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February 17, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

If you’ve 17 days free this April, get in fast to score a very special deal on a highly distinctive fly-cruise-and-stay holiday, featuring a grand riverboat cruise in America.

A seven-night cruise in a verandah stateroom aboard American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest, makes the holiday very special. A host of other stays and inclusions pack in value. American Empress

Called ‘Frontiers, Pioneers and Vineyards’, this newest offering from Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au) includes return flights from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to the USA; two nights in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, staying in a four-star hotel near Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue and Sunset Strip; an overnight train trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, aboard the Amtrak Coast Starlight train (with Superliner Roomette sleeper service);  a night’s deluxe hotel stay in Portland including breakfast; and three nights in fabulous Las Vegas, in four-star accommodation.

‘Frontiers, Pioneers and Vineyards’ costs from A$5989 twin share per person. It departs Australia for Los Angeles on 2 April 2014 and is valid for booking until six days before that, 27 March 2014 – or until it books out, whichever happens first.

The seven-night cruise marks the inaugural season of luxury river cruising in the Pacific Northwest aboard the newly re-finished American Empress, largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River.

The cruise includes complimentary shore excursions in every port, complimentary wine and beer with dinner, complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. Dining on the cruise is on regional US Pacific Northwest cuisine, using fresh ingredients creatively combined. You’ll visit vineyards along the way.

Atmosphere on the riverboat is described as “country club-casual ambiance” so no formal clothes required. A friendly, all-American staff provides gracious service and American Empress’s onboard history and culture expert delivers daily lectures. All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window, letting you gaze at dramatic scenery throughout the day.

The river voyage begins in Portland, Oregon, near the Pacific Ocean. A night in a hotel there gives time to explore this city with a spirited vibe, an eclectic blend of art galleries, coffee shops, museums and farm-to-table restaurants. More than 8000 rosebushes flourish  in the city’s International Rose Test Garden.

American Empress visits historic, scenic and entertaining sites along the Columbia and Snake Rivers on its voyage to Clarkston in Washington state.

Astoria, Oregon, has a country feel. Stroll the shops and cafes lining the Riverwalk, visit the George Flavel House for a glimpse of the life of a 19th-century millionaire, discover the Native American culture of Clatsop County at the Heritage Museum or enjoy views from the Astoria Column, more than 200 metres above the water.

With American Empress serving as a floating boutique hotel, travel into the heart of American wine country. Away from the wine glass, wildlife on the Snake River ranges from bighorn sheep to grey wolves and bald eagles. In Clarkston, the Nez Perce National Historic Park tells the story of the Native American tribe who assisted the Lewis and Clark expedition and still reside in the area today.

After the river cruise, you’ve got three nights in glittering Las Vegas, America’s entertainment capital, to catch the shows, see the casinos and revel in the neon before flying back home to Australia.

If you fancy something very similar to the above, but also including a seven-night Alaska cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice, inquire about ‘Frontiers, Pioneers and Glaciers’. That holiday, also from Worldwide Cruise Centres, lasts 24 days, departs in May 2014 and costs A$7099 twin share per person from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

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