Roundtrip Vancouver, WA (Portland)

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Cruise Summary

A TOAST TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST - This voyage through the Pacific Northwest exposes you to the beauty and bounty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country of the Red Mountain region and we bring the best of Pacific Northwest wine country to you onboard the American Empress. While cruising amidst the natural beauty of the region, you will have the opportunity to meet with local wine makers for exclusive onboard tastings and pairings of their celebrated varietals. Inspire your palate and get acquainted with the nuances of traditional wine-making on this special journey which highlights extraordinary wines of the Washington and Oregon regions.  

Theme:
• Vineyards, Vintages and Varietals*

Included Tours:
• See ports of call below for information on included tours.

Premium Shore Excursions:
• See ports of call below for the options available to you. Click Here to learn more and to place reservations.

*All themed entertainment, events and tours are subject to change without notice. 

Itinerary

Vessel: American Empress



Day 1: Hotel Stay - Vancouver, WA

Hotel Stay - Vancouver, WA

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Vancouver, Washington. 

Day 2: Embark - Vancouver, WA

Departure 6:00 PM
Embark - Vancouver, WA

Explore Vancouver at your leisure or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion in Portland, Oregon with afternoon transfer to the American Empress.

Pre-Cruise: "The Rose City" Portland Tour - Including Sight-Seeing in Downtown Portland

Explore Portland, Oregon, sister city to Vancouver, Washington. Embark on a narrated journey through this iconic Pacific Northwest Town dubbed “The Rose City.” Enjoy the scenic views of this beautiful town, lined with expansive decorative murals and flowers. Guests are welcomed by a view of the historic Willamette River which flows through the downtown area before crossing over one of ten bridges and into Old Town.

Portland is known as a bustling commerce center, a Pacific Northwest travel destination and for its innovative culinary scene, but, in its early days, Portland was a center for the fur trade industry and held great military significance. Set peacefully against the backdrop of today’s modern city, Fort Vancouver is nestled on the banks of the river and flanked by towering pointed log fencing. Explore this meticulously reconstructed historical fort including historic buildings and an extensive fur trade outbuilding. Discover Vancouver’s link with the Hudson’s Bay Company and how it aided in the growth and success of Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.

Our day will begin with a glimpse of Portland’s art scene at the Oregon History Mural, an eight-story hyper-realistic mural depicting the history of some of the most influential moments in Oregon’s history. At the International Rose Test Gardens, guests can stroll the meticulously pruned roses in more varieties than one can imagine. Here, in the warmer months, over ten thousand blooms create a colorful frame for a panoramic view of Portland.

We will continue to Downtown Portland where guests will be able to immerse themselves in the serenity of the tranquil Lan Su Chinese Botanical Garden. This peaceful garden is a treasured site to many Portland visitors. Feel a sense of inspiration as you explore the 2,000-year-old art traditions, architecture, designs, and nature all in absolute harmony. The last leg of the tour passes through Portland State University and the riverfront where you can view life on the busy waterway and take a picturesque drive down Naito Avenue before setting off for the American Empress dock to begin your journey!

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
Call for pricing
Duration
3 hours
Tour Capacity
50 guests

Day 3: Astoria, OR

Astoria, OR

Astoria is known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years, Clatsop Indians inhabited the lands that are now known as Astoria. In 1805, Lewis and Clark led their expedition through the town and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. In 1813, a British warship sailed into the Columbia River, gaining possession of the city and holding control until 1818, when they finally agreed to a joint occupation of the land. The British did not fully leave Astoria until 1846. There is no doubting the rich history has deep roots grounded in this Columbia River town. When the history combines with the scenery, the harmony will surely bring you back for more!

WINE PAIRING
Special onboard event sponsored by Sagelands Vineyard

Sagelands Vineyard
Established in 1984, Sagelands embodies Washington State’s winemaking legacy by sourcing the finest grapes from the four corners of the Columbia Valley and handcrafting them into wines of outstanding quality.

