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PAC Northwest Pioneers Cruise

Cruising the Snake and Columbia Rivers from Portland, OR, to Clarkston, WA, aboard the American Pride

June 27 – July 8, 2022

$6800 per person, double occupancy





A Walk Through American History
Experience the historic journey of the intrepid explorers Lewis and Clark, while admiring the magnificent views of the Pacific Northwest. Retrace the last leg of the Corps of Discovery Expedition that began on the Mississippi River in 1804 and finally reached the Pacific Ocean in 1806. Visit Mount St. Helens and bear witness to the awesome power of the once active volcano. Get an up-close view of Multnomah Falls, the 2nd tallest waterfall in the country. Enjoy the scenic views and abundant wild-life of the Columbia River Gorge.

June 27, 2022 | 1 day prior to boarding
Columbia & Snake River Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay
Each Columbia and Snake Rivers itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive June 27, 2022, and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

Day 1 | June 28, 2022 | Hayden Island Oregon
Begin your journey on Hayden Island, discovered by Lieutenant William Robert Brough-ton in 1792. It is located on an island in the Columbia River between Vancouver, Wash-ington, and Oregon. At the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the re-gion was once a sanctuary for pioneers. Today, the area is surrounded by national park land but also features an array of museums and shopping areas.

Day 2 | |June 29, 2022 | Astoria, Oregon
The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, the town of Astoria is steeped in culture and tradition, with more than 70 Victorian-era homes lining its historic streets. Visit a replica of Fort Clatsop and learn about what the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition endured on their pioneering journey into the West. Explore the Columbia River Maritime Museum, a tribute to mariners around the globe for their service on the high seas.

Fort Clatsop Experience
On this excursion, you will learn the history of the area while visiting Fort Clatsop, the site where the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered in 1806. Explore the Visitor Center and take a walk outside to view the Fort that was built during this famous expedition.
Discover Astoria
Exploration Shuttle Enjoy a guided exploration shuttle while making stops at the Heritage Museum, The Astoria Column, the Flavel House Museum and Downtown Astoria.
Columbia River Maritime Museum COMPLIMENTARY EXCURSION
Experience the Columbia River Maritime Museum on a self-guided excursion. The Co-lumbia River Maritime Museum is the official maritime museum of the state of Oregon and also prides itself as being one of the finest maritime museums on the West Coast.
Cape Disappointment State Park
Enjoy a scenic journey to Cape Disappointment State Park and visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, situated high on the cliffs 200 feet above the pounding Pacific surf. A series of mural-sized “timeline” panels guide visitors through the westward jour-ney of the Lewis and Clark Expedition using sketches, paintings, photographs, and the words of Corps members themselves.

Day 3 | June 30, 2022 | Mount St. Helens, Washington
Perhaps the most impactful of all landmarks in the region is Mount St. Helens. From high on an overlook, bear witness to the awesome power of the volcano whose eruption in 1980 scorched 230 square miles of forest and forever changed the landscape. Expert guides will show you the pumice plain and lava dome as they explain the effect the volca-no had on the environment and the lives of those in surrounding towns.

Mount St. Helens Experience  COMPLIMENTARY EXCURSION
May 18, 1980 is a day etched into the history of the United States, as the powerful erup-tion of Mount St. Helens drastically changed the landscape of what is now referred to as the National Volcanic Monument. On your scenic journey to the Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory, your tour guide will provide engaging commentary regarding the eruption, how it affected the landscape and surrounding communities, and how the envi-ronment has responded naturally to the disturbance. The Observatory itself sits on a bluff near the crater, offering spectacular views of the pumice plain and blast site.

Day 4 | July 1, 2022 | Day of Cruising the Columbia River Gorge
Cruise arguably the most spectacular river canyon in the United States. From your private balcony, you’ll experience mountainous views, breathtaking scenery, and the modern comfort of the American Pride.

Day 5 | July 2, 2022 | Stevenson, Washington
Multnomah Falls is an awesome sight to behold. After cruising past the waterfall, enjoy an up-close view of one of North America’s tallest waterfalls. Stroll along the footpath to Ben-son Bridge for the best view of this natural wonder. Explore the village of Stevenson, easily accessible from out dock, offering small town charm and unique Northwest Flair.

A highlight of any trip to the Pacific Northwest is Multnomah Falls, the second tallest year-round waterfall in the U.S. After breakfast, our private guide will meet you at the ship’s dock along the Columbia River Gorge to begin your journey. As you wind through the thick forest, cross the impressive “Bridge of the Gods,” before finally reaching Multnomah Falls. Upon arrival, you will have time to explore the Falls on your own and walk the famous Benson Bridge to get the best vantage point for your photo opportunities.
Bonneville Dam
Throughout your journey on the Columbia River, you will transit 8 locks, lifting the ship more than 700 feet vertically. Building upon the lectures of our onboard experts through-out the week, this excursion provides guests with an in-depth understanding of and appre-ciation for the engineering that enables the Dam to generate enough hydroelectric power to provide nearly 500,000 homes with electricity.
Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center COMPLIMENTARY EXCURSION
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, which showcases the area’s unique history and cultural diversity. From the Native American tribes that inhabited the gorge to the expedition of Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers, learn of the bountiful life on the gorge as you explore this amazing museum.

