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Win Tickets ($56): Cruise The Gorge & Portland’s Bridges w/ Spirit’s New Vessel, The Explorer | Cruises Offered Daily All Summer

We are giving away a pair of tickets for Portland’s Bridge Tour. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to sail. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, June 28.

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From our sponsors at Spirit Cruises:
Spirit Cruises ExplorerPortland Spirit Cruises Explorer
June – September
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Explore the crossings that make Portland famous on the Portland’s Bridges cruise or watch the Portland skyline unfold into the beauty of the Gorge on the Heart of the Gorge Cruise.

Portland Spirit Cruises & Events now offers daily cruises on board our re-invigorated Explorer vessel. New custom seating, new color and a new name completed the transformation. Explore the crossings the make Portland famous on the Portland Bridges Tour or watch the Portland skyline unfold into the majestic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge on the Heart of the Gorge cruise.

Cruises Offered on the Explorer

Portland Bridges Tour – Portland, OR
Tour the Willamette River from St. John’s Bridge to Sellwood Bridge, while enjoying the colorful history of the Portland’s landmark crossings. Also get a close look at the construction of the new Portland-Milwaukie Lightrail Bridge.

  • June-September – Daily; 4:45pm-6pm
  • Adult/Seniors/Children 4-12 $28

Heart of the Gorge Exploration – Cascade Locks, OR
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area provides the backdrop for this memorable cruise tour. From broad expanses to towering peaks this eastward journey is an ever-changing panorama. Portland’s skyline contrasts with the sights of snow-covered mountains, basalt cliffs and mans’ harnessing of the mighty power of the Columbia with the Bonneville Dam. Sights include the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Cape Horn, Beacon Rock and the Bridge of the Gods., as well as Bonneville Dam and passage through its locks in addition to the spectacular scenery as viewed by the pioneers that used the route to the West. The stop in Cascade Locks allows you to tour Marine Park Visitor’s Center and purchase lunch at the Locks Waterfront Cafe.

  • June – September – Daily; 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Adults $65, Seniors/Children 4-12 $60

Call 503-224-3900 or visit for more information and to make your reservation.

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143 Responses to Win Tickets ($56): Cruise The Gorge & Portland’s Bridges w/ Spirit’s New Vessel, The Explorer | Cruises Offered Daily All Summer

  1. Chelsea B. June 25, 2013 at 14:44 #

    Would love to stick my German neighbors stingy parents on a boat for a while to give said neighbor a break. They don’t want to spend money and they don’t want to walk too far, this sounds like the perfect solution. BTW they are here for two months. Ugh. Help us all out!

  2. Erica Rosser June 25, 2013 at 14:45 #

    Um, heaven. :)

  3. Duke June 25, 2013 at 14:47 #

    I want to win tickets because I love being on the water and getting in touch with my inner sailor, that way I can say funky words like “dingy” and “cockswain”. It’s so cool!

  4. carolyn June 25, 2013 at 14:50 #

    What a nice way to spend a later summer afternoon than on the river – cruising, learning, and enjoying Portland from yet another vantage point.

  5. Gayleen June 25, 2013 at 14:52 #

    I see a Mother/Daughter cruise in my future.

  6. Colleen June 25, 2013 at 14:54 #

    My son just finished a school project on Portland’s bridges and this trip would be a wonderful reward.

  7. Stacie June 25, 2013 at 14:55 #

    Have always wanted to go on one. I would love the chance to see what is the history behind the landmarks that we see everyday.

  8. Steve Ferrero June 25, 2013 at 14:56 #

    I’d love a romantic night with the Mrs.

  9. Bill W. June 25, 2013 at 14:56 #

    My gf is a Portland native and has never been on the Portland Spirit. Romantic!

  10. Marjorie June 25, 2013 at 14:57 #

    I’ve never been before and I’d love to see the city from the river!

  11. Tim June 25, 2013 at 14:59 #

    Sounds like a great way to give my girlfriend a romantic evening on her birthday!