Riverwalk
A four-mile paved walkway overlooking the beautiful Columbia River. In addition to the remarkable views, guests can explore the statues, shops, cafes, docks and historic canneries dotting the path. Guest who wish to can choose to board the riverfront trolley that runs along the banks for an extra fee. The Astoria Riverwalk, also known as the Astoria River Trail, stretches the entire length of the city's waterfront, connecting restaurants and breweries, museums, and dozens of other attractions. It passes under the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the largest truss bridge in the world, arcing out across the Columbia River toward the hazy hillsides of Washington State. The trail follows the route of the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad that was completed in 1898.

Flavel House and Carriage House Museum
The Flavel House stands proudly as a monument of national significance. As a perfectly preserved example of Queen Anne architecture, this historic abode was once the home of Captain George Flavel, one of Astoria’s most influential citizens in the late 1800s. Guests can tour this 11,000 square foot elegant mansion as well as the detached Carriage House Museum and Visitor’s Center. This home was owned by Captain George Flavel, a noted pilot on the Columbia River and a prominent businessman, in the late 1800’s. It was built in a Queen Anne style by German architect Carl W. Leick in 1886. The home remained in the family for 7 years until George and Mary’s granddaughter, Patricia gave the property to the city as a memorial to her family in 1934. From 1937 through WWII, the Public Welfare Commission, the Red Cross, and the local Welfare commission all had their offices in the home. Inside the 11,600 square foot home, there are two and a half stories. There are six unique fireplaces throughout and the ceilings reach 14 feet on the first floor. On the second floor, the ceilings are embellished with plaster medallions and crown molding.

Astoria Column
Sits 600 feet above sea level and boasts an incredible 365-degree view. Guests who are up to the challenge can climb the 164-step spiral staircase to the top of this spire for a majestic observation point, or remain on the ground to examine the ornate murals depicting 14 significant events from Oregon’s history. This magnificent monument stands 600 feet above sea level and gives the perfect view to Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the Columbia River, and in the distance, even the Pacific Ocean. Ralph Budd initiated the project to celebrate Astoria’s early settlers. He hired Italian immigrant and artist, Atillio Pusterla who donated the piece to Astoria in July of 1926. It was modeled after the columns in Rome and features hand-painted spiral frieze work that would stretch over 500 feet if it were to be unwound.

Heritage Museum
Learn the history and culture of Oregon through their permanent and alternating exhibit galleries that beautifully capsulate the exciting history and culture of Oregon and the Columbia River. Located within Astoria’s Old City Hall building, this neoclassical structure pays tribute to the hunters, loggers and fishermen that forged this new territory and depicts the history of this frontier town. This neoclassical structure was designed by Portland architect, Emil Schacht in 1904, originally intended to be Astoria’s City Hall building. Now it hosts both the Historical Society’s Archive and the Local History Museum. Inside, displays include a 1,000 year old hunting implement, fine 19th century Chinook and Clatsop Indian baskets, and a sea otter pelt and beaver hat. These artifacts, among many others, are used to help depict the history of this intensely interesting city.

Columbia River Maritime Museum
The museum was founded in 1962 when Rolf Klep returned to his birthplace after retiring from his art career on the East Coast. Klep was a long-time collector of maritime artifacts and he began to recruit his colleagues and friends to help establish a museum to present these collections. The museum was the first in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards and is designated the official maritime museum of Oregon. After a $6 million expansion, the museum now holds six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia. Enjoy over 30,000 artifacts and 20,000 photos as you travel through this expansive maritime museum! (Admission additional)

The Lewis and Clark Experience

This experience will retrace the history of America’s most famous frontiersmen. We’ll begin by traveling to the site of Middle Village and Station Camp. Occupied for ten days in November of 1805 by the Corps of Discovery and was used as a departure point for an overland trek to their first views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore this historical point in America’s History as the first leg of our exploration on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Then, discover the next stages of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as we set off for Cape Disappointment overlooking the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It was at this site where the American Pioneer’s two year expedition, and their dream of discovering a river route to the Pacific Ocean, finally came to fruition. Explore the Interpretative Center’s extensive and thorough time line that documents the entire journey of these intrepid frontiersmen. Experience the beauty and power of the Pacific Ocean from the enclosed overlook as the waves crash along the banks below. In addition to being home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, these rocky banks were also the set of “The Guardian,” a 2006 Coast Guard blockbuster staring acclaimed actor Kevin Costner.