Day 6 | July 3, 2022 | Hood River, Oregon
At the base of Mount Hood lies the sleepy town of Hood River. The old trading post is most famous as the terminus of the Mount Hood Railroad, where timber and produce would be transferred to ships and sent downriver. Now the historic railroad is a highlight of the area, winding its way high into the mountains for unprecedented views of the Gorge and the tallest peak in Oregon.

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum COMPLIMENTARY EXCURSION
The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum is dedicated to the preservation of all means of transportation. Enjoy viewing the cars, planes, motorcycles, military vehi-cles, and more, which are housed in this 3.5-acre indoor hangar. Rather than just refinishing the outside surface, engines are rebuilt so all are operable, resulting in one of the largest collections of antique planes and cars that are still in working condition.

Day 7 | July 4, 2022 | The Dalles, Oregon
Located between Mount Hood and Mount Adamas, The Dalles is famous for being the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail. To the pioneers, the terrain was treacherous; to today’s visitors, it is simply stunning. Overlooking the Columbia River Gorge is Cascade Cliffs Win-ery, the ideal place to spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.

Maryhill Winery Exploration & Tasting
Enjoy an exploration and tasting at the renowned Maryhill Winery, one of the largest wineries in Washington State. Begin on the terrace overlooking vineyard and the Columbia River, with the majestic Mt. Hood serving as a stunning backdrop. On a guided walk to the vineyard, learn about the history of the winery, the grapes that are used to make Maryhill varietals, as well as the fermentation process.
Maryhill Museum of Art
Overlooking the gorge sits the Maryhill Museum of Art. Here, Native American artifacts, royal memorabilia from Queen Marie of Romania, outdoor sculptures, and a permanent collection of international chess sets adorn the museum halls. You will not only be treated to one-of-a-kind permanent collection, but also a variety of featured exhibitions.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center COMPLIMENTARY EXCURSION
As you step off the ship, you will be greeted by members of the local visitor’s center who are dressed in period clothing from the pinnacle days of riverboating. Our guide will meet us at the ship for a short narrated tour of the town before arriving at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Explore the various exhibits that describe the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that helped to create the gorge. The highlight of the center visit includes a unique raptor exhibition where we watch birds of prey put on an aerobatic display and learn about the protected eagles that call the gorge home.

Day 8 | July 5, 2022 | Richland, Washington
Incorporated in 1910, Richland sits at the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. En-joy strolling along its picturesque waterfront which offers walking trails, antique shops, and several wineries. This vibrant city is also home to a variety of theaters, art galleries, and mu-seums. Visit the REACH Museum, a popular destination which illustrates the unique culture and history of the region through over 14,000 square feet of exhibits.

The REACH Museum
Looking through the lens of The Hanford Reach National Monument and the Columbia River, the REACH Museum illustrates the rich culture and history of Eastern Washington through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and tours. Featuring over 14,000 square feet of exhibits, the mu-seum claims the only complete baby woolly mammoth skeleton on display.

Day 9 | July 6, 2022 | Pendleton, Oregon
A charming city in Umatilla, Oregon, Pendleton began as a European-American commercial center around 1851. Incorporated as a city in 1880, Pendleton is known for its beautiful countryside, indigenous Native American tribes, and the network of underground tunnels created a century ago for illicit activities. The area is also famous for its lucrative wool trade int eh 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Pendleton Woolen Mill and Museum to learn about the town’s weaving process that has produced world famous woolens since 1901.

The Pendleton Experience
Enjoy a scenic ride through the countryside and witness the striking contrast in landscape as you make your way to Pendleton for the day’s excursions. Upon arrival, be greeted by our private tour guide who will take you to explore Pendleton’s infamous underground city, fol-lowed by a complimentary BBQ lunch at the famous Hamley’s Restaurant. In the afternoon, travel to the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, for a look into the storied past of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes. Finally, visit the famous Pendleton Woolen Mill for a tour and the chance to purchase authentic woven goods. *This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please email [email protected] or call Sharon at (800) 648-4856 for more information.

Day 10 | July 7, 2022 | Clarkston, Washington
One of the Pacific Northwest’s most inland seaports, Clarkston is located on the Snake River, near the famous Hells Canyon. The 10-mile wide canyon was carved out from significant events occurring 15,000 years ago, including a flood from Glacial Lake Bonneville in Utah. Once the destination for miners, explorers, and settlers, Hells Canyon is now a popu-lar recreation area.

Hells Canyon Jet Boat Adventure
After savoring a homemade lunch at Garden Creek Ranch, you will board the jet boats to enjoy a relaxing day of breathtaking scenery and white water adventure. View bighorn sheep, ancient rock formations, and Native American’s pictographs as you are guided through North America’s deepest gorge – Hells Canyon.
***This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please email [email protected] or call Sharon at (800) 648-4856 for more information.
Nez Perce National Historic Park
Take a short ride to Spalding, ID and visit the Nez Perce National Historical Park where you will learn about the rich history of the Nez Perce Native American tribe while hearing amazing stories of adventure, friendship, courage, innovation, hardship, and the pioneering spirit.

