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Vancouver to Clarkston - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard American Empress
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Discover the intoxicating influence of one of the world's classic beverages, and sample the uniquely American notes of Pacific Northwest on this 9-day Wine Cruise aboard American Empress. A variety of boutique wineries have capitalized on the complex and varied microclimates of the Pacific Northwest, and created new and exciting twists on winemaking. Travel into the heart of wine country, and discover the sources of delicious libations. Explore this stunning region's history, landscapes, relaxed culture, and unique wines.
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Highlights
  • Explore Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies
  • Experience the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and Bonneville Dam
  • Enjoy wines from local Pacific Northwest wineries
  • Enjoy tastings, pairings, and educational series with regional experts
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Vancouver, Washington

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Day 2: Vancouver, Washington | Embark

A suburb of 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, Oregon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Astoria is known 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, Washington

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, Oregon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, Washington

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, Washington

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, Washington | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

Ship/Hotel

American Empress

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river grill bar
Astoria Dining Room

Dates & Prices

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$2,699
American Empress Veranda Stateroom
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Veranda Staterooms (E)
150 sq. ft. 12 cabins located on the Vista Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Semi-private veranda, Interior and exterior access.
American Empress  Outside Stateroom
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Outside Staterooms With Window (D)
180 sq. ft. 7 cabins located on the Explore Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Interior access.
American Empress Deluxe Veranda
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Deluxe Veranda Staterooms (C)
180 sq. ft. 75 cabins located on the Discovery and Frontier Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Private veranda, Interior access.
American Empress Superior Veranda
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Superior Veranda Staterooms (B)
210-250 sq. ft. 9 cabins located on the Vista, Discovery and Frontier Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Sitting area, Private veranda, Interior access, Stateroom 403 features a semi-private veranda.
American Empress Single outside
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Single Outside Stateroom With Veranda (SO)
160 sq. ft. 1 cabin located on the Frontier Deck. Single bed Full bathroom with shower, Private veranda, Interior access.
American Empress Suites with veranda
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Suites With Veranda (A)
310 sq. ft. 6 cabins located on the Vista Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Sitting area with sofa, Semi-private veranda, Interior and exterior access.
American Empress Luxury Suite
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Luxury Suites With Veranda (LS)
410 sq. ft. 2 cabins located on the Discovery and Frontier Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Sitting area with sofa, Private veranda, Interior access Commodore Services, including a River Butler.

Notes

Inclusions
  • Pre-cruise hotel night stay in the embarkation city
  • Included Hop-on/Hop-off Shore Ex on all ports of call (except embark, disembark ports) on AQSC cruises.  Traditional shore excursion program on the VCL ships.  Premium shore excursions available at an extra charge
  • Unlimited beverages including world-class wine lists, top-shelf spirits, local craft beers and specialty coffees
  • All meals including fresh lobster and USDA Prime Beef available every night
  • 24-Hour in-room dining
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Live, Daily Entertainment and Enrichment
 
Exclusions
  • Port fees
  • Gratuities
  • Premium and Connoisseur Beverage Packages
  • Premium Shore Excursions
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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