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Sternwheeler coming to town

The Sternwheeler, a replica of the ships that cruised the Columbia Gorge in the 1800s, has left its home at the Cascade Locks to make its way to the Tri-Cities.

This is the first time the Portland Spirit cruise ship company has sent The Sternwheeler to the Tri-Cities.

The ship will dock overnight at The Dalles, then cruise up the Columbia River, where it will dock at Clover Island Inn in Kennewick on April 16.

The ship is a 499-passenger sternwheeler patterned after the historic Bailey Gatzert, which operated on the Columbia River from the 1890s to the 1920s.

The last time the Portland Spirit sent a cruise ship to the Tri-Cities was eight years ago. That was The Willamette Star, a sister ship to The Sternwheeler.

The Sternwheeler will be in the Tri-Cities from April 16-25 and offer various lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises during its stay.

Fresh Northwest cuisine will be prepared in the ship's galley.

The Sternwheeler will make a special cruise to Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River on April 21. The one-day cruise fare costs $98 for adults and $88 for seniors and children. Group rates are available.

For reservations, dates and prices, go to or call 800-224-3901.