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PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPLENDOR – “Ocian in view! O! The joy!” These are the original words, and spelling of “ocean,” William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery.

You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Shore Excursion to Multnomah Falls or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Other dates and itineraries are available, call for catalog.

Read our blog “Authentic America is Calling.”

Image Courtesy American Queen Steamboat Company

Image Courtesy American Queen Steamboat Company

The American Empress

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress delivers classic elegance and modern luxury on a grand scale. One step onboard and you will quickly discover that there is far more to this vessel than her welcoming appearance and signature red paddlewheel.

Boasting a vast collection of some of the finest historical artifacts and artwork of the Native Alaska, Russian, Gold Rush and sternwheeler eras, the corridors of the American Empress hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside. You needn’t be an art enthusiast to appreciate the captivating display of Pacific Northwest heritage that this unique collection represents.

A river cruise aboard the American Empress incites moments of sheer perfection with her seamless blend of stunning backdrops, exceptional dining venues, dynamic public spaces and stunning décor. We invite you to step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.

  • Call for Cabin Availability & Pricing PRICING LAND ONLY
    (based on double occupancy)*
    Cruise Package (category C) $3,999* **
    Single supplement (category C) $3,699* **
    Port charges $179
    Travel Protection Call for quote
    Deposit $500
    Final balance due 90 days before departure
     SAVE $300 per person First 10 cabins booked on this sailing
    * Call for single supplement for other cabin categories.
    ** Cruise price and airfare depends on cabin selection & departure date selected; air pricing available approximately 11 months prior to departure.
    A valid passport is required with expiration greater than 6 months from return date.

    Cancellation policy: if travel protection is not purchased, cancellation charges will be assessed as follows: cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:
    (i) up to 91 days before departure: $250 administration fee;
    (ii) 90-61 days before departure: 50% of gross fare;
    (iii) 60-31 days before departure: 75% of gross fare;
    (iv) 30-0 days before departure: 100% of gross fare

    Cancellation charges also apply to additional charges for upgrades, transfers and other pre-purchased services. Protection plan premiums are non-refundable. Additional cancellation fees apply for air tickets. After travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise or cruise/tour.
    • Operated by American Queen Steamboat Company
    • Home pick-up/return Indy metro area
    • The largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest.
    • All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes.
    • Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Empress.
    • Signature Hop-On Hop-Off Shore Excursions included in each port of call with private American Queen deluxe motorcoach transportation.
    • Regional Pacific Northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a contemporary flair.
    • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner.
    • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage.
    • Gracious service and warm hospitality.
    • Country club casual ambiance, no formal wear required.
    • Broadway caliber entertainment every evening with featured guest performances by sensational local artists.
    • Optional: 3-day/2-night post-cruise package in Spokane.
  • ITINERARY

    Day 1: Vancouver, WA
    Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Vancouver.

    Day 2:  Vancouver, WA
    Depart 6:00pm
    Experience Vancouver at your leisure or consider a guided Pre-Cruise Premium Excursion in Portland.  You will board the American Empress in Vancouver.

    Day 3: Astoria, OR
    Visit the Astoria Column for mesmerizing views of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean.

    Day 4: Stevenson, WA
    Witness the beauty and bounty of nature as you tour the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center and Bonneville Dam or journey to the cascading waters of America’s most scenic waterfall, Multnomah Falls on a Premium Shore Excursion.

    Day 5: The Dales, OR
    Peer into pioneer life at Fort Dalles Museum, explore Sunshine Mills Winery and enjoy browsing the city’s quaint boutiques.

    Day 6: Tri-Cities (Richland),  WA
    Venture to the REACH for informative tours about t he history of the Hanford Nuclear Site, the Northern Pacific Railroad and more.

    Day 7: Tri-Cities (Richland), WA
    Delve into Sacajawea State Park, the historic grounds where Lewis & Clark camped with their Native American guide, Sacajawea, in 1805.

    Day 8: Clarkston, WA
    Enjoy a day of discovery as you trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and visit Nez Perez Historical Park.

    Day 9: Clarkston, WA
    Disembark 8:00am
    Conclude your journey with a guided Post-Cruise Premium Excursion with airport transfer to Spokane.

    Hop-On Hop-Off Tours: Included on all American Queen Steamboat Company voyages are signature included shore excursions – your ticket to experience great river cities with selected admissions, narrated tours and our own dedicated fleet of Hop-On Hop-Off Motorcoaches®. You will enjoy hassle-free access to some of the most historically and culturally significant attractions in America’s heartland.

Call Interlude Tours today to book your American Empress
Cruise Vacation! (317) 913-0387