COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS – Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA
DATES: 2024 – PADDLEWHEELERS – American Pride – SUN – APR 28 – OCT 20 – American West – FRI – APR 19 – OCT 11
RIVERBOATS – American Song – TUE – APR 2 – OCT 22 – American Jazz – TUE – APR 23 – JUL 23: FRI – AUG 2-OCT 25 – American Harmony – THU – APR 11-DEC 12; FRI – 12/20; SAT – 12/28
2025 – PADDLEWHEELERS – American Pride – MON – APR 7 – NOV 10 – American West – MON – MAY 5 – OCT 13
RIVERBOATS – American Song – WED – MAR 5 – NOV 12 – American Jazz – SAT – MAR 15 – NOV 22 – American Harmony – SAT – MAR 1 – DEC 13
DURATION: 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
EMBARK: PORTLAND, OR
DISEMBARK: CLARKSTON, WA
Or Reverse Itinerary
SHIPS: American West; American Pride; American Jazz; American Song; American Harmony
AFTER $500 SAVINGS
Embrace the pioneering spirit of Lewis and Clark as you immerse yourself in the history of their expedition into the West. As our intimate and well-appointed riverboat makes its way along these legendary rivers, from Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA, be amazed by the constant shifts in landscapes. From the lush forest mountains to magnificent waterfalls and even desert canyons, the evolving terrain is unlike anywhere else in America. Experience a front-row seat as we navigate through the famed lock and dam system, an awe-inspiring testament to human engineering.
Enjoy days of personalized exploration, led by our engaging local guides who enhance your understanding of fascinating landmarks, such as Mount St. Helens, famous for its eruption in 1980, and Multnomah Falls, an impressive 611-foot-tall cascade of falling water. Travel to scenic vineyards, where you can savor the area’s finest varietals.
On board, delight in the ship’s delicious cuisine, socialize at the daily cocktail hour, and enjoy onboard guest speaker presentations, featuring fascinating stories and insights about the region’s history, environment, and culture. Unwind each evening with a diverse array of talented regional performers in the intimate performance lounge.
American Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes
- Pre-cruise hotel
- Select shore excursions
- Dining service
- Complimentary cocktail parties
- Entertainment aboard the ship
- Guests are not expected to leave a gratuity on board
- Port charges and fees
- Premium Shore tours
- Beverages other than those mentioned
- Items of personal nature, gift shop purchases
- Travel Insurance
ARRIVE PORTLAND, OR
Arrive in Portland and settle into your included hotel, located right at the ship’s dock for a seamless boarding process. Situated between the waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the area’s history is forever entwined with the fortunes of these great rivers.
Pre- and post-cruise arrangements are available.
PORTLAND – EMBARKATION - CRUISE THE COLUMBIA RIVER
Board the ship and enjoy a day with Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens as your backdrop as we cruise to the mouth of the West’s most famous river. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed the waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. With its sparkling rivers, stately evergreens, and mild climate, you will understand why this area was noted as exceptional by explorer Meriwether Lewis.
Choose from an array of customized excursions. Perhaps take a narrated motorcoach excursion to get an overview of this dramatic city. Or indulge in the glamour of the Peabody Hotel. Explore the home, life, and career of Elvis Presley or make your pilgrimage to Sun Studio, where he recorded his earliest smash-hits.
The comfort of your ship awaits at the nearby Beale Street Landing, docked along an impressive, recently renovated city park. Be entertained on board by local musicians as you savor a nightcap.
Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Colorful Victorian homes adorn the hillside that climbs steeply up from the river, earning it the nickname “The Little San Francisco.” Explore this remarkable town on your own or choose from a collection of well-curated excursions. Step into history on a guided exploration to the National Park Service replica of Fort Clatsop, the 1805-06 winter camp of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Board a local red trolley to ride along the picturesque waterfront or savor the perspective from a bluff high above the city at the picturesque Astoria Column. Peruse the town’s quaint shops, galleries, wineries, and brew pubs. Or simply stroll off the ship to the nearby acclaimed Columbia River Maritime Museum.