  12. Roger June 25, 2013 at 15:00 #

    Would be a real nice prize to win and I am fascinated with the cities bridges, however, i love Gayleen’s comment and hope she wins!! : )

  13. kettles1008 June 25, 2013 at 15:01 #

    I love learning new things about Portland and I have never been on the Portland Spirit! Sounds like so much fun.

  14. Jennifer June 25, 2013 at 15:05 #

    I would really love to win these tickets! My husband and I are new to Portland and it would be a lovely day of sightseeing while learning about our new home. Please pick us! :)

  15. Christina K June 25, 2013 at 15:08 #

    I would love this!

  16. Thomas June 25, 2013 at 15:16 #

    The Explorer + the Gorge + PDX bridges + summer sun = perfection

  17. Bev June 25, 2013 at 15:20 #

    I’m new to Portland and I would LOVE to be able to see those bridges from the river! Plus, I imagine there may be cocktails involved…

  18. Elliott June 25, 2013 at 15:21 #

    My new sailor suit needs to be broken in.

  19. Karri June 25, 2013 at 15:26 #

    Would be great to see the bridges from a lower perspective! And maybe even be the reason for them to lift!

  20. Tamara Colpitts June 25, 2013 at 15:39 #

    My husband and I have been talking about doing this… We would love to experience our home town in such an awesome way…

  21. Lori Callister June 25, 2013 at 15:39 #

    This is what we live for, endure the winters for, suffer the rain showers for … and the river and beautiful city from a boat would be perfect. Pick me! and thank you. That is all.

  22. Donna June 25, 2013 at 16:04 #

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a summer evening in Portland!

  23. Jason June 25, 2013 at 16:15 #

    I am new to Portland and I think this would be a wonderful thing to do in my new hometown, seeing its beautiful sites. Please pick me!!!

  24. Cyndy June 25, 2013 at 17:21 #

    Want to take my mother when she comes to visit.

  25. Meghan June 25, 2013 at 17:35 #

    I would love to take my mom when she visits! We only see each other a few times a year and this would be the perfect way to show her the city and catch up.

  26. Michelle June 25, 2013 at 18:13 #

    Would love to take my disabled auntie and me on this. She would absolutely love this. We don’t get out much.

  27. Chad June 25, 2013 at 18:16 #

    So I could take my wife on the river for her first time.

  28. Nicole smith ryan June 25, 2013 at 19:32 #

    We just moved here and would be a great way to experience the wonderful city of Portland and all of the beautiful site. This would’ve an amazing birthday gift for my birthday month!!!

  29. Lynett June 25, 2013 at 20:55 #

    Would love to take a cruise.

  30. Mollie June 25, 2013 at 21:00 #


    Haven’t hit a river cruise since the Crazy 8’s played on the Sternwheeler out of Cascade Locks way back in the 80’s.

  31. Archell B June 25, 2013 at 21:07 #

    I would love this as a source of adventure for my two children and myself. Single mom here on a low budget for entertainment.

  32. Christine June 25, 2013 at 22:00 #

    I’ve never been on a cruise before, since we won’t be able to leave town this summer this would be a great mini vacation at home for us!

  33. Cecelia June 25, 2013 at 22:44 #

    This would make a perfect present for my roommate. She needs a break from the kids for a while.

  34. Amy Trinh June 26, 2013 at 00:18 #

    I would love to sail the open waters!

  35. Matt June 26, 2013 at 03:30 #

    I want to learn about them bridges! Bridge City!

  36. Heather Mount June 26, 2013 at 06:37 #

    Moved here over a year ago and still don’t know all of the bridges names – I could definitely attempt to learn in the right setting :)

  37. Scott June 26, 2013 at 08:14 #

    Let’s go. That sounds incredible!

  38. Becky June 26, 2013 at 08:23 #

    I cross the bridges a million times and would love the chance to go under them

  39. Lisa Hummel June 26, 2013 at 08:36 #

    I have not been on any kind of cruise and have lived in Portland my whole life. I would love to see Portland bridges from a totally different perspective for the first time!

  40. Iris June 26, 2013 at 08:43 #

    bridges are fascinating, and Portland has some of the best. Would love to see them from below and learn more about them.

