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American Empress Steamboat Details Announced

The American Queen Steamboat Company, will launch its newly refurbished American Empress on her maiden voyage departing Portland, Oregon on April 5, 2014.

American Empress is the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi River and her nine-day journey along the Columbia and Snake Rivers features stops to some of the region’s most celebrated ports.

Ports include: Astoria, Oregon | Stevenson, Washington | The Dalles, Oregon | Sacajawea State Park, Washington |Clarkston, Washington

Complimentary shore excursions will be available in every port and include the cultural and historical landmarks that signify the living legacy of the region’s first settlers. Those guests with specific interests are encouraged to enjoy the variety of Premium Experience Excursions such as the Walla Walla Wine Trail or the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

Daily lectures will also be provided by the Riverlorian, an onboard history and culture expert.

“We are delighted to expand our brand of U.S. river cruising to the majestic and scenic Columbia and Snake Rivers,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than in the pristine waterways of the Pacific Northwest and we know our guests will appreciate the scenery appearing much as it did when Louis and Clark arrived in 1805.”

Destination Focus:

Astoria - Visit the George Flavel House, a 19th-century mansion and tour of the Clatsop County Heritage Museum. Guests also have the option to experience the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Centre on the Cape of Disappointment overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Stevenson - Look into the geological forces that shaped the Columbia Gorge along with a tour of the Bonneville Dam. This premium excursion also features a walking tour over the Benson Footbridge, suspended 105 feet above the Multnomah Falls.

The Dalles - Browse the local boutiques and Sunshine Mills Winery. Premium offerings include the Maryhill Museum of Art & Winery and Western Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

Sacajawea State Park – Venture into the County Mercantile Store and learn from agricultural demonstrations that settlers practiced through time. Guests also have the option of touring the Walla Walla Wine Trail or Hanford Research facility, home of the first large-scale plutonium production reactor.

Clarkston - Enjoy the Clarkston Heritage Museum and insight into the story of Nez Pearce Native American tribe who assisted Lewis and Clark’s journey. Before disembarking, guests also have the option of a jet boating experience on the Snake River with Hells Canyon Jet Boats.

The American Empress measures 360 ft. with five towering decks and accommodates 223 guests in seven stateroom categories. She was built in 2002 and from that time until 2008 she was operated by Majestic America Line and sailed Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Pacific Northwest.

This cruise includes a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore excursions in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

For more information on American Empress please call one of our cruise experts on 0800 008 6677