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Frequently Asked Questions - Cruise Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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· What time are your cruises?
· Where can I buy tickets, how do I make a reservation?
· How much do the cruises cost?
· Do you offer any discounts?
· Are your cruises family friendly?
· Do you cruise during rain or bad weather?
· What type of food do you serve?
· What do you do for special occasions?
· What does the interior of the vessel look like?
· Do you have a dress code?
· Is smoking permitted?
· Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
· Where does the boat board?
· Where do you cruise?
· Where is the nearest parking?
· What is your cancellation policy?



What time are your cruises?

Portland Spirit (Year-Round)

Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Brunch (Sundays) 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dinner 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Heart of Portland Sightseeing (July & August) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler (May - October)

Brunch 10 am - 12 pm
Dinner 6 pm - 8 pm
Heart of the Gorge Sightseeing
Departure times: 11 am*, 12:15 pm*, 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm
*These times not available on Sundays due to the Brunch Cruise

Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure Cruise (July - September)

Departure times: 9 am, 1:30 pm (3.5-hour jetboat cruise)


Where can I buy tickets, how do I make a reservation?

Book your cruise online

Call our office: 503-224-3900

Reservations must be pre-paid and are non-transferable and non-refundable.  Walk-on guests are welcome when space is available, though you are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify day-of cruise availability.


How much do the cruises cost?

These prices apply to standard cruises. All pricing is subject to change. There are discounts for groups of 10 adults or more.

Pricing is subject to change, book early for lowest price. Our pricing is based on a progressive pricing model. As availability is reduced the price goes up.

Portland Prices

Dinner Cruise - from $96/adult, from $48/child 0-12
Sightseeing only - $50/adult, $25/child 0-12

Lunch Cruise - from $64/adult, from $32 child 1-12, $10 infants
Sightseeing only - $40/adult, $25/child 1-12, infants free

Brunch Cruise - from $72/adult, from $36/child 1-12, $10 infants
Sightseeing only - $40/adult, $25/child 1-12, infants free

Heart of Portland Sightseeing (July and August only) - $40/adult, $25/child, infants free

Columbia Gorge (Sternwheeler) Prices

Gorgeous Dinner Cruise - from $78/adult, from $39/child 0-12
Sightseeing only - $40/adult $25/child, infants free

Gorgeous Brunch Cruise - from $72/adult, from $36/child 1-12, $10 infants
Sightseeing only - $40/adult, from $25/child 1-12, infants free

Heart of the Gorge Sightseeing - $40/adult, $25/child, infants free

Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure Cruise Price

$64/adult, $56/child (up to 12; not recommended for small children)

Note: Our pricing is based on demand so the prices listed are the starting price and are subject to change. It is recommended to book early for the best pricing.


Do you offer any discounts?

We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more adults. Private rental of any vessel — Portland Spirit, Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Willamette Star, Crystal Dolphin and Explorer — is available. Private rental of one level of the Portland Spirit or Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler is available during public cruise times. Please call our office and ask to speak to a group sales representative.

Our email newsletter is one of the best ways to learn about upcoming events, specialty cruises and discounts. You can sign up via the form in the footer of our website.


Are your cruises family friendly?

Children are welcome on all cruises except for those cruises specified as limited to age 21 and over.  Please let us know in the booking process if your party will include children. Pricing is available for youth groups, parties, school events, etc.


Do you cruise during rain or bad weather?

We cruise regardless of rain or bad weather. In the case of ice, we will reach out at least 2 hours prior to the cruise in the event of a cancellation.

Portland Spirit Fleet There are two interior climate controlled decks as well as a covered top deck for exterior viewing. Be sure to bring a jacket, even in the summer, as it can be cooler on the water.

Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler: There are two interior climate controlled decks as well as a covered exterior decks for exterior viewing. Rain is common in the Columbia Gorge, bring a jacket even on warm days as it can be cooler on the water.


What type of food do you serve?

All our food is prepared fresh on board in our galley and our menus change daily. For our plated meal cruises, we offer seafood, beef, poultry and vegetarian options. Your server will make you aware of available selections shortly after you join us on board. You have the option to pre-order shrimp cocktails, appetizers, desserts and other items when you make your reservation.

View our sample menus.

We strive to please all palates. Vegetarian options are regularly available as one of our entrées for plated meal cruises. Vegan options are available by request when booking. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please let us know before your cruise date.

Passengers may not bring outside food or beverages on board any Portland Spirit cruise.


What do you do for special occasions?

We offer a variety of enhancements for your special occasion aboard the Portland Spirit. Enhancements are not available on every cruise.

Cheese Sampler Plate $30 each
A curated selection of local Northwest cheeses, chosen for flavor and presentation. Served with crostini and fruit. Not available on Gorge sightseeing cruises.

Seafood Plate $30 each
Smoked Lox, Steelhead, Seared Tuna, Mussels and Prawns. Served with crostini, cream cheese, lemon and cocktail sauce. Not available on Gorge sightseeing cruises.

Mediterranean Plate $30 each
pre-order only. Variety of vegetables, Beyond hot Italian sausage slices, pita bread and housemade hummus. GF option is available. Not available on Gorge sightseeing cruises.

Shrimp Cocktail $12 each
Five tiger prawns served with our special chef’s recipe cocktail sauce. Not available on Gorge sightseeing cruises.