  41. Tim S. June 26, 2013 at 08:52 #

    It’s been a long time since I have been on one of the river cruises. “Lovie” and I have our million dollars packed in our luggage already and we are to go on a “three hour tour”.

    Tickets please!

  42. Lynnette J June 26, 2013 at 12:24 #

    Our oldest daughter just graduated from PSU and what a celebration treat for us to go on this cruise and also to celebrate her admission to Graduate School !!!!!!

  43. Hannah June 26, 2013 at 12:24 #

    Oh dear! I’d love to take this journey!

  44. Alice Johnson June 26, 2013 at 13:26 #

    Visiting international friends would enjoy this–so would my 85 year old parents who grew up in Portland–my husband would go with some encouragement, like a pair of free tickets!

  45. Kelsey June 26, 2013 at 15:32 #

    My lover and I need a date.. on a boat.

  46. David C. June 26, 2013 at 16:29 #

    I want to find out if my life is actually a reality show, so I need to test this theory by riding on a boat to discover if I’ll ever run into the edge of the set.

  47. Nana June 26, 2013 at 18:33 #

    My sister and I were born and raised in the Portland area. As adults we traveled the world in the military. This summer a wedding brings us back to Portland together for the first time in several decades. Aahh!!! Our beautiful bridges!!! What a wonderful way to reminisce Portland then and now, to share observations and comparisons of our homeland to other worldly places and to absorb the visual delights that make Portland renowned to peoples everywhere.

  48. Jadon June 26, 2013 at 19:32 #

    All aboard! Please pick me!

  49. Hannah June 26, 2013 at 22:18 #

    Honestly, the last time i did this was about 12years ago with my grandma who was an AMAZING lady. I cant believe she is gone now… But the memories she gave me, something my parents just couldnt, was priceless. My younger brother and sister never got to take this cruise with her, and i would absolutly love to give them this awesome experience!

  50. stacy June 27, 2013 at 08:21 #

    What a great way to kick off the summer! Crusin’ around in style and spreading a little Portland bridge love!

  51. Aaron Levinson June 27, 2013 at 09:50 #

    I want to cruise the rivers and the gorge and experience the new ship! I love cruising the waters of Portland! Arrrrgh! ((I’m a Pirate))

  52. Brittney June 27, 2013 at 10:18 #

    My fiance are celebrating our two year anniversary and the countdown to our wedding in one year! A romantic tour along the Willamette on the Spirit would be a fantastic way to celebrate our love. An experience to tell everyone we know about <3

  53. Sean G. June 27, 2013 at 11:57 #

    Going to need to escape this heat!

  54. Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 12:01 #

    I would love to win these tickets for my parents, as their 34th wedding anniversary is coming up this summer. I am pretty sure they can still tolerate eachother enough to be on a boat together!

  55. Michelle C June 27, 2013 at 12:07 #

    Would love to see the city from the River.

  56. Natasha June 27, 2013 at 12:08 #

    I just moved here after losing my dad and would love to learn more about this beautiful city and all of its bridges! It would be a great way for me to express thanks to my mom for all she’s done for me the last couple of months.

  57. Ariane June 27, 2013 at 12:11 #

    I would LOVE to get some tix to a cruise around the Portland waterways! The perfect way to relax and let the breeze blow away our worries! Hope you pick me!

  58. Kelly June 27, 2013 at 12:41 #

    My baby sister is coming into town and thinking of attending PSU. I need to convince her that Portland is the coolest place on earth.

  59. Wynand Van Emmerik June 27, 2013 at 12:43 #

    tight summer budget, could use some stress release

  60. Ryan June 27, 2013 at 12:48 #

    I like boats and bridges. That’s all I’ve got.

  61. Jessica June 27, 2013 at 13:27 #

    The Gorge is amazing from the road. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be from a boat on the water!

  62. Ken June 27, 2013 at 13:37 #

    Celebrate love on the open water! Would love to send my parents on the stunning gorge cruise for their 50th anniversary. They deserve it.

