The one where Lewis and Clark came to life on Queen of the West…

American Cruise Lines’ newly refurbished Queen of the West paddle wheeler will offer a unique ‘Lewis and Clark’ theme cruise in April 2012.

Available on sailings between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington, the 120-passenger vessel will journey along the rivers that helped shape the West.

Passengers will track the experiences of explorers Lewis and Clark as part of the itinerary, which will take them from the ancient lands of the Native Americans to the Columbia River Gorge.

They will sail through a series of seven locks taking the vessel 780 feet above sea level and be entertained onboard by lecturers and performers who will bring the stories of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery to life.

“The spring is really the ideal time for this cruise – the days are longer and the scenery is just breathtaking that time of year,” American Cruise Lines vice president Timothy Beebe said.

“Experiencing this beauty aboard the country’s only overnight authentic paddle wheeler, Queen of the West, makes for a truly unique cruising experience that allows people to experience the Pacific Northwest in a completely different way.”

Tour guides and regional experts will be available on shore to retrace the famous steps of Lewis and Clark and passengers will visit sites renowned in their travels.

The theme cruise will also feature celebrated historian Todd Weber, a themed dinner complete with period impersonators, a special screening of Ken Burns’ Lewis and Clark documentary and guided tours of sites throughout the Lewis and Clark National and State Historic Park.

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