Our Pacific Northwest season has officially started onboard American Empress, the largest riverboat west of the Mississippi River.

The season has begun in Vancouver, WA, and we’re excited for guests to join us and soak up all the delights our itineraries have to offer. Vancouver, WA, situated across the Columbia River from Portland, is the season’s homeport for American Empress and we’ll be offering nine-day sailings between Vancouver and Spokane (Clarkston, WA) along with seven-day roundtrip cruises from Vancouver. Some of our highlighted destinations include Richard, WZ; Astoria, OR and The Dalles, OR. In all, we are offering 40 cruises between March and December.

American Empress sailed yesterday on her first cruise of the season, with Godmother Claudette Waggoner also onboard. She christened the vessel eight years ago and yesterday noted how important this year is for us all at American Queen Voyages, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.

The current sailing features American Queen Voyages Culinary Ambassador Regina Charboneau as a special guest, showcasing the cuisine and culinary history of the Pacific Northwest. Waggoner and Charboneau hosted a tour and luncheon on board which included cauliflower carrot soup, crispy duck breast and poached pear complemented by Willamette Valley pinot noir.


About American Empress

Boasting a vast collection of some of the finest historical artefacts and artwork of the Native Alaskan, Russian, Gold Rush and sternwheeler eras, the corridors of the American Empress hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside. You needn’t be an art enthusiast to appreciate the captivating display of Pacific Northwest heritage that this unique collection represents.

A river cruise aboard the American Empress inspires moments of sheer perfection, with her seamless blend of stunning backdrops, exceptional dining venues, dynamic public spaces, and stunning décor. We invite you to step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and authentic experiences that await you on a paddlewheel cruise through America’s Pacific Northwest.

Indulge yourself with delicious, on-board dining choices, welcoming staff, and country club ambiance. Then view the vessel’s collection of North American regional artefacts. Enjoy breath-taking natural beauty as you cruise one of the most famous rivers in the region. The American Empress welcomes you with all the latest amenities you could want and all the style and luxury you deserve.

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