American Empress Westbound, Spokane to Portland

We’ll follow the flow of the rivers on this cruise, as the pioneers would have. Let the Snake River carry you to the mighty Columbia, where we follow in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – leaders of the Corps of Discovery who followed the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean in 1805. A feat you’ll do as well more than 200 years later! Learn more about the history of this region of the US aboard the American Empress, as well as enjoy the natural beauty of the waterfalls, mountains, desert and forest regions of the Pacific Northwest.

Or follow the rivers in reverse on our Eastbound cruise!


Clarkston | Richland | The Dalles | Stevenson | Astoria | Vancouver, Washington (Portland, Oregon)

Cruise Details

Clock9 Days & 8 Nights

Double Occupancy from $2,559 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $3,359 pp

CalendarOctober 22, 2023 | November 5, 2023 | November 19, 2023 | April 7, 2024 | April 21, 2024 | May 5, 2024
See 14 more available dates
May 19, 2024 | June 2, 2024 | June 16, 2024 | June 30, 2024 | July 14, 2024 | July 28, 2024 | August 11, 2024 | August 25, 2024 | September 8, 2024 | September 22, 2024 | October 6, 2024 | October 20, 2024 | November 3, 2024 | November 17, 2024

Book Now Request More Info

or call 800.578.1479

*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.
Itineraries may operate in reverse.

Your Itinerary

    1Overnight Hotel - Spokane, WA
    After you've checked into your hotel, make sure to find the American Empress Hospitality Desk between 3-7pm. Our representative will help guide you to the local downtown hotspots for dining, fun or sight-seeing.

    2Embark in Clarkston, WA
    Today we’ll travel south to Clarkston, where the American Empress is docked and waiting. Ship departs at 6pm.

    3Clarkston, WA
    Clarkston, WA sits on one side of the border, Lewiston, ID on the other. Care to guess how the towns got their names? Clarkston is the gateway to Hells Canyon on the Snake River, the deepest gorge in North America. Learn about the history of the Nez Perce at the National Historical Park and Historical Society and Museum. Or take a group of new friends from the ship and head to Basalt Cellars for a wine tasting.

    4Richland, WA
    Richland is a part of what's known locally as the Tri-Cities. Richland sits at the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. One of the most striking parts of Richland's history is on display at the REACH Museum - The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. Or if you're ready to try something new, the two premium shore excursions available is wine and spirit tasting on Red Mountain, or kayaking on the Yakima River.

    5Scenic River Cruising
    You've had many days of adventure. Now take the time to sleep in, relax, explore the ship and learn from the Riverlorian's presentation. Or just sit on deck with your camera and enjoy the views!

    6The Dalles, OR
    Deep in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge lies the beautiful town of The Dalles. This was a rough, western town with a history full of pioneers, gold miners, gun-slingers and more. The Dalles was where pioneers moving west had to stop at the foot of the mountain and take the river road to Willamette Valley. Your visit could include a lot of history if you choose to visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Original Wasco County Courthouse Museum, and the Fort Dalles Museum. If you'd prefer something more modern, you could head downtown for great boutique shopping or visit Sunshine Mill Winery for a tasting and tour.

    7Stevenson, WA
    Stevenson makes a great jumping off point for a couple amazing adventures! The Hop-On Hop-Off bus will take you to the amazing Bonneville Dam, where you'll learn about the powerhouse, the history, the amazing story of having to relocate an entire town, and the fish that swim through the fish ladders every year! A premium shore excursion that is available is to visit the stunning Multnomah Falls.

    8Astoria, OR
    The Clatsop Indians lived in this region for thousands of years before the Americans showed up. In 1805, the Corps of Discovery wintered at Fort Clatsop near Astoria. This small river town has stayed small, because it has nowhere to go. The mountains and river keep Astoria from growing any further. The small river town feel really suits it, and yet you'll find some amazing treasures here. We always suggest taking the trolley ($1 for one trip, or $2 for an all-day pass), because it'll give you the best look at what there is to do on the waterfront, and the trolley drivers are great town guides! The Hop-On Hop-Off bus will take you to the Flavel House, Astoria Column, and Heritage Museum. But you only have to step off the boat to visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum - definitely a highlight!

    9Disembark in Vancouver, WA
    Talk to our cruise agents about how quickly you want to get to the airport. Vancouver and Portland both have so much to offer to your vacation. Ask us about extending your stay and adding a post-cruise adventure.


Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
LS - Luxury Suite with Veranda$8,199 pp
A - Suite with Veranda$6,399 pp
B - Superior Veranda Stateroom$5,799 pp
C - Deluxe Veranda Stateroom$4,399 pp
D - Outside Stateroom with Window$4,059 pp
E - Veranda Stateroom$3,759 pp
CS - Single Outside Stateroom with Veranda$4,799

Ship Read more about the American Empress

*Prices may vary due to seasonality

Pre-Cruise Hotel

The first night of the vacation is always a hotel night. This ensures that you are in the right city to board your boat on time. You’ll be rested and ready to go! Your breakfast and transfers to the boat are also included.

Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus

You’ll spot the buses right away – they look just like the ship! Two buses travel alongside the boat from port to port. At every port, you’ll be able to board these buses for the Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions. The bus will have a set route in the town, and you can ride until you see someplace you want to go. Then catch the bus the next time it comes thru.

Book Today

American Empress Westbound, Spokane to Portland

Book Now Request More Info

or call 800.578.1479