As we continue our path along the Lewis and Clark Expedition, we will stop at Fort Clatsop, part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Made famous as the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark and their crew). Here, guests can enjoy exhibits in the interpretive center, exhibit hall, book store and gift shop, view films outlining the historic journey and explore a replica of the forts built by The Corps of Discovery in their attempts to maintain shelter during the harsh winters.

Includes a copy of In the Wake of Lewis and Clark, a historical interpretation of the final leg of the Corps of Discovery, published exclusively for the American Queen Steamboat Company. (A $14.95 value)

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
Call for pricing
Duration
4 hours
Tour Capacity
100 guests
Zip-Lining Adventure

Step off the luxurious decks of the American Empress and into the natural wonders of Oregon; one of America’s most beautiful landscapes. We’ll bring you slightly outside of your comfort zone and allow guests to experience the wilderness from the best vantage point, soaring above the ground, through the towering trees and over the Pacific Northwest waterways.

No experience needed! Guests of all ages can safely enjoy this guided experience as they are securely tethered onto a course consisting of eight lines zipping throughout the lush, green forests of Oregon. Experience a unique and exhilarating day as guests conquer one zip at a time, learning along the way how to manipulate speed using body positioning. Those with an extreme adventurous spirit can zip over lakes and through the trees and even choose to take a dunk in the lake as you soar by!

After adrenaline levels recede, guests are welcomed to explore the gift shop where they can purchase Highlife Adventures official memorabilia or a personal candid photo of themselves in action, taken as each guest soars past the automatic camera perfectly situated on the course!

Don’t just visit Oregon, experience the wilderness of the lakes and timber throughout the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you won’t soon forget.

As a safety precaution, closed-toe shoes will be required during the participation of this excursion.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
Call for pricing
Duration
4 hours
Tour Capacity
6 guest minimum - 12 guest maximum
Special Event Excursion: Astoria Ale Trail

Oregon breweries are recognized across the world for their quality and originality. Begin with a walk along the scenic Astoria Riverwalk, enjoying stunning views of the Columbia River. Our local guide will navigate us to three of Astoria's finest breweries, where you'll raise your glass to enjoy some innovative and exciting brews. Taste the creative variety of local beer at three Astoria breweries, where samples of various styles of beers and ales provide a spirited taste of this region’s rising brewery industry.

This beer-soaked day begins with a guided tour of Buoy Beer, located in an old cannery on the historic Astoria Riverwalk. The company began when Luke Colvin and his brother-in-law, Dan Hamilton, pitched their dream of opening a brewery to a few close friends. They worked together to completely renovate the cannery, to create a welcoming and unique atmosphere overlooking the Columbia River. After carefully testing and perfecting their brews, the team opened their doors in 2014. Today, Buoy Beer is a staple brewery in Astoria, offering delicious and unique beer in a friendly, eccentric atmosphere.

Then, travel to The Wet Dog, a cozy café and brewery situated on the bluffs of the Columbia River, offering stunning riverfront views from the pub’s deck. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the facility in addition to a wide variety of handcrafted beers, which feature an extensive range of hops and grains that produce unique, refreshing flavors. Don’t leave before trying “Strawberry Blonde,” which attributes its light pink hue to the barley, wheat, and 90 pounds of strawberries!

Our day will conclude at Fort George Brewery and Public House, a quirky and inventive brewery housed in a rehabilitated automotive service station. Fort George brews offer exciting flavors such as coffee stout and wasabi-flavored ginger ale or the local favorite, “The Quick Wit,” a Belgian-styled ale made with organic pale and wheat malts, ground coriander, and lemongrass. Taste the distinctive flavors that set this brewery apart from many contenders.