Boarding Photo $15 each
Your visit will be captured by our photographer as you arrive. Before you leave, you will have your picture in a custom Portland Spirit frame to take with you.

Admiral Package $74 per person - Save $24 per person
Treat yourself to a truly luxurious dining experience at the Admiral's Table with priority boarding, a guaranteed window table, appetizer, upgraded dessert, complimentary tea, coffee or soft drinks, a drink ticket for beer, wine or a cocktail, boarding photo and keepsake cocktail glass, for each of you. Perfect for a date night or celebration with friends and family. Service charge included.

Celebration Package $42 per person - Save $9 per person
Put the finishing touch on your special celebration. The Celebration package includes a drink ticket for beer, wine or a cocktail, upgraded dessert, complimentary tea, coffee, or soft drinks and a boarding photo. (Service charge not included.)

Keepsake Package $35 per person - Save $4 per person
One drink ticket, souvenir glass and a boarding photo to remember your special occasion with the Portland Spirit.

Window Table starting from $15 per person
Available on meal cruises only, your party will be guaranteed a table at the window. Limited number per cruise.

You may also choose to pre-order floral arrangements at a variety of sizes and prices. If you let us know, we would be glad to announce your occasion on board. Please discuss any special requests with your customer service representative when booking your cruise.


What does the interior of the vessel look like?

View images, videos and other resources for each vessel via the links below.

Portland Spirit
Willamette Star
Crystal Dolphin
Explorer
Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler


What is the dress code/appropriate attire?

We recommend business casual or dressy casual for our meal cruises. Our sightseeing cruises are casual dress. We strongly recommend that people not wear high-heeled shoes and encourage people to wear solid, non-slip footwear as we are in a marine environment. We do recommend wearing layered clothing as the climate on the rivers can be unpredictable. The Portland Spirit, Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Willamette Star and Crystal Dolphin vessels offer fully enclosed dining decks. Cruises aboard the Explorer should be considered a thrill-type ride where weather and river conditions can vary dramatically.


Is smoking permitted?

Smoking of any substance via any device or method, including e-cigarettes and vaping, is not allowed on any vessel.


Is the boat wheelchair accessible?

Portland Spirit, Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Willamette Star and Crystal Dolphin are wheelchair accessible on the Willamette (lower) Deck with certain restrictions. We can accommodate standard-sized manual wheelchairs; the width of the ramp to the boat entrance is 25.5 inches. Please address any needs you may have regarding access requirements with your customer service representative when booking or add a note to your online order.

Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler accessibility article.


Where does the boat board?

Our cruises board at either Caruthers Landing or Salmon Street Springs Fountain. Please refer to your booking confirmation or event organizer for the correct address. You may also view the departure location from booking section of our website. If you have a question regarding your boarding location, please call our office during regular business hours.

Public cruises start boarding 30 minutes prior to departure and private cruises typically board 15 minutes prior to departure.


Where do you cruise?

Public cruises aboard Portland Spirit, Willamette Star and Crystal Dolphin typically run South (upstream) from downtown Portland on the Willamette River to the Milwaukie Basin/Lake Oswego area. The return leg cruises North through downtown. We have links to our Portland cruise routes and their attractions on our Portland cruises page.

Public cruises aboard Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler run west (downstream) to Bonneville Dam from Cascade Locks on the Columbia River, then east (upstream) in the direction of White Salmon/Hood River. Each one-hour cruise travels a different direction; east highlights Wind Mountain and Skamania Lodge while west features the Bridge of the Gods and Bonneville Dam. Stay on board to do both loops at no additional charge (not available for the last cruise of the day). We have links to our Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler cruise routes and their attractions on our Columbia Gorge cruises page.

Please note that cruise routes vary depending on river activity and conditions.


Where is the nearest parking?

For cruises departing from Caruthers Landing (110 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214) we have our private parking lot available at no additional cost.

For cruises departing from the Salmon Street Springs Fountain (1010 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland OR 97204) we suggest either the World Trade Center parking garage or Smart Park parking garage on SW Jefferson. Street parking may also be available. Bicycle parking is available nearby. EV parking is located one block west on SW Salmon Street.

For cruises departing from Marine Park (299 NW Portage Rd, Cascade Locks, OR 97014) the Port of Cascade Locks offers paid parking at the Locks Waterfront Grill. Parking is managed through the Passport Parking App (available in the Google Play and Apple App stores) where guests can pay, add time and receive alerts when their time is about to end, all on their phone. Parking must be paid at time of arrival. You can not prepay. You can also purchase a parking pass from the Locks Waterfront Grill upon arrival. Bicycle parking is also available.


What is your cancellation policy?

No cancellation, unless refundable ticket option is purchased. Transfers to another cruise may be possible with a transfer fee (unless refundable ticket option is purchased).

Refundable Ticket Information: The price for a refundable ticket is based on the type of cruise, but can range from $6 - $20 per person. If you are unable to attend the cruise, this add-on will allow you to cancel your reservation for a full refund, minus the cost of the add-on, up to 24 hours after the scheduled departure.

All refunds will need to be processed through our reservations staff during business hours. Partial refunds are available if some of the party can not attend. This add-on also allows the reservation to be transferred to another date or cruise, additional charges may apply if the cruise type is changed.


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