  63. Roni Sue June 27, 2013 at 13:45 #

    This would be a lovely way to enjoy the summer!

  64. Susie MacMillan June 27, 2013 at 13:49 #

    It is my birthday on the 28th, and what a lovely gift it would be to hear I won tickets for a boat cruise around Portland! Seeing Portland by boat is by far my very favorite way. Such a lovely city we live in.

  65. Kellie June 27, 2013 at 13:50 #

    I would love to win tickets because I am fairly new to the area and would love to experience the scenic beauty of Cascade Locks from the perspective of the water. I moved here to protect areas like that in the first place.

  66. Monica burnett June 27, 2013 at 13:54 #

    I have always wanted to go on a spirit cruise. Alas, I have always been broke.

  67. Lee June 27, 2013 at 13:57 #

    So when we get “a closer look” at the Milwaukie light rail construction, will we be stopped by a flagger for 15 minutes like on Harrison Street?

  68. Yaz June 27, 2013 at 13:57 #

    Pick me please…Its been a rough year with no work and a cruise would be much appreciate!

  69. Bryn June 27, 2013 at 13:59 #

    Would be nice to do this as an actual date night with the husband!

  70. Kalli June 27, 2013 at 13:59 #

    Portland is honestly just the most beautiful city and I would love to unwind and take in its beauty

  71. Andrea June 27, 2013 at 14:02 #

    The view from the Willamette is amazing and so are Spirit’s other ships! I would love to have a summer evening spent taking in the beauty of our bridges and city!

  72. Hazel June 27, 2013 at 14:03 #

    I love cruising the River on Portland Spirit’s old boat, but my wife has never been and isn’t too sure about it. I want to change her mind on the subject and this would be a great opportunity.

  73. Anthony June 27, 2013 at 14:13 #

    I’ve never been on the Portland Spirit and this sounds like a great opportunity to finally go!

  74. Lisa Cannon June 27, 2013 at 14:14 #

    We love Portland, we love Portland Spirit cruises, and we really love Portland bridges. What a great idea for a trip.

  75. Snoopy June 27, 2013 at 14:17 #

    Love playing tourist in my own city and getting to know more about it!

  76. [email protected] June 27, 2013 at 14:21 #

    my girl just moved here and would dig this immensely…yes, please!!

  77. Christine B June 27, 2013 at 14:23 #

    I want to cruise because I have lived here for 4 years and still don’t know the names of the bridges. Inquiring minds need to know!!

  78. Travis June 27, 2013 at 14:27 #

    I haven’t been on a proper date with my wife for almost a year. This would be incredible to take her on!

  79. Sarah June 27, 2013 at 14:27 #

    Sounds fun!

  80. Elena June 27, 2013 at 14:38 #

    Sounds incredibly relaxing. Just what the hubs and I need right now. Thanks for the opportunity!

  81. misty talley June 27, 2013 at 14:53 #

    how exciting and fun this would be.

  82. Carolyn June 27, 2013 at 15:03 #

    Would love to see the bridges with my partner.

  83. Jill June 27, 2013 at 15:13 #

    Please pick me, I’d love to see the rivers.

  84. Natalia June 27, 2013 at 15:17 #

    I would love tix becuz I’ve heard the scenery on this cruise is beautiful and also bcuz my husband and I really need to do something romantic away from phones and computers. Thanks

  85. Ian June 27, 2013 at 15:19 #

    i love good boat rides!

  86. Greg A June 27, 2013 at 15:24 #

    I’d love to take my girlfriend on this. Money is tight with cutbacks right now; help a brother out?

  87. Natalie June 27, 2013 at 15:30 #

    Nomes and sugar canes are sweet dreams for some folk. But a ride on that boat would tote me for days.

  88. Tonya June 27, 2013 at 15:49 #

    I LOVE the view of Portland and it’s bridges from the water!

  89. Megan June 27, 2013 at 15:59 #

    As a Portland native, I’ve never been on the Willamette River. I just started dating a man from another state who has never been on any Portland waters. It would be amazing to experience the cruise together!

