Empress of the North becomes “American Empress”, joins American Queen Steamboat Company’s fleet

May 22nd, 2013
Empress of the North, now American Empress

Empress of the North, now American Empress

The American Queen Steamboat Company announces the purchase of the Empress of the North from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) for an undisclosed amount. To be renamed the “American Empress”, the vessel is scheduled to resume sailings on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest April 2014 calling her homeport Portland, OR.

“The American Queen has ushered in a rebirth of U.S. river cruising, welcoming thousands to discover the heartland of the United States and its iconic port cities,” says Ted Sykes, president and COO of the American Queen Steamboat Company. “Now the American Empress will continue that tradition as an ambassador to the Pacific Northwest, a region equally rich in American and natural history.”

A U.S.-flagged riverboat, the American Empress measures 360 ft. with five towering decks and accommodates 223 guests in seven stateroom categories. The American Empress will sail the Columbia River and Snake River, offering seven-day voyages between Portland, OR and Clarkston, WA. Ports of call include Astoria, WA; Stevenson, WA; The Dalles, OR; Umatilla, OR; and Richland, WA. The American Empress was built in 2002 and operated by Majestic America Line from 2002 to 2008, sailing Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Pacific Northwest.

For more details about the Empress of the North, now American Empress, picture gallery and her history, see “Riverboat Pictures: American Empress (ex Empress of the North)”.

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