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Northwest Pioneers Cruise

Northwest Pioneers Cruise

At a glance

Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights

Coverage: Astoria, OR to Clarkston, WA

From: $6,485

Season: June, September

Activities: Culture, History

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American Cruise Lines

This 11-day cruise offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the historic journey of intrepid explorers Lewis & Clark, and see the magnificent views of the majestic Pacific Northwest. Retrace the last leg of the Corps of Discovery Expedition that began on the Mississippi River in 1804 and finally reached the Pacific Ocean in 1806. This cruise includes stunning scenery, fascinating history and guided shore excursions to the replica Fort Clatsop, Mount St. Helens and The Dalles.

I had a wonderful, relaxing vacation! I will have great memories for a long time to come.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Astoria, OR

After reaching the Pacific Coast, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. Visit the fort and understand everything that the Corps of Discovery Expedition endured on their pioneering journey into the West. From our dock in Astoria, also visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, a tribute to mariners around the globe and their service on the high seas.

Day 2 - Mt. St. Helens, WA

Perhaps the most impactful of all landmarks in the region is Mount St. Helens. From high on an overlook, bear witness to the awesome power of the volcano whose eruption in 1980 scorched 230 square miles of forest land and forever changed the landscape. Expert guides will show you the pumice plain and lava dome as they explain the impact of the volcano had on the lives of those in the surrounding towns.

Day 3 - Portland, OR

At the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland was a sanctuary for the pioneers. The city is surrounded by national parkland, but also offers an array of museums and shopping. We recommend the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum or the Portland Art Museum.

Day 4 - Stevenson, WA

Multnomah Falls is the landmark of the day. After cruising past the waterfall, we will bring you to the falls for an up close view of one of North America's tallest waterfalls. Stroll along the footpath to Benson Bridge for the best view of the 620-foot plunge. The village of Stevenson has a classic small town charm with a unique Northwest flair and is easily accessible from our dock.

Day 5 - Hood River, OR

At the base of Mt. Hood lies the sleepy town of Hood River. The old trading post is most famous as the terminus of the Mt. Hood Railroad, where timber and produce would be transferred to ships and sent downriver. Now the historic railroad is a highlight of the area, winding its way high into the mountains for unprecedented views of the Gorge and the tallest peak in Oregon.

Day 6 - The Dalles

Located between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, The Dalles is famous for being the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail. To the pioneers, the terrain was treacherous; to us it is simply stunning. Overlooking the river is the Maryhill Winery, the ideal place to spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.

Day 7 - Pendleton, OR

A charming city in Umatilla, OR, Pendleton began as a European-American commercial center around 1851. Incorporated as a city in 1880, Pendleton is known for its famous woolen mills. Visit the Pendleton Woolen Mill and Museum to learn about the town's weaving process that has produced world famous woolens since 1901.

Day 8 - Richland, WA

Once known as the village of Chemna, Richland was incorporated as a city in 1910. Richland sits at the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers and features the Reach Museum. This popular destination tells the unique stories of the culture and history of the region with over 14,000 square feet of exhibits.

Day 9 - Day Of River Cruising

Grab a good book and curl up in one of our spacious lounges, or relax and enjoy the passing landscapes as we make our way to Clarkston, WA.

Day 10 - Clarkston, WA

One of the Pacific Northwest's most inland seaports, Clarkston is located on the Snake River, near the famous Hells Canyon. The 10-mile wide canyon was carved with significant canyon-shaping events occurring as recently as 15,000 years ago during a flood from Glacial Lake Bonneville in Utah. Frustrating many miners, explorers and settlers, Hells Canyon is now a popular recreation destination.

Day 11 - Clarkston, WA

Take in the beautiful views of Clarkston one last time before enjoying a regionally inspired breakfast. Let our gracious onboard crew assist you with you travel arrangements.

Dates & Rates

Date Ship A AAR AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
Jun 27, 2017 American Pride $6,485 $7,580 $8,395 $8,605 $10,790 $9,630 $8,760
Sep 30, 2017 American Pride $6,485 $7,580 $8,395 $8,605 $10,790 $9,630 $8,760
Jun 20, 2018 American Pride $6,485 $7,580 $8,395 $8,605 $10,790 $9,630 $8,760
Sep 29, 2018 American Pride $6,485 $7,580 $8,395 $8,605 $10,790 $9,630 $8,760

*Private Balcony
All rates are shown in US dollars, per person, double occupancy. Itineraries, rates, and ships are subject to change without notice. A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to confirm any reservation on trips of 9 nights or less, and $900.00 per person on trips of 10 nights or more.
Single Occupancy: One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy depending on the type of stateroom occupied.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • Cruise and accommodations aboard ship.
  • Meals and snacks onboard ship
  • Complimentary cocktail parties
  • All entertainment.

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Shore tours.
  • Port charges and/or fees
  • Gratituities
  • Fuel charges (if applied to future cruises)

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Northwest Pioneers Cruise itinerary

Ships

American Pride

American PrideAmerican Pride not only boasts the largest, most well-appointed staterooms, but also offers private balconies and unobstructed views. In addition to the amazing scenery, our master chefs have been busy preparing menus that are tailored specifically to the Pacific Northwest region. Using locally sourced products, our menu is designed to not only support farmers and merchants, but also to minimize the impact on the region's ecosystem and environment. View ship details...

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