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Portland Spirit Tours on the Explorer

Explorer Vessel Overview

Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience. River conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. The vessel is not climate-controlled; please dress for the 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.

"Heart of the Gorge" Exploration

Spectacular Vistas. Thrilling Ride.

Explore the Willamette and Columbia Rivers aboard the Explorer high speed boat from Portland through the Heart Of The Gorge, covering over 120 miles. From the beauty of the Willamette Valley and Portland Skyline, through the port of Portland, into the epic Columbia Gorge, and through the locks at Bonneville Dam, this fully narrated tour of the Pacific Northwest aboard the Explorer is an exhilarating, informative journey. At the halfway point of the journey in Cascade Locks, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Locks Waterfront Grill before the return-trip to Portland.

Bike/Boat the Gorge

Bring your bike on board the Explorer's Heart of the Gorge Cruise one-way, then ride along 45 miles of the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway. We have space for six bicycles per trip. Bring your own bike or let us help you rent one in Portland. Information about the return ride.

View an interactive map of the Heart of the Gorge Cruise route.

Daily June-September
Boarding at 8:15am cruising 8:30am-3:30pm

All Passengers from $94

Prices do not include taxes, landing fees, and any other applicable charges

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Portland City Tour Cruise

See the City Of Bridges from a whole new view.

Portland Spirit will guide you on this river tour of Portland’s famous bridges. Travel from the St. John’s to the Sellwood Bridge while enjoying the colorful history of Portland’s ten landmark crossings -- each spanning the beautiful Willamette River and a new chapter in bridge engineering and design.

Daily June-September
Boarding at 4:15pm, cruising 4:30pm-5:45pm
July-August Boarding 5:45pm, cruising 6:00pm-7:15pm

ALl Passengers from $34

Prices do not include taxes, landing fees, and any other applicable charges


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Christmas Ships Cruises

2017 marks the 64th year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, Oregon. The Christmas Ship Fleet cruises between both rivers offering the Portland area thrilling Christmas time parades. The Portland tradition that started with one decorated boat it a volunteer organization. The privately owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. Some of the ships owners have been part of Christmas tradition for more than 30 years with many being part of the fleets for over 20 years. Join Portland Spirit to make this your holiday tradition!


Explorer "Sleigh Rides on the Water"

Be a part of the parade! This hour and a half cruise complete with hot chocolate, cookies and plenty of blankets for all, will take you up close to Portland's Christmas Ship parade.
December 6th-8th, 13th-17th, 19th-21st
7pm-8:30pm

Starting from $40/person
$30/person for groups of 15 or more passengers

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Explore Heart of the Gorge - Portland Return Bike Route

Head West through the town of Cascade locks to the bike trail (Trail head starts by Bridge of the Gods by the Charburger parking lot.

Follow the Cascade Locks bike trail about 8 miles. You then merge onto the Old Highway 30 for about 22 miles.

Turn left across the Sandy River following the Portland/Troutdale road signs.

Once in Troutdale there are a number of routes you can take including Marine Drive, Halsey Ave and the bike path paralleling the freeway.

The route is about 48 miles from Cascade Locks to Portland, approximately 3.5 hours of just straight riding but recommend at least an hour for 2 water breaks. If you plan to sightsee add additional time as there is a lot to see in the area.

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