  90. margit June 27, 2013 at 16:07 #


  91. Nicola June 27, 2013 at 16:30 #

    We are first time visitors to Portland from Austria. Europe. Staying here with relatives and we fell in love with Portland instantly

  92. w June 27, 2013 at 16:33 #

    yes please!

  93. Dana June 27, 2013 at 16:35 #

    This would be wonderful! Ahhh, sigh, out of bustle and into the water!

  94. Steve Colburn June 27, 2013 at 16:48 #

    I love cruisin.

    Let’s go up the Columbia through the incredibly beautiful Gorge.

    Count me in!

  95. SueRay June 27, 2013 at 17:41 #

    I would finally have somewhere to put on my Tina Turner wig and sing ” Proud Mary” at the top of my lungs.
    “Big wheel keep on turnin………..”

  96. steadyship June 27, 2013 at 17:54 #

    a trip on the ship is hip

  97. Curtis June 27, 2013 at 17:55 #

    Would be a great activity to do on day trip down from Seattle.

  98. Kelly June 27, 2013 at 18:05 #

    I would love to win these Tickets. I love to Continually Rediscover the Beauty of Oregon , Over and Over. This would be an awesome way to kick back relax and enjoy.

  99. Kathy June 27, 2013 at 18:12 #

    Portland is a beautiful city but even more so from the water in the summer. Would love to relax and enjoy a leisurely cruise down the river!

  100. Rachel June 27, 2013 at 18:34 #

    This would be a really fun way to spend time in this hot weather.

  101. TJ Norris June 27, 2013 at 18:42 #

    To the seas, er the River! Yes, ahoy mateys!!!

  102. Eric June 27, 2013 at 18:53 #

    I’m an old sea hag at heart, and feeling disconnected from my true love these days… deck under foot, breeze on the face, ship carries me to that old familiar place.

  103. Tim June 27, 2013 at 19:03 #

    We just finished moving and could use a relaxing trip.

  104. Jae Ann Atwood June 27, 2013 at 19:48 #

    This sounds like fun!

  105. katie June 27, 2013 at 20:10 #

    could sure use some peaceful time on the water! Love this city and its bridges!!!!

  106. patsy June 27, 2013 at 20:12 #

    Ahoy matey’s making the journey to Portland and I feel I’ll get scurvey if I don’t get on this boat aaarrghh

  107. Starlee Burgess June 27, 2013 at 20:13 #

    To be straight forward and to the point……….Mom and Dad need a date night badly!!!!!!!! Mom and Dad have not gone on a romantic date since our precious daughter was born. She will be Six in September. Needless to say we are in desperate need of help and this sounds like the perfect solution!!! :0)

  108. Destry Brown June 27, 2013 at 20:15 #

    Would love to treat my wifey, son and daughter this would be great!

  109. Dana Wales June 27, 2013 at 20:16 #

    MY DD and Hubby would love this treat and boy do we need it!

  110. Colleen June 27, 2013 at 20:27 #

    We would love to show our family from Canada a view of the city and gorge like no other!

  111. Chris W June 27, 2013 at 20:50 #

    What a week! Was frustrated in my cubicle and had a “Take this Job and shove it moment” not sure what I’ll do next, but in the mean time this would be a GREAT distraction!

  112. Hanah June 27, 2013 at 21:18 #

    I would love to win these tickets because my significant other and I would love to spend the time on a Portland Cruise since we are both in over full-time school throughout the entire year. Including right now.

    Thank you!

  113. Josh June 27, 2013 at 21:39 #

    I love waving to the folks on board and saluting every voyage that I am lucky enough to glimpse of the Portland Spirit as it sails up and down the Willamette.
    I’d relish an opportunity to see Portland from the decks of the Portland Spirit, a cruise that I would share with my Mom, who is coming to visit next month from Texas.

  114. April June 27, 2013 at 22:11 #

    Would love a boat ride. Especially in this heat.

  115. Laura June 27, 2013 at 23:29 #

    I’ve longed to ride the Portland Spirit, but never had the opportunity. It would make my year!

