Paddleboat Cruise


In May my husband and I took a wonderful steamboat trip on the Colombia River, 1,240 kilometers long and the Snake River, 1.038 miles long, aboard the Empress of the North American West. This is the first time I had done a “niche” type cruise and enjoyed it very much. Yes, the clientele tends to be higher, but what a shame that adults younger couples are being lost in all this fun. It is steam navigation in the true sense of the word. The wheel turns slowly as they do up and down the rivers and dams across many that have been erected since the time of Lewis and Clarke. The boat is the model of the river boats that plied the waters of Alaska, Oregon and Washington about 100 years ago and has a distinctly Russian flavor. In particular adventure that was to follow the path of Lewis and Clarke expedition, was historic as well as fun. We boarded the Empress of the North in Portland, Oregon, smooth some a long wait.

However, if the supply of entertainment and refreshments, as they prepared the boat for us. Once aboard we were escorted to a lovely stateroom that was right at the time by the river. ” It is spacious, well decorated and had a balcony with two chairs and a table. There was a television, but never used it since the real entertainment was the trip and excursions included in the price of the cruise. The rooms, recalled that the era of riverboat, but much to modern standards.

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