In addition to beer, each pub offers light snacks to pair with your brews. There are also souvenirs, T-shirts, and collectibles for purchase as a memory of your journey through some of Oregon’s most iconic breweries! Note: Guests must be 21 years or older in order to participate in this tour.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
$0 - Complimentary
Duration
3 hours
Tour Capacity
60 guests

Day 4: River Cruising to The Dalles

River Cruising to The Dalles

Behold the beauty of nature as you enjoy a day of scenic river cruising. Picturesque canyon walls and fascinating volcanic formations will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. As you wind through the dramatic mountains and forested ridges of the great Pacific Northwest, join our Riverlorian on-deck for insightful and entertaining narration.

SPECIAL EVENT: Local Craft Beer Tasting

Not only are you amid the fertile wine country of the Pacific Northwest, but the local craft beer industry has been booming in the region. Join us today for an informal craft beer tasting.

Day 5: The Dalles, OR

The Dalles, OR

Known as the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles has long been a destination point for pioneers and adventurers alike. Located on the south bank of the Columbia River between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, the city's rich history dates back thousands of years to the Native American trading which took place right on the banks of the river. Explore the history that weaves through the town at every stop, discover the art that lines each of the streets, and taste the culinary expertise at some of the town’s most popular cuisine restaurants!

WINE PAIRING DINNER WINE EVENT
Special onboard event sponsored by Maryhill

Maryhill
Established in 1999 by the Leuthold family has grown from a modest 4,300 case production in 1999 to more than 90,000 cases today producing more than 50 award-winning wines, showcasing the full breadth of what Washington state has to offer.  From Horse Heaven Hills to Yakima Valley and the Wahluke Slope, Maryhill works closely with select growing partners to produce wines that showcase the rich and diverse flavors of this unique growing region.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
A winner of the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for its beautiful design, the Columbia Gorge Discover Center offers a multimedia, interactive museum that will inspire a broad appreciation of natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and beyond. Collections include hundreds of American Indian baskets, photo archives and breathtaking views of the surrounding flora and fauna of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy the beautiful, paved walking trails, a pond, and scenic overlooks. The Discovery Center is located in a beautiful and unique ecosystem native to the area. The multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and Wasco County. Exhibits focus on the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that created the Gorge, the unique flora and fauna of the region, and eleven thousand years of cultural history. In addition to touring the many fascinating exhibits, visitors can spend time viewing films in the theater located on site as well as exploring the museum’s incredible Raptor Interpretive Program, where live raptor shows where live birds of prey are showcased daily.

Original Courthouse Museum
This historic building was built in 1859 and is known as the first courthouse of the Rocky Mountains. Here guests can experience exhibits showcasing the history and culture of the local region and explore the courthouse. In 1854 The Dalles was designated by the Territorial Legislature as the county seat of one of the largest counties ever formed in the United States. Wasco County extended from the crest of the Cascade Mountains to the Great Divide in the Rockies and encompassed 130,000 square miles. Construction begun in 1958, under the supervision of Judge Orlando Humason, who was the first county judge and also the chairman of the Board of Commissioners. This small courthouse was used as a public meeting place, church services, as well as the seat of law for the county.

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Discover the history of this historic and beautiful city. Use this opportunity to learn about the many attractions and buildings, and get a listing of the best places to grab a bite to eat, get a fine glass of wine, or do the most unique shopping. The friendly hosts will assist you in any way possible while informing you about their hometown with different exhibits and models.

Fort Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center
An original military base built in the 1800’s. Guest can experience unique collections of military and pioneer artifacts as well as the historic wagons that brought early settlers to the Oregon Trail’s last stop. Located in a former Dalles’ Surgeon’s Quarters and is one of Oregon’s oldest history museums, it first opened its doors in 1905. Take a tour of the unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts and antique wagons at one of the old west’s most pivotal places in history. Enjoy the views of the exhibits and walking on the grounds of this military fort. Fort Dalles Museum houses a historic collection of wagons and antique vehicles. The collection holds over 30 wheeled vehicles, including a stage coach, buses, road-building equipment, a covered wagon, two horse-drawn hearses, and two surreys, one of which was owned by Oregon Governor, Zenas Moody.

