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The author (far left) on her first cruise as a child. Photo courtesy of Christine Corbett Conklin.

The author (far left) on her first cruise as a child. Photo courtesy of Christine Corbett Conklin.


TOP: The Queen of the West, a paddlewheeler, plies American waters while passing Mount Hood. • Photos courtesy of American Cruise Lines
 

In addition to excursions, passengers can have their pick of lounge chairs to just sit and enjoy the sun. This is a view of the Columbia River.