American Empress AE River Cruising

A Uniquely American Experience

The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, the American Empress follows in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, the intrepid explorers who have come to define the historical context of our Pacific Northwest voyages. The soaring mountains and dramatic landscapes remain majestic, unspoiled and unimaginably glorious with an abundant wildlife and fascinating frontier spirit. Each American Empress voyage offers unique perspectives on the region’s history, culture and landscape that you can’t get anywhere else: up-close, in-depth and unforgettable.

Remarkable shore excursions are provided in each port of call and include the cultural and historical landmarks that signify the living legacy of the region’s first settlers. Guests with specific interests are encouraged to enjoy the variety of Premium Shore Excursions offered such as a journey to the volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens.

As history plays such a large part of your cruise experience, our Riverlorian is onboard for each voyage to impart the history and legends of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In addition, our river cruises often feature a diverse lineup of guest historians who take to the stage and transport you to another era. You’ll enjoy hearing from these noted speakers who offer astounding insights on the culture and heritage of the Pacific Northwest destinations you’ll visit.