Want to delve deep into the culture, history, and scenery of the Beaver State?
You can do all that and more from the deck of a stately boat on a Portland Spirit cruise as you travel around the city or up Oregon’s Willamette and Columbia Rivers.
Maybe you’re more into a relaxing meal on the water — you can have brunch, lunch or dinner aboard one of Spirit’s five vessels as you relax and take in the sights. City of Portland tours are magical when you’re sipping on craft cocktails!
Want the best of both land and sea? Spirit will cruise you right on up the river (or the coast) to a number of destinations, allowing you to disembark and explore at your leisure.
True to the spirit of Portland, you’ll be treated as an honored guest aboard any vessel no matter which tour you choose to take.
Portland Spirit Cruising Styles for all Tastes
History buffs, adventure enthusiasts, sports mavens and food critics — head on down to the docks today. You’ll be able to embark on a day trip that will leave your mind and your palate satisfied.
1. Delicious Dinner Cruises
The best cruise is one that involves food, and Spirit doesn’t disappoint with the choice of fare. The food on board is always fresh and always local. Combining modern cooking techniques with traditional Oregon state foods is a recipe for success. Try out the fresh fish and succulent shrimp today!
You can choose to dine as you tour the great city of Portland, learning all about the history of the area and seeing the famous Portland bridges. You can also choose to dine as you sail through the Columbia River Gorge, famous for its breathtaking views and awe-inspiring greenery.
2. Spectacular Sightseeing Cruises
If the thought of an onboard meal doesn’t hold much appeal, you can take a ride sans food through the Columbia Gorge. You’ll be hypnotized by the incredible beauty of the surrounding mountains as you learn all about the amazing sights you’re being introduced to.
You’ll get to see the famous Bridge of Gods and explore the Native American legends behind its creation and the stories of the surrounding volcanoes. You’ll pass by numerous native fishing structures and the massive Bonneville Dam.
3. Dreamy Destination Cruises
Want to cruise up the river or the gorge and make your own way back down? It’s quite possible with Spirit’s “Heart of the Gorge” bike route tour. This awesome tour takes you on an Oregon adventure past the heart of Portland and its proud skyline.
You’ll be dazzled as you head up the gorge and even more dazzled as you come back down it on your bike (bring your own or rent one in Portland) through any number of trails. This tour is good for those who like more to strike out on their own to make their way.
When and How to Get the Most out of Your Experience
So you’ve decided to head over to Portland, and your heart is now set on the Spirit cruise experience. There are a few tips and tricks on how to get the most bang for your buck and the best experience possible.
The high season for any sort of tourism along the rivers and in the city is summer, where temperatures average 55 degrees. During the months of May-July, you’ll find the best weather and the most people out.
Each season does have its high points, so don’t assume the worst of the colder months. For example, in the fall you’ll see the leaves turning spectacular shades of fiery orange and red. You’ll also encounter the fall harvest, yielding some super delicious treats and eats only to be found in Oregon.
With Spring comes the blooming of the wildflowers, which is truly a sight to behold. Winter brings snow to the mountains for skiing, sledding, and snowboarding. It also enhances hikes with vistas of frozen cascades of water, turning Oregon into an icy wonderland.
As far as booking your Spirit cruise, there are a few ways to save money. You can book online from the Spirit website, which usually has some pretty good deals. They’ll have a promotional code on their website which you can use to book.
You can also use online discount bookers. Groupon cruises are readily available for all, and they can save you a boatload of money. Booking a Groupon cruise can save you up to half the price of your cruise. This is really amazing when you’re taking the kids along with you.
No matter what you’re into, Portland Spirit has something for you to enjoy. Friendly staff, good food, and incredible scenery will help turn your vacation into an experience you can easily call the adventure of a lifetime.