American Waterways Inc., local owners and operators of the Portland Spirit, the Crystal Dolphin, the Explorer, and operators of the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, have owned and operated the Willamette Star since her manufacture in 1996. The Willamette Star is a 98' custom-built yacht, available for your private event. With a complete on-board galley, full service bar and two climate controlled decks, we will provide you with the finest river cruise dining experience in the Northwest.
With seating for 100 guests and a capacity of up to 144 guests for a reception, the Willamette Star is a unique venue for all types of special events. Some public cruises are also scheduled.
The Willamette Star was custom-built by Skipperliner in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Shipped by truck and then fully assembled in Boardman, Oregon, the ship sailed from Boardman to Portland in February 1996, where it currently moors for boarding and departure at Caruthers Landing.
The Willamette Star set sail on its maiden voyage March 20, 1996. There are outdoor viewing areas and seating on each deck of the vessel.
The Willamette Star was remodeled, extending the length of the vessel while adding seating capacity and refitting the galley along with other major visual enhancements in February 2003. There is an archive of images and information from the project.