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About Portland (Oregon)

When you hear "Keep Portland weird," it's a proud declaration of everything that makes this Pacific Northwest city unique, as well as a battle cry to maintain it. An art tax is levied on all residents to provide consistent funding for public art works and programs. Another feature that sets Portland apart is the city's Urban Growth Boundary -- a law put forth in the '70s to prevent urban sprawl and keep the city confined to set parameters. This not only means that the wilderness of the Columbia River Gorge is at the doorstep of most Oregon visitors, but that farm-fresh products literally go from farm to table in hours flat, resulting in a spectacular and surprising culinary scene.

All this means that cruisers departing from Portland, Oregon on Columbia and Snake River trips benefit from some of the country's best dining, outdoor recreation and hospitality. Did we mention there's also no sales tax?

American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company, UnCruise Adventures and Lindblad Expeditions all use Portland as a starting point for scenic cruising along the Snake River and through the Columbia Gorge. Less of an outdoorsy type and more of a history-lover? This cruise trails the famous journey of early explorers Lewis and Clark. Despite the adventurous nature of the itinerary, U.S. residents won't even need a passport; the sailing dips into Washington, but primarily remains along the shores of Oregon.

All four cruise lines are considered small, with ships accommodating from 62 to 150 people. ACL and American Queen are U.S.-based river cruise companies, while UnCruise and Lindblad dominate the space of expedition cruising. When sailing from Portland, both UnCruise and Lindblad depart from Tom McCall Waterfront Park, along the Willamette River; 25 minutes from the airport (consistently rated the country's best) and a 10-minute walk from some of the city's finest hotels, located in a shopping district known as The Pearl. American Cruise Lines' ships depart from the Red Lion Hotel on the River, a 15-minute drive north to Hayden Island near the border of Washington, and directly along the Columbia River. American Queen Steamboat Company ships depart from the port in Vancouver, Washington, a 15-minute ride north of Portland, across the Columbia River.

If you're staying nearby Tom McCall Park, you'll be minutes from most of Portland's top attractions. Mills End Park -- the world's smallest park, located in a median -- is along the waterfront and true to quirky Portland form, was dedicated in 1948 as the only colony for leprechauns west of Ireland.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately called Portland's living room, is a 15-minute walk from the waterfront park, and drops you in the center of shops, hotels, museums and the first Starbucks location outside of Washington (where the brand began). Each one of the tens of thousands of bricks that line the square was funded by individuals -- most in the community -- and many bear the names of fantastical benefactors like David Bowie and God.

Even when the destination you seek is not within walking distance, Portland has an incredible and affordable public transportation system called the TriMet (bus, light rail and commuter rail), as well as a bevy of rentable bikes known as Biketown PDX.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Portland (Oregon)

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    7 Night Cruise to Portland (Oregon) Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
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    National Geographic Venture - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    New facilities, high-end technology add to enrichment experience onboard and ashore

    Cons

    Amenities and challenging itineraries might not appeal to fans of big, traditional ships

    Bottom Line

    The ship combines expedition with comfortable, luxurious onboard features

    Reviews

    National Geographic Venture Reviews

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    One of the biggest adventure cruise lines in the industry, Lindblad has created the perfect ble...

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    mfrantz
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Completely satisfied
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    Sheri Weber
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Expedition with grandchildren
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    7 Night Cruise to Portland (Oregon) Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
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      Portland (Oregon)
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      Astoria, Oregon
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      Columbia River Gorge
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      Columbia River Gorge
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    National Geographic Sea Lion - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    Nat Geo-certified photo experts and naturalists are always on hand

    Cons

    The ship is small, and as such, there are very few public spaces

    Bottom Line

    A casual ambiance and flexible itineraries give the true feeling of an expedition

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    National Geographic Sea Lion Reviews

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    If your dream vacation includes quiet coves instead of crowded ports and up-close animal encounter...

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    111belle
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Whales were amazing
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    prileyrn
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Misleading
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    Cruise to Portland (Oregon)

    Leaving:
    Portland
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , Columbia River Gorge ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Lindblad Expeditions
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    7 Night Cruise to Portland (Oregon) Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
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      Portland (Oregon)
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      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 2
      Columbia River Gorge
    • Day 3
      Columbia River Gorge
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Walla Walla
    • Day 4
      Columbia River Gorge
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      Walla Walla
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      Clarkston
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    National Geographic Sea Bird - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    Sea Bird offers short cruise options with a focus on fitness and wellness

    Cons

    Space is limited, so plan on spending most of your time outdoors and off ship

    Bottom Line

    This is a cozy vessel that encourages offshore activity and socialization

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    National Geographic Sea Bird Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining5.0
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    Pretty much the only thing Lindblad's 62-passenger, 95-ton Sea Bird and a mainstream mega-ship ...

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    ntex
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful ship....extraordinary trip
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    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Small ship - gigantic experience!
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More about Portland (Oregon)

Why go to Portland (Oregon)?

Pros: Dock is steps away from downtown hotels, dining and more.

Cons: Sizeable city homeless population is apparent.

Bottom Line: A near-perfect blend of city living among nature, Portland offers the best of both.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency in Portland is the U.S. dollar. Multiple ATMS are within a short walking distance of Tom McCall Waterfront Park; try the machine at 225 SW Ash Street -- it's squarely between tourist havens Voodoo Doughnut and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Language

Portland is part of the United States; English is spoken.


Portland (Oregon) Cruise Reviews

American Song
Joyce Michno
Sail Date: May 2019
We enjoyed staying at the Red Lion Hotel. We had dinner and breakfast there before getting on the boat. It was a long ride from the Portland Airport to this Hotel. We were welcomed and given further details about...Read More
American Pride
Grammom3
Sail Date: Sep 2018
Portland is a fun city and much to do! The ship was docked far from the city center but we had made our own plans staying in the city area. Great place to visit! Would go back!...Read More
Queen of the West
Bigbird87
Sail Date: Jun 2018
Complimentary hotel was OK. Did not venture out of the hotel. Traffic from airport to the hotel is heavy....Read More
Queen of the West
finegael
Sail Date: May 2018
If you have the option for the WAAM (auto and airplane museum) in Hood River, take it. We could have spent considerably more time there. It was fascinating and had a lot of great exhibits....Read More
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