American Queen Steamboat Company

SWIMMING UPSTREAM

It’s hard to believe that the much-anticipated introduction of our newest riverboat is now just three weeks away. On April 5, guests arrive for their complimentary one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Portland, Oregon and the beginning of the elegant American Empress9-day Pacific Northwest cruises on the Columbia and Snake rivers between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington. Cruises visit Astoria, Oregon; Stevenson, Washington; The Dalles, Oregon; and Sacajawea State Park, Washington. Cruises of equal length operating westbound from Clarkston, Washington, visit the same fascinating selection of ports but in reverse order.

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

We’re just one month away from the first voyage of our newest addition, the American Empress, on her 9-day Pacific Northwest cruises on the Columbia and Snake rivers between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington. If you’ve read our blogs, visited our website or ordered a brochure, you’ll notice that just as Mark Twain has become a touchstone for our Mississippi River cruises on the American Queen, the intrepid explorers Lewis and Clark have come to define the historical context of our American Empress voyages.

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A SIP OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY

The American Queen has her own unique personality and she sails in a region which, perhaps more than any other part of the United States, has unique traditions that define it as a special place. When one thinks of the South and traveling on the Mississippi River, one’s head fills with images of antebellum mansions, magnolia blossoms, women in hoop skirts, Civil War battlefields, Mark Twain, warm Southern hospitality and the comfort of Southern home-cooked cuisine.

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A WINE WITH A VIEW

What is your definition of perfection? Sometimes it’s the expected answer, such as a gorgeous sunset or a flawless dinner. At other times, what makes something seem “perfect” can be a more complex combination of elements. At its heart, that “something” must be exceptional but it can’t stand alone. We have to notice, appreciate and respond to it. And sometimes, it is the unexpected blend of something extraordinary and both our surroundings and mood that create a moment that is sheer perfection.

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A LOT OF SOMETHING FOR NOTHING

You’ve heard the old saying that “you can’t get something for nothing” and in a world where every minute of extra time on your cell phone costs exorbitant amounts of money, hotels have a mandatory charge for access to a fitness center you might not even use and restaurants are going so far as to suggest how much to tip on the bill itself, that phrase rings truer than ever before.

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