Columbia River Cruise aboard the Queen of the West

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Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $3,860 pp/do*

Single Price: $4,675 pp

Sale: Save $1500 Off Per Stateroom on Select Departures!
Book by: 04/19/2014

2014 Dates: Mar 15, 22, 29 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

2015 Dates: Mar 28 Apr 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23 , 30 June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25 August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September 5, 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov 7

Ships: The Queen of the West

Notes: Port charges $250.00 per person.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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The Queen of the West Returns to the Columbia River!

QueenWest 2009 Columbia River Cruise aboard the Queen of the West

Departing from Portland, OR or Clarkston, WA. Travel along the Columbia River on an overnight paddlewheeler: American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the West!

The mighty Columbia captures the imagination and lures travelers with its promise of bigger-than-life adventure. After all, this was the waterway that led Lewis and Clark to the Pacific and introduced America to what lay west of the Mississippi. Although they failed to discover the fabled Northwest Passage, the Lewis & Clark expedition stands among the major explorations of all time. From deep river canyons with lush forested slopes and sparkling waterfalls to majestic snow capped volcanic mountains and the remote high desert country, this is a place of natural wonder, pristine wilderness, and rich history.

 

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Testimonials from previous travelers aboard the Queen of the West:

“We LOVED the whole idea of a river cruise and really like the small ship.  The service was simply great.  Thank you again for being so nice to us.  Hopefully you can book another river cruise for us some day.” Anna & Bill, North Carolina – Read More

“The cruise was very good.  The weather was beautiful all along the way. We really, really enjoyed it.” Allen and Bonnie Gig Harbor, WA- Read More

 

2014 Theme Dates:

April 19 – Wine Cruise

May 17 – Lewis & Clark

June 28 – Independence Day

November 22 – Thanksgiving

 

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Daily Itinerary

Columbia & Snake River

Day 1 - Portland, OR
Day 2 - Astoria, OR
Day 3 - Rainier, OR
Day 4 - Cruising the Columbia River Gorge
Day 5 - Stevenson, WA
Day 6 - Pendleton, OR
Day 7 - River Cruising
Day 8 - Clarkston, WA
Itinerary the reverse for one-way Clarkston/Lewiston to Portland

Port Descriptions

 

Day 1 - Portland, OR
Arrive early to visit the beautiful city of Portland. Situated between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland has flourished throughout history with the fortunes of the great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland’s busy waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. Today big city excitement, combined with small town charm, make Portland one of the favorite destinations in the West. Highlights include the Portland Art Museum, International Rose Test Garden and the famous Powell’s Bookstore, filling an entire city block.

 

Day 2 - Astoria, OR
A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and today showcases more than 70 Victorian-era homes in its unique historic district. In the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site, following Clark’s own sketches, and was eventually named a National Monument. At Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, get a comprehensive overview of the Corp’s entire expedition.

 

Day 3 - Rainier, OR / Mount St. Helens
Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. From Rainier, travel to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At the nearby observatory and interpretive center, look right into the volcanic crater with its steaming dome, and witness first hand the destructive power and damage caused by this volcanic blast in 1980.

 

Day 4 - Cruising the Columbia River Gorge
Eighty miles long and up to four thousand feet deep, the Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. A popular recreational destination, the gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the United States Forest Service. The cliffs of the awe-inspiring Gorge look down on quaint riverfront towns and exhilarating windsurfing waters. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

Day 5 - Stevenson, WA
In the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range, the ship will transit the Bonneville Lock and Dam to reach the port of Stevenson. At the Bonneville Dam Visitors Center, learn about the workings of the massive turbine generators behind this imposing hydroelectric power source. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center showcases the area's unique cultural and historical diversity, from the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers.

 

Day 6 - Pendleton, OR
Journey to Pendleton and get a taste of the real west watching working cowboys at the world-famous Pendleton Roundup and learn of the coming of the pioneers from the perspective of the Native Americans at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.

