211Ship Type: River Cruise ShipOperated by: American Queen Voyages
Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress
cruises the Columbia and Snake Rivers delivering a rich sense of history in modern comfort.
Boasting a vast collection of some of the most intricate artifacts and artwork of Native Alaska, Russia, the Gold Rush and the sternwheeler era in and around Portland, Oregon, the corridors of our Columbia and Snake River cruise boat hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside.
We invite you to step aboard our authentic paddle wheeler and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.
Inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest, our menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of the region. Savor each succulent bite, swirl and sip amidst the rich ambiance of the Astoria Dining Room If you are looking for a more casual atmosphere, the River Grill is for you. Meals there feature favorite main dishes, such as roast prime rib alongside irresistible sides – roasted new potatoes, classic mac-and-cheese and fresh salads.
Entertainment on the American Empress
is one-of-a-kind. Make plans to spend your evenings with nightly river cruise entertainment. Live entertainers will bring down the house in The Show Lounge. Catch world-class entertainment, relive a historical moment or hear a famous river tale originally told by Lewis and Clark. And be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes to the the Paddlewheel Lounge to enjoy a late-night live set by our talented musicians.
Learn more about the region in which you are traveling with a number of enrichment programs we offer. See for yourself the highlights of each port that we visit on one of our guided Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions, or elect to take part in one of our expertly designed premium experiences. And our onboard historians – we like to call them Riverlorians – provide interesting lectures on the history and culture that surrounds you as you roll down the river.
On deck, refreshing spray and sunbeams kiss the skin as the endless upturns of earth disappear in the horizon – a teaser for the spectacles onshore. Private verandas serve as the perfect places to sip coffee and experience the world around, while public outdoor seating invites travelers to engage with one another, creating relationships that last a lifetime.
Class and type:
360 ft (110 m)
Built in 2003
Renovated in 2020.