American Empress on Snake River
Dining Room on American Empress Steamboat
American Empress River Boat
Paddle Wheel American Queen Steamboat

American Empress Columbia & Snake River Cruises

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi, the American Empress delivers classic elegance and modern luxury on a grand scale. One step onboard and you will quickly discover that there is far more to this vessel than her welcoming appearance and signature red paddlewheel.

A river cruise aboard the American Empress incites moments of sheer perfection with her seamless blend of stunning backdrops, exceptional dining venues, dynamic public spaces and stunning décor.

Health & Safety First

Travel with confidence. American Queen Voyages is implementing stringent measures to safeguard the health and safety of passengers and crew.
River Views of Mt. Hood

Roundtrip Vancouver/Portland River Cruise

Inspire your palate with extraordinary wines of the Pacific Northwest as you cruise along the Columbia River.

Multnomah Falls

Portland/Vancouver, WA to Clarkston River Cruise

Uncover a wealth of natural, awe-inspiring beauty and iconic destinations that will take your breath away as you travel Eastbound from Vancouver to Clarkston.

Docked in Richland, Washington

Clarkston to Portland/Vancouver, WA River Cruise

The timelessness and deep-rooted history of the region is evident at every port as you travel Westbound from Clarkston


American Queen Voyages Unique Cruise Experiences


As history plays such a large part of the river cruise experience, Riverlorians, the resident history and culture experts, are onboard every cruise to impart the legends and lore of the river on which passengers are cruising. Attend an enlightening lecture, relive a tale from Mark Twain or enjoy a recounting of the Lewis & Clark Expedition for a spellbinding evening.

Cruise Themes

Many itineraries are uniquely themed and feature special entertainment to create a river cruise unlike any other. Enjoy music themed cruises such as The 50s and 60s Remembered for a fun-filled trip down memory lane. If you have been dreaming of getting away for the holidays, the Thanksgiving Festival, Holiday – Christmas Markets or New Year's Celebration could be the ideal vacation you have been waiting for.

Included Shore Excursions

Regardless of which vessel you choose for your river cruise vacation, each voyage includes our signature Hop-On Hop-Off guided shore excursions – your ticket to experience the freedom of choosing your own path in great river cities with selected admissions and narrated tours. You will receive a map of the Hop-On Hop-Off tour route with numbered stops and local attractions. As you enjoy the narrated tour throughout each port of call, the motorcoach will make scheduled stops along the tour route where you may hop off and visit your preferred attractions.

Premium Shore Excursions

American Queen Voyages award-winning Premium hore Excursions an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific interests. An extensive list of Premium Shore Excursions are available for purchase and provide comprehensive, in-depth and rare experiences at an amazing value. Civil War history buffs may want to grasp the full essence of Vicksburg, Mississippi, with our “On the Front Lines of the Civil War” premium experience; whereas wine enthusiasts can take full advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s fertile wine country on our “Wine and Spirits on Red Mountain” premium experience. Please visit us online to explore all of the options.

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