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Travelers interested in taking a unique vacation while still watching their budget this holiday season are in luck. American West Steamboat Company (AWSC) is offering special discounts this season for selected Lewis & Clark and holiday theme cruises aboard its two sternwheelers, Empress of the North and Queen of the West.
For November departures, AWSC is offering 50% off companion rates aboard selected dates and itineraries. Selected dates for the "Path of the Explorers" journeys aboard the Empress of the North are November 6, 13, as well as a Thanksgiving cruise on November 20.
Aboard the Queen of the West, passengers can receive the discount on the "Three Great Rivers" voyage on November 5, 12, and a Thanksgiving cruise on November 19. These special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Rates for "Path of the Explorers" cruises start at $1,799 and rates for the "Three Great Rivers" itinerary start at $1,239.
Theme cruises aboard the Empress of the North in December present passengers with additional travel options. AWSC offers a Big Band themed cruise departing from Portland on December 4, allowing passengers to relive the timeless music of the '40s and '50s with performers reminiscent of the era, like Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, the Dorsey Brothers, Harry James and Artie Shaw. On this cruise, passengers follow the "Path of the Explorers" itinerary and swing along with bands such as the 10-piece Russ Morgan Orchestra. This particular departure is also one of AWSC's Very Best Buys, which provides passengers with savings of up to $400 per person when asking for the savings code VBB. Rates start at $1,799 per person for the Big Band themed cruise.
Free Airfare On Selected October Itineraries
Gas prices and fuel surcharges got you down? But you've still got the bug to travel -- economically? American West Steamboat Company (AWSC) is offering special fall discounts for selected river cruises aboard its two sternwheelers, Empress of the North and Queen of the West.
For October departures, passengers will receive free airfare when booking a river cruise on selected dates. Departing Portland, Oregon on October 16 and 23, the Empress of the North takes passengers along the seven-night "Path of the Explorers" itinerary. New this year, this itinerary includes 1,000 miles of cruising along the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers from Astoria to the Pacific Ocean, through the Columbia River Gorge and all the way to Idaho at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Prices start at $1,799 and the Free Air offer can be combined with the $150 discount offered by AWSC for booking four months in advance.
On October 22, aboard the Queen of the West, passengers depart Portland on the seven-night "Three Great Rivers" journey, following the footsteps of Lewis & Clark nearly 1,000 miles along the great western rivers. Highlights include natural sites such as the Columbia River Gorge and Hells Canyon, as well as historic riverside towns. Prices start at $1,239 and, along with the Free Air offer, passengers can also save $400 per person on this Very Best Buy voyage by asking for the savings code VBB. The savings code for all October Free Air offers is CRS.
At various ports of call, passengers have the opportunity to enhance their vacation experience with included shore excursions. Motorcoach trips to sites such as Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and exciting outdoor adventures such as a whitewater jet boat ride in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, are just a few of the shore tours that are included in each port of call. In addition to nature's wonders, dining and entertainment options are also never in short supply. Combined with the casually elegant atmosphere of the dining rooms, gourmet chefs work around the clock to prepare delicious meals with a distinctive Northwestern flair. Onboard historians make daily presentations about the history along the cruise route. In the evenings, the showrooms are host to live showboat-style entertainment and different musical themes each night.
Three Theme Cruises Featured This Fall
The American West Steamboat Company will offer "Lewis & Clark," "Big Band" and "Holiday" themed cruises on 11 dates this fall aboard the sternwheelers Empress of the North and Queen of the West. Each of the featured cruises departs from Portland, Oregon and travels over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Northwest's Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers.
The seven-night Lewis & Clark cruises showcase routings made famous by the Corps of Discovery as it explored the Columbia and Snake Rivers nearly 200 years ago. On each of the cruises, passengers are entertained by guest historians who share fascinating facts about the noted journey and significant points of interest along the Columbia River Gorge, as well as provide insight into what the explorers were thinking and encountering, mile by mile.