The Dalles Fire Museum
Located in City Hall, this museum was completed in August of 2009. The museum was curated by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in cooperation with the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District in partnership with the city of The Dalles. Tour the facility to learn more about the history and see some incredible artifacts and photos.

Downtown Shopping
The Dalles Commercial Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Spend the day exploring this city’s extraordinary boutiques, exquisite cuisine, and beautiful historic structures. Walk the streets of this peaceful and quirky river-town and admire the intricate murals that line the walls and streets of The Dalles. A total of 15 murals wrap around the city, depicting important moments in their history – 13 of these murals include a “voice box” that allows visitors to hear the history of the city as they soak in the beauty of the artwork.

Day 6: The Dalles/Hood River Bus Tour

The Dalles/Hood River Bus Tour

Take advantage of included morning and afternoon tours in The Dalles with a scenic bus tour along Hood River. 

WINE TASTING
Special onboard event sponsored by Skyfalls Vineyard

Skyfalls
Named for massive car-sized boulders scattered among the vines, appearing to have fallen from the sky. These glacial rocks were left in the wake of the Missoula floods that cut the Columbia River. Floods deposited silty loam soil mixed with volcanic ask for soil conditions that create complex, elegant wines. Skyfall Vineyard wines are well balanced with crisp acidity, firm tannins, and ripe fruit structure.

WINE PAIRING
Special onboard event sponsored by Duck Pond Cellars

Duck Pond Cellars
Family Owned and Operated by Doug and Jo Ann Fries for over 20 years, Duck Pond Cellars opened their doors in the heart of Dundee, Oregon in 1993. Today, they remain one of the top selling brands in the Northwest with the focus on Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The family owns 5 beautiful vineyards in the Willamette Valley and their newest vineyard in the Southern Umpqua Valley of Oregon.

Special Event: WAAAM/Hood River Tour

Embark on an exclusive tour to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, also known as the WAAAM. Feel free to explore at the facility at your leisure, offering an extensive collection of over 130 antique cars and hangers full of meticulously restored aeroplanes dating as far back as 1917.

Then, available exclusively to guests, enjoy an included tour of the restoration work shop where these antique modes of transportation are brought back to life. The pilots take these tributes to America’s history to the air as often as they can and proudly maintain them in full working order. Discover their collection of Model T's, Studebakers, the 1914 Detroit Electric, Harley Davidsons, and military vehicles before we enjoy a delicious catered buffet-style lunch!

Our journey will continue as we make our way to one of two wineries to get a taste of the region:

Stave and Stone Winery - a beautiful farm that has stood in the shadows of Mount Hood for five generations. The Fletcher family collaborates with local wine experts and growers to produce award winning wines for the Pacific Northwest region. During our visit, soak in the stunning scenery as you sip on some of the finest wines they have to offer. Your flight will include rich and vibrant reds and whites, each paired perfectly with small snacks, to completely embody the bold flavors of Stave and Stone.

Cascade Cliffs Winery - a family-owned winery, set in the stunningly beautiful and scenic Columbia River Gorge. The family’s philosophy on respecting and encompassing the nature of the Pacific Northwest is reflected in their award-winning wines, known for their full-bodied and bold flavors. As you admire the beauty of the winery and the beauty surrounding it, enjoy tastings of Cascade Cliff’s most popular wines.

Before continuing back to the American Empress, a final stop to Hood River Downtown District will be the perfect chance to explore the town’s local businesses and to pick out the perfect souvenir of this stunning and unique region!

Day 7: Stevenson, WA

Stevenson, WA

On the banks of the scenic Columbia River, the city of Stevenson is your launch pad to the Washington side of the Gorge. A stroll along the Rock Cove pathway or the Columbia River waterfront is a great way to take in surroundings. Downtown Stevenson is home to unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Stevenson is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Explore the eastern entrance to Mount St. Helens or the spectacular Lewis River Valley.
 

