River cruise

River cruise ships docked at North Tongue Point over the winter.

American Queen Steamboat Co. and American Cruise Lines have been sailing the Southeastern U.S. for the past month under guidelines approved by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic.

While oceangoing cruises are on hold until at least fall, trips on the Columbia and Snake rivers will likely restart in early May after coordination with state officials and ports between Astoria and Lewiston, Idaho.

American Song

American Cruise Lines’ ship American Song is scheduled to sail to Astoria in early May before heading to the Columbia River Gorge.

American Cruise Line ships

American Cruise Lines homeported all four of its Columbia River cruise ships at North Tongue Point while waiting for the season to start.

Edward Stratton is a reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 971-704-1719 or estratton@dailyastorian.com.