Extended 2015 Season for American Empress

July 27th, 2015

The American Queen Steamboat Company has announced two added sailings onboard the American Empress, traveling roundtrip from Vancouver, Wash. (Portland) on November 15 and November 22. With eight-day itineraries steeped in culture, exclusive museum tours and winery tastings, the American Empress voyages continue to deliver a vacation through the eyes of the region’s first settlers, as the cruise line calls it.

“We are thrilled to announce two added sailings onboard the American Empress for the end of the 2015 season,” writes American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “With the next 15 sailings on the vessel almost sold out, we are happy to be able to offer our guests two additional opportunities to enjoy the riverboat, its amenities and this special excursion down the Columbia river. Also the time of year makes these two voyages especially unique so we were inspired to create a special Roundtrip Portland itinerary, which not only offers guests a low price point, but also saves our guests time and money on air travel.”

Highlights of the American Empress itineraries include:

  • – Riverwalk along the Columbia River in Astoria, Ore. – Also known as the Astoria River Trail, this four-mile paved walkway stretches the entire length of the city’s waterfront, connecting restaurants and breweries, museums, and dozens of other attractions.
  • – Visit to Bonneville Dam in Stevenson, Wash. – Completed in 1938, the hydroelectric generator is located 40 miles east of Portland, Ore. and is named after Captain Benjamin Bonneville, a soldier, trader and explorer.
  • – Included Tour: Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) – Located at the end of the Oregon Trail in The Dalles, Ore., guests of the WAAAM step back in time to when flight was a novelty rather than a daily mode of transportation and the automobile required a crank, all while touring the property in an authentic Ford Model T.
  • – Included Tour: Sunshine Mill Winery in The Dalles, Ore. – The included Hop-on Hop-Off Tour will feature Sunshine Mill Winery, housed in the first building in The Dalles to have electricity that now includes an amphitheater for wine tastings.

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