Savor the Flavors of the River exploring one of the world’s great wine regions
Consider the beauty in aging — age evolves into maturity, knowledge, and experience. Discover the intoxicating influence of one of the world’s most perfect examples of aging well and becoming better than ever before. In the Pacific Northwest, the wines are world-renowned and as varied as the landscape. Sample the uniquely American notes of the Pacific Northwest on our Wine Cruises. 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. We’ll travel into the heart of Washington’s wine country, and introduce you to the sources of delicious libations. From vine to glass, we’ll paint a picture of pure elegance.
Sip it all in…
- A private wine reception at your pre-voyage hotel
- Tastings, pairings and educational series by regional experts
- Featured wines from local Pacific Northwest wineries
- Special dinner menus inspired by featured wines
Begin in Vancouver, Washington, with excellent wine tasting rooms just feet from the riverbank. Wander the new waterfront and historic downtown filled with fun and independently owned shops. Stroll through Esther Short Park, with a chiming tower dedicated to the local salmon runs. Further upstream you’ll have the chance to visit Walla Walla, Washington where around every bend is an iconic winery, unforgettable view, or epic adventure. With more than 120 wineries and 2,800 acres of grapes, Walla Walla is recognized among the finest wine regions in the nation. These robust, exceptional flavors come with a refreshingly relaxed come-as-you-are attitude.
The beauty of aging well pairs comfortably with the historic ambience as you sail aboard the American Empress. The iconic paddlewheel ship sails the Columbia River in perfect cadence as it passes along this historic corridor once traveled by Lewis and Clark and along the Oregon Trail. The elegant beauty of the ship is the perfect backdrop in which to savor the joys of a Pacific Northwest wine cruise. Sit back and watch the dramatic landscapes float by – from lush evergreen covered hills to majestic waterfalls to the dramatic rolling hills east of the Cascade Mountain range. Enjoy a gourmet dinner aboard, enjoy a performance in the show lounge, perhaps enjoy a nightcap, then retire to the comfort of your spacious room and dream of more wonders to come tomorrow.
There is much to be celebrated in the aging process – if you sip it all in!