Northwest Pioneers Cruise

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.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Astoria, OR
2
Mt. St. Helens, WA
3
Portland, OR
4
Stevenson, WA
5
Hood River, OR
6
The Dalles
7
Pendleton, OR
8
Richland, WA
9
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10
Clarkston, WA
11
Clarkston, WA

Northwest Pioneers Cruise

From the high desert of the interior to the mountain forests of the Columbia River Gorge, this 11-day journey is an epic course through a rich tapestry of ever-changing landscapes, thriving wildlife habitats, and fascinating human endeavors.

Ports of Call

  • Astoria, OR
  • Mt. St. Helens, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • Stevenson, WA
  • Hood River, OR
  • The Dalles
  • Pendleton, OR
  • Richland, WA
  • Clarkston, WA
  • Clarkston, WA

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Day  1
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.

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Columbia River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion

In the morning, you can take a trolley or a leisurely 5-minute walk to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and meet with our guide for you a personalized tour of the facilities. Learn the history of crossing the bar, known as one of the toughest and most treacherous routes in maritime history. Explore actual ships that were destroyed during the river crossing, discover artifacts, and learn what makes this specific area so dangerous and feared by even the most experienced sailors.

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

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Mount St. Helens Tour - Complimentary Excursion

May 18, 1980 is a day etched into the history of the United States as the powerful eruption of Mount St. Helens drastically changed the landscape of what is now referred to as the National Volcanic Monument. On your scenic journey to the Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory, your tour guide will provide engaging commentary regarding the eruption, how it affected the landscape and surrounding communities, and how the environment has responded naturally to the disturbance. The Observatory itself sits on a bluff near the crater, offering spectacular views of the pumice plain and blast site.

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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.

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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.

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Multnomah Falls & Fish Hatchery - Complimentary Excursion

A highlight of any trip to the Pacific Northwest, Multnomah Falls is sure to leave you in awe. After breakfast, our private guide will meet you at the ship’s dock right in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge, and your journey to the second tallest year-round waterfall in the U.S. As you wind through the thick forest you will cross the impressive “Bridge of the Gods,” before finally reaching Multnomah Falls. Upon arrival, you will have time to explore the Falls on your own and walk the famous Benson Bridge to get the best vantage point for your photo opportunities.

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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.

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Mt. Hood Railway Tour

Witness picturesque views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams as you travel by train through the woods, orchards, and valleys of Mt. Hood Railway. Afterwards, enjoy a short stop at Parkdale for a walk around the park before the relaxing return ride.

This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 in advance to reserve this experience.

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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.

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center - Complimentary Excursion

As you step off the ship, you will be greeted by members of the local visitor’s center who are dressed in period-specific clothing from the pinnacle days of river boating. Our guide will meet us at the ship for a short narrated tour of the town before arriving at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Explore the various exhibits that describe the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that helped to create the gorge. The highlight of the center visit includes a unique raptor exhibition where we watch birds of prey put on an aerobatic display and learn about the protected eagles that call the gorge home.

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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.

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Pendleton Tour

Enjoy a scenic ride through the countryside and witness the striking contrast in landscape as you make your way to Pendleton, OR for the day’s excursions. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our private tour guide who will take you to explore Pendleton’s infamous underground city before a complimentary BBQ lunch at the famous Hamley’s Restaurant.  In the afternoon, you will visit the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, for a look into the storied past of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes; also visit the famous Pendleton Woolen Mill where you will have a tour of the mill and the chance to purchase authentic woven goods. 

We also offer a tour of The REACH Museum, for guests who wish to explore a little closer to port. Just a five-minute walk from the ship, this interactive museum details the specifics of the building of the first atomic bomb. Once back on board, representatives from the Bernard Griffin Winery join us during cocktail hour for an exclusive wine tasting.

This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 in advance to reserve this experience.

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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.

 
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The REACH Museum

Looking through the lens of The Hanford Reach National Monument and the Columbia River, The REACH Museum illustrates the rich culture and history of Eastern Washington through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and tours. Featuring over 14,000 square feet of exhibits, the museum claims the only complete baby woolly mammoth skeleton on display.

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Day  9
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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.
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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. Frustrating many miners, explorers and settlers, Hells Canyon is now a popular recreation destination.

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Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour

We have chartered the Hells Canyon Jet Boat to take you through the deepest canyon in America. After breakfast, the jet boat will meet you at the ship for an afternoon of adventure. Explore places most boats cannot reach on the river and witness the amazing transformation in geography from high desert to alpine forests. View ancient rock formations and Native pictographs while your local Clarkston guide provides interesting stories about the region’s history and canyon formation. Enjoy a catered luncheon at the exclusive Garden Creek Ranch before heading back to the ship, where we will celebrate your return during our nightly cocktail hour.

This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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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.

American Pride

American Pride offers an unparalleled experience never before available on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Aboard American Pride, guests will discover the natural beauty, history, and culture of the Pacific Northwest while enjoying the finest in accommodations and personalized service.

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.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

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Each Owner’s Suite on the American Pride offers the finest accommodations on the Columbia River with unsurpassed views of the passing scenery. A spectacular up to 445 sq. ft. of space is your private sanctuary to spread out and make yourself at home. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to an expansive private balcony offering private panoramic views throughout the room. Every modern amenity is at your fingertips, along with a spacious seating area and full size bathroom.

AAC (Private Balcony)

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Located on the top deck, these spacious staterooms feature commanding views of the passing Columbia River landscapes. At 304 sq. ft., there is plenty of room to enjoy the tasteful comfort of your surroundings. These staterooms have all the comforts of a fine hotel and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with a private balcony to offer panoramic views of the Northwest from every angle.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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AAL staterooms are conveniently located on the third deck and offer all of the comforts of a fine hotel. Complete with a private balcony and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, these staterooms provide spectacular panoramic views of the Columbia River and the surrounding landscape. At 304 sq. ft., these staterooms also offer a seating area, desk, and full-size bathroom.

AAR (Private Balcony)

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AAR staterooms can be found on the second deck of the American Pride. Enjoy a luxurious 304 sq. ft. of living space that is equipped with plush seating, full-size bathrooms, and a private balcony with large opening picture window.

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These 290 sq. ft. staterooms offer exceptional comfort and a relaxing living area. Featuring a large opening picture window, all are equipped with modern amenities, full-size bathrooms,  and closet space.

Single (Private Balcony)

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Perfect for the solo traveler, our Single staterooms offer all of the amenities you expect from a fine hotel. At 230 sq. ft., these staterooms have spacious bathrooms and large sliding glass doors that lead to a private balcony.

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A comfortable getaway, our Single suites offer individuals a spacious room with convenient amenities. At 203 sq. ft., these staterooms have interior entrances and large opening windows where the sights of the Mississippi can be enjoyed.

American Pride Deck Plan

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Food & Wine Cruise


The Pacific Northwest is known for its delicious seafood and delectable wines. Savor exquisite regionally- inspired cuisine and work one-on-one with our onboard expert to find the perfect complimentary local wine.

Visit amazing natural landmarks to better understand the unique topography of the region and how its diversity contributes to the wine varietals.

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