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What’s ripple effect of Columbia River cruises?

As number of ships, passengers climbs, officials say it’s difficult to gauge economic impact

By , Columbian staff writer
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Chandeliers hang from the ceiling aboard the American Empress in the formal dining area.
Chandeliers hang from the ceiling aboard the American Empress in the formal dining area. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Some people are drawn to the sun and festivities of the Mexican Riviera. Some go for the wilderness and scenic wonders of Alaska, and others opt for the intimacy of small boats cruising European rivers.

But an increasing number of cruising opportunities are popping up close to home, as cruise lines expand their offerings along the Columbia River.

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