  116. macs June 27, 2013 at 23:32 #

    If I had a boat, I’d go out on the river. And if I had a pony…. I wouldn’t ride him on the Spirit. Promise.

  117. Gabe June 28, 2013 at 01:46 #

    Really want to go on a boat ride.

  118. Suzanne Penn June 28, 2013 at 03:39 #

    I would love to win this cruise so that I could take my fiancee for our 1 year anniversary. We are both students and haven’t had any extra $$$ to spare towards celebrating.

  119. Deb June 28, 2013 at 05:22 #

    I would love to experience something new.

  120. Jessica June 28, 2013 at 06:10 #

    Pick me because I love sailing. Or else…

  121. Marty Anderson June 28, 2013 at 08:34 #

    Me likey boat.

  122. Pat Gleesing June 28, 2013 at 09:03 #

    Bridge Cruise!!!!!

  123. Christina June 28, 2013 at 09:09 #

    We are so lucky to live in an area with such beautiful rivers. Love being on the water! Pick me, pick me!

  124. Pascal June 28, 2013 at 09:21 #

    Because I have no friends.

  125. Chrisi June 28, 2013 at 10:24 #

    I like cruises!

  126. Ray June 28, 2013 at 10:41 #

    Oh my goodness, these tix would be a dream come true!! My boyfriend is coming all the way from Taiwan to spend the summer with me & my family, and it would be total heaven to take him on a cruise!! He would love it so much! love, R

  127. Anna June 28, 2013 at 11:15 #

    My parent’s are coming to visit to celebrate their 40th anniversary, I am dead broke but would love to give them a beautiful gift like this.

  128. brittany June 28, 2013 at 11:23 #

    What a beautiful and different way to experience the Gorge! The place really is the bees knees!

  129. Brenda June 28, 2013 at 11:48 #

    Sounds like a really fun things to do — especially during a heat wave!

  130. Leslie Van June 28, 2013 at 13:18 #

    I would just love to do this. Never been on this cruise and would love to see my beloved city from another perspective.

  131. Scott Worthington June 28, 2013 at 15:14 #

    I love cruising on the Portland Spirit, I usually do one of the Kink early escape cruises and a couple of the Blues fest cruises, it would be nice to just cruise as well, good luck to all!

  132. Angie June 28, 2013 at 15:43 #

    pick me please! Would be great to get out in this hot weather!

  133. louise June 28, 2013 at 16:50 #

    man oh man, this would be a treat!

  134. ellie June 28, 2013 at 16:52 #

    i would like this enormously. i would take my sister if i got these tickets. thanks for considering me!

  135. Monte June 29, 2013 at 05:15 #

    Lived in Portland for almost 12 years now and have yet to do this! Would love to learn a little more about the city that I call home while chillin on a boat!

    Thanks PDX Pipeline!

  136. Coral June 30, 2013 at 18:12 #

    I just got back from a camoing trip up the Gorge and all I could think was “Those folks on the river have the right idea!”.

  137. Aileen June 30, 2013 at 23:42 #

    Last summer before I head off to med school in WA. My husband and I would love to go sailing, it would be the last hurrah of the summer! What’s better than celebrating under the Portland bridges!!! :)

  138. Terry July 1, 2013 at 22:03 #

    What a nice way to relax after being a very patient substitute teacher this year!

  139. nadia July 3, 2013 at 09:40 #

    Hell yeah Portland :D

  140. Ilesha July 3, 2013 at 10:09 #

    Summer on a boat. yes please!

  141. Michael July 3, 2013 at 13:37 #

    I’d love to take my son and tell the story of how his mom and I were married on the river.

  142. Lora Lala July 4, 2013 at 15:08 #

    THIS SOUNDS SO FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! yes, PLEASE!!!!!

  143. Rebecca Jackson July 11, 2013 at 23:25 #

    My daughter turns 5 on July 27 she is enamored by boats ships etc. Every time we drive to ohsu she sees the steernwheller for instance and begs To on it but due to my current circumstances there is no way I could afford to go. I myself have never been on one and taken the tour I would be oh so grateful to win this I think it would be an amazing memory for both of us!

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