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
Astoria Sunday Market coordinates up to 22 vendors at the Port during visits by Cruise Ships. A variety of art, jewelry, and souvenir crafts are made by the representing vendor so cruise passengers are meeting regional artists and craftspeople while shopping. The Pier offers a beautiful backdrop for the vendors as they stroll through the Market.
Clatsop Cruise Hosts is a non-profit group comprised of over 100 volunteers who -- dressed in distinctive navy blue vests and jackets -- greet passengers upon arrival; sell passenger and crew bus tickets that move them around town; and provide directions, helpful tips and historical information at locations in downtown Astoria, at the Columbia River Maritime Museum and along the River Walk. Their goal is to make sure passengers feel welcomed to our town.
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.