The Dalles can expect to see even more cruise boat traffic along the Columbia River next year, according to a report in Pacific Maritime Magazine’s November issue (“Columbia River Cruises Pick Up”).
American Cruise Lines will be sending Queen of the Mississippi to operate alongside the Queen of the West. It will be renamed for its West Coast deployment because a new Queen of the Mississippi is being built.
The company’s Columbia River competition includes the American Empress, the smaller Legacy based in Seattle and the National Geographic cruises.
According to Pacific Maritime, there is some potential for European-based Viking River Cruises to put one of its vessels on the Columbia.
River boat traffic on the Columbia has been rebounding recently after falling significantly during the recession years. This year, the American Empress reported passenger counts up 30 percent over last year.