From our convenient new dock at Kalama, Washington, enjoy the grand landscape of the Cascade Mountains scenic drive to view the remnants of nearby Mount St. Helens. A local guide enhances your understanding and shares the story of the volcano’s 1980 eruption and its impact on the environment and the lives of those in the area. Just off the ship dock, enjoy an expansive city park, unique local artwork throughout an impressive adjacent hotel, and an interesting interpretive center. Or venture out to a nearby family vineyard for an afternoon of wine tasting.
THE DALLES, OR
The Dalles, the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail, nestles along the Columbia River with a beautiful view of both Mount Hood and Mount Adams, each towering more than 11,000 feet above your cruise ship. To the pioneers of the 1800s, this rugged terrain was treacherous, but to today’s visitors, it is fascinating. Venture ashore on your own to explore the historic downtown, steps from the ship, featuring fascinating museums, intimate cafes, local pubs, and a collection of historic murals which embellish the streetscape. Or enjoy guided excursions to learn about the area’s rich history, view a unique art collection in a magnificent building perched on a bluff above the river, or spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.
Cruising the Columbia River
Enjoy a relaxing day as you cruise the past dramatic scenery of the Columbia River basin.
PENDELTON, OR / RICHLAND, WA
Richland sits at confluence of the Yakima and Columbia River. Our ship docks just steps away from scenic waterfront walking trials, unique shops, and local wineries. Enjoy a variety of guided excursions to area parks and museums, including the REACH Museum where you can discover Eastern Washington’s rich landscape and history, from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age. Admire the beauty of the Columbia and Snake River confluence at Sacajawea State Park and explore the grounds where the Corps of Discovery camped in October 1805 amidst a thriving community of Native Americans. A full-day excursion also visits Pendleton, Oregon to enjoy western heritage, Native American history and the network of underground tunnels created a century ago for both legal and illicit activities.
On your way to Clarkston, cruise the legendary Snake River. Watch the remote wilderness and canyon hillsides glide by in ever-changing scenic panoramas. Admire the steep hillsides, dotted with white pelicans, osprey, bald eagles, cormorants, blue herons, and more. Nestled in a handsome valley surrounded by steep hillsides, Clarkston embellishes the shoreline along the Snake River at the river’s confluence with the Clearwater River. Named for William Clark of the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition, Clarkston’s origin dates back to the late 1890s, tracing its roots to the Nez Perce, the Native American tribe that originally inhabited the valley. Venture to Hells Canyon for a boat ride, through the deepest canyon in North America, and let your senses run as wild as the landscapes of grand mountain peaks and vast reaches of remote wilderness.
CLARKSTON, WA - DISEMBARK
Enjoy breakfast on board and treat yourself to a narrated aerial adventure over Hells Canyon. As we transport you to the airport to begin your journey home, reflect upon your amazing adventure and the memories and friendships made along the way.
Our series of modern American Riverboats has introduced the sophistication of a fine hotel to America’s rivers. Accommodating just 180 guests, each ship ensures a personalized experience on board with our dedicated crew and onshore led by our expert guides. This revolutionary fleet features the largest-in-class staterooms, including single occupancy options, with full-size bathrooms, private balconies, and large opening picture windows. These riverboats also boast a spectacular four-story glass atrium, indoor and outdoor dining venues, a large fitness center, multiple spacious lounges, and an incredible top deck showcasing a Skywalk with breathtaking river views.
Our modern American riverboats carries with it not just passengers, but a rich history and a deep connection to the heart and soul of America.
Largest Staterooms in the Industry
We take pride in the generous size of our staterooms which are the largest in the industry. Averaging over 350 square feet, each features the most modern amenities, including full-size bathrooms comparable to the finest hotels. After a day of exploration, guests can relax in their private sanctuary, complete with all the comforts of home.
