About Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise

Cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers along the epic route pioneered by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. Join us aboard the paddlewheelers American Pride and Queen of the West for an 8-day cruise through this rich tapestry of ever changing landscapes, thriving wildlife habitats and diverse wine country.

Enjoy freshly prepared regional cuisine, local wine varietals and the personalized service of American Cruise Lines as we travel from Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Portland, OR
2
Astoria, OR
3
Mount St. Helens, WA
4
Cruising the Columbia River Gorge
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Stevenson, WA
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The Dalles, OR
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Pendleton, OR / Richland, WA
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Clarkston, WA

Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise

Explore rustic and unique places including Astoria, Pendleton, and the stunning Columbia River Gorge. Each stop along the way has its own story embodied in the history and culture of the region.

Ports of Call

  • Portland, OR
  • Astoria, OR
  • Mount St. Helens, WA
  • Stevenson, WA
  • The Dalles, OR
  • Pendleton, OR / Richland, WA
  • Clarkston, WA

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Day  1
Portland, OR

Situated between the waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland's history is forever entwined with the fortunes of the great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland’s waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. Today, highlights include the Portland Art Museum, the International Rose Test Garden and the famous Powell’s Bookstore, filling an entire city block.

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Narrated City Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Roses will adorn the dining room as we enter Portland, also known as the “City of Roses”. In the morning, your guide will meet us at the ship and take you on a fun-filled, narrated tour of the city. We’ll explore the popular downtown area, considered to be one of the “top 10” most livable cities in the world. We’ll cross many of the notable scenic Portland bridges including Hawthorne Bridge (1910) and Broadway Bridge (1913) as we make our way to the Rose Garden state park. Our final stop will be to the popular International Test Garden, which features over 6,800 rose bushes representing 557 varieties of roses. Here, you can stroll the lush grounds or visit the Rose Garden Store, offering hundreds of themed rose-related items.

*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Portland, OR.

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Day  2
Astoria, OR

A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. In the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition was headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site and was eventually named a National Monument.

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Columbia River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion

In the morning, you can take either a trolley or a leisurely 5-minute walk to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Here you’ll meet with our guide where they’ll provide you a tour of the facilities. We’ll examine the history of crossing the bar, known as one of the toughest and most treacherous routes in maritime history. You’ll explore actual ships that were destroyed during the river crossing, discover artifacts and learn what makes this specific area so dangerous and feared by even the most experienced sailors.

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Astoria City Tour

The evening before you tour Astoria, our onboard lecturer, often Todd Weber, will provide an entertaining and historically accurate portrayal of the city and the Lewis and Clark expedition here during the 1800s. At Fort Clatsop, a Park Ranger will meet with our group to explain its significance and begin a personalized tour of the grounds. You’ll witness live demonstrations, tour the museum and explore the exact replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1806. We’ll then depart through the city of Astoria on our way to the Astoria Column. This majestic tower perched high on a bluff overlooks the city and river, providing outstanding views of the landscape below and our ship as it rests in port. If you’re up to the challenge, you can walk the 164 steps up the tower to the observation deck for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

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Onboard Entertainment - David Duthie

The duo of David Duthie and Bo Ayers will excite guests with a set of songs from the “Great American Songbook”, a collection of the most important and influential American popular songs of the 20th century. These songs are principally from Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film from the 1920s through the 1950s.



*Entertainment times, days, and performers are subject to change
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Cape Disappointment

You won’t be disappointed on this shore excursion. In the morning, we’ll take a scenic tour through Astoria as we journey to Cape Disappointment State Park. Here a Park Ranger will greet us at the bus and serve as our guide through the impressive Lewis and Clark Interpretive exhibit. Situated on the cliffs 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the center commemorates the Corps of Discovery’s 1804-1806 expedition. You’ll witness live demonstrations, an interactive film, and a variety of exhibits dedicated to Lewis and Clark. The impressive mural-sized “timeline” panels guide you through the exhibit while featuring many of the actual sketches, paintings, and photographs of the Corps members. This tour blends perfectly with Todd Weber’s onboard Lewis and Clarks lectures.

