Thank you to everyone who joined us onboard the American Empress last Sunday for lunch and a tour of the boat. And a special thank you to all those in the crew who worked so hard to help us host this event. From the hotel manager and purser who greeted us, to the excellent wait staff in the Astoria Dining Room, and the Cruise Directors who hosted us in the Show Lounge – and we cannot forget Bob and Pamela who work for American Queen Steamboat Company. Thank you all!

Empress Sign

We loved our time onboard the American Empress – we always do! One of the cruise directors serenaded us, and Nadine shared about her boat experience – longtime cruise director on the Mississippi riverboats. And Mr. Bob Salmon discussed the American Queen in addition to the American Empress.

Empress Presentation

After the presentation in the Show Lounge (did I mention we had champagne?), we all headed to the Astoria Dining Room for lunch – what a treat! Here’s a picture of the menu, and some of the tasty offerings we enjoyed!

Lunch on the AE (2)

I had the Duck Confit – amazing! It just melted in my mouth. And the lingonberry preserves on top just made it taste like Thanksgiving! I think the star of lunch was absolutely the dessert – the hazelnut cookie and raspberry sauce were nice touches, but all I needed was the chocolate ganache!

Enjoying lunch


After we’d indulged in lunch, we took a walk around the boat, getting to peek inside cabins and visit the different lounges and common areas around the boat. I think my favorite is always the rocking chairs at the bow of the ship. When docked in Vancouver, the bow is facing the I-5 bridge, with the promise of a great cruise lying just beyond.

Rockers - Katherine

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