On Saturday, we took a group of nearly 80 clients on board the American Empress. The boat officially started its season on Sunday, boarding passengers for the cruise east towards Clarkston. The Empress’ season lasts through November, so be sure to book your cruise soon!

To get the COMPLETE American Empress experience, we rode the Hop-On/Hop-Off American Empress motorcoach! American Empress Motorcoach, Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour BusI’ve always been impressed with the effort they’ve made to make the motorcoach look like the boat – which would make it so easy to spot when you’re exploring a port city you’ve never been to and need a ride back. But I was equally impressed with how comfy the seats were, and how nice the drivers were. Thanks Mark and Diane from #ShoreExofAm!

American Empress paddlewheel, docked in Vancouver, WA

Once on board the boat, we broke up into small groups to tour the boat. We got to see cabins of differing categories, from the smallest to the Owner’s Suite! The suites do come with fun perks! Each hallway is lined with art, and there are identifying numbers underneath. If you ever happen to be bored (which is hard to do on this boat!), you can use the gallery handout to explore the art!

The River Grill is the alternate dining option on the American Empress – but its totally my favorite option! The River Grill serves buffet-style breakfast and lunch, and the cooks will make your eggs to order in the morning. Their goal over the course of the week is to know you so well, they’ll start your breakfast as soon as you walk in the door! But for dinner, the River Grill is reservations-only. If you’re on board to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, make your reservation for that night! Have a special evening and enjoy yourselves.

American Empress River Grill with sample menu

I always like to visit the pilot house! I’m not sure why. So many buttons, and I don’t know what any of them do. But one of the ship’s captains explained a little about what’s happening with all those buttons and screens.

The Astoria Dining Room is beautiful. And the menu is too yummy for words!

The Manager of the Astoria Dining Room aboard the American Empress

Our afternoon ended with a presentation in the Show Lounge. We heard about the shore excursions and Riverlorian program, as well as some information about the American Queen on the Mississippi River. We even got to hear a few numbers from the band while enjoying fresh canapes and wine!

Co-Cruise Directors, Greg and Lindy, perform songs from their show-stopping routine

Explore the American Empress for yourself! This boat is a fantastic way to experience the history, culture, and cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. For more pictures, Here’s the Album from our luncheon on board last year.

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