Explore the Columbia and Snake Rivers
by PR Newswire
Breathtaking views, intimate settings and award-winning hospitality on Pacific Northwest's great rivers
SEATTLE -- Majestic America Line, one of the world's premier river cruise lines and the largest river and coastal cruising company in America, is offering early advantage savings for guests who book by Feb. 22, 2008, on 2008 Columbia and Snake river cruises aboard Empress of the North, Queen of the West and Columbia Queen.
The 7-night roundtrip cruise from Portland, beginning March 22, offers guests the opportunity to view deep gorges, transit eight impressive lock and dam systems and discover 1,000 miles of the Columbia and Snake rivers. The itinerary features Native American hunting grounds, Lewis and Clark-era forts, shimmering waterfalls, steep-sided canyons and golden fields of wheat. With 77 sailings to choose from, guests will have the opportunity to view Multnomah Falls' 4,000 foot-high cliffs, experience North America's deepest gorge and visit the oldest settlement west of the Rockies, marking the completion of Lewis and Clark's quest.
Guests also enjoy exceptional value from Majestic America Line whose enrichment opportunities and custom tours are included in the cruise which help bring the history of the area to life. The shore tour adventures include the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Pendleton Woolen Mill and Underground Tour, Tamatslikt Cultural Center, Hells Canyon Jet Boat Ride, Mt St. Helens Visitor Center, and Fort Clatsop.
Empress of the North features a Russian Alaskan decor, where guests enjoy modern five-star comfort, service, and a sense of adventure. With just 122 staterooms and suites, the Empress of the North provides guests an intimate, distinctive atmosphere. Her public rooms are filled with extensive art collections, including unique Native American artifacts and Russian antiques, including rare and beautiful Faberge eggs. Every stateroom reveals Russian heritage with elegant furnishings, including rich mahogany wardrobes and luxurious velvet drapes. In 2007, Empress of the North was recognized as one of the highest rated small cruise ships in the country and the crew was recognized for "perfect service" in Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Readers' Poll.
Queen of the West was built to showcase wide-open vistas, forested river banks and small towns of the Northwest. Four decks -- two of them wrapping around the entire ship -- offer panoramic viewing from every angle. Her spacious lounges are filled with generous windows letting in light. All 142 discerning guests aboard enjoy outside staterooms where scenic views change by the hour.
Columbia Queen brings contemporary small-ship cruising to the rivers of the Northwest. This elegant vessel combines state-of-the-art propulsion and navigation systems with luxurious elements typical of much larger luxury vessels. Onboard are spacious public rooms filled with richly polished woodwork and plush seating, Tiffany & Co. chandeliers, and artwork inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Each of the 75 spacious staterooms aboard the Columbia Queen are equipped with modern guest amenities and many offer private verandahs or French balconies.
Each journey aboard a Majestic America Line cruise promises an extraordinary American experience, with incredible attention to quality, wonderful enrichment programs and warm, attentive service from an American crew.
Fares for the seven-night trip start at $1,999 per person, based on double occupancy with early advantage savings applied.
For more information, contact a travel agent, call 1-800-434-1232 or visit www.majesticamericaline.com.
About Majestic America Line
Majestic America Line is the premier river and coastal cruising company in the United States, offering uniquely American cruise itineraries that provide an extraordinary travel experience.
With a fleet of six U.S.-flagged and built ships, Majestic America Line travels America's great rivers and coastal waterways from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to the Heartland and the Lower Mississippi. The company's specially designed ships deliver an unequalled boutique cruise experience that combines an unmatched attention to quality with deluxe comfort and warm, attentive service from an American crew.
Based in Seattle, Majestic America Line is a division of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors International, Inc. .
from the www.majesticamericaline.com website:
*Due to the Snake River lock closures, the March 22nd Empress of the North sailing and March 23rd Queen of the West sailing will now have a shore excursion option of either a motorcoach ride (2.5 hours each direction) to Lewiston, ID for the jet boats, or a motorcoach ride to Walla Walla to visit the Whitman Mission and Fort Wall Walla which will include a winery tour and wine tasting.
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