The Port of Astoria understands some cruise passengers are mobility impaired, or simply may not desire to venture beyond the cruise pier. To accommodate those passengers, the Port of Astoria and the greater Astoria community are committed to providing a “taste of Astoria” - right on the pier! These activities do not conflict with scheduled shore excursions, which we understand are essential to cruise business.
On the ship’s first arrival in our port, Port officials and local government representatives exchange plaques and gifts with the ship’s Captain in an official ceremony.
Pier-Side Throughout the Day
“Never on a Sunday Market” is a festive, open-air market with up to 22 art, craft and jewelry booths manned by the artists and craftsmen themselves. Cruise passengers enjoy strolling the pier and getting a glimpse of the special offerings available from the area.
We have not forgotten those passengers not booking a shore excursion, or the cruise ship crews. For their convenience a bus service is available which departs every fifteen minutes that the ship is in port. Route 11 buses will convey riders from the pier to downtown Astoria. Route 12 will take passengers from the pier to nearby Warrenton for shopping. An all-day pass for only $6 provides for unlimited on and off privileges, and even rides on Astoria's historic trolley that operates on the rail line along the Columbia River.