 

Day 7 - River Cruising

 

Day 8 - Clarkston, WA / Lewiston, ID
The twin cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington, are known as the Northwest’s most inland seaports. Here, along the Snake River, you’ll find Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. The canyon is known for its pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. View ancient Indian petroglyphs and magnificent wildlife

 

Columbia River Wine CruiseEnjoy a special themed cruise on May 4th departure.

As you cruise the Columbia River, we'll stop at renowned local vineyards for tours and enjoy tastings of regional favorites. Renowned onboard experts share their insight into the region's wines, while showing passengers everything needed to fully experience the robust wine that Columbia River has to offer.

SHORE TOUR INFORMATION

 

Portland, OR City Tour: A 2.5 hour narrated city tour of Portland where you will witness all the hidden treasures of “The City of Roses.”

 

Astoria, OR City Tour of Astoria Fort Canby Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center:
Travel across the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the longest continuous truss bridge in the world spanning 1,232 feet across the mouth of the Columbia River. See the site of Station Camp, the end of Lewis and Clark’s journey by canoe.  Follow their overland trail to Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, where you get a comprehensive overview of the Corp’s entire expedition. Snap a photo of Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which guards the infamous Columbia River Bar.

 

Fort Clatsop: Explore Fort Clatsop, where the Corps of Discovery headquartered during the winter of 1805-06. Although the original fort fell into natural disrepair, in 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site, following Clark’s own sketches and eventually named a National Monument. While here, you enjoy interpretive programs presented by rangers, some dressed in period costumes.

Astoria, Astoria Maritime Museum & Astoria Column: Visit the highly acclaimed Columbia River Maritime Museum; see Columbia, the last lightship on the West Coast named a National Historic Landmark; tour Astoria’s unique historic district with more than 70 Victorian-era homes (many on the National Historic Register); and photograph the famous Astoria Column with panoramic views of the city and Pacific Ocean.

 

Rainier, OR Mount St. Helens Tour & Visitors Center: Enjoy a scenic bus ride to Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory. The Johnston Ridge Observatory sits on a bluff just 5-1/2 miles from the crater and offers grand views of Mount St. Helens and much of the 1980 blast zone. Here you can enjoy spectacular views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain and the landslide deposit. Also visit the Mt. St. Helens Forest Learning Center, located inside the blast zone of the May 18, 1980 eruption. Walk through a life-like forest and experience the Eruption Chamber. Learn about forest recovery, reforestation and conservation of forest resources.

Stevenson, WA Best of the Columbia River Gorge Multnomah Falls: Visit the breathtaking Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Enjoy the falls from the Visitor Center or hike the paved trail to Benson Bridge where you can get up close views of the falls. Make sure to save time to explore the Visitor Center, where park rangers, plaques and brochures are available to give you a wealth of knowledge about the area.

Bonneville Dam: Upon arrival, enjoy a greeting and introduction from a Bonneville Dam Ranger, who will let you know all the fascinating things you can learn while at the dam. After the greeting, take a 1-hour self-guided tour of Bonneville Dam and learn all about fisheries and hydropower of the area.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum:  The museum interprets the natural and cultural history of the region with exhibits highlighting the cultural diversity of Gorge inhabitants from the first Native Americans to the Japanese, Chinese and other nationalities who arrived in the 19th century. Other exhibits emphasize the natural history of the area.

Pendleton, OR/Walla Walla, WA Old West Pendleton Roundup & Tamastslikt Cultural Institute: Step back into the days of the Old West.  Follow the route used by the Oregon Trail pioneers as you make the scenic trip to Pendleton, home of the world famous Pendleton Roundup. You seem to time-travel to another era as working cowboys display their riding skills. Witness sheep dog demonstration and firing of an authentic flintlock gun. 

Also visit the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, which plays tribute to the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indians. These three distinct peoples melded together over the past 150 years in an alliance, now called the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The facility, which helps document and preserve traditions and practices that distinguish the Confederated Tribes, also includes impressive exhibits and dioramas. Their colorful culture comes alive during a festive native dance program.

