Columbia River Cruise on the American Empress

September 3, 2023: 8 day trip along the Columbia & Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest USA, this paddlewheeler cruise from Portland to Spokane features dramatic scenery, including the Columbia River Gorge (offer #304414). Additionally including a pre cruise hotel, dining, wifi, excursions, & drinks!

Enjoy the best of the Pacific Northwest aboard our Columbia and Snake river cruises. Cruise from Portland to Spokane for the trip of a lifetime. Embark on a river cruise to see that the natural world is alive here – unlike anywhere else on earth – and through historic sites and locks and dams, it flows. Sea lions sunbathe on buoys as the distant horizon unblankets the sky to reveal its snow-capped mountains between Portland and Spokane. 

There is a powerful melody through Oregon and Washington that combines the whistle of wind through tree branch, waterfall crash and birdsong from above. Crystal waters and plunging cliffsides captivate the eye; serenity and relaxation capture the spirit as you cruise down the river.

What about the ship, you ask?

Our ship for our Columbia & Snake River Cruise


Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress cruises the Columbia and Snake Rivers delivering a rich sense of history in modern comfort. Boasting a vast collection of some of the most intricate artifacts and artwork of Native Alaska, Russia, the Gold Rush and the sternwheeler era in and around Portland, Oregon, the corridors of our Columbia and Snake River cruise boat hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside. We invite you to step aboard our authentic paddlewheeler and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.

Pricing (per person)

Per Person
Luxury Suite with Balcony10,198
Suite with Veranda7198
Superior Veranda Stateroom5998
Deluxe veranda Stateroom4598
Outside Stateroom with Window4198
Veranda Stateroom4298
Single Occupancy Stateroom with Veranda6098
Pricing includes taxes and fees

Prices are Per Person, estimated and subject to change prior to deposit, based on availability and double-occupancy. Does not include Airfare. Optional Insurance available (for residents of most states) but may need to be adjusted for airfare. Prices and fares are non-refundable so you will need the insurance to cancel. The insurance is not “cancel for any reason”; cancellation is only reimbursed fora covered reason. Call for limited Solo Traveler Pricing if available. The Deposit amount includes a $200 per person non refundable professional fee paid to MGA Travel. Please note that until deposited, pricing is subject to change and based on availability.

Want to go? Simply complete this Secure Payment Form to authorize nonrefundable deposit of $700 per person. For the name of the trip put “Columbia River Cruise 23”. Unless we already have it, please complete this Secure Passport Form for each passenger. Questions simply call us 843-279-0310 or email .

Optional Extension: Glacier National Park

Optional extenion price not yet confirmed for 2023 yet but estimated $1299 per person double occupancy and $1699 for solo travelers.

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