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Day  3
Mount St. Helens, WA

Perhaps the most impactful of all landmarks in the region is Mount St. Helens. From high on an overlook, bear witness to the awesome power of the volcano whose eruption in 1980 scorched 230 square miles of forest land and forever changed the landscape. Expert guides will show you the pumice plain and lava dome as they explain the impact the volcano had on the lives of those in the surrounding towns.

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Mount St. Helens Tour - Complimentary Excursion

May 18, 1980 is a day etched into the history of the United States as the powerful eruption of Mount St. Helens drastically changed the landscape of what is now referred to as the National Volcanic Monument. On your scenic journey to the Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory, your tour guide will provide engaging commentary regarding the eruption, how it affected the landscape and surrounding communities, and how the environment has responded naturally to the disturbance. The Observatory itself sits on a bluff near the crater, offering spectacular views of the pumice plain and blast site.

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Onboard Entertainment - Will Keifer

Will Keifer picked up a guitar at the age of six, and has been a one man show with his Banjo ever since.  He has worked with great jazz artists such as Stan Kenton, and has won several “Best Show of the Cruise” awards.  Will’s experience and enthusiasm for his music always makes his performances a fun-filled evening.

*Entertainment times, days, and performers are subject to change
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Day  4
Cruising the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. A popular recreational destination, the gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area. The cliffs of the gorge look down on quaint riverfront towns and exhilarating waterfalls.

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Day  5
Stevenson, WA

Named after early American settler George H. Stevenson, this town rose quickly due to economic expansion made possible by the Columbia River. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center showcases the area's unique cultural and historical diversity, from the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers.

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Multnomah Falls & Fish Hatchery - Complimentary Excursion

A highlight of any trip to the Pacific Northwest, Multnomah Falls is sure to leave you in awe. After breakfast, our private guide will meet you at the ship’s dock right in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge, and your journey to the majestic waterfall begins. As you wind through the thick forest you will cross the impressive “Bridge of the Gods,” before finally reaching Multnomah Falls. Upon arrival you will have time to explore the Falls on your own, and walk the famous Benson Bridge to get the best vantage point for your photo opportunities.

*Fish Hatchery only offered on cruises ending in Portland, OR

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​Bonneville Dam & Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center

Throughout your journey on the Columbia River you will transit 8 locks, lifting the ship more than 700 feet vertically. During the cruise our onboard experts will touch upon the complex lock and dam system. This excursion builds upon the lectures you will have received during the week and provides an in-depth look into the most famous of all, the Bonneville Dam. Gain an understanding of the engineering behind the Bonneville Dam, which enables it to generate enough hydroelectric power to provide nearly 500,000 homes with electricity. After lunch, explore the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center and learn of the bountiful life on the Gorge from knowledgeable locals who have lived in the area for generations.

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Onboard Entertainment - Kevin Neil

Kevin Neil is a solo guitar player who brings the trip alive with his fantastic shows while aboard the Queen of the West.  Songs of the Sailor is a set of maritime songs and sea shanties inspired by sailors of old, and his Cowboy Kevin show features a more country-style twang that reminds guests of the heroic cowboys of the Old West.



*Entertainment times, days, and performers are subject to change
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Day  6
The Dalles, OR

Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, on the south bank, The Dalles is a perfect photographic spot. Discover the area where Lewis & Clark camped at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory in 1805-1806.

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center - Complimentary Excursion

As you step off the ship, you’ll be greeted by members of the local visitor’s center who are dressed in period-specific clothing from the days of riverboating-lore. Your guide will meet us at the ship and take you on a short narrated tour of the town before arriving at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Here, we’ll explore the various exhibits that highlight the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that helped create the gorge. The highlight of the center visit includes a unique raptor exhibition. We’ll watch birds of prey put on an aerobatic display while learning about these protected eagles that call the gorge home.

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Maryhill Winery Tour

Overlooking the gorge sits the Maryhill Museum of Art. Here, Native American artifacts, royal memorabilia from Queen Marie of Romania, outdoor sculptures, and a permanent collection of international chess sets adorn the museum halls. You’ll not only be treated to one-of-a-kind permanent collection, but also a variety of featured exhibitions. After spending the morning exploring in the museum, we will stop at the Maryhill Winery for a tour of the pristine vineyard and, of course, some wine sampling. Your private tour will be given by one of the talented wine makers on premise. We’ll visit the vine-covered arbor, world class bocce course, the 4,000 seat amphitheater, and finally the 3,000 square foot tasting room-where you’ll receive samples of Maryhill’s finest wine.