Pendleton Woolen Mill: Pendleton Mills has been producing world famous woolens since 1909, including Native American blankets inspired by ancient designs and legends. Learn about the renown Pendleton weaving process. When you’re finished you can visit the Mill Store where you can select from Pendleton’s array of menswear, women’s wear, blankets and fabrics.

Fort Walla Walla / Whitman Mission / Walla Walla Wineries: A visit here is a step back to the pioneering days of Pacific Northwest history.  Fifteen original and replica structures and a wealth of artifacts dating from 1859 to the turn of the 20th Century help tell the story of the original pioneer settlement.  Structures include original cabins, a school, a railroad depot, a livery stable, and a military exhibit from Fort Walla Walla. 

On November 29, 1847, the family of Dr. Marcus Whitman and others were massacred by Native Americans of the Cayuse. The Whitman Mission National Historic Site commemorates Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, the role they played in establishing the Oregon Trail, and the challenges encountered when two cultures meet. 

The Walla Walla Valley is home to more than three dozen wineries. Stop at a local winery to hear an expert wine maker explain how local conditions are ideal for growing superb grapes while conducting a tour and tasting.

Clarkston, WA Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour: Climb aboard a jet boat for a safe yet exhilarating adventure into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Your United States Coast Guard certified captain will narrate as you travel across the Snake River through the pristine wilderness of Hells Canyon – the deepest canyon in North America. Along the way, you’ll stop to view 7,000-year-old petroglyphs, foraging big horn sheep and rock formations sculpted over millions of years.

Saturday, Disembarkation Day Transfer to Portland, OR (or Clarkston) Maryhill Winery Tour: While transferring back to Portland, OR, enjoy a stop at the Maryhill Winery for a luncheon, tasting and tour. Upon arrival, receive a 30 minute tour of the winery, followed by a 30 minute tasting in the newly renovated, outdoor pavilion. Lunch will follow the tasting in the pavilion. After lunch there will be time to explore the gift shop or tour the winery on own.

 *Shore excursions are optional and not included in the cruise fare. 

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Your onboard experience is as important as your onshore experience, so we take special care in providing the best in service, accommodations, entertainment, dining, all in an elegant yet comfortable environment. The all-American crew is there to see to all your needs, with the goal of providing you with the most memorable adventure possible.23 Columbia River Cruise aboard the Queen of the West

Onboard Activities

Not only do we provide unique ports on our cruises, but unique entertainment as well. Activities are designed to highlight the areas in which we visit, including guest lecturers, local musicians, demonstrations, minor theatrical performances and games. From a performance by a fife and drum corps on Chesapeake Bay to a visit from a local lobsterman in Maine or a visit from costumed antebellum characters in the historic south, activities are as rich in history and culture as the ports themselves. Unlike the mega ships, you won’t find glitzy shows or casinos; instead we offer a refreshingly casual atmosphere, with an intimate ambience that is perfect for congenial camaraderie with fellow passengers and quiet relaxation. Open decks and glassed-in observation lounges allow for the watching of passing scenery and wildlife, while a well-stocked library provides reading material and videos focusing on the areas to be visited.

Onboard Experts

In order to enhance your cruise experience we invite carefully selected experts to join us on board. Through informal lectures, open discussions and activities, they bring local history, nature and culture alive with their knowledge and passion for American heritage. These enlighteners, naturalists and historians also lead shore excursions while in port, to give our guests behind the scenes tours of some of American’s best-kept secrets and favorite treasures. Not only will you find knowledge in these experts, but a friend as well. Onboard activities and entertainment are included in your cruise fare.

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We make it a top priority to offer a first-class dining experience at every meal. Expect exceptional cuisine prepared by chefs who have extensive culinary credentials and training from some of the most prestigious culinary institutes. The all-American crew offers an outstanding level of service to make the most discerning passenger’s journey memorable and relaxing. Dining onboard is informal, dress is resort casual, and seating is unassigned and served in the glass-enclosed dining room, where every seat offers a panoramic view. Using only the freshest ingredients, menus are inspired by regional and local specialties. Each evening before dinner, passengers are invited to mingle and share their day’s adventures over complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

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