Queen of the West // (c) 2012 American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines is offering seven-night Lewis and Clark theme cruises onboard the authentic 120-passenger paddlewheeler Queen of the West, operating on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest.
With departures April 14, 21 and 28, the cruises travel between Portland, Ore., and Clarkston, Wash., following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark’s monumental expedition discovering the West. Guests will discover the ancient lands of Native Americans and experience the technological miracles of the river’s lock system as a series of seven locks takes them 780 feet above sea level as they sail from the fertile valley of the Columbia River Gorge to the high desert inland canyons. Pricing is from $3.695.
“The spring is really the ideal time for this cruise — the days are longer and the scenery is just breathtaking,” said Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines.
Onboard lecturers and entertainers will bring the stories of Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery to life and tour guides and regional experts lead guests in visiting sites made famous by their path of discovery.
Queen of the West, built in 1996, recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation with a new library on the third deck, the enlargement of a number of staterooms and the addition of more single staterooms to the Victorian-style design.