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Onboard Entertainment - JR Spencer

JR Spencer is a Nez Perce Native American who has created an authentic cultural performance that allows guests to relive the traditions and history of the Nez Perce people.  Guests will also learn about the more historically significant members of the tribe, and how the Nez Perce played an important role in the journey of Lewis and Clark.



*Entertainment times, days, and performers are subject to change
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Day  7
Pendleton, OR / Richland, WA

In Richland, explore The Reach Museum. Looking through the lens of The Hanford Reach National Monument and the Columbia River, this museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the culture and history of the region through engaging exhibits, artifacts and tours. Pendleton is known for its connection to the lucrative wool trade in the 18th and 19th centuries and a network of underground tunnels.

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Pendleton Tour

Enjoy a scenic ride through the countryside and witness the striking contrast in landscape as you make your way to Pendleton, OR for the day’s excursions. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our private tour guide who will take you to explore Pendleton’s infamous underground city before a complimentary BBQ lunch at the famous Hamley’s Restaurant.  In the afternoon, you will visit the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, for a look into the storied past of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes; also visit the famous Pendleton Woolen Mill where you will have a tour of the mill and the chance to purchase authentic woven goods. 

We also offer a tour of the Reach Museum, for guests who wish to explore a little closer to port. Just a five minute walk from the ship, this interactive museum details the specifics of the building of the first atomic bomb. Once back on board, representatives from the Bernard Griffin Winery join us during cocktail hour for an exclusive wine tasting.

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Day  8
Clarkston, WA

The twin cities of Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA, are known as the Northwest’s most inland seaports. Along the Snake River you’ll find Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. This canyon is known for its pristine scenery and thriving wildlife.

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Nez Perce National Historic Park

The evening before we visit the Nez Perce National Historic Park, we will welcome aboard local Clarkston resident JR Spencer, who is a direct descendant of the Nez Perce tribe. His interactive onboard presentation will not only tell the story of the Nez Perce and their history with the region, but he’ll also share authentic Native American artifacts that hold significant value to his people. His narration provides the perfect background for our visit. In the morning, we’ll take a narrated tour to the Historical Park, where we’ll be greeted by our guide. Here, you’ll hear the stories of the Nez Perce tribe, best remembered for having saved the Lewis and Clark Expedition team from starvation following their journey through the Bitterroot Mountains.

  *This is a Featured Shore Excursion. Call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

 *Tour only offered on cruises ending in Clarkston, WA

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Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour

We’ve chartered the Hells Canyon Jet Boat to take you through the deepest canyon in America. After breakfast, the jet boat will meet you at the ship for an afternoon of adventure. Here, you’ll explore places most boats can’t reach on the river and witness the amazing transformation in geography from high desert to alpine forests. You’ll view ancient rock formations and Native pictographs while your local Clarkston guide provides interesting stories about the region’s history and canyon formation. You’ll enjoy a catered luncheon at the exclusive Garden Creek Ranch before heading back to the ship, where we’ll celebrate your return during our nightly cocktail hour.

This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

Queen of the West

A veteran of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Queen of the West underwent major renovations with upgrades to passenger staterooms, lounges, galley, and engine room. Meticulous care and attention to detail went into the reconstruction, from the newly designed and custom built furniture to the expanded staterooms and the addition of more private balconies.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Enjoy the spacious accommodations of our 280 sq. ft. Owner’s Suites that provide the luxury and privacy. Offering the best views of the river directly from your suite and the living space of premium hotel, the expansive Owner’s Suite is the very best way to follow the grand route of Lewis and Clark.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

The AAC staterooms on this vessel offer amenities often reserved for fine hotels. Conveniently located on the second and third decks, these staterooms are equipped with private balconies which provide some spectacular panoramic views of the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the surrounding landscape. At 246 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk, and hotel size bathrooms.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Located on the second and third decks, our AAL staterooms give you plenty of room to relax and unwind during your cruise. Enjoy a luxurious 236 sq. ft. living space that is equipped with plush seating, full-sized bathrooms, and a private balcony that offers great views of the surrounding scenery.

