Our Journey Comes To A Close

Sometimes, not all voyages go according to plan. That was the case this morning aboard American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress.

A letter slipped under our cabin doors – personally signed by the Captain – told guests that we’d suffered a mechanical problem during the evening […]

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On the Trail of Lewis and Clark in Astoria

“We sell these little balsa wood airplanes you can throw off the top of there.” Our local guide points to the Astoria Column, resting high atop the hillside overlooking Astoria, Oregon. She pauses slightly, then: “It’s the most fun you can have for a dollar since […]

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Rediscovering one of my favorite cruise lines and destinations

Well, it’s that time: the last voyage of 2016 here on From the Deck Chair. And it’s a good one, too: a trip aboard Holland America Line’s 1,916-passenger Westerdam to the Mexican Riviera from San Diego.

Our full itinerary, both here and onboard:

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Thanksgiving on the Empress

Just before seven this morning, American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress dropped her lines and set out into the Columbia River. Half an hour later, we entered the Cascade Locks, which would be our first and only daytime lock transit on this cruise. Since this is the last voyage […]

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Making Your Own Sea Day, On the River

The Pacific Northwest unleashed its full wintery might on us this morning, with low-lying cloud and heavy rain. It’s an admittedly very pretty backdrop, and if you’re prepared for the rain in this part of the world, it’s not really an issue at all.

The trouble is […]

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Exploring the Columbia River Gorge with the American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress was enveloped in fog early this morning as she sat at her berth in The Dalles, Oregon. Like steam coming off a hot tub, wisps of mist danced across the charcoal-grey waters of the Columbia River […]

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Step Back In Time With the American Queen Steamboat Company

Last night, I slept the sleep of angels aboard American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress. Cruising the Columbia River overnight, she slipped quietly into the sleepy riverside town of The Dalles, Oregon just after seven this morning. The first rays of sunlight were […]

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Embarkation in Vancouver, Washington

Yesterday morning, my Delta Air Lines 737-800 touched down at Portland International Airport under sunny skies. The glistening tarmac, however, told me that we’d just miss the rain – and knowing the Pacific Northwest, it would be back.

It’s not my first time to this part of the world, but this […]

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This week, I am sailing aboard American Queen Steamboat Company‘s classy replica paddlewheel steamer, the 360-foot long, 223-guest American Empress, on the Columbia River that separates the states of Washington and Oregon.

After 36 hours onboard, I can say this is one great experience. This isn’t the first time I’ve sailed […]

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Malacca, Malaysia and the End of our Silversea Journey

I spent the morning aboard Silversea ‘s Silver Shadow nervously avoiding what I knew to be true: in less than 24 hours, someone else will take my place in my Grand Suite, as they set sail on their own adventure, this time from Singapore […]

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