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Highlights of the Columbia River

Highlights of the Columbia River

Cruise Highlights:

  • Explore the unmatched beauty of the Columbia River
  • Explore the path of Lewis & Clark
  • Bear witness to the swesome power of Mount St. Helens
  • Get an up close view of one of North America's tallest waterfalls, Multnomah Falls

At a glance

Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Portland

From: $1,975

Season: April-May, September

Activities: Culture, History

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American Cruise Lines

This 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.

I had a wonderful, relaxing vacation! I will have great memories for a long time to come.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

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.

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.

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 of the volcano had on the lives of those in the surrounding towns.

Day 4 - 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.

Day 5 - 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.

Dates & Rates

Date Ship A AA AAG AAR AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
Apr 12, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 16, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 20, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 20, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 21, 2017 American Pride $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 24, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 28, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
May 2, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Sep 23, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Sep 27, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Oct 1, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Oct 5, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Oct 9, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Oct 13, 2017 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 10, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 14, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 18, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Apr 21, 2018 American Pride $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
May 6, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
May 10, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
May 14, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Oct 6, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Oct 10, 2018 Queen of the West $2,075 $2,245 $2,415 -- $2,545 $2,970 $4,105 $3,225 $2,945
Oct 14, 2018 Queen of the West $1,975 $2,145 $2,315 -- $2,445 $2,870 $4,005 $3,125 $2,845
Oct 18, 2018 Queen of the West $1,975 $2,145 $2,315 -- $2,445 $2,870 $4,005 $3,125 $2,845

*Private Balcony
All rates are shown in US dollars, per person, double occupancy. Itineraries, rates, and ships are subject to change without notice. A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to confirm any reservation on trips of 9 nights or less, and $900.00 per person on trips of 10 nights or more.
Single Occupancy: One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy depending on the type of stateroom occupied.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • Cruise and accommodations aboard ship.
  • Meals and snacks onboard ship
  • Complimentary cocktail parties
  • All entertainment.

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Shore tours.
  • Port charges and/or fees
  • Gratituities
  • Fuel charges (if applied to future cruises)

Map

Highlights of the Columbia River itinerary

Ships

American Pride

American PrideAmerican 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. Using locally sourced products, our menu is designed to not only support farmers and merchants, but also to minimize the impact on the region's ecosystem and environment. View ship details...


Queen of the West

Queen of the WestThe 230-foot Queen of the West is propelled by a three-story-high churning paddlewheel. But unlike earlier paddlewheelers, the Queen of the West doesn’t rely on a steam engine. Instead, it is powered by a revolutionary hydraulic propulsion system that uses environmentally safe biodegradable hydraulic oil. The 45-foot-long bow ramp allows passengers to go ashore anywhere along the river, much as the 19th-century vessels did. Launched in 1995, the Queen of the West is the first overnight passenger sternwheeler to be built and operated in the West in 80 years. View ship details...

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