WINE TASTING
Special onboard event sponsored by Desert Wind Winery

Desert Wind Winery
In 2001, the Fries Family launched their Washington brand to showcase handcrafted wines from their estate grown vineyards in the Wahluke Slope of WA. Today, the winery focuses on BIG reds which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and their flagship red blend, RUAH. The winery is located in Prosser, Washington and remains true to its core values of small production terroir driven wines.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the Interpretive Center brings life to human stories of natural history in our nation’s most compelling landscape. Here, guests can learn the local story of the geography and culture of the region and catch an under-water glimpse of spawning salmon passing through the fish ladders. Exhibits celebrate 15,000 years of history. The mission of the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is to share the story of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge. Make sure to visit “First People,” an exhibit focusing on the history of native people of this area – the cascade chinook. Then stop over at the “Grand Gallery” which is the largest gallery in the museum that showcases how to harvest resources and focuses on the timber industries throughout the gorge. Enjoy the indoor waterfall and the many artifacts on display!

Bonneville Dam
The Bonneville Dam, completed in 1938, is a hydroelectric generator for the surrounding cities. Guests can enjoy a self-guided tour of this powerhouse as they learn about its progression and improvements over time, the exhausting build project that encountered numerous obstacles due to the unique geology of the area and the unique way the dam assists spawning salmon pass through the dam. Witness the ingenious apparatus that allows the salmon population to thrive in the salmon ladder viewing area and learn about the importance of this invention. The Bonneville Dam is located 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. It received its name from Captain Benjamin Bonneville – a soldier, trader, and explorer. It consists of two powerhouses, the first one began construction in 1933 and the second in 1974. Combined, the facilities cost about $752.4 million in total, but produce 1,227,000 Kilowatts. The walls of this massive dam rise to 2,000 feet above the lake. Visitors can experience firsthand the operation of two of the Nation’s largest hydroelectric powerhouse and watch migrating fish travel upstream at the underwater viewing rooms next to the fish ladders. These ladders are necessary so that adult fish can continue their journey’s upstream and return to their spawning grounds past the dam. Depending on the season, different fish will be found migrating upstream due to the separation of mating seasons. Bonneville Lock and Dam houses four recreational areas – a fishing area, fish hatchery, trails, and a visitor’s center.

Downtown Stevenson, Washington
Guests can hop off here and enjoy the various local specialty shops and boutiques lining the streets. Make a stop to Downtown Stevenson, where you can get a slice of what Stevenson is all about. Enjoy the many antique shops, historic buildings with vintage interiors, and beautiful, abundant gardens. Visit the boutiques and shops, restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores to treat yourself to a souvenir or a taste of the fine cuisine before heading to your next stop!

Multnomah Falls and Vista House - Including the Old Scenic Highway

Just beyond Portland city limits, a breathtaking roadway stretches along America’s most scenic landscape. The Old Scenic Highway was built in 1913 and is known as one of the greatest engineering feats. The “King of Roads” weaves high into the bluffs towards Crown Point, through towering forest and breathtaking waterfalls. Before arriving at the Point, we’ll pull off the highway for scenic stop at the Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint. Here, guests can capture a perfect photo from the most widely photographed vantage point of the Columbia River Gorge below. As we reach our destination, aptly named for its unique formation and created over 14 million years ago by a lava flow, Crown Point offers a view fit for a king or queen.

At the height of the bluff sits Vista House, perched above the Columbia River. Vista House offers a panoramic view of the breathtaking Columbia River more than 700 feet below. Built in 1916 and known, not only for its magnificent views, but also for its unique octagonal shape. This overlook contains a gift shop and interpretive displays exhibiting the historic and geological points of interest in the area.

