Five cruise lines anchor tour boats at the Port's 580-foot "Gateway Dock," bringing several thousand tourists each year up the Columbia and Snake Rivers to Clarkston. The dock has two ramps leading to it, all secured with fencing due to the Homeland Security Act grant. The dock is ideally situated for visitors to board a jetboat for a wild, whitewater rides up the Snake into Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge.
Recently we have opened the 14th Street dock to anchor some of the larger cruise vessels. Currently the cruise docks are in the process of some beautification projects. When cruise ships are not in Port, private Boaters are also welcoming to dock at Gateway for short stays.
Cruise ships start operating and docking at the Port in April and continue through October.
Leaving from Portland, Oregon, traveling to Clarkston, Washington, the American Empress cruise ship follows in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, the intrepid explorers who have come to define the historical context of our Pacific Northwest voyages. Remarkable shore excursions are provided in each port of call and include the cultural and historical landmarks that signify the living legacy of the region’s first settlers.
American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines offers Pacific Northwest trips with two paddlewheel ships. The 120-passenger Queen of the West cruises the Columbia and Snake rivers. Itineraries can include six, seven or 14-night sailings from Portland, Oregon. The ship recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that included the addition of private balconies, a new library, and the conversion of several cabins into singles. Accommodating 150 passengers, the 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, their master chefs prepare menus that are tailored specifically to the Pacific Northwest. New to the Clarkston Port in 2019 the American Song. A modern riverboat with a capacity of 184 guest.
The S.S. Legacy is a replica costal steamer with old-world charm and the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.
Retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition on the National Geographic Sea Bird, Sea Lion or Quest cruise ships. Cruise through the lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge, the mountains of the Cascade Range, and the historical lands of the Native American tribes the peripatetic duo encountered. Dine on locally-sourced cuisine and sample the region’s famed wines and microbrews.