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Cruise Information

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPLENDOR - Enjoy the best of the Pacific Northwest aboard our Columbia and Snake river cruises. Choose to cruise from Portland to Spokane, or the reverse for the trip of a lifetime. Embark on a river cruise to see that the natural world is alive here – unlike anywhere else on earth – and through historic sites and locks and dams, it flows. Sea lions sunbathe on buoys as the distant horizon unblankets the sky to reveal its snow-capped mountains between Portland and Spokane. 

There is a powerful melody through Oregon and Washington that combines the whistle of wind through tree branch, waterfall crash and birdsong from above. Crystal waters and plunging cliffsides captivate the eye; serenity and relaxation capture the spirit as you cruise down the river.


Your Cruise Fare Includes:
  • Fresh, locally sourced cuisine served onboard
  • Complimentary soft drinks and snacks
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Themed dining rooms
It’s time to start your voyage and begin a luxurious voyage on the Snake and Columbia Rivers, where memories will be made that will last a lifetime! 

Pricing per person based upon double occupancy**:
Veranda Suites - $2699.00
Deluxe Suites - $2899.00
Superior Suites - $3899.00
Luxury Suites - $6499.00


**Ask us about our Solo Traveler Specials**

Rates are per person, river cruise only.  Air, insurance, and transfers are additional.  Government fees and taxes are $398.00 per person and fuel charge may be implemented at any time. Travel specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change.  Travel insurance is highly recommended, ask your travel agent for details.  Global Connections is not responsible for publishing/printing errors.


Day 1:  Hotel - Vancouver, WA
Enjoy your included, one-night stay at the pre-cruise hotel.  The evening is yours to get self-acquainted with this city.  See the hospitality desk for dining, entertainment, and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Day 2: Vancouver, WA
A suburb to 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 all to enjoy

Day 3: Astoria, OR
Astoria is know to be the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.  There is no doubting the richness of the history grounded in this Columbia River town.  For thousands of years the Clatsop Tribe inhabited the lands.  Today, you can climb to the top of the Astoria Column- wrapped in depictions of history- look out over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean and watch your model wooden airplane glide through the air to its rest below.

Day 4: River Cruising
Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

Day 5: Stevenson, WA
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. Consider a stop downtown to visit restaurants, cafés and small locally owned shops in which reside treasures of the Pacific Northwest.

Day 6: The Dalles, OR
At the end of the overland Oregon Trail, The Dalles holds a unique place in history as a jumping-off spot for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, adventurers, gun-slingers, floozies and scallywags. The Dalles, although a part of the Oregon High Desert, features a long growing season and a relatively warm climate that supports the growing of grapes. As a result, the region is home to a wine scene unlike any other in Oregon. Visitors will be pleased to see the rolling hills speckled with vineyards.

Day 7: Richland, WA
Step off the boat directly into a perfectly polished park, and take a short stroll to downtown shops, eateries and attractions. Incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until it was acquired by the U.S. Army for the site of the Hanford Engineer Works – used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historic venues are part of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. This and many other intriguing locations are offered as part of your experience in Richland.

Day 8: Clarkston, WA
Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America’s deepest gorge – Hells Canyon – on the Snake River. Picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates and a deep history make this scenic inland port a desirable stop. Spend the day enjoying Clarkston, Washington and neighboring Lewiston, Idaho while tracing the legacy of the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – for whom the cities are named.
Day 9: Clarkston, WA
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer.

Itineraries are subject to change; port sequence, scheduled time, and/or day.  For the most updated cruise information, please visit


Ship Information

Ship: American Empress

Welcome to your home on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Each American Empress accommodation features a custom-built hardwood entertainment center and spacious, illuminated armoire. Fine linens and plush bedding will ensure you are well-rested to fully enjoy every included shore tour, historical lecture and nightly entertainment. A flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, coffee maker and safe are provided for your comfort and convenience. SPECIFICATIONS YEAR BUILT / REFURBISHED: 2003/2014 PASSENGERS:223 SUITES AND STATEROOMS:112 CREW:83 LENGTH:360 Ft. PASSENGER DECKS:4