American Empress Celebrates 2015 Success & Highly Anticipated 2016 Season

American Empress - formerly Empress of the NorthAmerican Queen Steamboat Company is celebrating the success of the American Empress’ 2015 seasonand 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.

• 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, 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.

(American Queen Steamboat Company)