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Columbia River Gorge

Highlights of the Columbia River

Portland Roundtrip - Example 6 Day Cruise aboard American Pride
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Embark on a 6-day cruise aboard the American Pride, exploring the Columbia River's highlights. Marvel at Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens as you cruise to Astoria, the oldest American settlement. Enjoy guided tours of the Columbia River Maritime Museum and Astoria's historic sites. Discover Cape Disappointment State Park's history at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Explore Kalama's heritage at the new Interpretive Center. Cruise through the stunning Columbia River Gorge, visiting Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam. Conclude your voyage on Hayden Island, known for its floating homes and scenic sunsets.
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  • Discover Astoria's charm with Victorian homes and historic sites
  • Learn about Mount St. Helens' eruption and its aftermath
  • Admire the Columbia River Gorge from your private balcony
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.

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Day 1: Portland, Oregon

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Portland and settle into your 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. 

Each Columbia and Snake Rivers itinerary comes with a Hotel Stay, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. 

Day 2: Embark in Portland | Cruising the Columbia River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and be transported to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

Board the ship and enjoy a day with Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens as your backdrop as you 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. Enjoy the scenery in the company of fellow guests in one of the spacious lounges or on the sun deck.

As you embark upon your journey, enjoy a Welcome Aboard Reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Meet the crew, your onboard experts, and fellow guests. Learn more about the wonderful adventure ahead of you.

Day 3: Astoria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 of 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.

Columbia River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion
Experience the Columbia River Maritime Museum on a self-guided excursion. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is the official maritime museum of the state of Oregon and also prides itself as being one of the finest maritime museums on the West Coast. 

Astoria Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion
Explore downtown Astoria on your own aboard this convenient shuttle which makes several stops on a continuous loop throughout the day including:
- Downtown Astoria - for shopping and exploring
- Heritage Museum - featuring Clatsop County’s rich and exciting history in permanent and changing exhibit galleries
- Astoria Column - a tower overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River, from which you can enjoy the majestic views of the countryside from the land
- Flavel House Museum - once the home of Captain George Flavel, this 1885 Queen Anne home features original Eastlake-influenced woodwork, period furnishings, and exotic hardwood.

Day 4: Kalama, Washington

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Mount St. Helens Experience - Complimentary
May 18, 1980, is a day etched into the history of the United States, as the powerful eruption of Mount St. Helens drastically changed the landscape of what is now referred to as the National Volcanic Monument. On your scenic journey to Mount St. Helens, learn about the eruption, how it affected the landscape and surrounding communities, and how the environment has responded naturally to the disturbance. Admire spectacular views of the pumice plain and blast site.

Port of Kalama Interpretive Center- Complimentary Excursion
Just a short walk from the ship, explore this new facility that celebrates Kalama’s unique place in Pacific Northwest history as a transportation and commercial hub and is designed to replicate a traditional waterfront warehouse of the 1800s. Exhibits track Kalama’s first inhabitants, the Cowlitz Tribe, and the settlers that followed over the next hundred years, including renowned Oregon Trail writer Ezra Meeker. Displays illustrate how Kalama’s particular landscape gave birth to a booming transportation system, impacting the area both culturally and economically.

Day 5: Stevenson, Washington

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From the comfort of your private balcony, admire the magnificent bluffs of the Columbia River Gorge, covered in deep green forest and framed by picturesque hillsides that quickly ascend toward the sky. Windsurfers and kiteboarders adorn the landscape as they drift across the broad, shining river. 

Nearby attractions offer a day of diverse options. Stand in awe of the glorious Multnomah Falls as it tumbles 620 feet off mountains and down into the river. Visit the Bonneville Dam visitor’s center to ponder the wonders of hydroelectricity and explore the intriguing exhibits of the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Discover the village of Stevenson, easily accessible from the dock, offering small-town charm and a unique Northwest flair. Or simply, sit on deck with a beverage and admire the grandeur of nature.

Multnomah Falls - Complimentary Excursion
Plummeting 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is the second-highest year-round waterfall in the nation. Experience the sights and sounds of this magnificent waterfall, fed by rain, snowmelt, and underground springs on Larch Mountain. Admire the falls from the Visitor Center or take a short hike to Benson Bridge, one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in Oregon, to feel its misty spray and get a great photo. Multnomah Falls also offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to view the basalt rock formations exposed by Ice Age Floods.

Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center - Complimentary Excursion
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, which showcases the area's unique history and cultural diversity. From the Native American tribes that inhabited the gorge to the expedition of Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers, learn of the bountiful life on the gorge as you explore this amazing museum.

Day 6: Portland, Oregon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
End your journey where it began in Hayden Island, an intriguing community that was once home to Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, earning it the nickname of  "Coney Island of the West." Today, this tiny island town is a popular place for houseboats, floating homes, outdoor dining, and water recreation, and is also known for its spectacular sunsets.


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Promotional rates are available on select departures for a limited time. These offers cannot be combined with other discounts and are only valid on new bookings.  Please discuss with your trip planner about applicable dates and cabin types.
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A comfortable getaway, single suites offer individuals spacious rooms with convenient amenities. At 203 sq. ft., these staterooms have interior entrances and large opening windows where the sights of the Pacific Northwest can be enjoyed.
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Single Private Balcony
Perfect for the solo traveler, Single staterooms offer all 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.
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These 290 sq. ft. staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, all are equipped with modern amenities, full-size bathrooms, and closet space.
AAR Private Balcony
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AAR Private Balcony
AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of the American Pride. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space equipped with plush seating, full-size bathrooms, and a private balcony with a large opening picture window.
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AAL Private Balcony
AAL staterooms are conveniently located on the third deck and offer all 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 Columbia River and the surrounding landscape. At 304 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a seating area, desk, and full-size bathroom.
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AAC Private Balcony
Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing Columbia River landscapes. At 304 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 Northwest from every angle.
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Veranda Suite Private Balcony
Each Veranda Suite on the American Pride offers the finest accommodations on the Columbia River with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular space of up to 445 sq. ft. is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself home. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to an expansive private balcony offering private panoramic views. Every modern amenity is at your fingertips, with a spacious seating area and full-size bathroom.
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  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Complimentary cocktail parties
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Signature shore excursion - Should be reserved in advance due to limited availability.


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