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Columbia River Cruises


USA River Cruise agents would love to find the perfect Columbia River excursion for you and your family. We have several wonderful small ships ranging from 6 to 250 passengers, ready to transport you beyond your everyday experience. Come join us on the S.S. Legacy, Northern Dream, Sea Bird or Sea Lion, or our paddlewheelers: the Queen of the West (120 passengers) and the American Empress (250 passengers). While each boat offers its own amenities, they all follow in the steps of Lewis & Clark, legendary travelers who pioneered the exploration of the West.

Be sure to pack your camera! On your trip along the mighty Columbia River, you will enjoy breathtaking waterfalls, rolling vineyards, stunning mountains and coastal ranges, unusual rock formations, arid deserts, and deep canyons! Love wildlife? The Columbia River is home to hundreds of fish, amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles, and marine mammals. On any given day, you may spot a Northern Sea Lion sunning on a rock or a sharp-shinned hawk flying overhead.

Looking for an excursion like no other? Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest or have never visited the region, our small ship cruises promise an exceptional experience, on-and-off board.

For more information, call us at 1-800-578-1479. We’re excited to help you book the trip of a lifetime!

American Empress Westbound, Clarkston to Portland

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Save up to $600 Off per stateroom on Select 2018 Departures!!
Book by: 12/31/2017

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited- More...

American Empress Eastbound, Portland to Clarkston

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Save up to $1000 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2018 Departures!!
Book by: 12/31/2017

“OCIAN IN VIEW! O! THE JOY!” These are the original words (and spelling of “ocean”) that William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for- More...

American Empress-Round Trip Portland Cruise

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Prices Starting at $1999 for Select Dates!!
Book by: 12/31/2017

The American Empress has added Portland roundtrip cruises to their schedule. This cruise focuses on the Western end of the Columbia River, from Astoria to The Dalles. Visit both the Washington- More...

Northwest Pioneers: 10-night Columbia River Cruise

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Book 9 Months in Advance and Save up to $800 off on 2018 Departures!!
Book by: 10/31/2017

Our 7-night Columbia River cruises are popular every year, but sometimes you just want a little more time to explore! The new 'Northwest Pioneers' itinerary affords you that time to dig a little- More...

Columbia River Fall Cruises aboard the Island Spirit

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Book by: 10/21/2017

Join one of our favorite small ships on the Columbia and Snake Rivers this Fall! The 32-passenger Island Spirit will cruise from the Washington/Idaho border all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The- More...

Legacy of Discovery

Legacy of Discovery

Embrace the spirit of the American West on a Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise This 8-day/7-night journey includes Living History programs, natural wonders, historical landmarks, and- More...

Rivers of Adventure

Rivers of Adventure

Relive the adventures of Lewis & Clark on the waters they crossed, not knowing where the rivers would lead. Explore Hells Canyon by jet boat, and the Deschutes River by whitewater raft! Hike in- More...

Columbia River Wine Tasting Yacht Cruise

Columbia River Wine Tasting Yacht Cruise

Our wine tasting cruise doesn’t just cover the wineries in the region, but also includes excursions that enrich and amaze. Our passengers get to visit the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach- More...

Rivers of Wine Columbia River Cruise

Rivers of Wine Columbia River Cruise

Board the S.S. Legacy and experience Northwest wine on four of its rivers: Columbia, Snake, Willamette and Palouse. As the Pacific Northwest continues to make a name for itself in the wine world,- More...

Columbia River Cruise – Queen of the West

Columbia River Cruise - Queen of the West

The Queen of the West is a veteran of the Columbia River and one of the finest paddle wheelers in the US! She has seen some major renovations in the past few years to her lounges, galley, engine- More...

Highlights of the Columbia River | 4-night Cruise

Highlights of the Columbia River | 4-night Cruise

The American Pride (newly named and transitioned to the Columbia River for 2016) and the Queen of the West paddlewheels will have 4-night departures, roundtrip from Portland, OR. Even on this- More...

Columbia River Cruise Aboard the American Pride

Columbia River Cruise Aboard the American Pride

Cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers along the epic route pioneered by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. Join us aboard the paddlewheelers American Pride for an 8-day cruise through this rich- More...