Portland, Oregon is a wonderful port city with a fascinating pioneer history and a modern-day charm. Surrounded by seemingly endless forestry, Portland maintains it city-like charm in its downtown area, which features many local shops, cafes, food trucks, restaurants, museums, and more. If you’re into quirky towns with a high regard for the art, music, and history scene, you should certainly consider taking a cruise that includes Portland.
Several cruise lines offer cruises that visit Portland, but cruises starting in Portland are typically available from March through October. American Cruise Lines offers cruises from Portland. Their modern riverboats sail 4- and 7-night Columbia & Snake River cruises that begin in and end in Portland. Plus, each itinerary often comes with a complimentary pre-cruise package that allows you to spend an entire day in Portland before you embark!
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Portland, along with a brief description:
♦ Washington Park
Washington Park features over 400 acres of recreational space and has something for everyone! Many of Portland’s major attractions (such as the Oregon Zoo, The Children’s Museum, Pittock Mansion, and the Lan Su Chinese Garden) are located within Washington Park. If you are looking for a more casual and leisurely way to spend your time, you can enjoy the numerous playgrounds, tennis courts, and open space, or even enjoy a picnic. There are also over 15 miles of trails for those who want to get some walking or jogging in before their cruise from Portland.
♦ Pioneer Courthouse Square
Known locally as “Portland’s Living Room,” Pioneer Courthouse Square really is reminiscent of a common area. This 40,000-square foot center boasts many unique features, such as a giant chess board and a cascading water fountain. It also serves as an outdoor amphitheater where local performances take place (onlookers use the steps as seating). If you find yourself spending some time in downtown Portland, this is a very nice area where you can go to relax.
♦ The Oregon Historical Museum
History lovers will jump at the chance to check out the Oregon Historical Museum before or after their cruise from Portland. Located in Portland’s cultural district, this museum is open seven days a week (except on certain holidays), and features a wonderful collection of permanent and rotating exhibits. Permanent exhibits include History Hub (a hands-on interactive exhibit about diversity), Oregon Voices (featuring stories about significant events and people who shaped Oregon from WWII to present), and Vanport Interpretive Panels (taking guests through the story of a historical flood that altered the city forever).
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