AAG

Deckplan

With over 204 sq. ft. of space, these elegant staterooms feature additional room to make your cruise even more comfortable. Enjoy hotel size bathrooms, writing desks with stationary and large picture windows that feature great views of the Columbia and Snake rivers.

AA

Deckplan

Located on the third deck, these 183 sq. ft. staterooms offer both intimate privacy and expansive views of the passing scenery. Equipped with all of the amenities found in a hotel, these staterooms offer exceptional comfort and are located near the ship’s library.

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Deckplan

Our Category A, 183 sq. ft. staterooms are ideally located with easy access to the lounge and dining room. Your tastefully decorated room features a comfortable seating area and private bathroom.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

The intimate atmosphere of our single staterooms is ideal for the solo traveler. Featuring 181 sq. ft. rooms can be arranged to accommodate your liking. They offer spacious bathrooms, and feature your very own walk-out private balcony.

Single

Deckplan

Retaining the luxury of a double-occupancy stateroom, our single suites feature rooms with 149 square feet of space, open views and a full size bathroom.

Queen of the West Deck Plan

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American Pride

American Pride offers an unparalleled experience never before available on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Aboard American Pride, guests will discover the natural beauty, history, and culture of the Pacific Northwest while enjoying the finest in accommodations and personalized service.

American Pride not only boasts the largest, most well-appointed staterooms but also offers private balconies and unobstructed views. In addition to the amazing scenery, our master chefs have been busy preparing menus that are tailored specifically to the Pacific Northwest region.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Each Owner’s Suite on the American Pride offers the finest accommodations on the Columbia River with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular 445 sq. ft. of space is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself at home. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to an expansive private balcony offering private panoramic views throughout the room. Every modern amenity is at your fingertips, along with a spacious seating area and full size bathroom.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing Columbia River landscapes. At 304 sq. ft., there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views of the Northwest from every angle.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

AAL staterooms are conveniently located on the third deck and offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular panoramic views of the Columbia River and the surrounding landscape. At 304 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a seating area, desk, and hotel size bathroom.

AAR (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of the American Pride. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with plush seating, full-sized bathrooms, and a private balcony with large opening picture window. These staterooms are the epitome of comfort and relaxation for a river cruise.

A

Deckplan

These 290 sq. ft. staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, these staterooms are equipped with modern amenities, hotel-sized bathrooms, closet space, and a writing desk.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 230 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.

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A comfortable getaway, our Single suites offer individuals a spacious room with convenient amenities. At 203 sq. ft., these staterooms have interior entrances and large opening windows where the sights of the Mississippi can be enjoyed.

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Lewis & Clark Cruise


Two hundred years ago, Lewis & Clark set out on their pioneering journey into the West. Follow their path on this Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise with opportunities to walk on their former campsites and see artifacts from the expedition.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to travel into the Western United States. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson shortly after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out to explore the new territory for a practical route of travel and establish an American presence in the West before other nations attempted to claim it.

Follow the path pioneered by Lewis and Clark on an unforgettable Columbia and Snake River cruise, including a stop at Fort Clatsop, where the expeditionary team camped before heading back to St. Louis. 

 

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Food & Wine Cruise


The Columbia River provides a beautiful path for your wine tour. In 2015, Travel Channel voted the Columbia River Gorge as one of the Top 10 American vacation destinations.

Witnessing amazing natural landmarks will help you to better understand the unique topography of the region and how its diversity contributes to the wine varietals.

A distinct transition occurs between the alpine forests of Underwood Mountain to the deserts of the eastern side. The latitude of this region is shared by other renowned wine growing regions including Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley.

 

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Eagle Society Cruise


More than 200 years ago, Lewis & Clark followed the Columbia and Snake Rivers on their pioneering journey into the West. This 8-day cruise retraces the route traveled aboard the paddlewheeler Queen of the West for a memorable experience. Eagle Society members will enjoy stops in fascinating locations including the two-tiered Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River Gorge.  

 

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