Shore excursions include admission to selected events at "Destination: The Pacific," one of only 15 official Lewis & Clark Signature Events taking place along the famous trail. Lewis & Clark cruises aboard the Queen of the West depart November 5 and 12, and those aboard the Empress of the North depart November 6 and 13. Rates start at $2,019 per person, double occupancy, including savings of $300 per couple if booked six months in advance.
Departing October 24, November 27 and December 4 aboard the Empress of the North, the Big Band cruises showcase the lively music of the '30s and '40s with performances reminiscent of Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo and the Dorsey Brothers.
Passengers swing along to the ten-piece Russ Morgan Orchestra in the ship's Golden Nugget Showroom, to enjoy musical tributes to the great swing musicians of the era. Gentlemen dance hosts will even accompany the ladies on the dance floor. Rates for this seven-night cruise start at $1,679 per person, double occupancy, including savings of $300 per couple if booked six months in advance.
Guests can't help but capture the holiday spirit as they cruise aboard sternwheelers bedecked in gala holiday style and over 7,000 festive lights, during four seven-night Holiday cruises. Departure dates include November 19 (Thanksgiving) aboard the Queen of the West, and November 20 (Thanksgiving), December 11 and December 21 (Christmas) aboard the Empress of the North.
The environment is festive, yet relaxing, as the sternwheelers paddle their way along the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers. Cruise rates start at $1,040 per person including savings of 50% off the December 11 departure, or from $1,679 including savings of up to $400 per person on all other Holiday cruises.
7- and 11-Night Alaska Cruises
American West Steamboat Company's new luxury sternwheeler Empress of the North offers 7- and 11-night cruises featuring Alaska's Inside Passage. Its new Alaska homeport is Juneau, easily accessible with daily flights on Alaska Airlines. The Empress of the North's 7-night cruises will operate round trip from Juneau, while the 11-night cruises will operate between Seattle and Juneau.
Highlights of the 7-night cruise include a White Pass & Yukon Railroad from Skagway, visits to the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, and Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. In Petersburg, guests enjoy the town's quaint Norwegian charm before cruising Le Conte Bay and Wrangell Narrows. In Ketchikan, passengers are treated to the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and a tour of Totem Heritage Park before cruising scenic Misty Fjords. Also included is a port call in Wrangell, with shore excursions to Chief Shakes Tribal House and Petroglyph Beach. The Empress of the North also cruises through the narrow and winding Tracy Arm Fjord to the face of South Sawyer Glacier. In Juneau, included shore excursions feature the Mendenhall Glacier and an authentic salmon bake.
Highlights of the 11-night cruise include everything in the 7-night itinerary plus cruising through Lake Washington and the San Juan Island archipelago with stops in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, where passengers enjoy included shore excursions to Butchart Gardens and the Royal Museum in Victoria and a city tour and visit to the Aquarium in Vancouver, plus two full days cruising Canada’s Inside Passage.
Throughout the cruise, the ship's onboard entertainment captures the excitement and atmosphere of the great showboat era. Two elegant showrooms present unique music of early Americana, Golden Oldies, Best of Broadway, Country Western, Dixieland Jazz and the Big Band Era. The region's history comes alive as well in song and dance, from the Gold Rush Follies, to Russian American Cossack Dances, to the legends, crafts, songs and dances of the Native Americans. A historian/naturalist delivers an ongoing interpretive program and is curator for the vessel's gallery of paintings, sculptures, pictures and historic artifacts featuring the heritage, cultures and natural history of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Over 700 pieces of exquisite art and artifacts line each of the ship’s corridors including a rare collection of Russian nesting dolls, Fabergé eggs and Alaska Native masks and carvings in addition to photographs and paintings depicting Gold Rush history, frontier exploration, Alaska wildlife and 19th century paddle wheelers.
Since 1995, American West Steamboat Company has operated the 163-passenger Queen of the West year-around on the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers, along the Lewis & Clark route, Oregon Trail, and Columbia River Gorge. Highlights of the nearly 1,000 mile long cruise include traversing eight locks and dams, a close up view of 620-foot high Multnomah Falls, visits to the Mt. St. Helens Volcanic National Monument, Lewis & Clark's Fort Clatsop, a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon, a rodeo demonstration in Pendleton and excursions to Astoria and Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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