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The Explorer

All Jet-Boat Cruises Have Been Cancelled For 2021

Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience. River conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. The vessel is not climate-controlled; please dress for the weather. For safety and comfort, guests should be in good health and without conditions that could be aggravated by motion. Please consult your doctor prior to booking a cruise on the Explorer if you have a health concern. The boat is not wheelchair accessible.

We offer discounts for groups of 15 or more. For short term booking, please call to confirm availability and times. Prices for all cruises are subject to change. Displayed prices do not include the per-passenger landing fee.

  • Capacity: 35 passengers
  • 40 feet long
  • Travels at speeds up to 45 MPH
  • Canopy top with zip down windows
  • On board restroom
  • Bench seating with comfortable cushions

Bigfoot Explorer Adventure Cruise

Can you find Bigfoot?

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Spectacular Vistas. Thrilling Ride.

Explore history and lore of Bigfoot over the Willamette and Columbia Rivers aboard the Explorer high speed boat from Portland through the Heart Of The Gorge, covering over 120 miles. From the beauty of the Willamette Valley and Portland Skyline, through the port of Portland, into the epic Columbia Gorge, and through the locks at Bonneville Dam, this fully narrated tour of the Legend of Bigfoot and the region aboard the Explorer on this exhilarating, informative journey. At the halfway point of the journey in Cascade Locks, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Locks Waterfront Grill before the return-trip to Portland.

View an interactive map of the Bigfoot Cruise Exploration route.

Daily June-September
Boarding at 8:45am cruising 9:00am-4:00pm

Pricing from $98 per passenger

Prices do not include taxes, landing fees, and any other applicable charges

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The Explorer in Downtown Portland

Christmas Ships Cruises

The vessel Gambler, part of the Christmas ships fleet

2018 marks the 65th year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, Oregon. The Christmas Ship Fleet cruises between both rivers offering the Portland area thrilling Christmas time parades. The Portland tradition that started with one decorated boat it a volunteer organization. The privately owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. Some of the ships owners have been part of Christmas tradition for more than 30 years with many being part of the fleets for over 20 years. Join Portland Spirit to make this your holiday tradition!

Explorer "Sleigh Rides on the Water"

Be a part of the parade! This hour and a half cruise complete with hot chocolate, cookies and plenty of blankets for all, will take you up close to Portland's Christmas Ship parade.
December 10th-13th & 17th - 22nd

Starting from $50/person
$40/person for groups of 15 or more passengers

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