Day 11 | July 8, 2022 | Clarkston, Washington
Take in the beautiful views of Clarkston one last time and enjoy a regionally inspired breakfast before disembarking and heading home.

Echoes from Our Ancestors
Join a Nimippuu (Nez Perce) guide on a fascinating jet boat ride up the Snake River into Hells Canyon. Listen to ancient legends of these native people and explore the places their ancestors called home. Learn the importance of “Tsceminicum” (She-mi-ni-cum), where the waters meet, and why water is considered sacred. Explore sites, where Nimiipuu encampments where once located, and visit fishing, hunting, gathering places. Along the rocks of Buffalo Eddy, view ancient messages left in the petroglyphs. End your amazing journey with a Pow Wow dance and drum performance by the native Nimippuu, which celebrates the sacred landscape and echoes the voices of their ancestors.
***This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please email [email protected] or call Sharon at (800) 648-4856 for more information.

PRICES: per person based on double occupancy

$6800 | Non-balcony (Category A)
$7680 | Private Balcony (Category AAR)
$8345 | Private Balcony (Category AAL)
$8740 | Private Balcony (Category AAC)
$11425 | Private Balcony (Owner’s Suite)

per person based on single occupancy
$8415 | Non-balcony
$9330 | Private Balcony


11 day cruise including all meals & entertainment
Pre-cruise hotel package
All soda, tea, coffee, and bottled water
Complimentary beer & wine with most meals
Shore Excursions identified as complimentary
Complimentary cocktail hour each evening
Port Charges & Fees


Airline Baggage Fees
Alcoholic beverages
Premium Shore Tours (typically $20—$70 per person)
Signature Shore Tours ($70+ per person)


**Travel insurance is recommended**





The deposit amount is $900 per person. Please call Sharon Carr Travel at 1-800-648-4856 to reserve space and pay your deposit. Payments may be made by check or credit card. Most major credit cards accepted.

Final Payment is due 120 days before departure. Any bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice. SCT will send final payment reminders 130 days prior to your trip.

All cancellations must be emailed to S[email protected]

Staterooms cancelled or released 120 days or more prior to the cruise are subject to a $250 per person cancellation fee. Staterooms cancelled or released less than 120 days but 90 or more days prior are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Staterooms cancelled or released 89 days or less are subject to a 100% cancellation fee. All cancellations will incur a non-refundable $250 per cancellation administration charge.

ACL reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any departure for any reason. If ACL cancels, except in the case of extreme circumstances as detailed below, they will offer alternate arrangements. They may at their sole discretion offer travel vouchers or refunds in accordance with their cancellation policy above. You are responsible for any additional costs for air tickets or other travel arrangements not made by ACL.


SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such service and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, war, insurrection, pandemic, vendor bankruptcy, revolt or other civil uprising, other military actions, strikes or any Act of God occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever. AMERICAN CRUISE LINES is the company responsible for providing the travel services purchased. SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased. SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour. SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be liable re-garding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal rep-resentatives and assigns. SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not liable or responsible for any client who has not provided proper documentation to enter the countries listed on the booked itinerary. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if in-surance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound. SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS. Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole respon-sibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline. Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement. Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
While the ExxonMobil Potomac Annuitants Club (EMPAC) works with Sharon Carr Travel to obtain a memorable travel opportunity for our members, neither ExxonMobil Corporation nor the EMPAC accept any responsibility arising out of the provision of these travel services, or the alteration or cancellation thereof. Members are encouraged to consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any risks associated with travel including the cancellation thereof for reasons out-side the control of the travel operator.

American Cruise Lines is committed to the safety of our guests, crew, and community partners. We have formulated these Operating Protocols by working with local, state, and federal officials. While they cannot elimi-nate risk, they are designed to mitigate it and enhance safety onboard.

All guests are asked to minimize contact with others prior to travel.

Fully vaccinated guests are not required to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to travelling to the ship and will be asked to present proof of the vaccine (i.e. vaccination card) at time of boarding. A guest is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.

Guests who are not fully vaccinated must take a COVID-19 test within 4 days of the start of their cruise package. Only molecular test results (such as a NAAT or PCR test) will be accepted. Guests are asked to submit their test results to American Cruise Lines at [email protected] and present the result at the time of boarding.

Additional requirements may be necessary for testing and vaccination depending on the time period and region traveled. These requirements will be communicated directly to guests.

On arrival to the ship (or pre-cruise hotel, if applicable) all guests will meet with the ship’s certified Medical Officer who will conduct a brief health evaluation and a COVID-19 test utilizing the shipboard medical facility.

Pre-boarding testing requirements do not negate the need for mask-wearing, daily health checks, or possible additional COVID-19 tests during the cruise.

Guests are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel. Guests with a vaccine must still comply with all the requirements of the American Cruise Lines Operating Protocol, including testing and mask-wearing.

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