Normally, you have to be a passenger onboard a weeklong cruise to enjoy the delicious lunch on the American Empress. But we few, we lucky few… Some from our office and special guests were able to attend a lunch event on the paddlewheel, followed by a tour of the boat. It was awe-inspiring! But there’s no better way to explain the elegance of the boat than to show you. Here’s a few of my pictures from that amazing day.

 

The American Empress, docked in Stevenson, WA.

The American Empress, docked in Stevenson, WA.

I had to stand way far back to get more of the boat in the picture.

I had to stand way far back to get more of the boat in the picture.

American Empress paddlewheel

There’s the paddlewheel, with the Oregon hills behind it! I’m standing on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

This is the gorgeous entryway when you step onto the boat.

This is the gorgeous entryway when you step onto the boat. Dining Room to the left.

The Astoria Dining Room, set for our lunch.

The Astoria Dining Room, set for our lunch.

The tables are set - quite beautifully! But whats that on the plate?

The tables are set – quite beautifully! But what’s that on the plate?

The ship is on the plate!

The ship is on the plate!

Heres our lunch menu. What looks good?

Here’s our lunch menu. What looks good?

Walla Walla Onion Soup is what looks good!

Walla Walla Onion Soup is what looks good! Delicious! Amazing! And local!

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If you get lost, just check the map on the wall!

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Here’s the Show Lounge, on the same deck as the Dining Room. Looks ready for the band!

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One of the many paintings lining the walls. This one was in the Show Lounge. One of our guests suggested that this was the picture showing how his wife proposed to him. Gave me quite a giggle!

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The art on display was amazing. It was like each hallway was its own art gallery.

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The Native American art was spectacular! But this is not art from the Columbia Gorge region. The Empress used to cruise further north, so a lot of the onboard art represents northern tribes.

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The view from the River Grill & Bar.

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Step out of the River Grill and enjoy the sunshine!

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There’s the paddlewheel! My favorite part!

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Local cherries – what a treat! I love Rainier Cherries!

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The view from the Pilot House.

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Hello! Thank you for showing us around the Pilot House!

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I don’t know what any of this does, but I’m sure its important.

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More stuff in the Pilot House. Hey look! A copy of today’s River Times!

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More technical stuff.

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Let’s look at a cabin!

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Comfy!

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All the necessities.

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We’re all imagining ourselves staying in this room…

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With a cute table and chairs outside our door to watch the river go by.

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We ended our tour in the Paddlewheel Lounge with a presentation by our host, Pamela, and the Captain.

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Had fun with friends!

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Ending with a view of the paddlewheel from inside the Paddlewheel Lounge! Did I mention that the paddlewheel is my favorite part?

Thank you to the American Empress crew for a wonderful day, delicious meal, and for taking great care of that amazing boat!

 

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