwest.

American Queen Steamboat Company’s departures offer a pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals, including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks, and bottled water throughout the voyage; alcoholic beverages and wine; and hop-on, hop-off shore excursions in each port of call aboard the cruise line's own fleet of motor coaches which travel alongside the riverboats. Guests also enjoy daily enrichment programs presented by the onboard Riverlorians (history and river experts), local guest speakers as well as nightly entertainment.


  • All meals on board
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverages and wine
  • Unlimited Filtered water and soft drinks
  • Coffee, tea, cappuccino, espresso, ice-cream, popcorn, freshly baked cookies throughout the day
  • 24-hours room service
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay including breakfast, taxes, porterage and transportation to the ship on embarkation day
  • Comprehensive, guided Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Wi-Fi internet access on board

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) has introduced SafeCruise, an enhanced set of health and safety protocols, displaying the line’s commitment to their guests’ safety and security throughout the entire cruise experience, and featuring pre-boarding, boarding and onboard processes to enhance your health and safety.

Following new Washington state guidelines, all American Empress sailings will require 100% guest and crew COVID-19 vaccinations, ahead of the July 1, 2021 fleetwide vaccination mandate. All guests boarding the AQSC vessels will need a proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to board the ships. Visit SafeCruise for details and updates.

Stay close and go far with American Queen Steamboat Company. Whichever beautiful itinerary you choose, you are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

2021, 2022 & 2023 Departures are Now Available for Booking! Save up to US$2,000 per stateroom if you book by June 30, 2021.

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Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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