Last updated: 07:00 PM ET, Thu January 14 2016

American Empress Celebrates 2015 Success, Looks to 2016

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | American Queen Steamboat Company | January 14, 2016

American Empress Celebrates 2015 Success, Looks to 2016

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PHOTO: The American Empress (Courtesy American Queen Steamboat Company)

American Queen Steamboat Company, operator of America’s most opulent and luxurious paddlewheel vessels, is celebrating the success of the American Empress’ 2015 season and preparing for 2016 with the announcement of newly added amenities and menu options.

Known as being the largest, most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest, the American Empress had an outstanding 2015 season showcasing the beauty of the region during her voyages along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

“The American Empress had a banner year in 2015, adding itineraries to the season in order to accommodate the large number of reservations and those interested in experiencing these cruises,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “We look forward to continuing the success of this year into the 2016 season.”

Highlights of the 2016 American Empress season include:

* Newly added Commodore Services for guests holding select suite-level accommodations. Guests of the Luxury Suites will also receive the additional services of a friendly River Butler.

* An exquisite array of menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner inspired by the Pacific Northwest and prepared by an award-winning culinary team. Menu choices include made-to-order omelets for breakfast, creative soups, salads and hearty entrees for lunch, and nightly five-course meals for dinner in the Astoria Dining Room. The River Grill & Bar is also a favorite among the guests on the American Empress.

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* Numerous premium shore excursions are available including a pre- or post-cruise tour of Mount St. Helens in Portland, Ore., a scenic jet boat experience at Hells Canyon in Lewiston, Idaho or the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in The Dalles, Ore.

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, fares for nine-day sailings on the American Empress begin at $2,649 per person based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

For additional information and reservations, please contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit  or call a professional travel agent.

SOURCE: American Queen Steamboat Company press release


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