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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: $6,260

Season: April - June; September - October

Activities: Culture, History

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American Cruise Lines

Experience the historic journey of the intrepid explorers Lewis and Clark, while admiring the magnificent views of the 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. Visit St. Helens and bear witness to the awesome power of the once active volcano. Get an up-close view of Multnomah Falls, the 2nd tallest waterfall in the country. Enjoy the scenic views and abundant wildlife of the Columbia River Gorge.

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

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Pre-Cruise: Portland, OR

Each Columbia and Snake Rivers itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

*Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.

Day 1 - 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 areas. A city highlight is the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum or the Portland Art Museum.

Day 2 - Astoria, OR

After reaching the Pacific Coast, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. Visit the fort to understand what 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 for their service on the high seas.

Day 3 - 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 effect of the volcano had on the lives of those in the surrounding towns.

Day 4 - Portland, OR

Since the late 19th-century, Portland has been referred to as “The City of Roses,” due to its ideal climate for growing these beautiful perennials. Explore this second largest city of the Pacific Northwest and discover its rich culture and history.

Day 5 - Stevenson, WA

Multnomah Falls is the landmark of the day. After cruising past the waterfall, we will bring you up close for a 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 6 - 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 7 - The Dalles, OR

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 visitors, it is simply stunning. Overlooking the Columbia River Gorge is Cascade Cliffs Winery, the ideal place to spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.

Day 8 - Richland, WA

Once known as the village of Chemna, Richland was incorporated as a city in 1910 and sits at the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia River. A popular destination is The REACH Museum which illustrates the unique culture and history of the region with over 14,000 square feet of exhibits.

Day 9 - 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 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 out from significant events occurring 15,000 years ago, including a flood from Glacial Lake Bonneville in Utah. Once the destination for miners, explorers, and settlers, Hells Canyon is now a popular recreation area.

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.

Northwest Pioneers Cruise itinerary

Dates & Rates

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Date Departure Location Ship A AAG AAR AAL AAC AAM Veranda Suite Owner's Suite Grand Suite Single Single w/ Balcony
Sep 29, 2018 Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA American Pride $7,010 $7,920 $8,615 $9,025 $11,615 $9,000 $9,945
Apr 12, 2019 Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA American Pride $6,260 $7,070 $7,690 $8,060 $10,370 $8,035 $8,880
Apr 22, 2019 Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR American Pride $6,260 $7,070 $7,690 $8,060 $10,370 $8,035 $8,880
May 2, 2019 Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA American Pride $6,635 $7,495 $8,150 $8,545 $10,990 $8,515 $9,415
May 12, 2019 Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR American Pride $6,635 $7,495 $8,150 $8,545 $10,990 $8,515 $9,415
May 22, 2019 Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA American Pride $6,635 $7,495 $8,150 $8,545 $10,990 $8,515 $9,415
Sep 21, 2019 Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA American Song $7,605 $7,920 $8,615 $9,025 $9,640 $10,715 $11,615 $13,940 $9,945
Oct 1, 2019 Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR American Song $7,195 $7,495 $8,150 $8,545 $9,120 $10,140 $10,990 $13,190 $9,415
Oct 11, 2019 Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA American Song $7,195 $7,495 $8,150 $8,545 $9,120 $10,140 $10,990 $13,190 $9,415
Oct 21, 2019 Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR American Song $7,195 $7,495 $8,150 $8,545 $9,120 $10,140 $10,990 $13,190 $9,415

*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)


American Pride

American Pride

American 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...

American Song

American Song

American Song elevates the standard for U.S. river cruising. With a capacity of 184 guests, this new ship has all the modern design features that today’s traveler has come to expect, including the contemporary styling, the largest staterooms in the industry with private balconies, and a grand four-story atrium. Experience the Revolution in U.S. River cruising. View ship details...