As we return to the Scenic Highway we will continue to Oregon’s highest waterfall, and perhaps the most picturesque, Multnomah Falls, where guests can get a breathtaking look at the waterfall and shop in the unique gift shop. This roaring 611-foot natural wonder demonstrates the power and beauty of nature in her rawest form. Watch in awe as this mighty waterfall crashes down on the rocky cliffs below, spraying a peaceful mist on all those surrounding. Continuing on the Scenic Highway, get a picture-perfect view of more waterfalls as they spring from the bluffs along the picturesque roadway and offer rare glimpses of these geological wonders.

All shore excursions, prices, and information are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Included
Price
Call for pricing
Duration
3.5 hours
Tour Capacity
100 guests

Day 8: Portland, OR

Portland, OR

The “City of Roses” is an eclectic blend of art galleries, coffee shops, museums and farm-to-table restaurants with a spirited vibe. Marvel at the beauty of more than 8,000 roses at the International Rose Test Garden. Or spend the day discovering nature’s boundless power at nearby Mount St. Helens.

COFFEE TASTING
Please join Portland Roasting Coffee this morning for a special, informative session and tasting of their specialty coffee.

WINE TASTING
Special onboard event sponsored by Portlandia Vintners

Portlandia Vintners
The climate of the Willamette Valley between Oregon’s Willamette River and the Coast Range produces some of the world’s best pinot noir and pinot gris wines.  Portlandia Vintners is located in Dundee, OR and not only captures the spirit of Oregon’s great wines but it also reflects a sense of the people who make Portland and the Willamette Valley so special.

Limited Edition Excursion: Eating Differently Through Portland

Portland, Oregon is regarded as one of the most cultural destinations in America. From the vibrant art scene to the stunning garden displays and delectable local cuisine, Portland showcases its personality in a truly unique way.  It’s no surprise that the city hosts one of the most extensive collections of gourmet and specialty food trucks, providing Portlanders scrumptious, local and innovative cuisine from compact mobile restaurants.  

Portland’s food cart Pods are scattered throughout the city, and each host up to 50 food trucks, strung together with strings of lights and teeming with irresistible morsels of the sweet and savory variety. Experience the local life and sample a taste of its charm as we venture to two of Portland’s most popular food cart “pods,” Tidbit on Division Street, where you can snack on three small complimentary tastings from a truck of your choice, and Portland Mercado Plaza on Foster Road, where you will have the opportunity to indulge in an entrée and beverage that sounds the most appetizing. 

Discover how the food cart movement swept through the Pacific Northwest and evolved from basic offerings of pretzels and hot dogs to being featured on television and even holding their own event, the “Vendy” awards.  You will not want to miss out on this delicious way to experience the culture of Portland, one snack at a time!

Limited Edition Excursion: Vintages of the Willamette Valley

Travel through the scenic country roads of Washington County, as we prepare for a wine-tasting tour at one of the Willamette Valley’s most prestigious and recognized wineries and vineyards! One of the following wineries will be visited:

Duck Pond Cellars, an extremely successful, top-producing Oregon winery that has, despite their success, remained a closely-knit, family-owned business. Relax on the deck under the sunshine, soaking in the beauty of the surrounding vineyard and polished gardens, as you hear about the family’s production techniques and indulge in the flavors of their finest wines.

Four Graces, named for the four daughters of the Black family who originally purchased an existing vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley. The family winery is located on beautiful, sustainably-farmed vineyards and produces wines that are internationally renowned for their balance, elegance, complexity, and richness.

Stoller Family Estate, established in 1943 and converting to a vineyard fifty years later. Today, they are the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills, and their fruit is 100% estate grown. They control every step of the process, from pruning to bottling and everything in between. The result is award-winning wines that are balanced, complex, and consistently exceptional.

Erath wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. As a tribute to the fertile lands of the Willamette Valley, savor classic Oregon Pinot and enjoy the sweeping views of the picturesque Jory hills of the Pacific Northwest landscapes.

Day 9: Disembark - Vancouver, WA

Arrival 8:00 AM
Disembark - Vancouver, WA

Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest experience.