Lounges with Panoramic River Views
A variety of lounges are available offering a space for every mood from the quiet in the study to the congenial camaraderie in the Sky Lounge. No matter which lounge you choose, you will be surrounded by panoramic views as you read a favorite book or discuss the day’s activities with fellow guests.
Our spacious staterooms feature private balconies with full-length sliding glass doors, the perfect place to unwind at the end of an enriching day. Each private balcony is furnished with table and chairs for dining, lounging, or simply enjoying breathtaking views as warm breezes to fill your room.
THE RIVERBOATS – AMERICAN HARMONY, AMERICAN JAZZ, AMERICAN SONG
These 3 sister ships were specifically designed to navigate the Mississippi River, and her tributaries. They feature panoramic views throughout, including an impressive four-story glass atrium in the center of the ship. Ranging from 250 to 650 square feet, all of the spacious staterooms feature full-size bathrooms, roomy closets, and private balconies where you can enjoy daily breakfast room service. Each also offers the Ellipse Café for casual dining, an option that has been very popular with our guests.
These ships also feature many spacious lounges, where you can share the day’s adventures with fellow guests, as well as an onboard fitness center. At the end of each incredible day, unwind in your luxurious Grand Suite or Veranda Suite and enjoy “suite treats” which have been delivered to your stateroom, such as mini cheesecakes or chocolate-covered strawberries.
Grand Suite Private Balcony
The luxurious Grand Suite measures 650 sq. ft. and offers panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sliding glass doors lead out to a private balcony complete with a private dining area, the perfect place to enjoy breakfast room service or watch the sun set. Each Grand Suite features a separate bedroom and living area, ideal for gathering with family and friends after an invigorating day of exploration.
Veranda Suite Private Balcony
With a generous 405 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.
AAM Private Balcony
Located on the third deck, these spacious staterooms feature
commanding views of the passing river landscapes. At 350 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 from every angle.
AAC Private Balcony
AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the second 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 views of the surrounding landscape. At 316 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk and full-size bathrooms.
AAR Private Balcony
AAR staterooms on the main deck offer complete comfort with approximately 275 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy a full-size bathroom, large picture window, and door leading out to a furnished private balcony. These staterooms also feature a large sitting area, ideal for getting together with friends.
Single Private Balcony
Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 250 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.
AMERICAN PRIDE/AMERICAN WEST – PADDLEWHEELER
These ships allos our guests to experience the nostalgia of classic paddlewheeler travel, while enjoying perfect comfort and the most modern amenities.
Recently renovated, they feature serene color palettes, luxurious textiles and linens, new furniture and carpets, and artwork and flourishes. From the staterooms and suites to the lounges and dining rooms, the new décor pays homage to the legendary Columbia River.
On board, guests can relax in a casual ambiance while admiring panoramic views of the passing scenery. With only 110 to 180 guests, fellow travelers will quickly become new friends.
Owner’s Suite Private Balcony
Each Owner’s Suite on American Splendor offers the finest accommodations on the Mississippi 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, desk, and full-size bathroom.
AAM Private Balcony
Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing Mississippi landscape. At 328 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 Mississippi from every angle. These staterooms also offer a sitting area, desk, and full-size bathrooms and are the epitome of comfort and relaxation.
AAC Private Balcony
AAC staterooms are conveniently located on the fourth deck and at 304 sq. ft 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 Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape.
AAL Private Balcony
AAL staterooms can be found on the third deck of America. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with plush seating, full-size bathrooms, and a private balcony with large sliding glass doors that offer great views of the Mississippi scenery.
AAR Private Balcony
AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of American Splendor. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with full-size bathrooms and a private balcony complete with an outdoor seating area.
These 290 sq. ft. staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, these staterooms are equipped with modern amenities, full-size bathrooms, and closet space.
Single Private Balcony
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.
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 viewing windows where the sights of the Mississippi can be enjoyed.