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American Empress

Vancouver, Washington

Project Specs:

Project Name: American Empress
Began Service: April 2014
Guest Capacity: 221
Crew Capacity: 88
Staterooms: 112

Vessel Description:

Name: American Empress
Length: 358 feet
Beam: 59 feet
Decks: 4
Speed: Maximum, 12 mph; cruising, 10 mph

About the Client:

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress delivers classic elegance and modern luxury on a grand scale. One step onboard and you will quickly discover that there is far more to this vessel than her welcoming appearance and signature red paddlewheel.


Boasting a vast collection of some of the finest historical artifacts and artwork of the Native Alaska, Russian, Gold Rush and sternwheeler eras, the corridors of the American Empress hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside. You needn’t be an art enthusiast to appreciate the captivating display of Pacific Northwest heritage that this unique collection represents.


The American Empress incites moments of sheet perfection with her seamless blend of stunning backdrops, exceptional dining venues, dynamic public spaces and stunning décor. We invite you to step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.

  • The largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest
  • Included shore excursions in every port of call
  • Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Empress
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Regional Pacific Northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a contemporary flair
  • Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
  • Country club casual ambiance, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert
  • All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes
  • Our own dedicated fleet of luxury motorcoaches