Highlights of the Columbia River

Our brand new Highlights of the Columbia River cruise offers the best of the Pacific Northwest and, for the first time, the convenience of a round-trip from Portland. Much of your time on this cruise is spent in the Columbia River Gorge, a national scenic area and the only navigable route through the Cascade Mountains.

During your cruise, we offer a carefully curated package of shore excursions that take you to some of the areas' highlights including the famous Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helens, and Fort Clatsop where Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1805-1806.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Portland, OR
2
Astoria, OR
3
Mount St. Helens, WA
4
Stevenson, WA
5
Portland, OR

Highlights of the Columbia River

During this epic 5-day journey which begins and ends in the historic city of Portland, explore the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, view one of North America's tallest waterfalls, and visit one of the largest farmer's markets in the United States.

Ports of Call

  • Portland, OR
  • Astoria, OR
  • Mount St. Helens, WA
  • Stevenson, WA
  • Portland, OR

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Day  1
Portland, OR

At the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland was a sanctuary for pioneers and is a fitting place to start your journey. The city is surrounded by national parkland, but also offers an array of museums and shopping. If arriving a day early, we recommend the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum or the Portland Art Museum. 


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Day  2
Astoria, OR

The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, the town of Astoria is steeped in culture and tradition. From more than 70 Victorian-era homes to the replica of Fort Clatsop, where Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1805-1806, Astoria is alive with history. Astoria is well-known for being an integral part of the lucrative fur trading industry in the 1800's with the Pacific Fur Company building its primary trading post in the town in 1811.


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Columbia River Maritime Musuem - Complimentary Excursion

In the morning, take a trolley or a leisurely 5-minute walk to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and meet with our guide for you a personalized tour of the facilities. Learn the history of crossing the bar, known as one of the toughest and most treacherous routes in maritime history. 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 will witness live demonstrations, tour the museum and explore the exact replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1806. We will 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 are 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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Cape Disappointment

You will not be disappointed on this shore excursion. In the morning, 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. 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 complements Todd Weber’s onboard Lewis and Clark lectures.

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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 of 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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Stevenson, WA

Multnomah Falls is the landmark of the day. After cruising past the waterfall, we will bring you to the falls for an up close view of one of North America's tallest waterfalls. Stroll along the footpath to Benson Bridge for the best view of the 620-foot plunge. The village of Stevenson has a classic small town charm with a unique Northwest flair and is easily accessible from our dock.

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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 second tallest year-round waterfall in the U.S. 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.

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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 this complex lock and dam system. The excursion to the Bonneville Dam builds upon the lectures you have heard throughout the week, providing an in-depth view into this most famous of all dams. Here you will 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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Portland, OR

End your cruise back in the city of Portland. The red brick of Pioneer Courthouse Square and the beautiful fountains of Waterfront Park can easily fill an afternoon. The Saturday Market, one of the largest farmer's markets in the United States is also a one-of-a-kind experience and the ideal way to conclude a week in the Northwest.

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Narrated City Tour

Roses will adorn the ship as we arrive in Portland, also known as the “City of Roses.” In the morning, our guide will meet us at the ship for a fun-filled, narrated tour of the city. Explore the popular downtown area, considered to be one of the “top 10” most livable cities in the world. We will 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. Here, you can stroll the lush grounds or visit the Rose Garden Store, offering hundreds of rose-themed items.

This is a Signature Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 in advance to reserve this experience.

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. Each features a hotel-size bathroom, a seating area, and desk. 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

Conveniently located on the second and third decks, these  AAC 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 full-size bathroom.

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, a full-size bathroom, and a private balcony that offers great views of the surrounding scenery.

AAG

Deckplan

With over 204 sq. ft. of space, these elegant staterooms are spacious and comfortable. Enjoy a full-size bathroom, writing desk, and large picture window that features 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.

A

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 your liking and offer a spacious bathroom, and your very own walk-out private balcony.

Single

Deckplan

Retaining the luxury of a double-occupancy stateroom, our Single staterooms feature 149 sq.ft. of space, open views, and full-size bathrooms.

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 up to 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 full-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-size bathrooms, and a private balcony with large opening picture window.

A

Deckplan

These 290 sq. ft. staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, all are equipped with modern amenities, full-size bathrooms,  and closet space.

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.

Single

Deckplan

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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