American Waterways, Inc., AWI, dba Portland Spirit was founded in 1993. Originally a whale-watch company in Everett, WA, American Waterways, Inc., launched its first dinner boat operation in May of 1994. The Portland Spirit, originally called The Spirit of Portland, had a very difficult first year. The Spirit tried to be the first year-round dinner vessel in the nation that offered plated dinner service at individual tables. On January 1, 1995 there was an ownership change and a name change to the present “Portland Spirit”.
Over the years, Portland Spirit has grown from a simple idea to the largest dinner boat, water excursions company in Oregon. We now have nearly 150 employees, perform over 1,500 cruises annually, and have become a point of pride for the city we so proudly represent. We truly believe in “making customers for life” and our mission statement of “excellence in dinner cruising”. Our future is only limited by our imagination. The first 10 years where wild, and our future will not be any less exciting.