Cruise And Reservation Policies
Once made, reservations are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Portland Spirit vessels may conduct positive identification checks of passengers boarding the vessels. Only those forms of identification that include a photograph may be accepted. Passengers under the age of 18 need not provide photo I.D. when accompanied by an adult passenger.All carry-on and checked packages may be screened. Portland Spirit vessel passengers may be photographed during the boarding process. You are under no obligation to purchase for the photograph.The Portland Spirit company reserves the right to inspect all persons, packages, and carry-ons at any time. Seating for meal cruises is predetermined, and we are typically not able to accept seating requests. Gratuities may or may not be included with cruise cost depending on party size. Advance reservations require prepayment and reservations are subject to cruise availability.Rates, discounts, menus, schedules, and cruise routes are subject to change at any time. The Portland Spirit Company reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at all company locations. The Portland Spirit vessel is handicap-accessible special services are available including assistance for the physically challenged. Should any special assistance or consideration be required, please inform us when making your reservation.
About Portland Spirit River Cruises
Terms and Conditions
This sleek and luxurious vessel provides exclusive river cruising and is the perfect venue for an hors d’oeuvre reception or smaller group. The Crystal Dolphin features two fully enclosed and climate controlled levels, full service bar, outdoor viewing decks and sound system.
Terms and Conditions
Enjoy an authentic riverboat experience through the scenic Columbia River Gorge aboard this classic paddle wheel style boat. Two levels are fully enclosed and feature full service bars and a sound system. The top Starlight Deck is an open-air viewing deck.
Terms and Conditions
Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience traveling at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. You are welcome to bring food and drink on board. The Explorer is an open-air boat and not climate controlled please dress for weather. Although the boat is covered, there is an uncovered deck in the back. Please note that river conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied 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.
History Of Cascade Locks & Sternwheelers
The history of Cascade Locks is intimately tied to the Columbia River. The small settlement that grew up on the banks of the river helped early travelers portage around the rapids, first by foot, then by mule-drawn rail cars, steam engines and finally riverboats.In 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to learn and report about western geography, climate, plants and the indigenous people encountered on their journey to find the great waterway to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clarks Corps of Discovery portaged around the rapids of the Cascades in 1805. They wrote in their journal, this great chute of falls is about 1/2 a mile with the water of this great river compressed within the space of 150 paces great number of both large and small rocks, water passing with great velocity forming & boiling in a horrible manner, with a fall of about 20 feet .
Forty years later, pioneers traveling the Oregon Trails water route were forced to make the same portage around the dangerous rapids. Travelers heading west had to make a crucial decision just upstream of these rapids at The Dalles, Oregon. They had to choose whether they would risk life and limb on Mt. Hoods steep Barlow Road, and overland toll route, or build a raft and float down the Columbia River, risking their life free of charge.
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The Bigfoot Cruise On Portland Spirit Cruises Is An Only
Here in Oregon, the legend of Bigfoot is alive and well. Oregonians know that the big guy calls the Pacific Northwest home, and youll find all sorts of homages to the Big Guy here from the Bigfoot Trap in Southern Oregon built by hopeful Bigfoot believers to the Bigfoot Tavern in Crescent, Oregon. Our favorite way to celebrate the massive Sasquatch, however, is on a Bigfoot Cruise via Portland Spirit Cruises. This river cruise not only includes a cameo by Bigfoot himself, it also tours some of the most legendary places in all of Oregon.
Are you ready for a legendary adventure in the Beaver State? The Bigfoot Explorer Adventure Cruise is an adventure fit for a Sasquatch and its something you can only experience here in Oregon!
A few things to keep in mind: guests are welcome to bring food and drink on board. The Explorer is an open-air boat and not climate controlled, so dress for weather. Please note that river conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. There is a bathroom on-board. Unfortunately, the boat is not wheelchair accessible, however Portland Spirit offers other adventures, such as the Brunch Cruise, that are wheelchair accessible.